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Maestro by Gibson...are these legit?

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I'm somewhat new to Gibson guitars so I'm not that familiar with their product lines, but I happened to be looking for a used LP on Craigslist and ran across this......

 

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/msg/1432008742.html

 

and the specific link it points to....

 

http://www.gibson.com/en%2Dus/Divisions/Maestro/Electrics/Single%20Cutaway%20Carvetop/

 

I don't recall ever seeing any of this line at GC or other music shops. Are these "Maestro by Gibson" guitars equivilant to the"Squier by Fender" guitar line? ... kinda meant to reach the more affordable minded (cheap?) buyers. Obviously they can't be compared to the regular Gibson line in terms of quality, but, just like Fender Squiers, some models can be quite competitive as to how well made they are for the price.

 

Are they worth it, or just wait and go straight for a real Gibson?

Any comments or comparisons would be helpful. Thanks

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That Maestro and a Gibson have nothing in common except the use of Les Paul's name. Different types of woods let alone quality, different construction methods, wiring, pickups, hardware, finish. You get the idea.

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What else? Poplar/Maple top (they can't specify which?), die cast tuners, one piece wraparound bridge, bolt on neck (bolt on neck!!!). Good grief. I've seen one of these, in Costco I think. Came as a package with an amp and cord etc. The whole deal looked really crappy...like a toy or a prop to trash on stage.

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What else? Poplar/Maple top (they can't specify which?)' date=' die cast tuners, one piece wraparound bridge, bolt on neck (bolt on neck!!!). Good grief. I've seen one of these, in Costco I think. Came as a package with an amp and cord etc. The whole deal looked really crappy...like a toy or a prop to trash on stage.

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You got that right... I wish all of the guitar bashers would get cheap guitars like the Maestro to destroy rather than their nice LP's or even Strats. +1 to the "Toy Look" you get what you pay for...

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These guitars are produced under the Gibson/Baldwin Music Education Program (or something to that effect). They're beginner-grade instruments.

 

They're closer to the Starcaster by Fender line than the Squier line, which includes some rather nice guitars.

 

They seem to be produced under two names - Maestro and Signature. I'm not sure why some are under one name and some are under another, but they seem to be identical.

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Yeah... after taking a little time to research these on the internet, I'm finding they kinda follow the Fender "Starcaster" series and usually include a cheap amp & accessories. Sounds like even the Squiers are way further up the "Quality" ladder!

 

I know once in a while someone claims they found a real good one and are surprised the quality is almost par with the more professional line. I hear that in the Fender forums all the time. I'm not knocking Korean/India made guitars, cause you get what you pay for! But those that buy these cheapies, and then upgrade pu's and parts to make it a quality player may just as well start out with a good model and forget these "starter" guitars. It doesn't really pay in the long run.

 

Thanks for your responses.....

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A pupil turned up the other week with a make called Signature by Gibson.

 

Has anyone heard of these?

 

Matt

 

They sell them in retail department stores here in the USA, some electronics stores carry them as well.

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These guitars are produced under the Gibson/Baldwin Music Education Program (or something to that effect). They're beginner-grade instruments.
The funny thing is' date=' so were the '50s Juniors, where "Junior" = music studends/kids.

 

 

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I'm not trying to compare the quality of an actual Gibson LP Junior to that of the Maestro series, but they were concieved from the SAME principle. But the fact of the matter is, most parents aren't willing to spend upwards of $1,000 for real GLPJ (especially for little kids), when they can get a guitar that [at least] looks like one for close to $700 less.

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I've been impressed with the Epiphone imports, but not these maestro things. One thing to keep in mind is that they're sold in department stores and discount stores where a kid, or parent, will not have a real guitar to compare it to. Cheapens the marque.

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So  have one of these Gibson Maestro this  one is Made in China but I have to say it sounds dam good for what I paid for it. I tuned this up with a tuner and I was very surprised at how good it played and intonation was right on. Chords sound great . It even has adjustable tuners. I tell ya this it’s a lot better then the crap  copies they use to sell in the seventies. This thing is a great beginner guitar  and I’d play  this thing all day long wouldn’t bother me a bit. 

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