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Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?

19 Aug 12 - 06:42 AM (#3392148)
Subject: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

They (along with other manufacturers) outsource most of their production overseas. So why buy from them and send jobs overseas? I try to buy used, myself. American made if possible.
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19 Aug 12 - 07:01 AM (#3392151)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,Peter Laban

Can't handle the workings of the good ol' free market can you?


19 Aug 12 - 07:17 AM (#3392156)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I think items made in China are garbage. With high unemployment we should be employing our own. You vote with your wallet every time you make a purchase. Why vote for a country that's guilty of so many human rights abuses and the murder of so many American servicemen?
Cheerio!!!!
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19 Aug 12 - 07:51 AM (#3392163)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Silas

Things made in China are garbage? What a twatish thing to say.

And before you start spouting on about Chinas human rights record - have a good look in your own back yard.


19 Aug 12 - 08:03 AM (#3392170)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

If I buy a pair of Chinese made work gloves (yes, I work to make a living. I don't sit at a desk and computer and get fatter and fatter) they don't last the day before they fall apart. American ones lasted me for months. Buy Chinese crap. Don't be surprised when you have to keep buying it over and over. And how do you like the counterfeit Gibsons and Martins that keep turning up? I bet you'd rather have one of those than the real McCoy.
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19 Aug 12 - 08:19 AM (#3392176)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I've begun buying Godin products. Canadian and.U.S.
I buy them used,too.
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19 Aug 12 - 08:54 AM (#3392181)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Now you can defend the North Korean invasion of South Korea. Red China did. The invasion of South Vietnam. Red China loved that too. And they relished killing American service members.
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19 Aug 12 - 09:01 AM (#3392185)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

And it was Nixon's idea to suck up to the Chinese warlords.
Stick that in your bong and smoke it.
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19 Aug 12 - 09:31 AM (#3392187)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Big Al Whittle

I sympathise Henry. I don't like the Chinese government nd its human rights record. But talking bullshit about Chinese products doesn't help really.

I always wanted a solid wood Yamaha guitar but I couldn't afford one til they moved production to China. Is it as good as the jap product, no its not. Buts its all I can afford.

Similarly I own three Fender acoustasonic amps. They're all excellent. I think all made in China.

No doubt our forefathers who suffered as POW's in the hands of the japs would find it hard to forgive us. And as the song says, we forgave the Germans and now we are friends'.

I have no idea what the answer to all this puzzling stuff is, I only know that I have to function as well as I can as an artist. Less than that would be selling short all the people who have supported me.


19 Aug 12 - 09:41 AM (#3392189)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Seagull is a good cheap guitar. I found a Entourage Mini Jumbo for $175 used.
A great guitar for cheap. I may horsetrade it up to a Larrivee one day.
I love to horsetrade. Got a 1965 Gibson LGO for a Harmony Sovereign. And it's my main guitar now. And I have a housefull of great guitars. None Chinese.
I got a Line6 amp I think is junk.Chinese. But it came in a package deal. Used.
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19 Aug 12 - 09:54 AM (#3392192)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Oooops. I bought a Yamaha CG 101 for $45 including gigbag. Made in Taiwan. But that's not China anymore. I don't think the U.S.Government recognizes it as a nation anymore. It used to be China though. Nationalist China.
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19 Aug 12 - 09:58 AM (#3392194)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

And I'm not talking bullshit about Chinese products. I'm expressing my opinion. I think they're junk. Garbage. Trash. Rubbish.
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19 Aug 12 - 10:05 AM (#3392197)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Silas

Tosser.


19 Aug 12 - 10:47 AM (#3392219)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Enjoy your Chinese merchandise and its high resale value.
I won't.
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19 Aug 12 - 11:10 AM (#3392228)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

.. as a happy satisfied owner & player of many reasonable quality
great value for money Chinese made guitars and amps;
I must disagree with you,
but respect your right to rant uninformed over opinionated shite...


19 Aug 12 - 11:16 AM (#3392230)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Send those jobs to China. Buy those counterfeit Martins. Just don't complain about high unemployment and crime.
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19 Aug 12 - 11:36 AM (#3392236)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

Online guitar and amp forums are infested with loudmouth redneck protectionist xenophobes..


this is mudcat:

Jobs, global capitalism, etc - plenty of threads in 'BS'
already covering these 'hot debates'..........

human rights, moral outrage & guilt, product boycotts, - likewise.....



I'm an informed educated market aware consumer,
so no real risk of me ever buying any counterfeit products.


I'm also British paying over inflated UK prices for imports all my life,
so got little regard & patience remaining
for 'spokespersons' for overpriced over rated underwhelming US products...


19 Aug 12 - 11:55 AM (#3392245)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Namecalling again. Have I called you names? Have I told you to go fuck yourself? No. I told you to enjoy your Chinese garbage and joblessness.
But please do go fuck yourself.Right onto the welfare rolls. And Food Stamps.
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Maybe you can be a pursesnatcher when you grow up.
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19 Aug 12 - 12:19 PM (#3392253)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

My mrs tries to start pointless arguments for the sake of it
then works her self up into irrational hysterical tantrums;

we just gotta accept that as a condition of her entering the menopause....

But we cuddle up and forget about it when she calms down, wipes her eyes, and seeks affection.

At least I'm starting to recognise the warning signs.....



...oh, yes, latest generation Chinese made hand wired valve amps are terrific value for money.

But then China was an advanced scientific & cultured civilization long before the west,
and Chinese woodworking & musical instrument making
has always been a fine exquisite art.


19 Aug 12 - 12:26 PM (#3392255)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

And thank God we have a punk to speak for all of Mudcat. Now we can all quit posting and go get a life.
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19 Aug 12 - 12:30 PM (#3392257)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

China is a nation of slaves. You support the Massacre at Tiananmen Square.
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19 Aug 12 - 12:37 PM (#3392261)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

a mature Gentleman punk if you don't mind.

If you want to quit posting and get a life - that's your prerogative....

But if you decide to stay here and try to become a valued respected member of mudcat community ?????

well, that's your choice....


Though it'd be far more amusing if you stay but continue acting like a complete knob...


19 Aug 12 - 02:22 PM (#3392297)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Big Al Whittle

Well I sympathise Henry. I suspect the problem lies withat awful Republican Party that you have over there. I've heard all about them and how they don't beilve in government intervention. Any sane government would have made it right for the factories to be built in America.

Still you can't expect a load of brain dead morons like that to grasp the problem, can you?


19 Aug 12 - 02:34 PM (#3392300)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

The Republicans hate the working man and want him enslaved.
No minimum wage. Get us working for pennies a day. No benefits. No healthcare. They get people to vote for them based on racial hate, religion, gun control, flag waving. George Bush was a prime example. Dick Cheney too. I'm voting for Roseanne Barr. She knows what a bunch of lying crooks they all are.
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19 Aug 12 - 03:12 PM (#3392305)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Continuity Jones

I know what you mean Henry, I try not to buy anything made in America - even if it has a safe European badge, like Mercedes. I'd hate to think I was contributing to the US way of life, the way all those immigrants have almost wiped out the native population. That's a terrible state of affairs. Plus, they - and I mean the whole of America - think they run the world, like they're the world police. And get this - American's are all so fat, that if they stopped eating half their food, a scientist in Alaska reckoned that global warming would cease due to the cut in methane excretion from Americans and cows. Plus, I hear that they were late joining in against the Nazis as they were waiting to see which side would win because they're all cowards - all of them, even the little girls and boys who are too little to know what Coward means. Apparently it's in their genes now - and get this - I hear Americans stole their genes from Europeans anyhow. But the main thing for me is, once somebody gave me an American made guitar lead and it was rubbish. It broke after two weeks. I bought a good old European one and it's still going strong. Some American's moved next door to me recently, but they were eaten by the Chinese couple down the road when their massive American car got stuck in the sand dunes as they drove onto the beach for a paddle. And one more thing - see that Barack Obama? He's an American he claims and that's not an American name. How American is that? To have a fake American as president. Americans eh? You cannot trust them an inch. And I'm not talking bullshit about American products. I'm expressing my opinion. I think they're junk. Garbage. Trash. Rubbish.

D1cKHe@d


19 Aug 12 - 03:23 PM (#3392312)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: PHJim

I went to The Twelfth Fret in Toronto a few years back to look at the Gibson A model mandolin they had on their website. I saw some nice looking mandolins called Eastman on the wall. I took the Gibson, my old Washburn and an Eastman into the back room and played the same tunes on each mandolin. The Eastman blew the others away and it was $300 cheaper than the Gibson. That was seven years ago and the mandolin has continued to improve with age. It is definitely NOT garbage.
Granted, if I thought that the people at Eastman who made my mandolin were involved with the Tiananmen massacre, I would not have purchased that mandolin, but I have no reason to believe that, just because they're Chinese, any more than to believe that the people at the LaSiDo Company, makers of Godin, Simon & Patrick, Norman, Art & Lutherie, and LaPatrie guitars were responsible for the Native Residential School atrocities just because they're Canadians.
I have to admit that I've also bought American instruments, even though many Canadian jobs are being sent back to the United States.


19 Aug 12 - 03:35 PM (#3392322)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Well D1cKHe@d,
I have to agree. My country is.populated with braindead mindless sheep. I like German products myself. Nobody makes steel like a German. I like Canadian guitars these days. Japanese electronics.
I prefer an American truck, though. Easier to get service and parts.
I'm sure none of you would be caught dead with a Martin, Gibson ,Guild, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, National in your grubby hands.
Crappy American junk.
Tell you what. I'll trade you all of my American guitars for all your Chinese guitars.
NOT!!!!!
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19 Aug 12 - 03:37 PM (#3392324)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,999

Martin D-28, 1962 vintage, made in the USA.

Larrivee L-03, made in Canada.


19 Aug 12 - 03:43 PM (#3392327)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Nice. You only need a Gibson J45
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19 Aug 12 - 03:45 PM (#3392328)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Do you like the Larrivee? I want one.
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19 Aug 12 - 03:47 PM (#3392329)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

There's a P03 Larrivee Parlor around here.
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19 Aug 12 - 04:39 PM (#3392353)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Don Firth

I have never used Fender or Gibson guitars.

My first good guitar was a Martin 00-28-G, top of the line classic. A few years later I traded it for a Vincente Tatay classic, made in Barcelona. Why? The Tatay was a much better guitar in terms of volume and richness of tone. And, by the way, it cost about two-thirds of what I paid for the Martin.

When I became associated with the Seattle Classic Guitar Society, I became acquainted with a whole variety of really fine instruments owned by other members. One of the members helped me buy a hand-made Flamenco guitar from Arcangel Fernandez in Madrid. I got it for about $175.00, including case, customs, and air freight from Madrid. Outrageous instrument!! Big sound, rich warm tone, and it definitely had a Spanish accent.

Then I learned that Carlos Montoya had retired his Barbero and started using a Fernandez. I've been told that my Arcangel is worth around $18,000 now. No sale! I'd sooner sell my right arm!

I also have a Japanese-made classic imported by José Oribé of San Diego, inspected and approve for sale under his label. Like many Japanese-made classic guitars, it looks exactly like a José Ramirez (played by Segovia during his last few years of concertizing). A few years back, I did a program of folk songs and ballads for the Seattle Classic Guitar Society using the Oribé. Several members own Ramirez guitars, and because my $350.00 Japanese import looked and sounded like a Ramirez concert guitar, everyone there assumed that it was!

I also own a couple of small travel guitars made by Sam Radding, founder of Go-Guitars, also in San Diego. Both Go-GWs, one a nylon-string model and the other a steel-string model. They look the love-child of an unnatural affair between a guitar and a canoe paddle, but they sound amazing for such a small soundbox! I've actually used the nylon-string model for a number of performances, including a full-blown concert. A couple of times, I've been asked if it's a period instrument of some kind.

Some of the finest guitars in the world are made in Japan. One of the world's top makers of classical concert guitars is Masaru Kohno—who went to Spain and apprenticed under Arcangel Fernandez.

If you're a professional musician and wish to give your audiences the best musical experience you can, you buy your instruments with that in mind. Wherever the maker happens to live.

Why did I buy some of my instruments from Spain and Japan? Because at the time, no one in this country was making instruments of that quality. And anything even attempting to approach that quality would have cost me ten times what I paid for the instruments I have.

Don Firth

P. S. My automobile is a 1999 Toyota Corolla. Lest Mr. Krinkle have a wall-eyed fit, let me point out that Toyota has manufacturing plants in fourteen U.S. states including Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and California. Employing American workers.

The irony of the Toyota pick-up truck with a bumper sticker that says "Buy American" is not quite that ironic these days. It's my understanding that there are more American-made parts in a Toyota than there are in a Chevrolet.

My computer (Hewlett-Packard laptop with a 17" screen and all the fixin's—a very nice device) was made in China. I didn't know that at the time I bought it, but it would hardly have made any difference because I don't know of ANY computers that are actually made and/or assembled in the U. S.


19 Aug 12 - 04:49 PM (#3392356)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I have a Kubota tractor. And I love it. Made in Japan. I just think Chinese is crap. And a nation the enslaves its people.
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19 Aug 12 - 04:51 PM (#3392360)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Bonzo3legs

I have a USAian Fender Stratocaster and a USian made Gibson Les Paul Junior which are both satisfactory, but if the right Chinese made guitar came along it would be fine.


19 Aug 12 - 05:01 PM (#3392365)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Mooh

Had a Gibson B20 flattop once. Lovely small body acoustic. An old friend helped me replace the bridge, saddle, nut, and tuners to improve its tone and tunability. It was made in the USA with a crappy plastic adjustable bridge, plastic saddle and nut, and some worn out tuners. However the design otherwise, and the wood, was good so it was worth reconditioning. Foolishly sold it to another friend.

Have some Fenders right now. Tele, Strat, and a cheap acoustic for student use. I assume your USA has trade agreements with the countries of origin like my Canada does. You do know that many guitars are made of woods that come from places other than their place of manufacture? Just askin'.

Most of my instruments are Canadian made, Beneteau, House, Godin, Cox. My Toyota Rav4 is also Canadian made.

Peace, Mooh.


19 Aug 12 - 05:02 PM (#3392366)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

A fellow wanted to trade me a Chinese Oscar Schmidt banjo. Cheap piece of crap.
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19 Aug 12 - 05:26 PM (#3392373)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

My Gibson LG0 got the plastic bridge replaced. A new bone nut. Still has crappy old tuners.
Instant Lightnin' Hopkins.
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19 Aug 12 - 05:30 PM (#3392374)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

And I have a chihuahua in my lap. Mexican dog.
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19 Aug 12 - 05:52 PM (#3392393)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,999

Hi, Henry. The Larrivee I have is a mid-size guitar which I play in an open tuning. It is about four years old. It is developing good sound, but it does lack a bit in tone on the treble strings, especially up the neck towards fret 12. I'm hoping age will take care of that; either my hearing going to the dogs or the wood settling in. Compared to the Martin there is no bass to speak of.

That's her.


19 Aug 12 - 05:56 PM (#3392395)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I played a Martin D18V in a store. Very rich tone. Too pricey. Acoustics are too delicate for me to drop big bucks on. I do have two really nice metal bodied resonators though
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19 Aug 12 - 05:58 PM (#3392397)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,Stim

Not to put too fine a point on it, but part of the reason the American economy is having problems is that it's been supporting a couple of spectacularly expensive wars. America's trade deficit has to do with the fact that, though it produces and exports many remarkable and remunerative things, it spends more on imported oil than it takes in. These problems are not going to get fixed if we all buy used American guitars.


19 Aug 12 - 06:00 PM (#3392399)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,999

Wasn't until two years back that I found out the difference between a resonator and a dobro. I love the resonator sound.


19 Aug 12 - 06:10 PM (#3392408)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I have one of each. National Resophonic. Dobro. Spider and biscuit. Both USA.
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19 Aug 12 - 06:14 PM (#3392410)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,999

You mostly blues?


19 Aug 12 - 06:25 PM (#3392416)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Yes.
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19 Aug 12 - 06:55 PM (#3392429)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,bankley

I have an Eastman oval hole archtop 800E, hand-carved copy of a Gibson L4 prior to Lloyd Loar and F-holes. It's a work of art. It hardly gets out of the case let alone the house. It was made in China in 2003

My old Guild flat-top sounds great too, so does the '67 Gibson Heritage.

as far as electrics go... the Parker Fly Classic made in Mass. USA, 2000 is so good it's scarey. a quality axe can come from anywhere, (eg. a lot of 70's Japanese models) sometimes we get lucky


19 Aug 12 - 06:56 PM (#3392431)
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From: PHJim

Dobro is a brand name of resophonic guitar. I believe the name is currently owned by Gibson. If a guitar is not made by Dobro (Gibson), it is not a Dobro. Single resonator guitars come in biscuit and spider bridges. Biscuit bridges are most often used for slide or blues playing while spider bridges are often used for lap style bluegrass playing. There are Dobros with biscuit bridges and spider bridges and there are non Dobros with biscuit and spider bridges. There are also wooden bodied National guitars with spider bridges.
There are also other types of resophonic guitars, some with three resonators.
I have also seen fake resonator guitars with a cover plate fastened to a top painted with a silver circle.


19 Aug 12 - 07:01 PM (#3392436)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I have a Dobro model 36. Floral engraving. Spider bridge. 1982 O.M.I.


19 Aug 12 - 07:06 PM (#3392438)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I have a custom built National Resophonic Style 0 Deluxe.


19 Aug 12 - 07:21 PM (#3392443)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: PHJim

Although Henry's instruments are an actual Dobro and an actual National as indicated by the upper case D and N, some folks refer to all spider bridge instruments as "dobros" and all biscuit or tri-cone instruments as "nationals". Even before Gibson bought the Dobro name, OMI, previous owners, tried very hard to discourage this. The Dobro Newsletter was forced to change its name to Resophonic Echos since it advertised non-Dobro resophonic guitars. I assume that they were afraid of the word "dobro" becoming generic like Cellophane or Kleenex. It seems that they are fighting a losing battle.


19 Aug 12 - 07:30 PM (#3392451)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Bobert

I have an old Blues Junior tube amp... Not sure where it was made but seein' as I need it and can't afford to buy a new amp, I'm keeping it...

Fender guitars these days are junk... Not sure about Gibsons butI suspect they are junk, as well...

But, as I have confessed before, my main acoustic geetar is a S.Yari from the 60s (Japanese) but it replaced my original Martin D-18 which I passed down to my great niece...

My other instruments are American made...

B~


19 Aug 12 - 07:36 PM (#3392453)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Fender has sucked ever since they left Fullerton
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19 Aug 12 - 08:16 PM (#3392465)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,999

I have told this tale of woe many times on Mudcat. I once traded a Telecaster (about 1960 make) for a Framus acoustic. Death, where is thy sting.

Ron Bankley--who posted a bit earlier--excellent writer, musician and especially guitar musician--told me that there is a key to slide and blues: "First, ya get a good ten dollar guitar."


19 Aug 12 - 08:21 PM (#3392469)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

I had a Harmony Sovereign for that.
Got me started. Those pinless bridges come loose too easy.
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20 Aug 12 - 08:46 AM (#3392630)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,bankley

ya 999, the $10 Harmony classical with steel strings that warped the neck into a bow.Made in Chicago long ago. sweet tone that can only be used for slide. but it goes well with a 2 bit voice. thanks Goodwill


20 Aug 12 - 12:12 PM (#3392702)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Morris-ey

"
The Republicans hate the working man and want him enslaved.
No minimum wage. Get us working for pennies a day. No benefits. No healthcare. They get people to vote for them based on racial hate, religion, gun control, flag waving. George Bush was a prime example. Dick Cheney too."

USA is the new China...


20 Aug 12 - 04:10 PM (#3392836)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

My first guitar was a $15 mexican classical with steel strings. Played about a month and sold it for $15 .
Fancy that.


20 Aug 12 - 05:58 PM (#3392913)
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From: Leadfingers

Henry - When we in UK can buy a Martin or Gibson and NOT pay double the US price , more people over here will buy them - EXCEPT the entry level stuff , which IS Crap !
Until such time , a Chinese all solid wood guitar for a quarter the price of the cheapest Martin will get MY vote every time .


20 Aug 12 - 06:37 PM (#3392941)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

How much are Seagulls? I like them. Cheap guitar.
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20 Aug 12 - 06:47 PM (#3392945)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Why can't you buy a good used guitar at an online auction site?
Risky, but good deals are out there.
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20 Aug 12 - 07:32 PM (#3392965)
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From: Leadfingers

I wont buy what I cant play !


20 Aug 12 - 07:39 PM (#3392968)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST,mando-player-91

Like a few have already stated why buy from over-seas buy local or American with the un-employment my next guitar purchase is going to be a local one


20 Aug 12 - 08:12 PM (#3392989)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Justa Picker

Per Mr. Krinkle ...
"I think items made in China are garbage..."

I dunno.
My IPhone 4S seems to work purdy good.


21 Aug 12 - 03:21 AM (#3393074)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: Henry Krinkle

Products of slave labor.
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21 Aug 12 - 03:21 AM (#3393075)
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
From: GUEST

Have had 3 Fender MIMs. A Strat, Tele and P-bass. There was no discernable difference in the playability, tone, quality of workmanship or assembly. They were 1/3 the cost of their 'Made In America' counterparts. As a working musician and not a political policy maker it seemed to me to be a no brainer. Got a lot of good years service and passed them on to my nephews.

Now I've got a 81 Takamine 12 String, 87 Alvarez-Yairi 6 w/a LR Baggs pick-up from a Seagull, Washburn S3M mandolin w/K&K pick-up, 76 Gibson Grabber 3 bass w/reverse P-bass pick-up configuration and an 83 American Strat. They serve my purpose and sound great.

Alvarez, Washburn and Aria mandolins of the late 70s BLOW away the craftmanship and tonal qualities of any Gibson mando of the same era. Martin sued Takmine for logo copyright infringement because the Pac-Rim builders were making better guitars cheaper. Gibson the same way. Fender electrics were an embarassment in those days. HONDO for cying out loud was making better electrics. We wont even bring Musicman into the discussion.

I know. I purchased and used Hondos for years before paring down my collection of all unnecessary instruments.

So, one can hurl insults back and forth, but the fact remains there are 2 kinds of instruments. Good ones and bad ones, regardless of snob appeal or country of origin.