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Gibson Does Not Evolve

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by axe4me, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. DJGranite

    DJGranite Active Member

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    I thought the "Guitar of the Week" program they did in 2007 was a pretty good idea.
    400 guitars with different features than the normal models each week.
    Not so many that it would hurt too much if one flops, few enough to be considered sought after if it went over well.
    Not so many it offends the traditionalists, Enough to give the people that want something different something to look forward to.

    I like the one I got.
    2007 GOTW #32
    SG Special.
    Satin Ebony finish, Standard neck with Trapezoid inlays, Ebony board, binding with fret Nibs. Black Chrome hardware all around, The whole guitar is blacked out. Single ply black pickguard, EMG 81 & 85 Pickups.
    Not too much is standard SG Special.
    Enough is standard SG Special.
    They might consider doing something like the GOTW more frequently. 20210420_230945 4.jpg
     
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  2. AlvisX

    AlvisX Garage Guerrilla Gold Supporting Member

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    I know a guy who has one o' those Its kinda badass, Id rock that !
     
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  3. AlvisX

    AlvisX Garage Guerrilla Gold Supporting Member

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    ^ That
    Unfortunately they seem to cater to the upper cru$t and make all these Faded & Satin guitars for the ....."proletariat" who made them a success in the 1st place .
    There was a point in time where Gibson USA (Not Custom Shop) made some great instruments ,from the late 80s right up to the turn of the century

    The Norlin thing is highly ironic .Now Im a few years behind you but, Ive said it many a time ,I do not remember guitar players in the 70s n 80s turning their nose up when I guy walked in with a Norlin Les Paul . We were more likely to ,"Ooohh!" and "Ahhh" ..."A REAL Les Paul !" .....even with all the stupid klunky stuff they did

    Walsh ,BB, Boston, Mac, Campbell , KISS, Ronson, .......all Norlin players

    I mighta been outa the loop due to "unplugged" ,but it feels like Norlins only became "vintage" in the last dozen years or so ??
     
  4. jmp45

    jmp45 Well-Known Member

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    Odd yes, but I still remember them ;) This nitefly is not leaving the stable.

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  5. StrummerJoe

    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    Every time Gibson tries something new "traditionalists" bitch and moan that "they don't make 'em like they used to".

    Same thing with Fender. And Gretsch. And Guild. And Rickenbacker. And....

    If somebody wants something different there are plenty of other builders that do that.
     
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  6. StrummerJoe

    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    I want a Gibson Les Paul, but headless (after all a headstock would just break off), made out of polycarbon fibermint, with a Trans Trem, liquid filled single coils, and real sea sponge tuner buttons.

    But I want it to still be a Les Paul.
     
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  7. Matthews Guitars

    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    An interesting story is behind the very unusual shape and design of the Roland GR-707 synth guitar.

    The synth pickup in it, back in the early 80s, was a finicky beast which could be problematic and would not track well, resulting in the wrong notes being synthesized.

    In the design phase of the 707, many things were attempted to make the tracking more stable. When they added a carbon fiber or graphite stabilizing brace from the body to the headstock, this damped out some neck resonances that were at fault, and this is what solved the tracking issue and made the 707 a success, as far as synth guitars go.

    That was purely a case of form following function and engineering being used to solve a mechanical vibration problem.

    The body shape was also a factor. They knew they wanted a body shape that minimized resonances.

    I don't remember if the neck itself was wood or carbon fiber or graphite. I could look it up.
     
  8. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Really? Why is that? On a cheap import I understand, but I thought the electronics they use are at least "good" quality. And I can understand people changing the pups if they want a different sound, but that's not for me. If I don't like the way a guitar sounds at that price point, I don't buy it. Maybe if I'd owned it for years and it was no longer doing it for me, but not on a new purchase.
     
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  9. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Not sure the point of all this. Everyone bitches when Gibson adds some different electronics. God forbid. Slight evolution amd people complain. So why evolve?
    That said, the modern series Axcess are excellent guitars and a very good idea. So are the funky electronics on my 2016 Standard. But people poo poo it amd want the same 3 LPs .
    Gibby most times does what the buying public wants. Same old same old.
    Really kinda pointless.
     
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    As long as they keep their core models well built I really dont care what they do on the side. Even back in the day they had what I consider whacky looking guitars but who am I to judge?
     
  11. purpleplexi

    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    Google ' replacement les paul pickups' and see how many pages you get...... People making them aren't doing it out of charity.
     
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  12. PelliX

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    Reminds me of John Fogerty; the only man ever to be sued for sounding like himself (after CCR broke up, obviously). :nuts:
     
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  13. El Gringo

    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    So your a fan I take it . Remember "Only a Gibson is Good Enough"
     
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    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    Do you bargain basement price your designs ? Why should Gibson ?
     
  15. El Gringo

    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    This has all been done
     
  16. El Gringo

    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    Gibson now under new ownership is hitting home runs all day and all night . Quality has never been higher , then factor in the Gibson Custom division and the new Murphy Lab series there is a price point with plenty of options and choices for everyone across the board . This is good times for fans of Gibson guitars !
     
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  17. El Gringo

    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    Super cool looking SG . What a beauty !
     
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    How about this one?

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  19. Crikey

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    What is that ? Gear driven auto tuner?
     
  20. AlvisX

    AlvisX Garage Guerrilla Gold Supporting Member

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    Not quite as appealing , to me
     

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