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Gibson's former Kalamazoo factory is being converted into a Hard Rock Hotel

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  1. Dan R

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    Meh.
     
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    I'd rather it was converted into a guitar factory. :rolleyes::D
     
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    I’ve never been to Michigan- is Kalamazoo even worth visiting?
     
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    Isn't that where Heritage operates out of? I'm only vaguely familiar with the brand, but I thought it was a bunch of former Gibson employees working out of Gibson's old space.
     
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    I thought they were building those new higher-end Harmony guitars there. Maybe somewhere nearby, then?
     
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    Not since Gibsons factory closed
     
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    I think it was the Heritage factory for years. But there was an article a year or so ago talking about Gibson still owning a chunk of the building and wanting to sell of the property, and Heritage suing because their agreement allowed them to keep building guitars there, or something like that. Also there were new owners.
     
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    Article says that Heritage is at the site and the hotel will not affect their operations
     
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    I go there every year for a medieval studies conference in early May. It's a nice midwestern college town: some good architecture and some good restaurants. Two years ago a friend and I were walking around the downtown area and stepped into a bank that was built in the late 20s: an art deco gem, if you like that kind of thing, which he and I do.
     
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    I grew up in Battle Creek, MI which is about twenty minutes from Kalamazoo. KZoo was fun to visit back then (mid 90s) as it had a lot of amenities my hometown didn't have...good book stores, record stores, a skate park, concert venues, etc. I don't know if it would necessarily be a destination on it's own, but it has a lot going for it, lots of breweries (Bells in particular), restaurants, culture. I'm not necessarily in favor of the building being turned into a Hard Rock Hotel, but am glad that Heritage will still be there and it's better than it being torn down. It's also not too far from Grand Rapids, which is a city on the make.
     
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    pretty much everything with the Hard Rock branding I've encountered, was pretty lame. Including the Casino.

    So many of them have fake Rock relics like a rhinestone bedazzled outfit "similar to one Elvis wore in 1972 for x tour."

    along with food that Logan's Roadhouse would be embarrassed to serve, for a hefty price.

    I had more fun at the tiny Johnny Cash museum, than I had at every Hard Rock property I've ever been to. And I'm not a massive Johnny Cash fan.
     
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    I was wondering if Heritage was still there. I've always been curious about their guitars. Never have seen one in the flesh that I remember.
     
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    Heritage is still there in the building next to the old Gibson factory.

    Here's me and Ren in the showroom, early January 2020

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    I wanted to walk out of there with that red 530, but the occasion of being up there was a ski weekend with my wife on our wedding anniversary -- I thought maybe being enamored of a new guitar would put the missus in a less wedding anniversary state of mind

    never mind the '67 Deluxe in the showroom, which I played through until my wife gave me "the look" -- but Mike and Ren kept putting nice guitars in my hands, and Ren was complimenting my licks -- what was a guy supposed to do?

    fortunately my wife is a swell gal, and Ren and Mike were nice enough to give us a very quick tour of the factory -- they were just getting started on those Harmony Stratotones

    I'll have to take a drive back up there someday, no reason .... ; )
     
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    I had a chance years ago to buy an old tube amp at a pawn moving sale. All kinds of crappy old electrocution specials. Then I saw a Kalamazoo amp. I knew the name association with old gibson. All priced about $50 so I snapped that one up. Great little tube amp.
    Nice that its getting used and also keeping the history. Heritage is still working from there to so that's cool. I'd like to check it out or stay there.
     
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    Agreed. I've never been to the hotel, but did go to the Cafe location in Phoenix and just don't understand the appeal of what is basically an Applebee's with higher prices and guitars screwed to the wall.
     
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    it kinda looks like a hotel

    again, pic from January 2020

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    it's next to some railroad tracks, ample parking out front
     
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    absolutely. I've been to Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville, La Jolla, and the casino in Biloxi.. Same old song and dance.

    Just like you said, Basically an applebees with a souvenir shop with a couple interesting pieces, and a bunch of fake replica items.
     
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    Not even an Applebee’s...that would be a step up. Once each in two different locations were more than enough for me to just say no.
     
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    You mean you didn't enjoy the room temperature loaded nachos for 25 dollars?!?!

    I really don't know how the place got so famous. I used to see Hard Rock T shirts everywhere.
     
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