Oh well. Another reason to be pissed off, as if there weren't enough in my life already. My misanthropy just rose by degrees.
I always thought my Esh's would remain exclusive, elusive, much-appreciated-and-envied works of functional art, for those who knew high-end rarities and special instruments. I just picked up a mid-90s one-of-almost-none Esh jazz bass with ungodly sweet bright tone, like Geddy snapping away on a Sansamp, thanks to the piezo bridge and Kent Armstrong pups and active preamp... I added it to my collection of rarities inclusing a one-of-13 Esh Stinger.
Now I hear that GUITARD CENTER is going to be a distributor, and the production is going to be "EU"ropean instead of the small shop tucked into a forest in Germany? As for the website, it hasn't changed since 2010 except for a couple of pictures of "new offerings." Those choices have been there ALL ALONG if you wanted them.... any color, any finish, any wood, any flourish, as long as you were willing to pay for it.
Why, oh WHY do good things always end up changing for the worse in the end?.....
GuiTARD Center. Damn. Right there with Music123 and Behringer names; it's the same corporate ownership (surprise, those of you who didn't know). NOT what I wanted my investments to be associated with in any way at all. Sort of like owning a Porshce 928 and a 911 Turbo, then finding out WalMart is going to take over distributorship. Or owning a Rickenbacker bass and finding out Target or Best Buy is going to start selling them. Way to cheapen the brand.
If Esh goes that route, I'm done with them. Then again, esh has seen several changes of hands and management and distributors thoughout the years, and promises and threats have been made before and didn't come to pass.
Time will tell on this one.
And those of you who think I'm pouting......
Last edited by Josh Thatguy : 09-20-2013 at 05:00 AM.