Well here is the link to the article: mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2021/...briefing.
Doesn't mention banjo in the article. Just don't get no respect. But will be a welcome addition to a town that has done a great job of developing itself out of that old rustbelt stereotype.
pretty darn groovy I think, being Hard Rock it is certain to be stuffed with Gibson memorabilia, lets us hope it is not just flying Vs and Les Pauls.
Lots of instrument collectors around, some of whom are not even musicians. Getting those old highly desired instruments will be very expensive. Some places maintain a list of people wanting certain instruments so they will be sold at some as the music store or whatever gets their hands on them. I once sold guitar through Elderly. I thought it bordered on unplayable and though it was junk. Stan Werbin, the owner, informed me he had someone waiting for that type of guitar and gave me heck of a lot more than the $50 I paid for it.
BTW, this was must dumb luck, not shrewd purchasing and selling.
The article says nothing about any partnership or collaboration with the current Gibson Brands, Inc. corporation, so I really wonder just how much leeway that Reverb/Hard Rock will have playing off of the "Gibson" name.
So this is a new hotel in an old shell (building) in Kalamazoo, MI that will have "historic" Gibson memorabilia hanging on the walls. Sounds like it will have a small museum room and whatever the "signing" room will turn out to be. Doesn't seem like a real destination to me.
Edited by - kwl on 03/06/2021 18:07:33
In fairness, the chain is called HARD ROCK, not Hard Bluegrass. So I wouldn't expect to see much in the way of acoustic instruments.
From the article - or should I say the press release (and the link provided therein) it appears that this particular project is for a new line extension of the Hard Rock brand - a new series called "Reverb." How that differs from a standard Hard Rock hotel is a little hard to figure out.
I will say this about Hard Rock's hotels. Several years ago I was at a convention/trade show out in San Diego (the only city in California that I actually like). The convention hotel was jeezly expensive so I went onto Expedia and found a room at the Hard Rock, which was an easy walk away, for a LOT less money.
I really enjoyed it and would happily book into a Hard Rock hotel again. The room layout was different and not that of your typical business traveler hotel. The staff was pleasant and there was a reasonable amount of of rock memorabilia hanging in the lobby, along with lots of fun photography (the designer of that particular hotel seemed to have a thing for The Ramones, who had more images plastered about than anyone else). Most of the instruments on display were nothing special - basically, instruments that had been used on tour by known artists, rather than holy grail stuff. Acoustic instruments were pretty much limited to one standup bass (can't remember whose).
I think re-purposing the old Gibson factory for this is a wonderful idea. But we should all remember the branding of the company. It's rock - not country and its derivations.
'Gibson TB 11 for sale' 6 hrs