The future, meaning tomorrow?I foresee pre-Gibson Mesa/Boogies to increase in value significantly in the future.
How long before we're seeing cheap solid state amps with the Mesa name on them?
pairing a guitar company and an amplifier company
Gibson Maestro, Mesa Boogie SS starter pack coming to an Amazon near you?Agree. Smart move. Hope they play this hand with the integrity it deserves.
However, there’s also the chance we just trade Doug West for Mark Agnissi...which is just as bad...yes. Doug West and Randall Smith every time they do a demo for a product I have interest in. Boogie basically doesn’t use outside reviewers for their products so I don’t really get a choice.
There's a huge difference between one of the largest amp names out there, and the niche brands you mentioned.I hope this doesn't end up like so many of their other acquisitions did- going nowhere like Valley Arts, Steinberger, Oberheim, Trace Elliot, Tobias, etc, etc. How long before we're seeing cheap solid state amps with the Mesa name on them? Hopefully never but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if in a few years this comes to pass. It's true that this isn't the Gibson of Henry J. but time will tell.
For sure. At 75, one must start putting the end in sight.I own 2 Gibson's and 2 Boogies... They sound great together. I see a great deal of chatter online...One of my Gibson's is a 2018 LP deluxe w/p90's. It is a bankruptcy year Les Paul (high quality too!) It sounds great through my Mark V and my Fillmore... I let my ears be the judge not the online keyboard warriors/angry YouTubers. Most of the negative opinions I've read online are just comments from "cheap seats" coming from folks with next to no real experience in the operation of a business or understanding of commerce in general.
It's tough out there right now for business owners, I'd say Randall has achieved what most entrepreneurs strive for. He built a product and brand equity that will allow him to transition to retirement comfortably. Reduce the stress, design the circuits till he wants to do something else...plus I'm sure he got a check with enough zeros to make this happen. Good for you Randy!!
My only hope is that Mesa/Boogie stays in Petaluma and all those folks keep their jobs.
That's funny, because Gibson is probably the only large guitar manufacturer that kept its production in the USA (not counting sub brands like Epiphone)Can't wait for the 500.00 china-boogie.
Gibson made excellent amps, in the US, in the 50s-60s. They didn't sell well though. They had some cool Epiphone amps in recent decades.I recall there used to be some Gibson branded amps before...were they made by Gibson or through a partnership?
Im fine with this acquisition, its a sensible one. Fenders had amps all this time, at a full range of pricepoints.
I would like to know the rationale though...ie how does the mesa brand benefit? seems they already had dealer/distribution deals in place, does gibson give them more exposure?