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Gibson Guitars in 2019 - Looking Good, VERY Good!

by vaughn skow May 03, 2019 2 min read

Howdy Gang.  After a couple of my previous blogs about how awful Gibson's quality had fallen and what stupid decisions they were making with the guitar models and features they were offering ... this blog might come as a bit of a shock.  Shoot, just a year or so I was even skeptical as to if Gibson even COULD stage a comeback!  But let me explain.  In the past weeks I've had several 2019 Gibson guitars on my bench; a Les Paul and a 335 for pickup upgrades and a J45 acoustic for a setup tweak.   Man, I gotta say that all three were really fine guitars, shoot as good as anything Gibson's produced this side of 1960 ... seriously!

2019 Gibson ES-335 Studio Pickup upgrade

This 2019 335 "Studio" blew my mind, a totally pro level guitar, even the stock '57 classic & 57+ pickups were not bad ... but I could still improve on them with my Historic 1957 PAF set, of course!

Along with the quality improvements in the guitars, as witnessed by my own eyes, the insanity of forcing UNWANTED features upon potential buyers seams to have been brought to a screeching halt.  Some may remember my endless complaining about the 2015 lineup when even the stripped-down rocker, the Les Paul Junior was ONLY offered with those crappy auto-tuners (ugg) ... well baby cast your eyes on the 2019 Junior DC Tribute ... this is the guitar folks want when buying a Junior!

2019 Gibson Les Paul Junior DC Tribute

One last bit of encouraging news:

Wile I personally have not yet met any of the new top execs at Gibson, many of my friends in the industry have, and they describe them as cool guitar fanatics who "get it"; wow has that been needed at Gibby for some time now!  And so I'll make this a short blog and end by saying we can all sleep a little sounder at night knowing a great American guitar manufacturer has once again found it's compass :-)

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