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    Default Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    Iíve poked around on the Gibson web site and canít find a hint that Gibson makes mandolins. Is there a trick to finding mandolin info?
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    Default Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    It's been missing for months now. There was at least one other thread regarding it.

    Yup, here it is.

    And another.

    And back in 2014.
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    Default Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    Thanks! I did some searches here and on Google but searches like "Gibson web site mandolin" got me lots of unrelated info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    It's been missing for months now. There was at least one other thread regarding it.

    Yup, here it is.

    And another.

    And back in 2014.
    I know that Gibson has been having financial problems for years but I'm still shocked that they have such an incomplete web presence and that it doesn't seem to be getting fixed. You'd think the web site, the company's face to the world, would be a very high priority.
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    Dare I suggest that you look elsewhere for new mandolins?

    Apparently, Gibson is still making mandolins, but only in very small numbers.
    Their dealers are Guitar Center/ Musicians' Friend, The Mandolin Store, and Morgan Music.

    Morgan Music is listing one F-9 in stock. The Mandolin Store is lists an unspecified number of F-5 Ferns in stock, plus one each of 5 other models. Guitar Center/Musician's Friend lists the F-9 and the F-5L Fern in stock; the number of instruments available is not listed. The total number of new Gibson mandolins available does not appear to exceed 12 or 15 total.

    Gibson has had 7 months to get mandolins listed on their website since the change of management. They do not provide a list of mandolin dealers. However, they do list 46 Les Paul models on their website, and are listing two new budget acoustic guitar models.


    I know of another American company that makes high quality mandolins. Their instruments are available for viewing in stores throughout the US. They maintain an up-to-date website, and have even been known to honor their warranties. And as far as I know, they are financially sound. I believe that their name starts with the letter "C".
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    I found this link:
    http://legacy.gibson.com/Products/Ac.../Mandolin.aspx

    The marketing people at Gibson are actually pretty good. I see this one and I want to go out and buy an old Gibson.
    Do Gibson make a lot of money out of you selling me your old Gibson? Yep.

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    I cannot afford a Gibson or one that starts with a "C", but if I could, I believe I would be going with the one that starts with a "C".
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Dare I suggest that you look elsewhere for new mandolins.
    In general the Gibsons are outside my current price range. I saw the 2016 Gibson in the Cafe classifieds and wanted to learn more about it, hence my effort to find mandolins on Gibson's web site.
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    You actually might be able to find that 2016 information on the site. Nothing new. People have to understand what a small part of Gibson's business the mandolins are. It's an after thought.
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    The Mandoline market is a small niche market, and Gibson treats it as a custom shop/ "boutique" market. New Gibsons are not hard to find; The Mandoline Store has several, and as to quality, Dave Harvey is building some of the best Gibsons every made. IMHO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Adams View Post
    ... as to quality, Dave Harvey is building some of the best Gibsons every made. IMHO!
    I've been hearing very good things about the general quality of Gibson mandolins built after the flood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    You actually might be able to find that 2016 information on the site. Nothing new.
    Yes, the link to the archived site did have the Goldrush info I was looking for.
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    Default Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    Hmmm, I wonder if Gibson took them offline as part of their legal trademark protection strategy since that involves mandolins... Or it may just be part of the restructuring. Web presence and accuracy -- or for that matter, catalog accuracy -- has never been Gibson's strong point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhergert View Post
    Hmmm, I wonder if Gibson took them offline as part of their legal trademark protection strategy since that involves mandolins... Or it may just be part of the restructuring. Web presence and accuracy -- or for that matter, catalog accuracy -- has never been Gibson's strong point.
    It would make more sense to leave them up in a trademark dispute. I'm pretty sure it's just that they are selling all they can make and don't feel the need to advertise them. They aren't at the top of the list.
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    When companies get taken over, sometimes the sideline products like mandolins can get shelved, at least in the short term.
    The big money will say simply, ‘what’s the profit if this worker is on a guitar, what’s the profit if he’s on a mandolin?’

    It can be soul destroying for the workers (Gibson has 800+?) because they can see that the stocks of raw materials aren’t being replenished.
    They see the sales staff are being fired, demand is still high but they can see the day when it will end.
    It can be even worse for the guitar workers, some of them, because with incentives they can actually start to earn more than before.

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    You're describing a normal company. Gibson isn't built like that. As I stated in my post in another thread, this isn't the worst thing Gibson has ever done to itself. They'll survive.
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    I look at it this way, if management at Gibson is paying no attention, it's less likely they do something stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    I look at it this way, if management at Gibson is paying no attention, it's less likely they do something stupid.
    Lol
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    Default Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    There are so many other quality builders who highlight their instruments on their websites that if Gibson treats mandolins as an afterthought they will get equal consideration from this customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Trujillo View Post
    There are so many other quality builders who highlight their instruments on their websites that if Gibson treats mandolins as an afterthought they will get equal consideration from this customer.
    Huh? Do you mean "they will not get equal consideration"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudmister View Post
    Huh? Do you mean "they will not get equal consideration"?
    I think he means he will also treat Gibson mandolins as an afterthought (to the alternative high-quality builders).

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    Sorry about the picture quality, I couldn't figure out how to save it so just took a picture with my phone.
    This is the picture of a Master Model that was on their old website. If they sold them like that, I'd buy one. But I've never seen one for sale that looked this good and the current ones aren't even close to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hilburn View Post
    Sorry about the picture quality, I couldn't figure out how to save it so just took a picture with my phone.
    This is the picture of a Master Model that was on their old website. If they sold them like that, I'd buy one. But I've never seen one for sale that looked this good and the current ones aren't even close to this.
    Interesting comment. Two points: 1) I was on your website last week and the mandolins you make are simply incredible -- they are all so individual and different from each other -- but all beautiful like snowflakes -- pretty amazing! (BTW the email address on the site bounced?). So it surprises me that you would have an interest in owning an MM (not intended as a knock on the MM) just wondering what sparks your interest in having one? (In truth I came very close to just buying a brand new MM a few months ago but managed to suppress the urge in time).

    2) I am also very curious as to what are the features you see (or want to see) in the pictured MM --I assume it might be one of the Derrington era models? -- that you see (or want to see) in the newer ones?
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    Well, about my website, I was paying Godaddy a bunch to keep it up but fellow Cafe friend Don Grieser volunteered some of his web space to park it. There were a few more mandolins that never got added and unfortunately all the audio clips disappeared in the transfer but its still around. All my contact info is wrong too. Always hated Comcast till they buried a fiber optic right up behind the house so everything changed when I said bye-bye to Centurylink.
    As far as buying a MM I was being facetious but that particular example looks like what they should build with the Gibson name on it for the price they want. Back in the mid aughts there were quite a few threads about what they got right and what they got wrong but to me the scroll is the first thing you should get right. They consistantly made what gets called the hawks bill where the binding merged on the scroll. A real tight bend on the piece coming up from the body to get them joined.
    looks all wrong. To me the current ones got worse with the "drive a truck through it" look. They jump out at me everytime I see one.
    Wouldn't have volunteered this except I was asked.

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    Default Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    I don't see any mandolins when I got to the Gibson page. I only see Gibson mandolins on The Mandolin Store page.

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    Default Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    There are no mandolins on the standard Gibson website. They have not had mandolins listed for a very long time, except on the legacy page referred to in post number 6.

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