SWANTECH wrote:You folks are assuming they survive bankruptcy.
I do not think they are going to find 600 Million dollars.
I could tell you folks some stories about this Henny, and Gibson.
Not good ones.
The reason I do NOT, and will NOT own a Gibson from 1982-2018. Is they are made WRONG. I will teach you folks.
Henny basically Union busted the company on purpose when he moved Gibson from Kalamazoo to Nashville.
All the skilled luthiers that new how to build a guitar were told if they still wanted a job. They had to move and take a huge pay cut, and NO union.
So all these new people in Nashville did not have the knowledge or skill set of how to build a Gibson guitar.
So when they started setting up guitars. With the guitar laying down on a bench, and NOT in proper playing position. They ran into problems with intonating the tuneomatic bridges. Because a guitar will go sharp/flat 10-20 cents from laying on it's back to the playing position. This is due to the earths gravity. Fact.
Instead of learning how to setup a guitar correctly in the playing position.
They moved, and changed the angle of the tunomatic bridge.
I have seen them set up guitars with them laying down on a bench, with my own eyes. I have toured the factories.
So now. You barley have enough room at the E strings. Especially the low E string to get the guitars properly intonated. This is just ONE of many design changes over the years that has made their guitars worse for guitar players.
Funny though. The Sammick made Epiphones bridges are placed correctly.
They do a half A$$ job setting them up. They rarley cut the nut slots. Sometimes the nuts don't even have enough material to cut a nut slot. The saddles are not cut or even adjusted on the high end custom shop stuff. They want to sell a Les Paul Custom at $5,000.00 with the nut and saddles not cut. Not set up at all. With an ebonal (fake ebony) finger board.
My 1976 Les Paul custom is a great guitar. It stays in tune because it was built by people who knew what they were doing.
Don't get me started on the plastic in the so called nitro finish they use. Because it is barely nitro anymore. When was the last time you saw a Gibson finsh have checking? 1982.
Proof it is not the nitro you think it is.
I can go on. I can state all the design changes that they made to make the guitars more, and more WRONG over the years.
That is why I stopped buying Gibson products a long time ago.
I have worked for a Gibson dealer for going on 23 years now.
I have a unique perspective. Thousands of Gibsons have been in my hands.
If Gibson does survive. I hope they start making great guitars again.
If you wrote a book I would buy it and read it.