You know, I was just relaxing and what nottin' like I always do when the late, great Robert Osbourne (former show host of TCM) came on my TV, talking about this movie, "Dorian Grey". As his baritone voice filled the man's den, the subject matter of this movie captured my imagination. The premise of the movie, taken from an Oscar Wilde book begins with Dorian thinking that beauty is the only aspect of life worth pursuing. This prompts him to wish that a painted image of himself would age instead of him.
What makes me think of such a thing when I look at guitars? Well, that beauty is the only aspect worth pursuing, of course. I've heard it said on more than one occasion, "Buy your new guitars old and your old guitars new." Yes, people, we are talking about (oh, dare I say it- "Collector Grade investments.") In keeping with the theme of the movie, here's a quote from said movie.
"How sad it is! I shall grow old and horrible and dreadful. But this portrait will remain always young."
Well, in this case, it wouldn't be a portrait that would age, it would be ourselves and the guitar that doesn't age like the lines in that Aerosmith song:
"Every time that I look in the mirror, all these lines in my face getting clearer. The past is gone..."
Or is it? Don't you see, by us buying a piece of our past, we are casting our maladies back onto the portrait? Look at this guitar, will you? For a guitar of her age, you just gotta believe there is a wonky portrait of her in the attic upstairs. Of course, you know this guitar is original- just take a look at these spectacular photos (Ray, our lovely assistant- yeah, right) provided. I know, I see the date stamp on the pickups and what they say- thank you, Philip Marlowe, and for that, you get the gumshoe award. With that evidence firmly in place, do we go off of the neck date or pickup dates?
For my money, it's the pickup dates which to me means final assembly time- period. In that case, this guitar would be a rarity because of the low production numbers in 1967 (well, we were entrenched in a war around that time.) As a guitarist myself, guitars represent a time for me when I was young, had more hair and life was a Van Halen song and isn't that like the portrait aging and not yourself? Last quote I swear, but poignant:
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
And the Academy Award goes to Oscar Wilde, met with thunderous applause, of course.