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Monday, October 15, 2012

Enter Now to Win a Chinese-Made Guitar Signed By Kid Rock and Paul Ryan!

Posted by on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

The Romney campaign is giving away an electric guitar signed by Paul Ryan and Kid Rock. Meg at Cognitive Dissonance noticed that the guitar looks like an Epiphone model. Stranger music expert Dave Segal independently came to the conclusion that it's an Epiphone guitar based on the shape of the "head stock," which is apparently a thing. Why does this matter? As Cognitive Dissonance notes, Epiphone guitars are made in China:

The effectiveness of combining Epiphone and Gibson expertise and experience with Asian production efficiencies ushered in a new era for Epiphone and brought about exceptional instruments at price points the average working musician could afford. That tradition continues today at Epiphone’s Gibson Qingdao (GQ) factory near Qingdao, China where only Epiphone instruments are crafted.

If Mitt Romney knows about anything, it's the importance of "Asian production efficiencies." I'm not surprised to see Romney and Ryan promoting Chinese-built musical instruments, but you'd expect a little more patriotism from Kid Rock, who likes to talk about freedom at any opportunity. I guess the people who make your guitars don't count, as long as the music that comes out of those guitars is sweet, southern-fried American rock:


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Fnarf 1
If Obama was smart, he'd buy a bunch of Gibsons and Rickenbackers and get somebody famous but mainstream to sign them and hand them out at every appearance with the words "my opponent is giving away Chinese guitars, but I still believe in 'made in USA'".
Posted by Fnarf on October 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM · Report this
I've entered. I can't wait to have a thorough tantrum at the inevitable fundraising callers.
Posted by Sean on October 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
Yup, you can read 'Epiphone' on the headstock (one word).
Posted by Levislade on October 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Oh, and Fnarf is right; great idea. Fender would work too. I think Springsteen would do.
Posted by Levislade on October 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Grrr 5
Word of caution with Fenders. Some models are made in Mexico or Japan. Gibsons would be more of a guarantee being made in-country.
Posted by Grrr on October 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
What @1 said.

Meanwhile, the Seattle police are busy blowing up art pieces in Fremont. Oooh, scary art!
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
Comic book colors on a violin river cryin leonardo,
Words from out a silk trombone.
I rang a silent bell, beneath a shower of pearls,
In the eagle-winged palace of the queen chinee.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM · Report this
i'd rather eat frozen dog shit.
Posted by Adrian Ryan on October 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM · Report this
@5 - except Gibson are kinda a-holes in their own right (per the Cog Dis article), and of course makers of the Epiphone in question.
Posted by Levislade on October 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 10
I was back in Iowa this weekend for a family thing, and it happened to be the weekend of the big fundraiser for my mother's Catholic parish, which is an "Oktoberfest" : a surprisingly authentic German dinner and craft fair. (Although they no longer serve beer at the dinner, which strikes me as vaguely anti-Catholic, and certainly anti-German. Germans built the church building in 1888, which certainly called for some beers. They had sermons in German until 1946, for God's sake.)

For years, this event has featured a raffle for a homemade quilt, made by the ladies of the quilt club. Back in the day, they knew what a quilt was, and the craftsmanship was exquisite. The quilt raffle was as popular as the homemade preserves booth or the beer garden (again, I ask: why?) or the car raffle. But those ladies died off, and the scrap booking crowd took over.

This year's quilt was a garish affair: all rayon and acrylic, with a picture of the parish priest - who late Papa Vel-DuRay referred to as "Father Milquetoast" - in the center. It was so awful that Mother Vel-DuRay, who has bought $100 in raffle tickets every year for the last fifty years, wouldn't go near it, fearing that this would be the year she'd luck out and win the damn thing.

Given the choice between a Kid Rock/Paul Ryan guitar, and that quilt, I'd take the quilt in a heartbeat. I'd hang it over the bed in the guest room of Chez Vel-DuRay, which is given over to all things religious.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on October 15, 2012 at 3:27 PM · Report this
If the signatures are easily erased I'd be glad to get the guitar.
Posted by mubhappy on October 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM · Report this
FWIW, Epiphone guitars are actually pretty good quality given their low price-point. That being said, they're definitely made for novice players who want a decent sound, but who aren't at a skill level to justify paying roughly 10X the amount for the equivalent Gibson model.
Posted by COMTE on October 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM · Report this
Simone 13
If I win this guitar and Obama wins the election I am going to find a guitarist in the area who is willing to do set it on fire just like Jimi Hendrix.
Posted by Simone on October 15, 2012 at 4:35 PM · Report this
Knat 14
You can't make me watch that Kid Rock video. Not without a sizable donation to my bank account first, and the promise of apologies afterward.
Posted by Knat on October 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM · Report this
@14 There's nothing to see. Lots of flyover shots of forests and beaches (probably protected by Democratic politicians) and Kid Rock singing some tritely forgettable ditty about being "born free".
Posted by floater on October 15, 2012 at 9:17 PM · Report this

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