Sg sold by Best Buy?

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  1. Ronni

    Ronni New Member

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    Hello. I’m new here. I’m hoping you folks could clear something up for me. I just learned about the sg 50’s tribute having been sold by Best Buy a few years back. First question...how can that be?” How does that not mess with their dealers? Also heard they sold for 400. Anyone know about this? If it’s bull or if you’ve already covered this let me know.
     
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    For a short period of time Best Buy attempted to get into the music gear space. My local Best Buy had Gibson guitars and Marshall amps among other things
     
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    What Dave said. I remember when they decided to get out of selling musical instruments and had some great clearance prices on good guitars and amps. I didn't get anything though.
     
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    Not $400, but $200 CAD. But I couldn't find one. 6 months later there was many on local ads for $800.
     
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    In retrospect, the only really "good deals" were if you could pay cash.
    Only the stuff they had in the store was available and somewhat negotiable.
    At the end, you could go in, check out what they had left,
    and if you were interested in it, you could make a note of its price and condition,
    then leave and search the internet to see if it was a good deal,
    then call back on the phone and make an offer to the manager.
    If they had a $900 demo SG for $600, you might could get it for $400 or so.
    It was exciting and you had to be ready to pounce.
    And you had to be careful not to get stuck with a dud.
    No Returns !
     
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    I bought my 2014 SG J in 2015 on clearance for $392 Canadian and that was AFTER taxes! FB_IMG_1568561424744.jpg
     
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    SWEET!
     
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    yes, the legend is true... Best Buy of Canada must have made some kind of warehouse deal with Gibson or with one of their distributors, because they had some deals which made me wonder if a road trip was indicated.

    I live in Michigan, so we travel South to get to Canada... *grins (or at least Ontario)... I hate "Imperial Entanglements" so the thought of trying to smuggle my new Canadian Best Buy SG back across the border kind of gave me the heebie Jeebies...

    I thought wildly of getting a beat up empty case, and
    knocking a few dings into the SG with a brick before I put it in the case... "oh that old thing? I've had that for years..."

    Sorta like tryin' to get a new guitar into the house without SWMBO knowing it's there. Biddlin's "guitar camo" concept:
    Guitar Camo 2@100.jpg
    Good luck with that... but in the end, the consensus on
    these boards was that it might be an illusion created by sales staff at BB, hoping to get hungry musicians coming into the store. A few of our Canadian members (like shreddy) were actually able to get one, but most posts that I saw said they were "out of stock."

    So I believe the legend was actually true, but they disappeared fast. Too bad too, because the Gibson SG
    "Fifties Tribute" was simply one of Gibson's most desirable models they've ever made. SG with P-90s is one of the classic tones, and one of the best. Add to that the FACT that Gibson stamped the back of the headstock on these models with the word "prototype" and you've got a rare and cool and special guitar...

    So I'm not surprised that they are offered for more than they cost originally. I don't know how many were made, but I'd love to have one. Ignore all discussions of finish or color or decorations... none of that means a thing. The SG with P-90s is a rock machine that can play many other genres with panache, and these specially marked
    "Prototypes" seem like extra cool to me.

    I wish I'd located a Canadian BB that had one, and paid for it over the phone, and driven my hard pressed '08 Minivan into the Dominion, down the Queen's Highway and picked it up. Aye weel...
    At that price, all you need do was get it home and get it set up properly and rock.
    No such thing as a dud at that price. It's all setup ...once you've paid the bill.
     
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    I have done no setup on mine. Perfect driving it off the lot! Just lucky or NOT fussy.... I 'm not sure ..
     
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    The day that happened, I looked up EVERY Best Buy in a 200km radius, and all were gone. You had to live close by, walk in there and grab one.
     
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    I have no recollection of the Best Buys here in Michigan ever selling guitars or music equipment which is too bad because I buy lots of my electronic equipment there.
     
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    There were a few stores in Michigan selling musical instruments, not all. When this clearance sale was happening, I remember driving to a Best Buy in Taylor (I think), but I was bit too late for the good deals. There were still a few stats hanging on walls and modeling amps on the floor. I didn't get anything.
     
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    thanks for the heads up, i will keep a look out for the future.
     
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    This was several years ago, 4-5 maybe? I have no idea if Best Buy still sells musical items.
     
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    Yup! I picked up a nice 2014 SG Special ar the Best Buy in downtown Montreal when I was living there for around 500 CAD.
    I haven't had to set it up yet and it plays wonderfully.
    The woods could've been matched better though as it's a burst finish and the different pieces don't reflect light the same way.
    Don't care, at 350€ it's got push pull split coil pups and it plays better than my Standard
     
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    I remember my local NY Best Buy getting guitars, amps, and accessories...but I don't remember seeing any Gibsons in the store.
     

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