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;
â€œThis is the ugliest ******* thing you guys have ever made. Stay off the LSD and start making affortable (sic.) great sounding guitarsÂ â€
â€œUggggly! With a capital â€œUâ€! â€¦and pointelessâ€¦Â â€
â€œPLEASEâ€¦.SCRAP THE ENTIRE 2009 LIMITED RUN SERIES before one more innocent tree has to die needlessly.Â â€
â€œHey, 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 â€œEyeâ€ thing, hands-down, is the ugliest thing Iâ€™ve ever seen (even more-so than the Pontiac Aztec). Itâ€™s not â€œretro;â€ itâ€™s not â€œfuturistic;â€ itâ€™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 treesâ€¦Â â€
However, I think this guitar has potential.Â
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.Â
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?
Still not sure I can bring myself to buy one though…