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Discussion in 'Guitars' started by BanditPanda, Nov 19, 2019.
If I want a knock off Gibson I can get one from China for a couple hundred bucks
If they put the price tag at the top of the article no one would read it.
No sh!t. At those prices, you could get two branded Gibson guitars. Never heard of Banker to begin with.
That explorer isn’t 58’ specs. Body shape is wrong.
so whats the point if they are not cheaper than a guitar with Gibson written on the headstock
fug-it. buy a epiphone.
Exactly my thoughts. Drop some new electronics, keep the old if you plan to resell within a few years.
its really that simple.
You can get a badass Ibanez Rocket Roll from the '70s for less, hell a real Gibson from the '70s for less. Im out.....my truck wasn't even that much.....too much cork for my fork.
Gibson licencing policy- you can only make guitar's that make our pricing look reasonable.
wont last long when this company realizes how much product they arent moving.
Gibson found yet another sucker to buy in to the BS didnt they?
It's like the early McDonalds model, only Gibson. "We're not selling guitars, we're selling licensing!"
I still side with Gibson.
They should be making money for use of the design, and that's fair I think.
Because I love Explorers, I got to ask you how is the body shape wrong? It looks pretty good/close enough to me! Do you have this book? [link is below] There are many pictures of original `58 Explorers in it & in looking carefully at them all, there are alot of subtle visual 'body shape' differences in comparing them to each other. Not trying to be a 'smart azz' here--just wondering!
Going from that one pic of the Banker, the upper rear corner appears to be the sharper point introduced on the '70s reissues. Gibson uses that shape on all the regular Explorers -- you have to buy a Custom Shop or an Epi if you want the rounder corners.
I'd need to see more pics of the Banker to be sure if it's the modern shape or the original shape.
As far as price -- if you want a Korina '58 style Explorer from Gibson, that's Gibson Custom Shop only. And you have to wait and hope the CS will make another batch sometime.
The Banker is about the price of a used CS'58. And as far as I know Gibson hasn't done any with Braz rosewood since the originals.
To me it`s close enough to an original. Gibson`s reissues became more 'pointy' beginning in the late 90`s but before that, their lines were 'softer'. I need to see some 'comparison pictures' from you & 'Buzzard' for validation. The pics I have, which are alot,--there`s not much difference in the shape of an original & this one by Banker. More than just comments will be needed to convince me otherwise. The Banker`s is pretty close to the original below it here: