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    Failed QC Gibson

    Just a sudden thought came out of my mine, what happened to those Gibson guitars that fail the QC?

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    They used to sell them as factory seconds, but I don't remember the last time I saw one so I don't really know.

    Glad I could help.
    My biggest fear is when I die, my wife will sell all my guitars for what I told her I paid for them.

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    They ship them to China, then they come back as Chibsons.

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    "All of Gibson's production shops have guitars that never make it to the end of the production line, for one reason or another ... finish flaws, a discoloration on the fretboard, a snapped headstock, a twisted or broken neck, etc.. Some guitars are never even completed and end up on the *disgard pile even though they may already have a serial number stamped on the back of the headstock.From the disgard pile, guitar bodies go out to the wood chipper and the chips are then sold to Jack Daniel's Distilery to become the charcoal that they filter their whiskey through"


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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by elephantman View Post
    They used to sell them as factory seconds, but I don't remember the last time I saw one so I don't really know.

    I've read that practice stopped when HJ bought Gibson,So roughly 30 yrs ago.
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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    I'll bet some of that could be fixed. They just determine that it would cost them more to fix than they would make money on. Just toss it on the pile.

    Why can't they just scratch off the Gibson name and burn a mark on them, then give them to wood shops at a local school for students to do something with? Then they can write that off as a donation, and the students get to fix real guitars. If the guitars get screwed up, so what? It's a learning experience chances are, the students are eager to learn, they could make a really nice guitar.

    Maybe even of the kids get into it, it might just inspire them as a career path.
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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by J T View Post
    I'll bet some of that could be fixed. They just determine that it would cost them more to fix than they would make money on. Just toss it on the pile.

    Why can't they just scratch off the Gibson name and burn a mark on them, then give them to wood shops at a local school for students to do something with? Then they can write that off as a donation, and the students get to fix real guitars. If the guitars get screwed up, so what? It's a learning experience chances are, the students are eager to learn, they could make a really nice guitar.

    Maybe even of the kids get into it, it might just inspire them as a career path.
    That just makes too much sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    That just makes too much sense.

    It would be a win/win. Free publicity for Gibson, if they are interested, and kids may actually look up from their phone for more than ten seconds.
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    I thought all of the ones that didn't pass QC were sold at Guitar Center.

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Going by the Gibsons that I see at local music stores, they are shipped out and sold for top dollar and then some.

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by J T View Post
    It would be a win/win. Free publicity for Gibson, if they are interested, and kids may actually look up from their phone for more than ten seconds.
    hey KIDS !!! ...experience that TRUE Gibson wood flavor from Jack Daniels

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    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    hey KIDS !!! ...experience that TRUE Gibson wood flavor from Jack Daniels
    Hey Gary, could you email me a little larger version [not giant] of your kitty avatar pic, please?
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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by kwest View Post
    "All of Gibson's production shops have guitars that never make it to the end of the production line, for one reason or another ... finish flaws, a discoloration on the fretboard, a snapped headstock, a twisted or broken neck, etc.. Some guitars are never even completed and end up on the *disgard pile even though they may already have a serial number stamped on the back of the headstock.From the disgard pile, guitar bodies go out to the wood chipper and the chips are then sold to Jack Daniel's Distilery to become the charcoal that they filter their whiskey through"

    Quite a lot of SGs in that scrap pile. Makes me want to go out and buy one.
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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Hey Gary, could you email me a little larger version [not giant] of your kitty avatar pic, please?
    sure will Tom ..that's two kittens we took in sleeping on my bed ..the pic is on my home computer and I'll send it in a couple days

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    hey KIDS !!! ...experience that TRUE Gibson wood flavor from Jack Daniels
    Complete with Nitro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary J View Post
    Complete with Nitro!
    Maybe some poly also?

    Sounds toxic.
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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Hi Guys
    I went on the factory tour in Memphis in 2011. The tour guide at that time said that the rejects where chipped.

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by 60'sGold View Post
    Going by the Gibsons that I see at local music stores, they are shipped out and sold for top dollar and then some.
    Dammit. You beat me to it. Exactly what he said.

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    Re: Failed QC Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by 60'sGold View Post
    Going by the Gibsons that I see at local music stores, they are shipped out and sold for top dollar and then some.
    Beat me to it! I have played several of them...

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