My own fault too, last time I bought a Gibson was in 1971... Oups last time I spend $$ for a Fender was 1994...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... pQ9SO7uF60
The 60's were a boom for guitars, everyone from Bob Dylan to Black Sabbath made them popular. That trend lasted quite a while, it was bolstered in the 80's, right ? ... did you ever puff up your hair, stuff yourself in spandex and drop to your knees for your big solo ?? ..c'mon, you can tell us
These things have to wax and wane -(did I get that right ? -lol). Someone will come along and trigger a guitar revival
..it could be you.. ... does the spandex still fit ?
I tried to post a picture, but for some reason I can't post pics.
I tried it with the attatchmen function. I keep getting a yellow triangle sign when I try. Is there a size limit?
I suppose that once upon a time the likes of Gibson and Fender had the advantage that, despite their higher prices, the cheaper alternative brand guitars were usually horrible and a lot of were close to impossible to play. I'm sure us older players can remember our early guitars with strings like cheese wire that you could drive a bus under, and sounds that were only an approximation to the real thing.
The improvement in the quality of cheaper electronics and hardware and the improved standards of automated machines to build guitars in high numbers to give economies of scale have certainly, for me, has brought the price of a high enough quality of guitar to meet my needs down a great deal.
In the last 10 years I have found great difficulty in finding any guitars costing even 4 or 5 times my usual budget to give me any much indication of them being more than just slightly better when played by me. Therefore not worth the money. Possibly an indication of my lower level of playing ability, but if a large proportion of the guitars being bought are being bought by lower level ability players, then I don't find it surprising that the likes of Gibson are suffering.
The last Gibson I bought - an SG with P90 pickups - was, when I'd had chance to live with it for a while and explored it's capabilities, just not up to the job. It felt pretty cheap, and nowhere like the quality of a used SG I'd had some years back. The sound from the pickups was poor, whatever I did with tone control and pick up height, and it did not cut through the mix in a multitrack recording ... which P90s should be able to do with ease. The electronics were on a cost saving PCB with Gibsons own design of connectors for the pickups. So it was not possible to tweak the electrics without replacing the lot! Also not possible to change pickups without having to buy the specific own brand connectors. No mention of this aspect of the design on the website or in the sales guff, and the responses from Gibson about the issue were very offhand. Sold at a loss and left me with a bad taste.
I had sold a cheap Vintage VSA590 (a bit like a Casino) that had P90s to fund the SG purchase. Turns out I sold the better guitar and it's the one guitar I regret selling.
I don't know how the bankruptcy laws in the USA work, but if they're like the UK it'll probably be Gibsons suppliers will end up taking the hit and the brand gets reborn shorn of debts under new ownership.