#1
a GC store said they dont stock the Epi Elitist Les Paul, they would have to special order it. think this is a way of not hurting the sales of the entry level or even mid level Gibson Les Pauls?

they dont want to overlap soda speak, since Epi makes LP guitars from around $175-1200 and Gibson makes LPs from around $900 on up

thanks
#2
Why would you care? They probably make enough money that they could give you a couple free Gibson LP Customs if they felt like it (doubtful ).
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#3
they stock some epi lp's but mainly the more popular ones. they don't wanna have them sitting on the floor for a while if no one's gonna buy them.
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That's quite possible. There's no excuse for GC to not stock anything with the amount of product they buy.

The local GC's around me usually have a million of just a couple guitar models, and nothing else. Probably lazy managers who don't want to take the time to order a diverse lineup.
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#5
I would imagine each GC takes tabs on inventory and orders accordingly so the Epiphany LP's at your particular GC are probably in low demand so they don't order them regularly.
#6
i dont know man. go to zzounds.com or musiciansfriend.com, they ususally have everything stocked, free shipping, and lower prices
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#7
well, they do have a $17,000 SRV guitar just sitting there.....
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Why would you care? They probably make enough money that they could give you a couple free Gibson LP Customs if they felt like it (doubtful ).


Oh, hell, they could give you a hundred of them and barely even flinch.

About the original post though, I'm sure it's a way to help the sales of the low end Gibsons. That way, they can tell the customers "It says Gibson on it!" AND they don't have a choice. Works well for them
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Oh, hell, they could give you a hundred of them and barely even flinch.

About the original post though, I'm sure it's a way to help the sales of the low end Gibsons. That way, they can tell the customers "It says Gibson on it!" AND they don't have a choice. Works well for them


thats exactly what i thought

and those who know better would just ask for the Elitist
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Why would you care? They probably make enough money that they could give you a couple free Gibson LP Customs if they felt like it (doubtful ).


well, if they had the Elitist in stock, i could check it out and decide if i want to buy one or not

its hard for me to drop a G on something i havent seen in person
#12
Are Elitists comparable (build quality etc) to Gibson Les Paul Standards?
If so, they are probably just getting customers to pay for the brand name instead of a cheaper quality guitar

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Low end Gibsons sell more than Epiphone Elitists.

It's more economical for Guitar Center to buy a shipment of low end Gibsons then it is a shipment of Elitist.
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^ EDIT: dang, beaten to it.

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About the original post though, I'm sure it's a way to help the sales of the low end Gibsons. That way, they can tell the customers "It says Gibson on it!" AND they don't have a choice. Works well for them


yeah, probably.

also, there just plain might not be as big a market for it. "Gibson is better than epiphone" is too ingrained in most guitarists' psyches for them to consider a more expensive epiphone, even if it's better.
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