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MikeEdgerton
Aug-12-2020, 3:37pm
Nice interview. You find out that the mystical Gibson factory was just your everyday sweatshop :)

https://guitar.com/features/gibson-kalamazoo/

slimt
Aug-12-2020, 3:55pm
JT has alot of incredible guitars. His collection is outstanding. And his knowledge is so vast.

j. condino
Aug-18-2020, 12:12am
No secrets about the special room filled with unicorns and fairy dust next to Lloyd Loar's workbench??? ;)

MikeEdgerton
Aug-18-2020, 7:12am
If Monroe had never bought that mandolin in the barber shop window would anyone care about the unicorns and fairy dust or Loar's workbench? There's a question.

Timbofood
Aug-18-2020, 7:13am
What a sweetheart! I bet she was full of “vim and vigor” as they used to say.
Yep, it was a factory. My wife used to work on the line at Upjohn (night shift) and said the same thing, days were comparatively awful, that was twenty years ago.
Now, since the place is Pfizer, it’s no where near as pleasant a work environment.

grassrootphilosopher
Aug-18-2020, 12:30pm
If Monroe had never bought that mandolin in the barber shop window would anyone care about the unicorns and fairy dust or Loar's workbench? There's a question.

He, he, he...

No. Nobody would care about the mandolin department.

And hadnīt Rhubarb Red come up with a nice electric guitar after having played a Super 400, nobody would discuss goldtops and nobursts and whatnots Les Pauls neither.

But what I know is that my Southerner Jumbo is a machine of magic. And thatīs a fact. So some Kalamazoo Girls must have given it some love when putting it together. Bless their hearts.

Hendrik Ahrend
Aug-20-2020, 4:01pm
If Monroe had never bought that mandolin in the barber shop window would anyone care about the unicorns and fairy dust or Loar's workbench? There's a question.

Are there also sour grapes involved in the story? :)

John Thomas
Aug-24-2020, 6:14am
Thanks, folks!

It was a privilege to conduct that interview (Guitar wisely kept me off camera). Irene turned 98 in January. What a treasure!

Here's another video that ran with the same story, this one of me talking about my went-to-WWII SJ:

MikeEdgerton
Aug-24-2020, 5:35pm
Was there a second video? That video appears to be the same video in the article above.

John Thomas
Aug-24-2020, 7:47pm
Was there a second video? That video appears to be the same video in the article above.
Ah, my bad. Wrong link. Here is the correct video.

MikeEdgerton
Aug-25-2020, 6:55am
Great, thanks.

MikeEdgerton
Aug-25-2020, 8:37am
We've had threads about John's book in the past but for those that might not know about it take a look at here (https://www.amazon.com/Kalamazoo-Gals-Extraordinary-Gibsons-Guitars/dp/0983082782/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=kalamazoo+gals&qid=1598362474&sr=8-1).

John Thomas
Aug-25-2020, 9:01am
We've had threads about John's book in the past but for those that might not know about it take a look at here (https://www.amazon.com/Kalamazoo-Gals-Extraordinary-Gibsons-Guitars/dp/0983082782/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=kalamazoo+gals&qid=1598362474&sr=8-1).
Thank you!