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1996 Gibson J-200 Elvis Presley, King of Rock Model

J-200 Elvis Presley, King of Rock Model
Case:
OHSC
Color:
Black
Condition:
Fine
Price:
$4,695.00
Description:
I missed the true cultural tsunami that was Elvis Presley. I also missed the British Invasion and that's only because of the year in which I was born. You ask my Mom and Pops about Elvis and she would frown (because she was a King James bible-wielding Southern Baptist) but my Pops would light up. "He was the King, Doodlebug," he would excitedly exclaim and I knew he said that because he was 19-years-old in 1956, when "The King" burst onto the music scene. So, because I "missed" Elvis, when I heard that he died in 1977, it did not end my world. I was 14-years-old and am sure doing what any normal teenager would have been doing. My Aunt Linda, on the other hand, sat in her bedroom for a week, crying and wouldn't come out.

That said, I have still been exposed to the Man, his music, and his movies over the decades and there were two things that have always struck me about him; The first was his intense love for his parents, especially his mother. Even I have seen the pictures of Elvis with his mom and the mansion he built for her. The tours through Graceland are still full to this day, some 40 years after his death.

The second thing I've admired about Elvis was his service to this country in the Army. Now I know he was drafted, but when given the opportunity to accept a special role as an entertainer for the troops, he declined and served in a tank brigade. Like a common soldier. No special treatment- just basic, honest service with humility and after he was discharged from the Army, well, we all know what happened for the next 17 years. Total and complete world domination that is still recognized to this day. Like a boss.

These things all came to my mind by the simple act of opening a guitar case. As my thoughts flew through the above, it also then drifted to how the traits of deep love, commitment, and loyalty seemed to be more reflective of what we now call those "older" or "greater" generations. I don't see these attributes so strongly in the attitudes, music, and actions of today's youth and instead of being angry or dismissive of them, I actually feel sorry for them (no pity here- some of them are just little shits, through and through). If the Earth is 4 billion years old, you just happened to be born in the same century as Elvis Presley and you don't care about nor appreciate his contributions to Rock n Roll, then maybe you just missed the boat and it's time to go back to staring at your iPhones. Dang, now I got my blood pressure up and the only thing that can bring me back is a few spins of "Blue Suede Shoes" and Hound Dog. I do still have a record player, ya know and that's what we call old school...

For the collector in us all, this particular J-200 is a first-year example and one of the first 100 made. It has every stick of case candy, the OHSC and COA. That's what we around here called having your cake and eating it too. And that's alright Mama...

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