‘Twas The Night Before Christmas at OK Guitars



‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the pad

I was playing my Gibson- not great, but not bad.

I remembered a blues lick and played it with flair

Just like in the days when I had all my hair.

The block necks were hung not too tight or too loose,

As I waited for Santa inside my caboose.

I had them all tuned and I played every one.

The truss rods were perfect, the strings tightly strung.

All of a sudden on the roof of my shop,

I spied an old fat dude just reeking of pot.

He fell off the roof and into the snow.

I asked him right in. Why he came, I don’t know.

There was ice in his beard and mud on his boot,

And I thought only rock stars could wear such a suit.

He took down a red one, just like Eric C.

His fingers flew faster than old Alvin Lee.

It was wailing and screaming all over the town.

I could hear my Dad yelling, “Turn that damn thing down!”

Who knew this weird guy, such a flash with a pick

And a love of guitars, would be old Saint Nick?

I couldn’t believe all the sounds in my ear.

He said, “You get good working one day a year.”

Now Jimi, Now BB, Now John, George and Paul

Would bow to this master, the best of them all.

“You remember that Christmas back in ’63?

When you found a new six string left under your tree?

You started to doubt that I was the truth,

But my gift to you then was a link to your youth.

So for all of the years that would come in between,

Way deep down inside, you’d still feel like sixteen.”

He picked up some cases by Lifton and Stone,

Some old Kluson tuners and a worn out Fuzztone.

“Now, Charlie Gelber you must hear my pitch,

‘Cause this is my time and payback’s a bitch.

The 335 please, the red 59.

I gave you your first one, now this ax is mine”.

And quick as a flash it was stuffed in his sack,

And he waved a goodbye as he snuck out the back.

He jumped in his sled and sparked up a j,

Flew into the sky and was off on his way.

So if feeling sixteen is what sets you right,

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


By Charlie and Victoria Gelber

With apologies to Clement Clark Moore

No visions of sugarplums dancing in this head. Just waiting for Old St. Nick

No visions of sugarplums dancing in this head. Just waiting for Old St. Nick





7 Responses to “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas at OK Guitars”

  1. Michael Minnis says:

    Very nice, Charlie! Happy holidays to you and all your readers. Nothing makes you feel more alive than a 3×5!

  2. Rob says:

    Bravo, Charlie. Just freakin’ Bravo.

  3. cgelber says:

    My wife, Victoria, should get most of the credit. I just put in the guitar stuff.

  4. RAB says:

    Charlie, made me chuckle! Happy Holidays to you and yours, Roger

  5. Don m says:

    Made my wife my & I both smile. Thanks for the poem, & the blog

  6. Steve Newman says:

    Best of the holidays to you and your family, and your extended family of readers here @ The Gibson ES 335, Charlie. I know the coming year will be a bright one for you and OK Guitars. Very sincerely, thank you for all the work you put into gathering and sharing the minutiae of the vintage 3×5 world. You are a fountain of knowledge for all of us ES thinline lovers!

  7. chuckNC says:

    Nice work there, both of you! Always figured Santa knew where to go to get the good stuff.

    Hoping your Christmas was a merry one and wishing you — and all the visitors to this site — a Happy New Year!

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