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Guitar tech will not touch my Chibson

posted May 06, 2014 22:03:28 by MichaelBarnard
I took a couple of my Fender MIJ's to my tech yesterday, for some mods. Anyway, i told him that i have just bought a Chibson Gary Moore and i may bring it in, if there were any issues with it that i can not deal with, myself. He said if i bring one of those 'chinese shits' through his door, he would 'stick it up my ass and throw me on a fire'. I guess he dislikes Chibsons.
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ChibsonsandMore said May 06, 2014 22:05:36
Sounds like he doesn't want your business.

I don't get why some people are so up tight over it. Then again, the tech I've been to a couple of times certainly doesn't mind the money I'm throwing at them.
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MichaelBarnard said May 06, 2014 22:24:18
He really loves Gibsons. He does a good job on my strats, so i can put up with his corksniffer ways. I will have fun working on it, myself. Probably save enough money to buy another Chibson, too.
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MichaelWamback said May 06, 2014 23:41:47
I understand the reluctance for shops that are licensed dealers of Gibsons and Fenders. But most techs shouldn't have an issue with them. A guitar is a guitar. Besides, turning a piece of shit Chibson into a great playing guitar is an awesome way to show what a talented tech you really are.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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MichaelBarnard said May 07, 2014 01:49:24
I will use this guitar to become familer with the anatomy of the Les Paul. Probably get more satisfaction doing any work on it myself, anyway.
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SteveTebble said May 07, 2014 08:37:19
Yes I can't understand such a snobby attitude, but it does at least give us an incentive to learn to do these things for ourselves!

My motivation to learn all about fret dressing and nut cutting came, I admit, from a desire to save money. But in the back of my mind also, was the suspicion that my tech might turn his nose up at a Chibson or Chender and not want anything to do with it.
God give me patience ... but I want it NOW!!
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bhazard451 said May 08, 2014 19:38:37
If I was paying someone to do MY guitar and he said that, I would tell him my American Strat and 6 other guitars can be worked on by someone else who isn't a complete POS. I wouldn't shed a tear if he has to close shop in the future either.

I don't care what you think. If I pay you to do a job, you do it, or someone else will.
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siege said May 08, 2014 21:00:49
I would not take my gear back to this guy. His attitude may be understandable if he is an authorized dealer. Even so, talking to customers like that is bad business.
You'll enjoy doing it yourself a lot more, anyway.
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MichaelBarnard said May 08, 2014 22:00:03
The problem is, he is the only tech in town who is not employed by the Gibson and Fender dealers.
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Rob said May 08, 2014 23:21:12
Interesting especially with work still hard to come by these days. My local shop was happy to help me with some repairs and I told them where and why I got them. Work is work. People like that need to get over it.
"Be the person your dog thinks you are!"
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MichaelWamback said May 09, 2014 00:01:41
If you were in LA, I'd offer to do your guitar for you a lot cheaper than anyone else would - just cause I like working on Chibsons. :)
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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TomS. said May 09, 2014 00:09:40
If you want to see/meet some anal cork sniffers take up playing mandolin. I started playing last summer and was trying to find a decent "student" model. While talking to the owner of a local bluegrass shop/acoustic luthier, he rolled his eyes when I said Fender and Gibson make nice guitars. He only sold Martin and Taylor guitars and Collins mandolins.
This is my Chibson. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
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MichaelBarnard said May 09, 2014 11:32:59
Thanks Michael, ill send you one over from Australia.
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angev2 said Jul 18, 2014 14:45:34
I think most 'boutique' techs don't want to touch them in fear that they may demean themselves towards their other aficionado customers.
Setting aside their legality, it akin to taking a Japanese clone harley to a Harley Davidson 'boutique' shop for servicing. Which I did many years ago and was advised to take the bike elsewhere.
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MichaelWamback said Jul 19, 2014 15:49:18
I think in some cases, it's a matter of the shop not wanting to piss off Gibson if they have a deal with them to sell their products. Can't imagine Gibson would look favorably on a guitar that sold there guitars working on a steady stream of Chibsons. Same with Harley dealerships.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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angev2 said Jul 21, 2014 10:01:47
Perception is what it is.
Walk into a shop - examine what brands they stock and form your own opinion about the quality of shop based on initial perception.
Same thing applies to guitar shops or any other bricks'n'motar. Including shops \ service centers that don't have any exclusivity on a particular brand or are not dealers. But deem it nessacary to cater for a particular base relevant to their customer revenue stream.
"This tasteless cover is a good indication of the lack of musical invention within. The musical growth of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry." - Marty DiBergi
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