I’m sure we all have plenty to be thankful for this year and , hopefully, every year. Here at es-335.org, I rarely diverge from the path of educating, entertaining and simply gabbing about my favorite guitars. Yes, I’ve talked about my wife and son-both of whom I’m most thankful for. I’ve mentioned my Mom and my Dad-both of whom I’m thankful to have had in my life for so long. I’m thankful that I actually have 125,000 people who read what I write. I’m thankful that I can make a living selling guitars and have so much fun doing it. While I’m at it, I’m thankful for both Ted McCarty and Seth Lover for inventing the 335 and the PAF respectively. But I’m thankful for really little stuff too. Here’s a list:
I’m thankful for:
1958 unbound 335s with no cracks around the jack
1959 345s from the “first rack” with those humongous necks and short leg PAFs
1960 335/345/355s with watermelon red finishes
1961 335s with straight necks
1962 355s with Bigsbys rather than sideways trems
1963 335s with Mickey Mouse ears, PAFs and big necks
1964 335’s. All of them but especially red stop tails.
1965 mono 355’s with wide necks
1966-67 335/345/355s with pre T-tops
1968 any ES that isn’t brown (walnut)
1969 any ES that has the long neck tenon
all the crappy 70’s ES guitars out there that I don’t own. I’m also thankful for the good ones owned by others.