No one wants to witness the fall of an institution. Least of all an American manufacturer (if you're American). But it's not as if Gibson has always been a shining star of quality and respectability. They've had their less than shinning moments already. However it ends up I fully expect there will still be "Gibson". With any luck the buyer of the rights will adhere to quality standards better than historic accounts. Not a tall order as I understand. There's a good chance that more manufacturing will be done overseas. What that means about quality can be either good or bad, depending. Pretty common, but still another nail in the coffin. And a closer to home (for me) reminder of our economic circumstances. I don't like it, but I don't much fear for Gibson consumers.