My father used to tell me stories of when he was a teenager back in the 50's. Of course, as a young man, I didn't have the time to listen to tales about "the good old days," as he called them, but later in life, I would sit for half a day, listening to the things he and my uncles did as youngsters. One story that always stuck out in my mind was the one about my grandfather's car. My Grandaddy was a policeman for the City of Atlanta (when that was considered a noble thing to be) and he drove a '40 Ford, which was my Pop's favorite car. Dad said that when my grandfather would come home on Friday evenings, he and my Uncle Jim would immediately take the car back out behind the old smokehouse and get it up on jacks. They would swap out the rear-end, change the tires and start tweaking on the motor. They may have even changed the carburetor- I can't remember if he or my Uncle Jim told me that. After all that was done, they'd take everything they could out of or off the car to lighten the weight. Come Saturday night, they were down at the drag strip in Fairburn, Ga. trying their best to take home a trophy (and maybe a little side money.) Come Monday morning, the car had to be put back to it's original, Friday afternoon condition so Grandaddy could go to work. That was the rule and it was not negotiable. I asked my Pop if they ever missed the deadline and he said only once and there was high hell to pay for it. Man, I've always said I wish I was 19 in 1959, when things made sense to me. That was the time when people sat on the front porch after supper, a family only needed one car and women made biscuits from scratch. And, a 'Burst only cost a little over $300.00...

That story ties into this guitar is this manner; This J-45 was built in the great and prosperous post-war period when such things were made by hand. Master artisans actually cared about the products they were making and you can both see and feel that attitude when you strum this guitar. Is it 65 years old? Yep. Does it bear the scars and wear marks of six decades of being played? Yep. Does it still sound like it was made by people who really cared about what they were making? Yes indeed and you'll instantly understand that when you play it for the first time. I'm not trying to sell you an old guitar here, rather I'm trying to sell you on owning something from a time when the world made sense and so did the things that were made during that time. Something from "the good old days," if you will...

Year Condition Color Case
1951 Very Good Tobacco Sunburst Original Hard


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