Guitar storage

How do you organise your pleasure room? Here at Château PGC it is getting rather crazy. As a collector I have to stash 90+ guitars and about 20+ (vintage) amps. The house is a labyrint with no escape. If you don’t know your way around you ‘ll be lost for days. I need a bigger house! Well instead of facing the financial abyss from new mortgage, I might have found a wallet friendly solution: Case Storage Racks!

The Guitarstorage double stack racks are a blessing for the guitar collector and gear head. These pieces of functional furniture can hold 25 guitars each. It is the ideal rack for your music room. You can store your guitars with or without cases. I don’t use the “bookshelves” so I can store as manny as possible. The racks are equipped with heavy duty wheels so cleaning dust behind the rack is done in a jiffy.

I ordered 2 of these at Musicstorage, …not cheap to ship large and heavy furniture from overseas but I gained half of my room surface to store more (new) gear. Up to now I have not found a European alternative for these storage devices but how hard can it be to have it made by a carpenter? … or DIY? (No DIY for me, I need my fingers to play the guitars.)

Downside of it: you can only use “guitar shaped” cases on the bottom stack. The typical rectangular Fender cases (or even an oversized acoustic or hollow body case) will only fit on the top shelf.

Overall, a nice storage for your precious guitars. I am happy with it. Let me know how you store your guitars? …or amps?

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Gibson Automotive

For a few days now I have been driving a Gibson Super Goldtone 4×4. It is a great car, I love it! The engine has DTV6 cylinders with EL34 valves. Spring reverb suspension in the front and rear. Chrome grille to cover the Celestion V30’s. For the driver mode I can choose between two options: normal and overdrive. A luxury dashboard with black speed knobs and non-active noise cancelling technology (it is loud!).

GIbson Automotive
Gibson Automotive

It is just a joke. I’ve put a replacement badge of a Gibson Goldtone amp on the rear of my car. Have a great day y’all!

Gibson “Playing Authentic”

Man, I love Gibson guitars! I own and play 30+ original Gibsons, all modern or vintage instruments and I never had any complaint about quality, playability or whatsoever. Sure they don’t come cheap but I enjoy the tone, the look and the feel of a real Gibson guitar. I am a fan of the brand and I got a LP Custom headstock tattooed on my shoulder. Never felt to go into discussion with the numerous Gibson Bashers in cyberspace.

There is nothing wrong with a company trying to protect its intellectual property, they have every right to protect their legacy and take action towards counterfeiting and unfair competition. Counterfeit guitars flooding the market can even decrease the value of my authentic collection. 

Today I came across the Gibson “Play Authentic” video featuring Gibson’s Director of Brand Experience Mark Agnesi. (see the video below) The clip carried out a warning to rival brands that produce guitars with body shapes and designs similar to Gibson models. “You have been warned, we’re here to protect our iconic legacy!”  Pretty strong words and from a marketing point of view maybe not the best decision in re-branding the Gibson company.  The public reaction was pretty hefty and the video was pulled off of Youtube.  Sending out a cringe is not a good move when you are in an attempt to revive your company.  The video may be gone but the first trademark violation lawsuits are filed against Dean, Schecter and Luna Guitars. More to be followed soon. 

The Gibson and Fender models are being copied for almost fifty years now. We had the Japanese lawsuit guitars in the seventies. The headstock shape and the logo are both considered as a trademark but there are already a number of court cases that decided things like an SG, LP or Strat shape are not enforceable trademarks.  Why decide to claim your “authenticity” when your competitors have been doing “variations” for more than 5 decades? 

I don’t see the point in making money by filing lawsuits against competitors? Isn’t that old-style management from the HJ-era?  On the other hand Gibson itself used to copy other manufacturers designs. In the eighties Gibson issued the Gibson US-1, a Superstrat.  In 2009 the Gibson Guitar Company did a short run of the low-end Jimi Hendrix guitar, a Stratocaster with a slightly different headstock.  Slash, the Gibson brand ambassador himself used a luthier LP copy when playing Guns’n Roses! What about the issues with the German company that developed those dreaded Robotuners? And in my opinion the 2019 Gibson EB Bass looks more like an Ibanez or Yamaha…

Gibson US-1

Gibson should take action towards the Chinese counterfeit guitars, they steal their logo and trademark. But companies like Schecter make good quality instruments based on a traditional design. Gibson should be flattered by that!

Gibson Play Authentic Video

Vacation….

Not so many postings lately… we were on a vacation in Saint Tropez, France.

What do you do on a not so sunny day? Right, you take a Taylor GS Mini and fiddle around a bit. It is a great travel companion and a remarkably good instrument for the price! I love it!

Taylor GS Mini