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#1 User is offline   houndman55 

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 06:36 AM

Hey,

Why doesn't Gibson make banjos or dobros anymore? Yeah, I know about the flood in nashville in 2006 or something but the mandolin manufacturing was restored so why not the banjos or dobros? I know the market isn't that big probably but we're talking about a part of Gibson's history and heritage (maybe not that big but still).
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:37 PM

View Posthoundman55, on 22 October 2014 - 06:36 AM, said:

Hey,

Why doesn't Gibson make banjos or dobros anymore? Yeah, I know about the flood in nashville in 2006 or something but the mandolin manufacturing was restored so why not the banjos or dobros? I know the market isn't that big probably but we're talking about a part of Gibson's history and heritage (maybe not that big but still).


I read somewhere the machinery to produce specific parts of both instruments was destroyed so they couldn't anymore. Deering make some fantastic US made banjos though at good prices in the meantime!
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 10:43 PM

The plan is to resucitate the banjos then dobros.
But it will take then a while



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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:19 PM

View Postcody78, on 22 October 2014 - 08:37 PM, said:

I read somewhere the machinery to produce specific parts of both instruments was destroyed so they couldn't anymore. Deering make some fantastic US made banjos though at good prices in the meantime!


seriously

If this is true what a shame


Deering makes some killer banjos
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Posted 21 August 2015 - 08:07 PM

Ome (formerly Ode) made in Boulder, Colorado. Good as anything to come out of Kalamazoo, IMHO
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Posted 22 August 2015 - 01:21 PM

Prucha is another Fine Banjo.. I like the Bat Model..
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 04:03 PM

View PostMikeo, on 19 August 2015 - 06:19 PM, said:

seriously

If this is true what a shame


Deering makes some killer banjos

I just picked up a Deering Goodtime (entry level) for a song (no pun)

I'ts definitely an no frills beginners banjo, but I am having a blast playing it.
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Posted 05 October 2015 - 02:26 AM

I gave the banjo a serious shot 35yrs ago.... :blink:

But never really enjoyed it or made much progress

Last week I was web shopping for cables, strings etc and espied a 'clearance' discount Gretsch open back 5 stringer

It arrived next day

It is much better than expected....I am following Pete Seeger's revered tutor book....

I am having a blast.... [thumbup]

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 09:53 PM

All of the other banjo brands that were mentioned (Deering, Ome, etc.) are fantastic but when it comes to banjos "only a Gibson is good enough." I've owned hundreds of stringed instruments (mostly banjos) and I have a very refined ear and I can tell you that to me, this is the truth.

I've hope the news of Gibson reentering the banjo world is true!
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Posted 16 December 2015 - 10:05 PM

http://www.gibson.co...n-Original.aspx

Sort of sad. It took 9 months to get my mandolin.

You would think that just from the history point of view they would keep it available as an order only.



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Posted 30 March 2016 - 04:08 PM

What sells, sells, what doesn't, doesn't. Simple, isn't it?
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Posted 01 April 2016 - 02:37 AM

Fair points being made... [thumbup]

Hard commercial constraints and the ethos of the company(and past success etc) tend to rule

I guess Gibson/Epiphone are doing very nicely with their guitars

And perhaps regard the specialised area of folk instruments of lesser importance

In a word

I blame Slash.... [biggrin]

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 03:32 AM

True enough that only the stuff that sells is sold, but that doesn't seem like Gibson. The 2015 line was, generally, not received well. Yet that did not deter them; they took the good bits and released it again (essentially) as the 2016 HP line.

Which also doesn't seem to be doing well given that, at least in the UK; 2 of the big stores near me only order in a couple as demos, and then request stock on an when-purchased basis.

The T line? Abundance of them everywhere; I think someone at Andertons mentioned that they've had 3 orders from Gibson on those; they're flyin' out the door...

It would be nice to see a big company like Gibson, despite the loss of the equipment, pioneer and engineer themselves some new gear. And for me? I'd like to see a range of mandolins, with some models at less than $1000...

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 06:55 AM

I've had a Deering Boston for 10+ years. It is a great instrument. My 3rd banjo, I'm sure I'll never need another. Gibson is a large company, but the banjo market has always been very small (probably 98% in just the US), and I'm guessing it's not got any projected growth. Probably more in amplified 6 stringer 'banjos' than in the 5 stringers. I'd prefer Gibson focus on what they already do so well and not try to compete with established companies based on their history.
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 05:59 PM

A change to a strong economy may be all Gibson needs to start the banjo, dobro line back up. Dobros are low on the consumers list of high demand items.
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