FMIC acquires Bigsby

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by BorderRadio, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Let's see ... there will be 15 different lines of the vibratos (which they will now call tremolos), made in 18 different countries. There will be 12 different finishes for each one, reliced versions, custom shop models. The model lines will change names every few years.
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  2. Alberta_Slim

    Alberta_Slim Gretschie

    May 18, 2018
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  3. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Fender hasn't been bad for Gretsch so I'll remain optimistic.
    If they make a B5 that you can adjust the height of the tension bar, thereby the break angle, I'll be all over it.
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  4. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Unfortunately, I tend to agree with you about Fender buying up brands, scarfing the intellectual property, and then mothballing them. Not only with amps, but they've done it to instrument makers too... Witness, Tacoma guitars... Gone for years now... Guild too, almost didn't escape the black hole of FMIC.

    Thank God that Fender has no actual ownership stake in Gretsch.
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  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Do I really want a Bigsby in lime green, coral, or leopard-skin print? :eek:
  6. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I'll take one in stingray finish, please.:D
  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I thought you might go for the checkerboard finish. :p
  8. Pdnlegs

    Pdnlegs Country Gent

    May 28, 2016
    Does this cause any problems for Gibson’s equipped with Bigsbys?
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  9. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I'm in for a Crocker sweater!
  10. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Actually, that would work as well...
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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    All jokes aside,the real concern i have is why Gretsch is selling its assets?
    Fender quality is better than it's been in 50 years as far as i'm concerned, i have no doubt their Bigsby's will be good.
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  12. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    I just want the Bigsby Factory making REAL vibratos the right way, which is how they've always been made. That die cast licensed crap is.. well, crap.
    ..And worse, we little guys will lose the ability to buy them for our builds at an affordable price. Bigsby under gretsch was always fair to the small builder.
  13. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    On the other hand, you have Gibson which keeps brands around like a cheap charm bracelet until the zombie horde collapses in on itself in bankruptcy.

    I don't know the history or details of Genz, but I am sure that if FMIC could have made decent money odd that brand, they would have tried.
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  14. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Cheetah, the neck will be faster.
  15. TestPattern

    TestPattern Electromatic

    Dec 16, 2018
    South Carolina
    The corporate acquisition can be a benefit; inject cash to upgrade/repair equipment, increase distribution options, improve working conditions/processes and support product development, bolster survivability in economic downturns.
    Or it can turn into a complete dumpster fire; siphon off profits and resources to support a separate failing acquisition, use it as a means to eliminate competition and let it wither on the vine, never to be seen again.
    That being the case, I'm holding out for a Foto Flame B6C.
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  16. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Is 7ender already the boss? A vintage narrow handle is about 140€ in europe.
    1-4-0 € !!! Just the handle. Indecent, really.
  17. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    Aug 21, 2014
  18. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Gee, thanks. Now I’m going to have nightmares.
  19. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    .... but yet , still no cure for my Bigsbyitis ( can't play a guitar without one )
  20. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Buying Bigsby is a consequent move from FMI.
    I do not expect anything bad for the Bigsby brand.

    It`s not like Gibson`s idea to building up a consumer elelctronics empire.
    It is their core-business and I really think that they know what they are doing.
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