This Gibson Byrdland was well over
and I waited for almost 2 years to get it. When It
finally arrived the pickguard was falling off and the top had
cracked directly in the center of the F Hole. The fingerboard
had delaminated at the top frets and there was actually rust on
the tailpiece. I called the dealer who apologized to me and gave
me a number to call at Gibson. It took me a total of 4 hours of
phone calls before I was able to reach a human it was an
exercise in futility to finally get someone who had the power to
give me a return authorization code.
I sent them the guitar because the tard
told me they would replace it with a new guitar. I waited
about 5 months and the same guitar came back to me this time it
was worse. They had repaired the crack and it was still visible,
some churl had polished the tailpiece and you could still see
the area where the rust had been because the plating was a tad
corroded. The fingerboard had been sloppily repaired because
there were apparent glue stains on the binding by the top frets.
This time there was an indentation on the fret board where some
bozo had obviously clamped the finger board down while the glue
To make matters worse, much worse there were
little red stains that looked like crayon markings on the top of
the guitar. These markings appeared to be under the finish.
If you look closely at the picture you will see one of them by
the back tone pot. There were about 9 more of them if you look
carefully you can see them directly above the tailpiece.
One of the marks measured about 6" long it stretches from above
the tailpiece to almost the bottom of the F hole. There are some
small blotchy ones down by the input jack extending up to where
the tailpiece is joined to the butt of the guitar.
The Flarb who inspected this guitar had to be
blind in one eye and couldn't see out of the other.
But wait, it gets even worse! The binding on
the lower F hole came off within 24 hours of getting it back,
The intonation sounded like it had been done by a monkey, not
just any monkey, I figure it had to be a retarded monkey.
I contacted my dealer who apologized again,
He also told me that he had been having similar nightmares with
other Gibson guitars. He told me that he was going to drop the
line and look for another brand to represent.
Again I called Gibson, Surprise
Surprise I got the same merry go round of moronic voicemail
messages. Al Capone would have been proud of me, if he had
heard some of the death threats I left on their telephone voice
mail. Needless to say no one called me back.
The picture you see here is after I had the
entire body polished and all the repairs done at a cost to me of
over 600 dollars. This is the same picture I used to put
this piece of crap on EBAY, the guitar sold to a dealer in New
York for 3300 dollars. I thank Christ that I will never
have to see it again.
So now I'm in the market for another Jazz
guitar, You sold my friend Victor Harris a Triggs R5, I have
played it and it's easily twice as nice as "the Turdland "
I am still licking my wounds but as soon as I
recover I will be calling you for either a Triggs, or an Eastman
guitar. I sure hope you print this it will give me a
This episode cost me a 1700 dollar direct
loss on the instrument, 600 plus loss on the repair, plus
the freight to Gibson was over 150 because like a jerk I shipped
Oh yeah. then FeeBay banged me another 55.00
dollars in the ass
I solemnly vow that as long as I live I will
NEVER EVER purchase any Gibson product, new or used, not even a
set of strings.
I LOVE YOUR RANTS Keep em' comin'
Overland Park, KS
I am sorry to hear your story, yes I
will print it. In fact, I am going to start printing
many more of these letters good or bad!
This syndrome is growing at an alarming rate,
In my opinion large corporations have no place in the art world.
I mean would you buy a painting at a Wal-Mart? Believe it
or not, they actually do sell them!
Regarding your solemn
vow not to purchase any Gibson products, Just in case you aren't
aware I wanted to list some of them. I wish I could
make that same vow but I can't fight a brainwashed public.
Anyway here are a few of the names of brands
that Gibson owns or distributes !!
Epiphone Guitars, Steinberger Guitars, Kramer
Guitars, Dobro Resonators, Wurlitzer Jukeboxes, Baldwin Pianos,
Maestro Effects, Tobias Guitars, Valley Arts Guitars, Truetone,
Music Yo, Yo Gear, Garrison Guitars. Avante Guitars, Shadow Pickups, Oberheim
Electronics & I am sure there are more that I don't know about.
Remember Gibson USA did not create or start
90% of these companies, they simply acquired them. They decided
to use the name Gibson as their Flagship name. So I urge you not
to be afraid of an old Epiphone or Steinberger Guitar. The
original real Oberheim synthesizers from the early 80's before
midi are awesome.
The Company was actually called Consolidated Music Instruments
"CMI" But they acquired Gibson & simply renamed the company.
Again I am sorry to hear your story and I
will do my best to make sure that you never have an experience
like that with any purchase you make from me.
This I Solemnly Vow !!!