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How do we know what "reissue" means?

 

* Is "reissue" a casual term to mean any discontinued model that is revived, whether to original specs or as an approximation?

 

* Do manufacturers control the use and meaning?

 

* Are there criteria in a formal definition set by some official sanctioning group?

 

 

I've posted this question in the Vintage section of this forum as well.

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All of the above............

 

Perhaps the 1959 reissues are the most accurate reissues, as that is the model that is most demanded to be fairly accurate.......

 

Guitar Center orders " Reissues " often to their own specs; ie, a 1960 L.P. reissue with split coil push-pulls........

 

The term " Historic " is also used a bit as well.....

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It's just a word. They made great guitars when there were no reissues. If they were calling a bunch of crappy guitars reissues, they'd still be crappy guitars. And a great guitar that isn't a reissue is still a great guitar.

 

It's just a word.

 

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How do we know what "reissue" means? ....

 

* Is "reissue" a casual term to mean any discontinued model that is revived, whether to original specs or as an approximation?

Yes, more or less.

 

* Do manufacturers control the use and meaning?

To some extent.

 

* Are there criteria in a formal definition set by some official sanctioning group?

No.

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I have learned a lot, but I am no expert, and do not plan to be................

 

Les Pauls varied from year to year....Some of the variables involved;

 

Body thicknesses, of the mahogany, of the maple caps, one piece backs, center seamed backs, cap contours, colors,

 

shades of colors, pickup models, pickup winding materials, electronics, body weights, knob types, pickguard shapes,

 

off centered maple caps ( under goldtops ), headstock shapes, neck shapes ( the big one ), body contours, fretboard

 

materials, fretboard radiuses, fretboard inlay materials, inlay sizes, and so forth.....And, of course, plain vs flamed tops,

 

how flamed, etc etc etc.........Just how accurate a certain " Reissue " is does vary, but, it is my opinion that Gibson has

 

overall done a fine job on most reissues.............................

 

Many of these variables changed year to year, and even within years...............................

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The latest release or should I say re-release of the FT-79 Epiphone 'Texan' has been billed as "Inspired By". Not sure what that means either, but Epiphone seems to avoid the term re-issue when referring to this guitar. Same goes for the various John Lennon Casinos, "Inspired by".

 

At the same time the Wilshire is being sold as a 'Re-issue.'

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The latest release or should I say re-release of the FT-79 Epiphone 'Texan' has been billed as "Inspired By". Not sure what that means either, but Epiphone seems to avoid the term re-issue when referring to this guitar. Same goes for the various John Lennon Casinos, "Inspired by".

 

At the same time the Wilshire is being sold as a 'Re-issue.'

i think the inpired by texan is acustic electric

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Thanks, guys. This is all helpful, to learn there's no standardization; that manufacturers try to use caution, influence or control the term's usage.

 

Makes me curious about...not sure if I should use this example on the Gibson forum, but here goes...

 

Fender had the Duo-Sonic and the 1959 model is now reissued so to speak by Squier. Granted Squier's a Fender entity, but I wonder if this bastardizes reissue status?

 

Or could current National reissue the 1936 National Duolian and would that be accepted as a "reissue"?

 

Eastwood has the "Airline" rights...I guess their Airline is a reissue, yes? no?

 

Does reissue have to come from the same manufacturer?

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Thanks, guys. This is all helpful, to learn there's no standardization; that manufacturers try to use caution, influence or control the term's usage.

 

Makes me curious about...not sure if I should use this example on the Gibson forum, but here goes...

 

Fender had the Duo-Sonic and the 1959 model is now reissued so to speak by Squier. Granted Squier's a Fender entity, but I wonder if this bastardizes reissue status?

 

Or could current National reissue the 1936 National Duolian and would that be accepted as a "reissue"?

 

Eastwood has the "Airline" rights...I guess their Airline is a reissue, yes? no?

 

Does reissue have to come from the same manufacturer?

 

I forgot to also mention that SOME "Reissues" also use "period correct" fret wire, fret type, and neck tendon; short, medium, long......

 

In regards to EASTWOOD guitars, they don't label their guitars, nor sell them as "Reissues"...And, they are quality....As far as Fender Squire guitars go,

 

I can only say that their 50s and 60s reissues are clearly sold as "inspired" models, and that the quality is EQUAL to Fenders, at an amazing price.....

 

I think, IMHO, that each individual consumer needs to make his or her decision on what "reissue" means.......

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Makes me curious about...not sure if I should use this example on the Gibson forum, but here goes...

 

Fender had the Duo-Sonic and the 1959 model is now reissued so to speak by Squier. Granted Squier's a Fender entity, but I wonder if this bastardizes reissue status?

 

Or could current National reissue the 1936 National Duolian and would that be accepted as a "reissue"?

 

Eastwood has the "Airline" rights...I guess their Airline is a reissue, yes? no?

 

Does reissue have to come from the same manufacturer?

 

I think the question is more how closely the "re-issue" approximates the original, rather than the division of the company or the brandname. The duo-sonic came out of the California Fullerton plant. A fender reissue could come from Corona, or mexico or japan. Whichever one it come from, it will be made by different people, with different tooling and production equipment from the original. A 'reissue" korean duo sonic may be closer to the original that one made in the USA, it all depends.

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