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Well, now we know "what's next"!

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www.epiphone.com

 

God ... I feel a hundred years old. I have no idea who this guy even is! =P~

 

MIDI

 

I KNOW the feeling! There is an explanation, within the website, as to who he is,

but that means nothing, to me. lol

 

So, it's back to the "Jurassic Park" box set, and an era I know something about! ;>)

 

CB

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Jurassic ... now your talking, CB. Sometimes I feel like I grew up in that era!

 

So, if I have this right, Epiphone's Corporate strategy is to discontinue most of their original, fine instruments and tool up to build ... an Ibanez? LOL

 

It's probably a great guitar ... just too many sharp points for me!

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hey I am 21 and I listen to heavy metal too but that's beyond my knowledge who the hell he is..now besides knowing he played for Guitar hero I have no idea which band he belongs too or how he plays..

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Well just to let you all know....that makes me really excited. This just means that when I release my new smash hit game "Harmonica Hero I"* I am going to be a STAR!!!!!

 

*I actually do not have a game being released by the name of Harmonica Hero...but, if by chance there is a software developer out there and they took a bit of the crazy juice tonight and want to make something of Harmonica Hero please feel free to let me know. My idea is a harmonica shaped controller you plug into your Wii console. I selected the Wii to pilot this due to it's harmonica shaped controller. I just can't wait to have an Aphawki signature harmonica!!!

 

Why yes...I do think I am funny.

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Well just to let you all know....that makes me really excited. This just means that when I release my new smash hit game "Harmonica Hero I"* I am going to be a STAR!!!!!

 

*I actually do not have a game being released by the name of Harmonica Hero...but' date=' if by chance there is a software developer out there and they took a bit of the crazy juice tonight and want to make something of Harmonica Hero please feel free to let me know. My idea is a harmonica shaped controller you plug into your Wii console. I selected the Wii to pilot this due to it's harmonica shaped controller. I just can't wait to have an Aphawki signature harmonica!!!

 

Why yes...I do think I am funny.[/quote']

 

Noooooooooooo!!

 

#-o](*,)[-X ..... All that will do is open the door for Accordion Hero:-&

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You all do realize we could just put them all together and sell it to the makers of Rockband right? Can you imagine how that sales pitch would go?!

 

Alright....who took this thread way off topic?

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Maybe they got rid of the Elitist models to make way for this crap. Look at the prizes in their contest this month

 

Marcus Henderson, "Apparition" signature guitar

 

and

 

Prophecy Les Paul EX and custom Monster Energy LP

 

Personally I don't care for the direction they are taking, but that's just me.

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Is it just me, or are all of these heavy models just overkill? They've got the Goth lineup, Prophesy... and now this?

 

I know they are trying to find new customers with this direction, but I'd stick with the tried and true sg/lp models. How about an Epiphone version of the Gibson grabber/ripper? That would be a HUGE seller.

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I don't know who that guy is either.

 

Funny thing to me, the Fender Jaguar was a surf guitar in my day and it has come back to be seen pretty widely in 90's and 00 bands. Wierd shapes with exaggerated horns, clear holes in the middle, handles so that you can carry it like a suitcase, and clear plexiglass guitars have become popular. I guess Epiphone is adding lines to appeal to the younger players who can afford an Epi but not a Gibby. I saw an ad for the Gibson Les Paul Standard today...MSRP is $3899.00. Whew.

 

At least he's pushing the Explorer shape. That's a good thing.

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I dunno ... I really can't say anything. I have two of those Prophecy models. The LP and the SG GX's. I think they are great and I'm very happy with them both even though they are FAR from traditional versions of those two guitars.

 

It just seems to me that Epiphone is going hell-bent for a market that they are not going to appeal to. Just how receptive the Ibanez/Jackson/Dean/ESP crowd is going to be to Epi remains to be seen. I guess it's worth a shot, but I have a feeling that they are risking alienating some of their more tried and true loyal customers with some of these moves.

 

MIDI

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It would be interesting to see (numbers wise) just who is buying most "electric" guitars, nowadays? And, what type music those players prefer? I'd guess it would be the much younger crowd, at least in that price range, which might explain Epi's thinking? But, I could be mistaken, for sure...

I, being a "dinosaur," wish they'd bring back all the models I grew up playing/loving...Sheraton (Mini-humbucker version), Riviera (also the original mini-humbucker version), keep the Casino, but make it to correct spec's, like the originals, and those wonderful "Jazz" boxes, as well. And, of course...the solid bodies...that were "Epiphone," and

not just Gibson clones. We're seeing a bit of that, already. Just hope it continues, in that direction, as well.

Not "confident" by any means, but hopeful...at least.

 

CB

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It just seems to me that Epiphone is going hell-bent for a market that they are not going to appeal to. Just how receptive the Ibanez/Jackson/Dean/ESP crowd is going to be to Epi remains to be seen. I guess it's worth a shot' date=' but I have a feeling that they are risking alienating some of their more tried and true loyal customers with some of these moves.MIDI[/quote']

 

I'm no business expert but I'd be interested to know how Gibson/Epiphone run their marketing department.

 

What they seem to be doing here is delivering a mixed marketing message. Does Epiphone make HM shredder style guitars or do they make licensed reproductions of classic instruments of both Epiphone and Gibson origin?

 

As for the market itself, who spends the most money on mid-priced guitars? Is it the middle aged, mid life crisis type such as myself who is developing a bug for for buying classic looking guitars at prices which almost, but don't quite get me killed, or is it the teenager who can afford one mid-priced guitar, maybe two. Either way, all but the out and out headbanger surely crave for these classic guitars because their heroes of either the '70s or the '00s use Gibsons. As stated above, Epi fills a niche and price range which the competition (in terms of major manufacturers) don't. If they're not careful, the smaller companies will be happy to snap up their disillusioned and confused clientele. This is a dangerous game for any company to play in this economic climate.

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I may be a fosil, or vintage, as I like to call myself, but I agree Epiphone is just aiming at the younger crowds with that new line of guitars.

 

To me at least Epi is quality hollow bodies and affordable Gibson versions, but maybe they wanna break ground here with a new approach and maybe change the image of the company... or maybe this is just another product and we shouldn't be making a big deal out of it.

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The thing is, if you look at any of the guitar sellar's catalogs/web pages, there are amazing numbers of "Metal" or

"Hard Rock," type guitars being made, from all kinds of companies, especially Asian. Maybe Epi is going for the

short term...cash in on the "Metal/Hardrock" youth craze (wasn't that already over, some time ago?? LOL)?

Just seems strange to try to do what "everyone else is doing," instead of what they're known for, and really

great at. But, maybe they'll re-introduce all the "Elitist" models (even if they don't call them "Elitist"), in the near future,

as well, to satisfy the more "traditionalists?" Who Knows?! ;>b

 

CB

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