How important is the word "Gibson" on your headstock.

radiomatts

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Would you take a Porsche that doesn't say Porsche anywhere on it? The appeal of a brand outside the ones that matter most is that logo. Someone said that there are players who dream of owning one, and seeing that logo is like a dream come true.

It really doesn't matter what you dream of playing or really love playing. The is a certain satisfaction to seeing a logo that you feel either joy or pride from. For example, I own three Gibsons but am endorsed by Vintage/Fret King. I love showing off my Icon V52 as much as my '77 Flying V. Wave the flag of what brings you joy. It really is that simple.
 

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There's nothing wrong with having a bit of pride in a brand you like. I have six Gibsons, none of them high end; three were quite cheap. I like owning Gibsons, but my other ten have different names.
 

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I guess a better question is,

Are you embarrassed with the logo on your headstock?

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Hondo
Ibanez
Epiphone
LTD esp

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I have upper line Gibs/Fenders and an old Kubicki Custom full build Tele...and this....
1980 Ibanez Blazer (three digit #) which is on my 'never sell' list for my son when my collection goes to him.... I love playing it as much as any of mine... It plays and sounds killer....

(web pic snag but likemine with the early short lived headstock, brass bridge/saddles)

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I have a couple MIJ Squiers from 1984 that are Keepers and not one bit ashamed of them either.... but I know there some folks would be.... just because of the name.

Though my friends are just shocked how good they are.

The two on the left are my Squiers

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I have upper line Gibs/Fenders and an old Kubicki Custom full build Tele...and this....
1980 Ibanez Blazer (three digit #) which is on my 'never sell' list for my son when my collection goes to him.... I love playing it as much as any of mine... It plays and sounds killer....

(web pic snag but likemine with the early short lived headstock, brass bridge/saddles)

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It comes down to playability, resale value, and how much you can get it for. I would buy a real Gibson without Gibson on the headstock if I thought I could make a profit. I’ve bought several Mexican Fenders with Made in Mexico scratched out for resale. Luckily the serials were intact.
 

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I remove all badges from my cars...
Would you take a Porsche that doesn't say Porsche anywhere on it?
Absolutely.

I remove all badges from my cars except in cases where it looks odd (like a hood badge that fits in a recess and/or has mounting pins). If you're not tuned in enough to know what it is I don't care; it doesn't matter to me. I think all cars look better without badges as a rule.

Then again, I wouldn't buy a "signature" model guitar because of who's "signature" it was ... or a guitar played by someone famous just because they signed it (short of an investment/ put it away purchase). I buy guitars to play them. If they are good then it doesn't matter what it says on it.
 
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