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Thanksgiving 2017

I’m thankful for my dog, Zoubi who doesn’t really appreciate my playing that much.

As usual, I have plenty to be thankful for this year. There’s the usual things-my wonderful wife (who takes very good care of me), my son who has not “borrowed” a guitar from me for years now and his fiancee and my dog (Zoubi) and my eight brothers who have always been there for me and my health (OK, I’ve got back surgery coming up but after that, I should be lifting Twin Reverbs again). Then there’s the other stuff.

I am very fortunate to have the business that I have. I worked for 45 years in the film and TV business and, while I was a very well regarded editor and sometime director, I sometimes struggled to keep it fun and engaging. Some of my clients were, predictably, difficult and some were incredibly cheap. Because editing was the last step in the production process, I simply didn’t get paid sometimes. The producers simply ran out of money and didn’t bother telling me. Happily, that doesn’t happen in this business. I’ve been a guitar dealer full time for 6 years now and I have had very few bad days. This is my retirement but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s a lot of work but I love every day of it. Gotta be thankful for that.

My clients (and readers) are the nicest, most knowledgable and most appreciative people in the world. I have many here in the USA and all over the world. I just checked–I’ve sold guitars in 21 different countries and I have readers in every country in the world except for seven countries in Africa (c’mon Somalia, get with it). I’ve sold guitars in every state and every Canadian province. Player, collector, beginner, hack (like me)…it doesn’t matter. The love of guitars makes us all the same. The common ground brought to us through these instruments is priceless. Whether you spend $300,000 on a 59 Les Paul or $900 for an old ’61 Epiphone Olympic, the anticipation and the joy when you open that box that shows up at your door after way too long in transit is the same. Gotta be thankful for that. Even after many hundreds of “new” guitars, it’s still like Christmas morning every time one shows up at my house or my shop.

Please feel free to continue to email me to ask questions about 335’s and the like. I’ll try to help with other guitars but there are plenty of other dealers who know more than I do. Also, feel free to email me about a 335, 345 or 355 that you are considering buying and I’ll do my best to make sure you don’t make a mistake. Of course, it’s hard to know everything from a photo but I’ll make sure you know what questions to ask. There are no inside secrets here. If I know something, you know it too. And if I disparage your 1979 ES-345 and you love yours, please don’t take it to heart. There are good ones and there are not so good ones. Your guitar only needs to speak to one person. You. Gotta be thankful for that, too.

The “A” rack at OK Guitars today. It changes a lot and often. I’m thankful for the A rack.

5 Responses to “Thanksgiving 2017”

  1. Michael Minnis says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie. I know I speak for all of us when I express my gratitude for your wonderful site and your friendship. Take care!

  2. RAB says:

    Charlie, your beautiful sentiments are much appreciated! I sure love reading your blog and almost always learn something! Happy Holidays to you and yours! RAB

  3. Rod says:

    Probably the only thing I have learned as I have got older is that only two things really matter in life, family and health, in that order. Best wishes to you and yours Charlie.

  4. Dani says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Thank you for your efforts and advice with nothing expected in exchange. People like you make thanksgiving something special i wish we celebrated here in Barcelona!
    Take care!

  5. Steve Newman says:

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Charlie. As noted above, your family (whether by blood or by choice) is the most precious thing you will ever be involved with during your life. The generosity that you consistently show to all of us, in sharing your hard earned knowledge, your incredible finds of extremely rare instruments, and your insightful opinions, comments, and general wisdom of all things in the 3×5 family, makes you someone that we all are extremely thankful for. Best wishes to you, and continued success following your passion.

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