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Re: Destruction of Gibson guitars...

Postby tolo » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:27 pm

...if it is real - then its actually very sad and a complete waste. Those of us who are now lucky enough to be able to afford to have the opinion of what is or isn't a 'good guitar' should perhaps remember our first instruments. I know mine was a plank...and I would have done anything to get my hands on one of these as I started to play.

These perfectly good guitars could have been donated to schools all over the world - enabled kids to have something half decent to learn on - even just 'have something'! Quite a PR miss for Gibson - who could have done something useful and lasting for others in less fortunate communities. I know here in Johannesburg that there are hundred of schools and thousands of kids who could never ordinarily dream of holding a Gibson guitar.

What a waste.
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Re: Destruction of Gibson guitars...

Postby bor64 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:30 pm

There is a other one from the same peeps...
A bloke lined ES guitars on a edge on the floor, one stamp with a work booth to separate the neck, band saw the body in half...and then the head of the neck just below the Gibson brand....
Also brand new guitars without hardware....

Peavey is closing USA factoring... far east is the new thing!

A shame and a black page for guitar lovers!

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Re: Destruction of Gibson guitars...

Postby JimN » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:58 pm

tolo wrote:...if it is real - then its actually very sad and a complete waste. Those of us who are now lucky enough to be able to afford to have the opinion of what is or isn't a 'good guitar' should perhaps remember our first instruments. I know mine was a plank...and I would have done anything to get my hands on one of these as I started to play.

These perfectly good guitars could have been donated to schools all over the world - enabled kids to have something half decent to learn on - even just 'have something'! Quite a PR miss for Gibson - who could have done something useful and lasting for others in less fortunate communities. I know here in Johannesburg that there are hundred of schools and thousands of kids who could never ordinarily dream of holding a Gibson guitar.

What a waste.


Donating hundreds of guitars (made to sell at premium prices) would be a poor business decision. You could argue that it would be "good PR", but it's better to keep the buying public wanting. Satisfying demand with free products is not the way to keep a company prosperous.

The real problem here is that Explorer X guitar. It was full of design flaws and is never going to be a classic Gibson (and yes, I have had the opportunity to try one out).
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Re: Destruction of Gibson guitars...

Postby Uncle Fiesta » Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:10 pm

Like others, I'm amazed that they didn't remove all the useable components before trashing them!
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Re: Destruction of Gibson guitars...

Postby cockroach » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:07 am

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Re: Destruction of Gibson guitars...

Postby artyman » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:49 am

Why not just rough them up a bit and sell them as road worn!
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Re: Destruction of Gibson guitars...

Postby tolo » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:19 am

Donating hundreds of guitars (made to sell at premium prices) would be a poor business decision. You could argue that it would be "good PR", but it's better to keep the buying public wanting. Satisfying demand with free products is not the way to keep a company prosperous.

Jim - I would accept your argument if Gibson Guitars were a profitable business. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-43967923
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