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OOtim

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the necks on those feel like they could have been used in the rodney king beating.
 
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Is 'Gibson' printed on these guitars anywhere? It's hard to tell from those photos.

My '76 Norlin SG Standard just appreciated a few more bucks in value.
 

MikeB_18

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I saw these in my local Best Buy a few months ago and I just kept walking. I didn't want to know anything about them. :biggrin:
 

mingus

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Did anyone notice the tone and volume knobs are reversed in the picture? If that is how it's wired . . . . . . .
 

440gtx6pak

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Gibson has the "internet-ban'' with most of their respected long time dealers.
One of the reasons they gave, was maintaining the image of their brand name.

... so instead ... they let Best-Buy use the Gibson name on the internet.:hmm
 

mikeyrsmith

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What's the big deal? If it gets some kid off his @ss and away from the video games long enough to rock out, I'm all for it! And remember...there was a time when your dad could go to Sears to buy tires, your mom could buy curtains, and YOU--if you were VERY lucky!--could score a way-cool Silvertone guitar and amp, go home and try to imitate your favorite Beatles, Stones, and Kinks records, and thus begin to live the rock-and-roll dream!

Woolworths, Kresges, Wards, Sears...they all sold cheapie guitars in the '60s and '70s when demand was high, and when most of us could barely afford a new G.I. Joe or a pack of Kiss trading cards, let alone a Gibson Les Paul or a Fender Strat. At least these things look the part, and don't cost an arm-and-a-leg. If Best Buy is carrying cheapie Les Pauls, they've done the market research to know that somebody, somewhere, wants 'em. So maybe rock and roll ain't completely dead after all...eh?
 

Sam

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I agree with MikeyR.........if it gets someone to pick up the guitar who might never have walked into a music store that's not a bad thing. Everyone has to start somewhere. Somebody might pick up one of these and then be posting pics of their new (insert name of your favorite LP model here) in a couple of years.
 

GuitarDean

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+1 Mikey. It's just we are fiercely loyal to our Gibsons and, lets admit it, tend to be mighty elitiest about them on most days. It's like finding out that Cadalliac is going to start making Hybrid sub-compact cars without electric windows, it's just unthinkable for the most part. But all in all, I COMPLETELY agree with you.
 
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As someone who's actually played one of these, I can attest to their poorness. For the money, or only a few dollars more, you can get something that is of much better quality and playability.
My brother recently recieved one as a first guitar from a well meaning relative. After his attempts at playing it, and 5 minutes in my hands as well, it was recommended that he return it. We then went to a local second hand music shop and picked up a hardly used 2004 MIM Strat with Duncan pickups and a gig bag for $190. After a proper setup by a tech ($15) he can't put it down.

There are a few threads I've seen here that bag on these Signatures, which is for good reason. These would be a great way to get kids into playing guitar... if it weren't for the actual guitar.
 

mikeyrsmith

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wahwah101 said:
These would be a great way to get kids into playing guitar... if it weren't for the actual guitar.

Point taken. Then again, you should have seen the POS that I got started on back in the '70s!!! (Of course, that's probably why I still suck today!!!)

My guess is that these things are no worse than a lot of crap department store starter guitars from back in the day. So, sadly, if you don't have a local used/mom-and-pop music store in town (all too often the case these days), I still don't see the harm in 'em. Besides, playing a shite guitar for a little while is kind of a rite of passage. Builds character...and callouses! :)
 

wildelectric

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mikeyrsmith said:
So, sadly, if you don't have a local used/mom-and-pop music store in town (all too often the case these days), I still don't see the harm in 'em. Besides, playing a shite guitar for a little while is kind of a rite of passage.

Also a valid point, if it weren't for the existence of ebay.
 

mikeyrsmith

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wildelectric said:
Also a valid point, if it weren't for the existence of ebay.

Call me a sentimentalist if you want to, but a 6" x 6" digital picture on eBay can NEVER replace that magical moment when you first see, in person, a shiny new electric guitar--POS or not--hanging in a store somewhere. That's the stuff of which ROCK dreams are made, me brudders!!!
 

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I've seen them in my local Bestbuy. Most of them were out of the box with strings mising and beat up. Absolute crap i say. I think there one notch above toy guitars at toys R us...

This new marketing strategy is not doing the brand justice.IMO....
 

DannyBoy

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I don't agree with Mike. Those pieces of crap would discourage a kid more than anything. Plus if the poor bugger ever wants to trade it in??? Forget it! There's some damn good guitars (for the money) being sold in that price range already at stores where the kid could walk in with questions, get them answered, maybe even take a lesson or two...
 

Azion

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mikeyrsmith said:
What's the big deal? If it gets some kid off his @ss and away from the video games long enough to rock out, I'm all for it! And remember...there was a time when your dad could go to Sears to buy tires, your mom could buy curtains, and YOU--if you were VERY lucky!--could score a way-cool Silvertone guitar and amp, go home and try to imitate your favorite Beatles, Stones, and Kinks records, and thus begin to live the rock-and-roll dream!

Woolworths, Kresges, Wards, Sears...they all sold cheapie guitars in the '60s and '70s when demand was high, and when most of us could barely afford a new G.I. Joe or a pack of Kiss trading cards, let alone a Gibson Les Paul or a Fender Strat. At least these things look the part, and don't cost an arm-and-a-leg. If Best Buy is carrying cheapie Les Pauls, they've done the market research to know that somebody, somewhere, wants 'em. So maybe rock and roll ain't completely dead after all...eh?


Good words man.
If it gets one more person playing music, what harm.
 
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