Any other of you mid-western “child of the ‘50s” out there who thought Fender guitars were too odd looking to consider buying? Back then I and all my friends were so enamored by the looks of Gibson and other fancy f-hole hollow body electrics such as played by Billy Byrd, Bill Haley, Merle, Chet, even Elvis, that those were the guitars we wanted when we got rich. When Fender came along they were so plain and utilitarian looking that we just didn’t like them. They looked more like a tool than a guitar. (Wish though I had bought a dozen of the early ones) Today I love their sound but still can’t get used to that look. I've a feeling they were popularized by a different breed of player than we were back then.