#1
So, it's come to my attention that Gibson are making a 7 string Les Paul. Great. But would anybody buy the thing? I can't imagine many players who like ERG's are Gibson players myself. Just because of the whole vintage thing.

I still don't get why Gibson attempt to make all these radical changes (for Gibson's) in the higher end Gibson range. They've done it with the robot, the Min-e-tune and the reverse flying V (:puke and it's obvious from feedback at least on this forum. That people who are wanting a Gibson, don't want those sort of features and instead what the classic Gibson identity and look (I have no sales numbers, but I'd be interested on seeing them)

So why not, try a few new radical idea's in the Epiphone range. Test them there and if there's enough of a Market, put them in the Gibson range and see how they do there?

Just my 0.02.
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#2
Kind of agree - I like my Gibsons because they're basic & don't have anything I don't need.

If I wanted gadgets, I'd almost certainly look elsewhere.
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#3
Gibson has done 7 strings in the past


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#4
Gibson is drunk this year, that's ok
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#5
Unfortunately, the ones they do are short scale (for a 7), pretty difficult to find and often neck heavy.

Gibson's like the woman with photos pasted to the wall opposite her couch...




They need someone to explain the whole ERG thing to them.
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Quote by dspellman
Unfortunately, the ones they do are short scale (for a 7), pretty difficult to find and often neck heavy.

Gibson's like the woman with photos pasted to the wall opposite her couch...




They need someone to explain the whole ERG thing to them.

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#7
It's almost impossible for Gibson to do anything innovative (or at least by their standards) because their fanbase prohibits it. When Gibson tries to make a guitar that's a bit off the wall, they try and make it appeal to both parties, but it doesn't work because it's impossible to please everyone. So the guitars flop.
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#8
That's right because you can only use a 7 for metal.

ERG players can be as short sighted as all the mythical old fart Gibson owners they bash.

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#9
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That's right because you can only use a 7 for metal.


This. I'd love a 7 string Gibson ES 335 or 175.
#10
Quote by Fisheth24


So why not, try a few new radical idea's in the Epiphone range. Test them there and if there's enough of a Market, put them in the Gibson range and see how they do there?

Just my 0.02.



Maybe they've done exactly what you've just said! The Matt Heafy signature comes in 6 and 7 strings.
#11
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It's almost impossible for Gibson to do anything innovative (or at least by their standards) because their fanbase prohibits it. When Gibson tries to make a guitar that's a bit off the wall, they try and make it appeal to both parties, but it doesn't work because it's impossible to please everyone. So the guitars flop.


+1

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That's right because you can only use a 7 for metal.

ERG players can be as short sighted as all the mythical old fart Gibson owners they bash.


Lol that might well be true as well
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#12
[quote="Tom 1.0]That's right because you can only use a 7 for metal.

ERG players can be as short sighted as all the mythical old fart Gibson owners they bash.

Didn't mean to offend with that, a lot of jazz players might like the 7 string, I'd kill for a Gibson 7 string archtop. (Metaphorically of course)
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#13
Not only jazz, just cleaner stuff in general. Not that I usually care, but I'd rather play alternative music on a 335 7 string than I do on my Ibanez superstrat now. :P
#14
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Didn't mean to offend with that, a lot of jazz players might like the 7 string, I'd kill for a Gibson 7 string archtop. (Metaphorically of course)

A 7-string jazz guitar? HERESY!

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That's right because you can only use a 7 for metal.

ERG players can be as short sighted as all the mythical old fart Gibson owners they bash.


I'm not sure why "short sighted..."

Until metal, about the only folks who played 7-strings were the occasional Jazz player, and George Van Eps was probably the best known of those. There weren't a lot of 7 strings around, period, and the ones that did exist were expensive. The good news is that the proliferation of metal players led to the proliferation of ERGs, and that gave us more choices. Unfortunately, most of those are in basic black.

The "old fart Gibson owners" aren't mythical; Gibson will readily admit that's their customer these days. They realize they need some entry level players, but building guitars with the Gibson logo on them for under $1000 really doesn't work for them.