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Gibson’s Eye Guitar – a future collectable?


twitterfacebook481The new Gibson Eye guitar has certainly caused a storm of controversy since its recent launch, but mainly for being so damned ugly.

The limited run, red and white, bastardised SG style guitar has bought a flood of negative comments in blogs and forums for its looks, and it’s not cheap either with a RRP of $2497.

Comments from the Gibson product page include;

“This is the ugliest ******* thing you guys have ever made. Stay off the LSD and start making affortable (sic.) great sounding guitars ”

“Uggggly! With a capital “U”! …and pointeless… ”

“PLEASE….SCRAP THE ENTIRE 2009 LIMITED RUN SERIES before one more innocent tree has to die needlessly. ”

“Hey, Gibson, are you trying to out-do yourselves here? First, the Reverse V, then the Reverse Explorer, then the Holy V and Holy Explorer, and now this? This “Eye” thing, hands-down, is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen (even more-so than the Pontiac Aztec). It’s not “retro;” it’s not “futuristic;” it’s just plain ugly. Gibson has made some of the most beautiful instruments ever created – the Les Paul, the SJ-200, the Lloyd Loar Mandolins, just to name a few. This new guitar is evidence that Gibson also makes the ugliest instruments. Do yourselves a favor and fire the people that designed this, then fire the people that approved its release. And stop needlessly killing innocent trees… ”

However, I think this guitar has potential. 

All Gibson guitars have a collectability factor to a certain extent, and this one, like the Gibson Corvus before it, is destined to be quitely consigned to history in a short space of time. A limited run, unpopular and a strong brand name all point to future collectability to me. 

Assuming dealers will have trouble selling them I predict some nice discounts will be offered, so maybe it would be prudent to pick one up and leave it in the cupboard for a few years. Looking at the values of the Corvus with dealers and on Ebay, surely the Eye will follow along this path of derision, wilderness years, curiosity and finally collectability?

gibson eye guitar

Still not sure I can bring myself to buy one though…

4 Comments

  1. GLWilson says:

    It’s not that bad a design. The scratchplate leaves a lot to be desired, and the red pickups look just odd, but otherwise…

  2. I expressed similar views on the Gibson Eye with mixed feelings about its design, and I was also surprised at the reactions on the Gibson forum.

    It screams “collectibility” and yet I wouldn’t put that much money into it. But if an upcoming band picked one up to set itself apart, it could become an icon.

    By the way, as always it retails far below the RRP ($1,299 @ GC)

  3. Steele says:

    I honestly think it doesn’t look too bad. I think that people aren’t giving it a chance, and are overreacting. It’s nice to vary in new guitars, for a change. OK, it might cost a lot more than it’s worth (and to be honest, I’m not too keen on the pick-ups) but people should give a chance before judging. It is a nice guitar!

  4. Ed Carver says:

    I bought this guitar and it is very nicely done. I can’t say why, but it doesn’t look that bad in person (except the red pickups). It plays nicely and has a great sound. The body is also very thin and comfortable. I don’t know how many they made, but mine is number 14.

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