So I thought I'd share this with you guys. I was selling a Gibson bass to some dude and we ended up talking about guitars for a bit. He mentioned he took a tour of the Gibson factory not too long ago. At one point during the tour he stepped outside and chatted up a worker who was on a smoke break. The worker had been with Gibson for many years, since before the 80s. Apparently the worker said that the best years for Gibson was from the early 80s to about mid 90s; Supposedly they used "better" wood, and its just not the same since that era. I had read on this forum before(and other places) that there were "Good Wood" years for Gibson; The general consensus for these years from what i can tell is ~mid 80s to ~mid 90s, which would be consistent of what the worker said. I've also gathered that in the 80s Gibson was trying to focus on quality, and clean up its brand from the bad rep of some Norlin-era clunkers. I guess these things all kinda tie in together. Now, i know this topic has been kinda beat to death already. I know theres great guitars and horrible guitars from every year. I looked up the topic and people come up with all sorts of different answers. Some think pre 70s were the best because of "old growth" wood, craftsmanship, etc. Some agree with the 80s-90s theory. Some say the 00s were great. Some like the latest era, since the Traditional line came out ~2009. ......But, its interesting to hear the thoughts of someone who actually worked in the Gibson factory making these guitars. I wish we could do an AMA with a longtime Gibson factory worker! It would be interesting to hear how the philosophy of the company has changed/evolved over the years when it comes to making their guitars.