Archive for May 1st, 2018

Right on the heels of Infinity War comes the second Ant-man and The Wasp trailer

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Right on the heels of Infinity War comes the second Ant-man and The Wasp trailer

It made sense that the villain would be someone coming from the Quantum Realm and I love that the tone hasn't changed from the first movie. This is gonna be good.

And if you're wondering, this takes place before the events of Infinity War (and no spoilers for those who haven't seen it please)

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Legendary guitar brand Gibson to declare bankruptcy

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

This is sad to see but not entirely surprising. I've always wanted to get myself a Gibson but truth be told, they don't provide lower-end equipment which drastically reduces their customer base. Yes you can buy an Epiphone that looks like a Les Paul but you're not getting a Gibson. Unlike Ibanez which will have guitars from £300 RGs to £6000 signature models from the likes of +Steve Vai or +Joe Satriani, Gibson has a rather limited range of prices which start just north of what many amateur guitar players can afford.

It also occurs to me that they seem to always rely on the prestige of their name and year after year simply release variations on the same models of Les Pauls, SG, Explorers and ES. I also rarely see endorsements from Gibson, Slash has a few signature models but you don't tend to see "trendy" players being endorsed by them, which gives the impression that they are generally quite detached from the larger community of guitar players (and do I remember correctly that they weren't even at NAMM this year? Though this might have been because of those financial troubles).

Still, I think if they allowed themselves to have the Gibson brand be for lower value models, diversify their catalogue with new designs and find artists that can act as ambassadors alongside Slash (admittedly, a huge name) they might find a way out of their troubles.

But then I'm no expert as the standard disclaimer goes…

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Gibson, maker of famed Les Paul guitar, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy – CBS News
Iconic American music brand seeks court protection as it tries to continue being a player in the business

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