Gibson Lays Off Workers At Nashville Plant

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  1. Ghostman

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    15 employees in Nashville. That saved them about $20k a year. :D

    Not the direction I though Gibson would go, but okay. In about a few months we'll see a couple of new brands starting out, making Les Paul shaped custom guitars.
     
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    Makes me curious how much a sr level luthier makes a year at Gibson.
     
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    By the week!!!!
     
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    Hoping for Ibanez to bring back the lawsuit era Les Paul when Gibson goes under....
     
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    Better get your Brazilian Rosewoods and Tom Murphy's while they're hot!
     
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    $40K tops plus a lame 401K plan and mediocre health insurance (family: $1,100/month, $5,000 deductible, $45 copay, no prescription, dental or eye care coverage). $500 high performance bonus at year-end... if you can help can a co-worker, maybe $600. 3 days/year paid sick time and 5 days paid vacation for the first 5 years, ineligible until after the first year of employment. After 5 years: 5 days paid sick time and an extra "floating holiday" paid day off. Every minute you punch the time clock late takes $0.20 off your potential $0.50 raise, and that figure diminishes for any sick time you've taken.
     
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    what?

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    That can't be the real pay structure. Fucking cashiers at a grocery store make more and have better benefits.
     
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    We're talking Tennessee here, not Seattle. He's probably not far off if not an over-estimation on yearly salary.
     
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    Still 10% below median household income for that state. For the "Senior" Luthiers, that ain't shit.
     
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    It's still a blue-collar trade in a relatively small privately held company. You'd make way more money working at the General Motors plant down the street. I bet they make $50k, tops.... and just their top top guys. Those poor guys probably get less pay and benefits than the UPS driver that picks up their shit.
     
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    But those guys don't get the swag to say they make guitars at Gibson that everyone hates on the internet.
     
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    "I make a Chevy Malibu" probably isn't the best conversation starter.
     
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    It probably was back in like 1965.
     
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    Your GIFs phucking crack me up....

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    If only it was just Tennessee. Michigan wages/ benefits are crap too.
    Once upon a time Gibsons were union made. Things were different back then.
     
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    Hank laid off 15 of his best employees. I'm not talking "old people", I'm talking the top paid/most experienced. Welcome to guitars made by juniors from here on out.

    My Gibsons are officially "Pre Lay-Off" (PLO) models. They all just jumped 30% in value in the first week. Not.

    This bit about downsizing, coupled with Hank's statement about needing new exciting models... shows there's no difference, no repentance in his thinking. Better to stop the 60-year long myth that Gibson can produce the next '58 V, '58 Exploder and '59 Les Paul, and just remake the old stuff. Those era guitars are practically the ONLY guitars players want from Gibson. Yeah, someone will always buy that "2018 Modern Flying V". But let's be real: there hasn't been one guitar Gibson has ever put out that has reached the iconic status of their late 50's models. So shut up, sit down, and get to work making real guitars again, models which people want, and make them at an everyday affordable price. Lower prices, sell more guitars, and become winner.

    In my opinion.
     
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    Yup...exactly what I have been saying. Hank is a phuck stick ego maniac and he had better remove his head from his bowels before theres no stopping the sinking ship, if its no too late already (which I think it is with debt like this). Some one or some company will jump in and rescue it and get a hell of a bargain deal.
     
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    I know they make less than the UPS drivers...I know many that have retired recently with really nice pensions and they shared what they made over the years with me. Yes, they have worked for it but still, I know many people that work hard and do not get paid well for it.
     

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