James Curleigh leaving Gibson

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From what i read JC is leaving the company and Cesar is taking over.
I haven't read too much about it yet, first thing i saw about him leaving is a video by Casino Guitars.
Tried to look up more info but there doesn't seem to be that much out there at this point in time (atleast what i can find)
I'm curious to see which direction Cesar will take the company




 

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Saw this this morning and wasn't really surprised. JC hasn't really been the "face" of the business anyway. My guess is that KKR brought in JC to turn the Company around after Chapter 11 - they probably even had him on a shorter contract if not for the pandemic. Now that things are pretty much back to normal again, and Cesar's been groomed to become the face of the Company, it seems like a pretty natural transition.
 

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Thats true, but you would expect the company to give notice atleast a little bit in advance before the changeover to a new CEO.
I think that is what shocked/confused most people, it was a sudden surprise seeing a twitter message saying the company has a new CEO. It was expected at some point but not so sudden.
 

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Cesar seems to be the absolute best! 👍 👍 👍

those guys are hilarious at Casino Guitars. Thanks for that I'll probably spend a ton of time listening to their podcast.

They've got an episode ragging on boycotting Harley Benton guitars because they make copy guitars.

And Casino Guitars sells Echopark and John Cruz guitars which are straight up teles and Strats. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
 

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Thats true, but you would expect the company to give notice atleast a little bit in advance before the changeover to a new CEO.
I think that is what shocked/confused most people, it was a sudden surprise seeing a twitter message saying the company has a new CEO. It was expected at some point but not so sudden.
My guess - they wanted to make sure "cheap" greeny got unleashed to the market first :rofl:

They've got an episode ragging on boycotting Harley Benton guitars because they make copy guitars.

And Casino Guitars sells Echopark and John Cruz guitars which are straight up teles and Strats. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Yeah, it's that whole Kris Derrig vs. Chibson argument. To be honest, I can see why HBs are controversial given some of the marketing Thomann has used in the past year or two. Also, there are way too many reviewers that get a bit too excited about the product and overhype them. They do offer products that carry an impressive spec sheet at a reasonable price for those living in the EU.
 

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My guess - they wanted to make sure "cheap" greeny got unleashed to the market first :rofl:


Yeah, it's that whole Kris Derrig vs. Chibson argument. To be honest, I can see why HBs are controversial given some of the marketing Thomann has used in the past year or two. Also, there are way too many reviewers that get a bit too excited about the product and overhype them. They do offer products that carry an impressive spec sheet at a reasonable price for those living in the EU.

I have bought three HB guitars in the past few months. A TE-52, ST-62 and a PRS-alike with P90s. I bought the TE first, really because - €159, and the "hype". Really impressed as it blew any Squier Teles out at twice,3x the price. So ordered the Strat-alike then picked up the PRS-alike second hand. On the TE I changed the bridge, tuners and nut immediately. The Strat just the nut and tuners. The tuners worked fine, but I had ordered good Kluson replacements when I ordered because the review all pointed to those as a weak spot. The PRS-alike I changed the P90s for some Epi ones I had.

I'm not a Fender guy, hence why I decided to take a chance of these just to have a Tele and Strat. Plus I like modding. The TE-52 was HEAVY - over 10lbs. So, I stripped it, and carved a belly and arm cut plus routed out some of the Ash body under the pickguard. It is now around 9lpb and feels great. The necks on the HBs are really very nice. Fit and finish is as good as an Epi really. All in all great fun guitars. The ultimate beater/modding guitar.

Here are some pics of my TE-52 mods:

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I have bought three HB guitars in the past few months. A TE-52, ST-62 and a PRS-alike with P90s. I bought the TE first, really because - €159, and the "hype". Really impressed as it blew any Squier Teles out at twice,3x the price. So ordered the Strat-alike then picked up the PRS-alike second hand. On the TE I changed the bridge, tuners and nut immediately. The Strat just the nut and tuners. The tuners worked fine, but I had ordered good Kluson replacements when I ordered because the review all pointed to those as a weak spot. The PRS-alike I changed the P90s for some Epi ones I had.

I'm not a Fender guy, hence why I decided to take a chance of these just to have a Tele and Strat. Plus I like modding. The TE-52 was HEAVY - over 10lbs. So, I stripped it, and carved a belly and arm cut plus routed out some of the Ash body under the pickguard. It is now around 9lpb and feels great. The necks on the HBs are really very nice. Fit and finish is as good as an Epi really. All in all great fun guitars. The ultimate beater/modding guitar.

Here are some pics of my TE-52 mods:

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Nice work on the carves/shaping!!
 


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