Originally Posted by Fearless1
I disagree with you about the Gibson Quality.
I bought my Custom a while back ago, maybe 12 years ago from the Gibson rep. (Gordon?) and Craig Chaquico of Starship fame helped me to pick it out.
I picked up the Standard from the Gibson factory when I was in Nashille last year.
To actually watch those craftsmen build the guitars, mandolins, and acoustics, you can see why they are so expensive.
However, I aked the Gibson factory guy why the quality is better than what I see in GC.
He said, "We keep the good stuff here".
You have to play each guitar and look at the build quality.
First, I don't hate PRS by any means. I love my McCarty's, and do agree that there are a many tones in them. I'd say that it is as versatile as a telecaster. Not that it can do what a telecaster does, or sound the same, but it covers as much ground on another continent.
But for the gibson quality? I could never defend something that way. The ones that are for sale that you can see any place you go, i.e. GC, Sam Ash, Daddy's, local shops, whatever. If I play a bunch of LP's, and > 50% (Pretty, but duds, or poor work on bound fretboards, with decent tone) of them are poo with a $$$$ pricetag? You're kidding me! That's part of their advertising. You go in, you pick up some guitars, and if the quality is not there, than you walk home with the impression that they have poor quality control, and be less inclined to keep looking at those guitars. I can understand that you've seen them at their best, but the world at large sees them at whatever quality you put in front of them. Not everyone goes to the factory or Nashville to pick up a guitar(from what you say, they probably should
), but most of them will pick up a Paul occasionally at a local shop. After the luxury of owning a "lifestyle" product like a Gibson wears off, if the quality isn't there, you're left with a poor instrument.
Again, no disrespect to you, or folks who are actually putting forth great efforts at the Gibson plant, but they really are not putting their "best foot forward" by stocking music stores with these instruments.