My dad has a 1965 B25 acoustic he bought in a pawn shop in the 1970s. It's a good example of how sloppy Gibson could be at the time, with large gobs of glue in the bracing, and a thick top that is a bowed between the soundhole and bridge. Yet it is very fun to play. (It also evidently once belonged to a nun, as the back of the headstock had a labelmaker sticker). I've convinced myself to get a 335 or Les Paul on a few occasions, but I've yet to buy one. I tried out several, but the ones I liked were more than I could justify spending. A couple 335s did come close, though. Maybe it's a good thing, as I thought I'd take care of both my LP and 335-itch for a reasonable price when I bought a '95 Hamer Artist Studio. I've never quite taken to it, however. Maybe as its my only short-scale guitar, or some painful memories of things that happened around the time I bought it. Whatever the case, I never play it for very long. Anyway, as for Gibson, the company has gone through a lot of leadership changes, crises, and assorted other problems (like delving into consumer electronics when the market is becoming increasingly commoditized), but through it all its continued to make (and presumably sell) hundreds of guitars every day. I've read over 500? Thinking of how many Gibsons have been built during my lifetime is a bit astonishing.