I am also a big fan of all the wacky stuff Gibson did under Henry. I also love Norlin era stuff.Larry Mal wrote: ↑Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:14 pmAh, maybe it's just because I get much more excited about Gibson guitars than I do Fenders, but I find it easy to keep track of Gibson. Fender loses me. I have no idea what they are doing and usually I can't figure out why.
I'll say this about Gibson, people really ragged on them during the Henry J years for throwing shit at the wall and seeing what stuck, but I loved that. And then they went into the debt restructuring and brought in some guy from Levi's jeans who said that they were going to homogenize the whole lineup and I thought that sucked. Like, no one wanted the Dusk Tiger, and the Zoot Suit SG was lame, but it was still fun seeing them having fun with the stuff. They probably only made a couple dozen of the things so who cares?
But I am happy to see that their new austerity really isn't lasting, and they continue to throw stuff out there. I hope that continues.
I specifically get confused by model numbers, especially vintage ES xxxTDC, etc, and how they didn't just give each guitar a proper name.
The differences from year to year is tricky too. Especially with LP and SG standards and specials.
I find Fenders easy to navigate. Sure, there a dozen Jazzmaster types, but I can rely on the lines being the same for their entire run, rather than having a new model each year, like a car company.
All that being said, I never cared about Gibson really, until I owned one. Now I love them and wish them the best.
I started with a Fender as a child, so I learned their methods young.