Thanksgiving by the Numbers

No turkeys allowed.

No turkeys allowed.

I’m sure we all have plenty to be thankful for this year and , hopefully, every year. Here at, I rarely diverge from the path of educating, entertaining and simply gabbing about my favorite guitars. Yes, I’ve talked about my wife and son-both of whom I’m most thankful for. I’ve mentioned my Mom and my Dad-both of whom I’m thankful to have had in my life for so long.  I’m thankful that I actually have 125,000 people who read what I write. I’m thankful that I can make a living selling guitars and have so much fun doing it. While I’m at it, I’m thankful for both Ted McCarty and Seth Lover for inventing the 335 and the PAF respectively. But I’m thankful for really little stuff too. Here’s a list:

I’m thankful for:

1958 unbound 335s with no cracks around the jack

1959 345s from the “first rack” with those humongous necks and short leg PAFs

1960 335/345/355s with watermelon red finishes

1961 335s with straight necks

1962 355s with Bigsbys rather than sideways trems

1963 335s with Mickey Mouse ears, PAFs and  big necks

1964 335’s. All of them but especially red stop tails.

1965 mono 355’s with wide necks

1966-67  335/345/355s with pre T-tops

1968 any ES that isn’t brown (walnut)

1969 any ES that has the long neck tenon

all the crappy 70’s ES guitars out there that I don’t own.  I’m also thankful for the good ones owned by others.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Oh, here's another turkey. The 335-s. Like my Mom used to say, "if you don't have something nice to say…"

Oh, here’s another turkey. The 335-s. Like my Mom used to say, “if you don’t have something nice to say…”





2 Responses to “Thanksgiving by the Numbers”

  1. Rod says:

    Presumably Gibson do market research before introducing new models. If so, they can’t be very good at it! I can’t think of a new model they have introduced in 40 years, apart from the vintage reissues, that hasn’t been a turkey. Hopefully they have now realised that they should stick to what they do best, only making the classic models, as accurately as possible. Still some way to go.

  2. RAB says:

    Yes, thankful to be able to exercise my small but nice vintage guitar and amp collection regularly. Happy Holidays all!

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