I'm from Dallas originally, and(surprise)I like Blues. I never met SRV as he was a year older than me and we went to different schools. Ironically, I grew up about a mile from were the Vaughn's lived. I have a '98 Guild Custom Shop Bluesbird, a one off. In Nov. I got an '03 McCarty at GC in San Marcos. It has a maple top, but is solid black. Not what I would have wanted but the price was right.I think of GC like a casino- the house always wins. I feel I finally won one. I donated 3 Telecasters to the Southwest Blues foundation in 2000 for their fund raiser in Dallas.One that I regret letting slip away was my Guild Songbird. I sold it to Hash Brown when I moved to California.The Songbird/Bluesbirds back and sides are carved from one piece of mahogany.The same idea behind the ES336.