Does anyone have a gift for decoding serial numbers on Gibson guitars? Any assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated. Amy and the girls suprised me with a 335 and I've got to tell you..lit a fire under my backside.

Also, I like a fair amount of gain/dirt and that's not always easy to get at reasonable volumes straight in.

I admire people who do the straight in thing--there's a kind of purity to it that's totally cool.

But I also like the tones that people get using a variety of effects. I'm sure you guys are right about this, but I'm an always-on pedal guy and it sounds good to me!

The issue is getting enough grind in my base tone at reasonable volumes, and for one reason or another that's been a challenge with the Z amps I've owned.

The Friedman PT20 gets me there, but then I've only got the one base tone unless I want to start turning knobs mid-set--and even then it's mostly a matter of more or less.

With a few dirt pedals, I can get the variety pack.

Which comes in handy in different stage environments--especially these little one-set gigs we've been doing where you've only got a few minutes to set up and do a sound check, and need a fat base tone at a manageable stage volume.

Shortest fairy tale ever: A young man asked his girl to marry him and she said "no." And he played golf and drank beer, and farted whenever he wanted and left the toilet seat up, and smoked cigars, and scratched his nuts, and lived happily ever after.

Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.

For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.

Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.