Gibson Les Paul Bails $10,000 Contest Prize

Gibson Les Paul GuitarsThere seems to be a lot of band contests these days, and you'd think a company like Gibson Les Paul would be one whose terms you could trust.  Apparently, Tonedeff won the Lalapolooza Last Band Standing contest in 2006, and has spent over 1 1/2 years trying to cash in on the $10,000 prize. 

Tonedeff is a hip hop artist, and apparently Gibson was a little annoyed to be giving drums and guitars away to someone who wouldn't actually use them; they'd probably just be eBay fodder.  Still, a contest prize is a contest prize, no?  Check out the sad story at the Consumerist and QN5, Tonedeff's label blog.  [thanks, EKA Hosting]

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After what Gibson did to both Oberheim and Opcode, great product brands that they gobbled up and then promptly eviscerated and destroyed, I'll never even consider looking at a Gibson product ever again.

That Gibson would do this kind of thing is not surprising in the least.

hip hop/ rap is not a band
it is a group
no instruments means no band

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