Corners were cut, compromises were made, quality suffered and prices rose.
You have to look pretty hard to find a really good 78.
If you own one and you love it, good for you-you found a good one. who owned Gibson from 1969 to 1986 was to print money.
I believe I could take a 67, put on a set of early patents, a stop tail and re-neck it with a wider mahogany neck and present you with a guitar you would swear was a 64 and you’d like it a lot.
The big dollars that 58-64’s command is not arbitrary.
Since this era is largely our own perception of what’s desirable and what isn’t, you have to assume that something changed.
Was it simply that Gibson and later Norlin, made inferior guitars? So, what happened following the so-called “Golden Era”?
A dot neck plays and sounds no better than a block but commands a premium. It didn’t end because the quality went down the tubes.
An early patent is the same as a late PAF (but for the sticker) but it looks and sounds the same but commands a premium. The Golden Era is our perception of whats good and desirable- right now.
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Call 2 or email me at [email protected] end of the Golden Era-the Gibson executives decide on what changes will make the 335 (or in this case, the 345) more competitive with the rival Fender line. Most of us will acknowledge that the most desirable 335’s are 58 and 59 dot necks.
The 335 market would be vastly different with thousands of additional, desirable wide nut 335’s available to satisfy the demand (the total for 65-68 is over 13000).