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Apr 6, 2020 - 5:56:54 PM
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2356 posts since 7/18/2007

Just heard through a friend of mine who was in recent contact with a well known and long-time Gibson employee that they will be releasing two banjo models soon. He didn’t say which models but said they will be sending out fliers when ready. Take it for what it’s worth and don’t shoot the messenger but this seemed a lot more legit than rumors in the past. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Edited by - banjoez on 04/09/2020 06:13:36

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:02:19 PM
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RioStat

USA

5181 posts since 10/12/2009

......in other news, temperatures in Hades reached an all-time low of 31*F today.......  smiley

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:04:13 PM

adl1132

USA

161 posts since 12/18/2012

Timing is everything...

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:24:25 PM
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464 posts since 6/2/2011

Yes it fits Gibson’s business model to release a new start up during a recession especially when many professional musicians cannot work. You go Gibso!

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:29:51 PM
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7057 posts since 8/28/2013

Which penitentiary are they being released from?

Apr 6, 2020 - 7:29:39 PM

12813 posts since 10/30/2008

banjoez I hope the news is true. And not just a couple of "floor sweeps". Although those would probably be interesting.

Apr 6, 2020 - 8:39:32 PM
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529 posts since 8/14/2018

There’s a bunch of builders making real fine instruments these days who deserve your money more than Gibson does.

Apr 6, 2020 - 8:53:07 PM
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Mooooo

USA

7816 posts since 8/20/2016

Its April Fools Day not April Fools Month, and that was the 1st, not the 6th.

Apr 6, 2020 - 9:12:19 PM
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rcc56

USA

2744 posts since 2/20/2016

If there is any truth in this, I smell trouble.

I would strongly advise any parts manufacturers to limit the size of orders that they will accept to what they can produce with the equipment and personnel they have on hand; and to demand payment in full before shipment.

And I would also advise any makers of Gibson inspired banjos to prepare themselves for cease and desist letters.

'Nuff said.  

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/06/2020 21:16:03

Apr 7, 2020 - 3:21:51 AM
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14980 posts since 2/7/2003

The only way Gibson could have banjos with their name on them is if somebody else makes them. They tried before but suppliers have a bad habit they like to get paid.

Apr 7, 2020 - 5:28:37 AM
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7057 posts since 8/28/2013

I can well imagine a Gibson "bottlecap."

Apr 7, 2020 - 5:50:15 AM

2020 posts since 10/17/2013

Gibson’s new model: the Gibson Corona line, lowest style is ‘The Virus.’

You will get sick of playing it within a day. The next higher style will be the ‘Flu.’ 

Highest of all is the “Heirloom Headache” model. Many banjo players will give up banjo entirely within an hour, because the tone ring naturally transmits extremely annoying sound waves. 

 

If the news is true, this is the worst time for Gibson to be announcing or trying to reintroduce banjos.

 One thing is certain, I will not be clamoring for a new one anytime soon.

 As far as I can tell, Gibson has lost their battle to other, more competent banjo builders. I don’t see how they could hope to gain back the ground that they have lost. They will have to convince someone that working for Gibson, will “pay off.”

Edited by - okbluegrassbanjopicker on 04/07/2020 05:59:27

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:15:07 AM
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PKM

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Why would anyone want to buy a new Gibson when we have far superior makers who have been working at perfecting their craft and instruments for decades ?? Hatfield, Stelling Bishline, Deering, Nechville, Huber, Prucha, Ome, Sullivan, ...on & on... have been in the trenches, know their materials, have been honing their skill & products to a level of exquisite instruments, and I'm supposed to suddenly want a corporation's first run of instruments that they've forgotten how to make ??

Oh,...and please don't start me on the "Rich-era" bull**** hype !!! Compared to any of the names I mentioned above, Greg Rich era banjos are poorly assembled garbage . And that is supposed to be Gibson's best post-war product ??? I've seen 3 GR-era banjos with fretboards 3 degrees off level to the head,( thats a lot for a fretboard !), crappy neck to rim fits, and choked tone rings that were fit so tightly to the rim, they had to be forcibly pried off !! Oh Boy !...can't wait to have more of those on the market. Please stop the Gibson GR-era hype.

The only way I'd want a new Gibson is if they hired Arthur Hatfield to make them ! :-)))

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:28:10 AM

Blackjaxe47

Canada

1497 posts since 6/20/2014

quote:
Originally posted by PKM

Why would anyone want to buy a new Gibson when we have far superior makers who have been working at perfecting their craft and instruments for decades ?? Hatfield, Stelling Bishline, Deering, Nechville, Huber, Prucha, Ome, Sullivan, ...on & on... have been in the trenches, know their materials, have been honing their skill & products to a level of exquisite instruments, and I'm supposed to suddenly want a corporation's first run of instruments that they've forgotten how to make ??

Oh,...and please don't start me on the "Rich-era" bull**** hype !!! Compared to any of the names I mentioned above, Greg Rich era banjos are poorly assembled garbage . And that is supposed to be Gibson's best post-war product ??? I've seen 3 GR-era banjos with fretboards 3 degrees off level to the head,( thats a lot for a fretboard !), crappy neck to rim fits, and choked tone rings that were fit so tightly to the rim, they had to be forcibly pried off !! Oh Boy !...can't wait to have more of those on the market. Please stop the Gibson GR-era hype.

The only way I'd want a new Gibson is if they hired Arthur Hatfield to make them ! :-)))


ABSOLUTELY THE MOST ACCURATE STATEMENT I HAVE READ ON BHO CONCERNING THE RICH-ERA ASSEMBLED BANJO'S......In my Opinion.

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:58:18 AM
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5556 posts since 10/13/2007

Wow, The Rich-Era Gibson's i have heard and played sounded pretty darn good to me.
ken

Apr 7, 2020 - 8:02:38 AM

529 posts since 8/14/2018

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Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

Wow, The Rich-Era Gibson's i have heard and played sounded pretty darn good to me.
ken


It doesn't matter. They're not going to get Greg Rich back, are they? They're on their own, they've got nothing to work with, and well-established competition. They only advantages they have are the name and the distribution network. They'd be able to get instruments into guitar shops that don't normally sell high-end banjos, and sell them to people who don't know any better.

Apr 7, 2020 - 8:10:10 AM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

151 posts since 8/9/2019

If this is true, this should be interesting. They better get it right the first time or their Gibson banjo revival will be royally screwed. Too many small builders make better instruments at a lower cost than 2000s era Gibsons

Apr 7, 2020 - 8:48:38 AM
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5556 posts since 10/13/2007

I agree that the Hatfields, , Neats, Hubar's, Sullivan, Stelling and a few more are just making top of the line banjos that are not going to be beat. But if there is some maker out there who is having trouble for some reason getting his line going then a job for Gibson might be attractive and they could put out a qulaity banjo - top of the line. It depends upon who they get, and what they will pay and how much they WON't micro manage. And with models named after Scruggs, Crowe, Osborne, Reno and all the tradition, they could sell banjos. But I would bet they could not be competitive with Hatfield pricing or service. But some will pay $ for the gibson name and inlays.
ken

Apr 7, 2020 - 9:52:57 AM
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2674 posts since 11/15/2003

Well,
I tried to post twice on my laptop...something went wrong...short version

Nothing good can come from it!

Warp!

Apr 7, 2020 - 9:58:52 AM

2674 posts since 11/15/2003

There is something to be said for having input on how you want your banjo built...gibson wont let you have your choice of parts in a personal custom banjo, who ever is there contracted supplier that is what you get.
.you roll the dice...you takes your chances!

Warp!

Apr 7, 2020 - 10:07:21 AM
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rcc56

USA

2744 posts since 2/20/2016

I'm just so happy that Gibson's new management has done such a stellar job of improving the company's reputation . . .

lol . . .




My apologies . . .
I seem to be losing the battle with trying to practice restraint of tongue and pen . . . .  surprise

I  know, I still have time to hit the delete button, but . . .

Note to self:  shut up, get off computer, cook something, do taxes, go to the workbench . . . 

This shelter at home thing is starting to get to me.

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/07/2020 10:23:23

Apr 7, 2020 - 1:50:33 PM
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1697 posts since 2/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by warpdrive

There is something to be said for having input on how you want your banjo built...gibson wont let you have your choice of parts in a personal custom banjo, who ever is there contracted supplier that is what you get.
.you roll the dice...you takes your chances!

Warp!


You would still be able to get custom work done by the builders that do that now, just like When Gibson was making banjos before. Gibson, if they get in the market again, will more then likely be made overseas and be trying to grab the intermediate market share, ie: gold tone, gold star, recording king. They will have high end and low end also, but will have trouble  competing in these ends. It is a very common business model should they adopt it. Good, better, best. Given the oppurtunity most will choose the middle category. That is where you set your price so you make the profit margin you need. The lower category is there for budget conscious people.   Less margin but higher sales. The highest category will have huge margins, not many sales, but there will always be consumers who want the "best". The real dilemma they face is how they do distribution and dealer agreements.  Also, I'm sure they will have open backs, something they didn't concentrate on before, but seem to be more popular in cross genre music then Mastertone types. 

Apr 7, 2020 - 2:03:15 PM
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85 posts since 2/21/2020

I wonder if they're interested in my ,""Magic Formula Tone Ring" ?

If I want another Gibson, I'll buy a conversion.If I had a neck made, Having , Gibson on the headstock wont make me a better player.

The Gibson banjo line for the 21st century;

Floor Sweep model, Les Paul neck on a open back banjo in Lime Green
The Autotune Model.......hahaha
The Asian Model.....free order of fried rice with every purchase !

Apr 7, 2020 - 4:53:27 PM

2020 posts since 10/17/2013

quote:
Originally posted by warpdrive

Well,
I tried to post twice on my laptop...something went wrong...short version

Nothing good can come from it!

Warp!


I almost thought you had posted nothing, two times, on purpose! 

“The wood.” - Jim Britton

Apr 7, 2020 - 5:34:58 PM
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2674 posts since 11/15/2003

Well something is definitely wrong with my laptop, so I guess I'm limited to this smart phone with a dumb hillbilly trying to run it,

Warp!

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:16:50 PM
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2020 posts since 10/17/2013

Your laptop is having a bad reaction to the purported news of Gibson making banjos again. The hard drive cannot comprehend such an event.

Simply enter the prompt, ”Gibson will not be able to get back into banjos successfully,” into NotePad (or TextEdit), click “save,” and your laptop should go back to normal.

If that doesn’t work, then use the “Erase all Memory of Gibson Overload” tool, found in the faaaaaaaaaaaaar left corner of your laptop. You may need to attach the laptop to a bigger monitor, so you can see the tool.

Some users, unfortunately, have only been able to access the tool by shouting at their computer, “There’s better banjos today than most of the postwar Gibsons!”

 Flinging said epithet at the screen, should successfully force the computer to make the tool to appear in plain sight.

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