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Last I heard Gibson had just been saved from bankruptcy with 500 million dollars worth of debt and were considering going into ukeleles (seriously). Funny old world.

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Gibson have such a such a great history of running amplifier manufacturers they've bought out......

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Didn't they nearly destroy Trace Elliot??

Doesn't bode well for Mesa...

 

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Well, I hope it goes better than when Gibson bought Trace Elliot, Steinberger, Philips and pretty much every brand ever purchased by Gibson. I was willing to give the new ownership structure of Gibson a chance, but that 'Play Authentic' campaign was a massive blunder from the start so my expectations are pretty low here. 

I say the above despite being an owner of a Les Paul and an EB3 and being a big fan of Gibson guitars (not so much the basses). 

Hopefully, Gibson will have a 'light touch/hands off' approach to Mesa. If it is a disaster then I will at least own a bunch of 'Pre Gibson' Mesa gear. What I can see happening is Gibson trying to sue any amp company who makes a high gain amp, on account of it being a 'Recto Clone'. 

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Might as well buy one now if you wanted one then, probably not going to be around long!

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Given Gibson’s reverse Midas touch of the past, the future for Mesa could be bleak.

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1 hour ago, TheGreek said:

Didn't they nearly destroy Trace Elliot??

Doesn't bode well for Mesa...

 

and Steinberger and Philips

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7 minutes ago, fretmeister said:

and Steinberger and Philips

And opcode and cakewalk, and kramer and a load of other companies.

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29 minutes ago, fretmeister said:

Tobias basses too.

They sort of killed that dead, didn’t they...😞

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So Mesa are now to become collectable.

Sad state of affairs.

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https://www.guitarworld.com/news/gibson-acquires-mesaboogie-amps

I am not sure if this is good news.

Gibson don't have a good track record of successfully running acquired businesses. They appear to be struggling to run their own business properly how on earth can they develop Mesa.🤐.

I really hope this acquisition does not go the same way as some of the other over ambitious purchases. @agedhorse you have my very best wishes for your future. 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-01/gibson-files-for-bankruptcy-with-deal-to-renew-guitar-business

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It might be OK, since Gibson has no meaningful presence in the guitar amp market. If they'd been bought out by Fender you could expect the brand to disappear.

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10 hours ago, agedhorse said:

I have addressed some of this to the best of my ability in a TalkBass thread. Rather than rehash this here, please take a look at the thread:

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/official-mesa-boogie-subway-series-club.1181245/page-1144#post-24825163

Hope all’s OK for you Andy

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