- Jul 11, 2010
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After reading through this interesting thread, I'm puzzled about the following.
1. How many collectors have their own full time "curator"? Dirk Ziff?
2. With the sizable number of original bursts that have been examined and possibly blueprinted by Gibson to produce the Collector's Choice series, and a number of artist models, would Gibson be the best source of historical information? They should donate the CAD drawings of these instruments to a university. In fact, if I were to own 10 or more bursts, I would be blueprinting each and every one. Just like the dupers have done for generic Les Pauls.
3. Dozens of people worked at the Gibson factories in the 1950's, and yet there are scant interviews with any of the worker bees who would know how the chew marks were made, what its purpose was, and why there are tool marks on PAF legs. We do not live in the middle ages. Yet the amount of history being recorded and documented is pathetic. While Seth Lover was alive, why didn't a technical writer sit down with the man and ask him exactly how a PAF was designed and built? For that matter, why didn't someone sit down with the RCA engineers who created their magnificent preamp and power tubes? Do people prefer folklore and urban legend to real history written by the original makers?
I agree with what you are saying but at the time it was just an Electric Guitar. Even Gibson were rumored to be more interested in their Jazz Boxes & saw these as a lower quality new line / passing phase.
We always tend to look back at a lot of things, especially Vintage stuff. At the time no one really takes any notice. The value & interest happens many years later when people who couldn't afford it when they were young start collecting or new people come along & go how cool is this...............Guitars, Cars, Furniture etc.
I can say the same about people aging. Most young people are not interested in the past but when their relatives pass away & they get older, many think I wish I had asked them about.......................
My 2c FWIW.