Prompted by this post:
I agree with Quintas regarding the guitar in the thread. The Les Paul is iconic. It’s one of the most popular guitars ever made. ‘Everybody has one.’
I think about airplanes. A lot. You know that if I ever win the lottery, I’ll have at least a few. But I love the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. More 172s have been produced than any other aircraft. They’re so common, nobody notices them. But its that commonness that I appreciate.
I have a Ruger Mk. II pistol. Did I get the bull barrel? The long barrel? The adjustable sights? The Government Model? No. I got the four-inch, regular weight barrel and fixed sights. (OK, I did put faux ivory grips on it.) It’s the base model.
One of my favourite cameras is the Olympus OM-1. I also have a Nikon FM2 and a Pentax K-1000. Remember the K-1000? Fifty bucks at Kmart, back in the day.
There’s just something about the most common variants of things that I find attractive. Maybe it’s because they seem more ‘robust’. Maybe it’s because of the satisfaction that arises from not relying on ‘advancements’. But mainly, I think the attraction is because the most common, the most unadorned, the most prosaic variants are meant to be used; and I like to be able to use things.