Gibson – A sad State Of Affairs
Gibson guitar’s downfall is something that I’m not surprised about but it is so very, very sad.
According to Nashville Press: ‘Gibson CFO Bill Lawrence recently left the company after less than a year on the job and just six months before $375 million of senior secured notes will mature. On top of that, another $145 million in bank loans will come due immediately if those notes, issued in 2013, are not refinanced by July 23.’
Growing up playing guitar, everyone always pines for a Les Paul or an SG, thanks of course to the likes of Jimmy Page and Slash making such iconic sounds, but also because they are genuinely brilliant guitars. Nothing else has the thick, warm, treacle-like sound of a Les Paul. Nothing sounds quite like an E-335 for me.
The thing is, everyone pines for an old 1960’s Gibson, not a new one. I have played new Gibson’s, and don’t get me wrong, they are still lovely, but no one seems to want one, especially when they look like they’ve been poorly dip-dyed and ESPECILLAY when they introduce a silly robotic tuner that goes completely against Gibson’s hand-built, roots attitude to guitars.
Hmmm… what a loving half finished pink guitar that is
Because of the poor sales of their newer models (I have heard) Gibson were forced to try and get shops to buy stock in bulk, however this left many guitar shops having to decline the offer and stop stocking Gibson.
All of this makes me incredibly sad, because ultimately, I only have fenders but I have always wanted a Gibson E-335. If Gibson go bankrupt, the guitars will undoubtedly skyrocket in price.
Gibson is such an iconic brand and it is such a massive shame, I’m sure someone will save them at the last minute… – In the truest sense of the phrase, Gibson’s current plight is as the result of fixing something that absolutely wasn’t broken.
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