Good lord. Here it is. A dispatch from the absolute nadir of the Gibson musical instrument company. This comp resembles nothing so much as this piece of graphic-design genius earlier described on this site. Who would have guessed that this company, responsible for the best electric and acoustic guitars of the 20th century, would have fallen so low? And even more surprising: that they bounced back in a mere 20 years, becoming the behemoth that they are today?
Two years later (1988 – above), Gibson was back to running full-page ads (this one’s for you, RR…). Note the hilarious high-school-notebook-style illustration work which attempts to position Gibson above “NoName, NoTone, Yamawho (Yamaha), Cartel (Charvel), IBenHad (Ibanez), Kromer (Kramer – ???), and Blender (again, don’t really get how this is a dig).