Yesterday a video surfaced on YouTube and in the video you can clearly see hundreds of Gibson Firebird X guitars being systematically destroyed by a digger with caterpillar tracks. The video appeared on BJ’s World YouTube page.
Destruction of hundreds of Gibson Firebird guitars!
This destruction of hundreds of Gibson Firebird X guitars goes to show how wasteful the guitar company can be. Essentially, all that wood and hardware was destroyed, because of poor quality control within the workshop that built them.
I find it worrying that Gibson could have ever let it get so bad, that they would need to destroy so many instruments!
The Henry Years
These guitars were built during Henry Juszkiewicz ownership of the company and it says so much about how poorly he ran the company during his tenure as CEO. BJ Wilkes was the man behind the video and you can hear him in the second video below explaining why this was done. Apparently, it was all post-Henry and was part of the company’s way of clearing the mess that he had left behind.
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Gibson has released the following statement in response to this video
“The Firebird X destruction video that surfaced months ago was an isolated batch of Firebird X models built in 2009-2011 which were unsalvageable and damaged with unsafe components. This isolated group of Firebird X models were unable to be donated for any purpose and were destroyed accordingly.
“Gibson recently announced its re-launch of the Gibson Foundation. Since 2002, the Gibson Foundation has provided thousands of guitars and donations to schools and charities in excess of $30 million. As a starting point, Gibson has committed to giving a guitar-a-day away over the next 1000 days. 100% of donations to the Gibson Foundation go directly towards giving the gift of music, re-affirming Gibson’s commitment to giving back, helping under-served music education programs, empowering music culture and encouraging the creation of music.”
- Gibson Henry Juskiewicz with his Firebird X: Gibson/Far Out magazine