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My bizarre Gibson story...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by thunderbyrd, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    it's been a long time since i posted this anywhere - if you've been looking at guitar forums over the past 20 years, you might remember reading this somewhere cause i've posted it all over the place.

    so here i go again.

    in 1974 or 1975, i went into a music shop in shelbyville kentucky. there was a young, heavy-set guy working there. he had a sort of speech impediment. while i was checking out whatever they had hanging there, he said, "I show you something. you can't touch it, but i show you." he opened a case and i saw a black or dark blue Gibson ES-type guitar. He plugged it into an amp and said "listen to this".

    on the neck of the guitar were tiny, white plastic buttons, one at the headstock, one where the neck joined the body, and one at about the 5th fret. he told me that when you push the buttons, the guitar played in stereo. i can't vouch for "stereo", but it definitely sounded different when he pushed the buttons. (the buttons were situated so you could push them with your thumb while playing chords.)

    what makes this confusing to me is that i seem to remember seeing another guitar somewhere with the same type of buttons - which made me think, at that time, that this was a thing that gibson was making. but i am not as clear on this second memory. but i am perfectly clear on the first memory.

    so. has anybody ever seen a gibson guitar with tiny plastic buttons on the neck?

    let me save someone some typing time: it was not an epiphone guitar-organ. it was not an epiphone, hagstrom, nor any other brand of guitar, it was a gibson.

    i wrote to gibson a few years ago and they had no records of anything like this and suggested that it must have been some kind of aftermarket alteration. which makes sense, but consider the amount of work it would be to take that neck apart, put in the wiring, put in the buttons and whatever else would need to be done, then put it back together perfectly. sounds more like something done in the factory to me, but what do i know.

    i keep posting ever so often about this guitar because i believe this thing is still out there somewhere. whoever has it should be a pretty serious musician, i would think. or maybe someone in a shop somewhere has seen it and remembered it.

    one day, it's going to turn up.
     
  2. Peegoo

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    I'm guessing here, but it may have been an ES-type counterfeit Gibson from Japan, Korea, Eastern Europe, etc.

    In the 1970s there were a lot of them being made and sold overseas. Most were pretty junky, but some were pretty nice guitars. Some came into the US--usually with service members returning from overseas because importation of them violated trademark laws.
     
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    I hope you find this, whatever it is. Maddening, isn't it?
     
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    I have no idea but... I WANT to believe!


    Edit: ha I posted this right as the one above me showed up
     
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    ...another one lost :cry:
     
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    Without pictures, I really can't say ...

    Maybe a prototype one-off that an employee snuck out of the factory ???

    It is a possibility...
     
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    The first thing that came to my mind was that it was one of the Japanese lawsuit guitars cranked out in the 70s but I've never seen one of those with the Gibson name on the headstock. That's exactly the kind of weird feature that one of the Japanese companies would have put out but maybe someone at Gibson did it as a one off.
     
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    Never trust a heavy-set guy in a music store showing you something special in a case. Just saying.
     
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    Or showing you some prime beef he's selling out of his trunk.
     
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  13. thunderbyrd

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    after all these years, that is the most logical explanation. i'm hoping the owner of the guitar will one day see my posts about it. or whoever made the thing.
     
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    it's almost as bad as that time i saw a brontosaurus in Lake Okeechobee. but i don't ever talk about that.
     
  15. telemnemonics

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    When I was in my early 20s I found a copy of the Beatles yellow submarine book and I guess was bored so I skimmed through it.

    There was a huge section of the book missing, like a couple of whole chapters.
    The page numbers were all there but chapters were missing.

    Has anybody seen that book with the missing chapters?
     
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    i agree. that was my last time, believe you me.
     
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    That might have been me, what was the approximate date?
     
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    But what if he's height-weight proportionate? Is it safe to follow him to the private quarters?
     
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    nope, nope, not gonna talk about it. people will think i'm crazy.
     
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    I think its a dream you had last night.
     
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