My first two good guitars were Gibson. A one pickup Melody Maker, and an ES335. Eric Clapton’s note choices, phrasing, and guitar tone in John Mayall, Cream, Blind Faith, and Bonnie and Delaney....very influential. Still a fan even when he switched to (mostly) Strats. Although some of the fire in his playing got lost when he went solo and sober. But he improved as a vocalist and songwriter, and I have to admire what a hugely successful career he’s had. In the 80s I switched to Strats or Strat type guitars, then a Tele in the 90s. Then around 1997 I got a Les Paul Special, and got into the P90 sounds. These days...it’s back to humbuckers....an ES 339 and an SG. But I can still switch things up, I usually don’t unload a guitar to help buy another one...so I still have a Strat, etc.