Archive for July, 2009

Vintage Guitars

There’s a lot of disagreement about what constitutes a “vintage” guitar. Quite a few folks feel that it’s a guitar that’s at least 50 years old, which qualifies everything of that age as “vintage”. I think that the vintage label should vary by brand name and model to some degree. My Webster’s Dictionary defines vintage as exceptionally fine in one of the definitions, and I think that quality should be part of the formula. For instance, I see J-45 and J-50 Gibson acoustic guitars made before 1955 qualifying as vintage. There were changes made in 1955 that made the guitar a little less appealing to me, as of that date. For me, that makes them a step below the 1954. Obviously, they will still be considered vintage instruments by most collectors.  However, I also think of some  Gibson electric guitars made after that date, a number of them being well under 50 years of age, as vintage instruments, because of their desirable atributes.

This sets up dozens of counter arguments, obviously. Value, which I’d define as the price that at least two fairly sane collectors of guitars might pay to own a specific model guitar, also should be considered, in my definition. This is asking for trouble, but I don’t like blanket categories that are age based. Is a 50 year old Harmony guitar “vintage”, or just old?

One thing’s for certain: that 12 year old Strat ain’t “vintage”. It’s a nice, 12 year old guitar. I think about everyone would agree on that.

 Break the ice at those boring office parties, by telling folks that you have a bow tie made from real chipmunk fur.

 You will appear more dashing to others if you tell them that on Saturdays, you go to sporting events only to shoot beaver.

 Wearing non-matching shoes and socks will make you more interesting to your coworkers. Conversations are guaranteed!

 Walking around the park with a goldfish in a small bowl will let you meet far more people than walking a dog will.

 Tired of sharing your bus seat with others? Mumble, drool and frown until they move to a different seat.

 Want to stand out in a crowd? Get a Mohawk haircut, but tell your barber to make it run from ear to ear rather than front to back.

 Need some excitement in your otherwise boring life? Drive to a seamy bar in a bad neighborhood right after lunch. Drink until closing time, discussing religeon and politics with whoever sits near you. Excitement will develop.

  Tired of the same old dating scene? Bathe only on Mondays. On Friday evening, hit the singles places. You’ll discover that you’re attractive to a totally different group of people.

If you shave on a daily basis, cut back back to shaving every other day. Your costs of shaving will drop 50% the first month! Alternatively, shave only one side of your face daily. The cost savings will be the same.