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  1. I came across this video from 1969. Very cool, or should I say groovy. It's only 1:25 minutes long, but gives a good description of what MC5 was all about. A salute to you, Whitefang! Mc5 live at West Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan 1969. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atFmYDi_Ivs
  2. I've always felt that Apple Records (Apple Corps) got shafted when Apple Computer took their name. The legal battle lasted years over trademark infringement, and resurfaced again when Apple Computer launched the iTunes online music service. https://sites.udel.edu/cisc356/2014/04/21/apple-corps-v-apple-computer-1978-2006/
  3. I received the following Gibson email. It is a good idea and very appropriate for the times to promote both new artists and the Gibson brand. Reminds me when the Beatles created Apple records. Announcing Gibson Records A New Record Label From Gibson For the past 127 years, Gibson has been synonymous with creating and shaping sound across genres of music and generations of players. This week, we’re excited to announce the launch of Gibson Records, headquartered in Music City, Nashville, TN—alongside a strategic label partnership with BMG. Iconic music that inspired generational movements has been recorded with Gibson guitars since the inception of recorded music. Gibson Records will work with Gibson artists to produce, record, and promote their music to fans around the world, spreading the power of their music, creating, building, and delivering guitar-centric music across genres to fans across the globe. “Launching a record label that is in service to our artists is the natural evolution of our 127 years of history. Gibson Records will work with Gibson artists to capture, record, and promote their music under an artist-friendly partnership,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “Gibson Records will keep all of us at Gibson focused on our artist first culture that is engaged and connected to music. We are excited to launch Gibson Records, to announce that Slash is our first signed artist and that we have entered into a label partnership with BMG.” https://www.gibson.com/News/gibson-records-gibson-announces-launch-of-record-label
  4. Dave's World of Fun Stuff video showing detailed inspection of cherry Granada 5202T. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-CrLpwvlKk
  5. I haven't posted anything for quite a while; I've been busy and have a life. Others have complained when old threads are resurrected, but I like to see the history of a posted topic. If you don't like it, don't read it. There is too much hate in the world, and just like in the 1960's, all you need is love. That being said I'll get off my soapbox, and with a nod to Stan Lee, get to the point. While browsing old guitar forums on the best of Japan, ( https://www.guitarscanada.com/threads/the-best-of-japan.58548/page-3#post-589179 ) I came across an interesting post by "musickiller" in December 2014 (edited for spelling) about Granada hollow-bodies that describes exactly how I feel about my sunburst 5202T. I have a Granada Thin Hollow-body with Starburst finish I bought back in the 80's. If you are trying to find its (Granada) linage, you have to remember Granada was shut down by Gibson. No disrespect implied towards Gibson, they were protecting their works. Therefore, the name / company Granada was banished in whole, of the face of the planet (Earth).The guitar, from a techno point of view is phenominal. The strings wear faster then the guitar will loose tuning. The perfect stage guitar.You can bend the neck in the middle of a song and she just bounces back. WoW!!!Like the Gibson ES Guitar, she screams easily. I have used this ability (deficiency) as a trait, not a disadvantage. I play the guitar still and will not sell it for anything short of a Gretsch Country Gentleman" or Gibson ES HOLLOW body equivalent. I paid $898 for it new back in 1980. Even now, anything short of $ 6k would be an insult.What would you pay here in 2014 for a guitar like this? Oh, don't bother making me an offer. She is like a good woman, or a Best Friend (if you shine her up every once in a while)... A dirty little secret is that Matsumoku actually made Epiphones for Gibson in the early 1970's. When the quality of these guitars exceeded the Gibsons upon which they were based, this alarmed Gibson enough to shut Matsumoku down. The 5202T is a hollow-body Trini Lopez that Gibson never produced. Due to the age of the pickups I've had to replace mine with Seymour Duncans, and have refused unsolicited offers from others to purchase it once they see my 5202T. Hint to Gibson, you would be wise to make new Epiphone 5202T's with tremolo bar. This would be different enough from the Trini Lopez so that it would not compete with it, and if priced around $2,500-$3,000 would be unique and a best seller. Your customer service rep took my recommendation in November 2018 for Gibson to revive the Trini Lopez (I have the documentation to prove it, although I think it's prohibitively expensive), so you would do well to do follow my advice again with the Epiphone 5202T.
  6. Thank you for this post. I found it very interesting. Never knew about the Philadelphia connection with Epiphone.🙂
  7. Gibson updated their website to include the Cherry finish. https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSAYG382/1964-Trini-Lopez-Standard-Reissue/Sixties-Cherry Now if only they would add Sunburst to the offered finishes without having to go the more expensive M2M route.
  8. 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Reissue The 2020 return of the Trini Lopez is on Gibson's website for $5,499. Ouch! https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSAYG382/1964-Trini-Lopez-Standard-Reissue/Ebony It mentions the Made 2 Measure option for finishes other than Cherry and Ebony. The 2018 Gibson Custom M2M Options Overview may be useful for those considering this. https://www.musikhaus-hermann.de/media/pdf/9a/25/0f/Gibson_M2M_Custom_Reference_NEW.pdf
  9. There is a Cherry SG 12-String Neck-Through on sale for $2,400 at Guitar Center Rockford, 5425 E State St, IL 61108. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Gibson/SG-NECK-THRU-LIMITED-RUN-12-STRING-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar-115679516.gc
  10. Like most guitar companies, Matsumoku had its high and low end guitars. Granada guitars were made by Matsumoku for sale in Canada, and they are not well known in the U.S. The high end Granada 5202T was priced $150 new in 1969; this would equate to $1,060 today ( https://www.dollartimes.com/inflation/inflation.php?amount=150&year=1969 ). Yet the 5202T in the video above was sold recently by L.A. Music (https://www.lamusic.com/products/vintage5202t-used ) for $350 + $69 shipping ( https://reverb.com/item/1299659-vintage-granada-arch-top-electric-guitar-model-5202t-used ). Realistically, this guitar should be worth about $2,000. The person in the video got the 5202T at bargain price. With its binding around the diamond holes, the 5202T is better looking than the 2014 Gibson Trini Lopez reissue, which is currently priced at $3,000 (https://reverb.com/p/gibson-trini-lopez-memphis-model-cherry-2014 ). Let's hope the 2019 Trini Lopez has binding around the diamond holes.
  11. Matsumoku was the manufacturer of many high quality guitars under various names. Since this post was started, much more information has surfaced. http://www.vantage-guitars.com/m-history-02/ In the late 60s/early 70s, new Matsumoku guitars were priced the same as Gibson. Not only did they produce Epiphone guitars, but also supplied parts for Gibson. Because they were a subcontractor, Matsumoku's are not well known and their price on the vintage market is artificially low. The best example would be the 5202T which is a hollow body version of the Gibson semi-hollow Trini Lopez. This guitar was only available from Matsumoku.
  12. Previous posts say that dealers throw away the candy items; it's more likely they steal them! For those that have been victimized, there is a listing on eBay where you can buy what you were supposed to get for free. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-Epiphone-Case-Candy-/173882137043 Just don't ask where they got it from.
  13. Premiere Guitar has article on 1980's Epiphone "S" Series. https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/epiphone-s-800-1 Reverb has 1986 Epiphone catalog listing that you may be interested in. https://reverb.com/item/5195785-epiphone-by-gibson-catalog-1986
  14. There is another post in the Gibson forum "lounge" about Cozart guitars; the 12-string has even been reviewed by Premiere Guitar. https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27136-bottom-feeder-cozart-12-string-s-style A search on google found no Cozart website, but instead the angelfire internet service, with guitar kits of unassembled , unfinished wood pieces. http://cozartguitars.angelfire.com/ A disturbing review of angelfire describes it as an abandoned product. https://www.sitebuilderreport.com/angelfire-review To quote Cozart.angelfire: "Our kits relic the best guitars of the day. Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Martin to name a few." The word "relic " (a noun) is used as a verb. See for yourself the meaning of relic (the verb) as used about guitars. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/217329/relic-as-a-verb-why-the-spelling-relicing-reliced Could this be an example of why Gibson sends out a warning to copycats? You may see Fender, Paul Reed Smith, and Martin join in.
  15. Free Shipping on ALL Orders: July 3 - 7(USA Only) The Gibson website has free shipping for US customers this 4th of July weekend. This is a great opportunity to get the items you desire.
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