Perhaps not the best thread for a Telecaster discussion, but the question and skepticism about what is really going on at Gibson behind the scenes continues to fill up my newsfeed. The video below sums up their issues in 2017. The news I heard via yesterday's Fret Files podcast adds to the confusion: Gibson won't be going to Winter NAMM '18, opting to instead go to an Electronics Convention for their affiliation with the Phillips brand (??). Now for my Devil's Advocate position: I know this looks like Gibson is in shambles currently, and their products are way overpriced and inconsistent, but hasn't Gibson always been this way? Take a look at their War time policies, their denial of making guitars during war time, their inconsistent record-keeping, and their strange quality control issues since, oh wait,-- ALWAYS. Isn't this mystery and seemingly chaotic display part of their legacy? I'd love to hear some discussion this.