This thread is a fascinating read!
I have an A. Solar Gonzalez guitar dated 1971. I bought it in the mid-70s, second-hand from the original owner (I think) who got it from the Spanish Guitar Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He wanted a quick cash sale and offered it to me for £100!
I played it (not well) for a few years and then life took me away from the guitar until about a month ago. Now I'm much more appreciative of what I have - great sound, great looks and fabulous smell
I'm very pleased to be a member of the Gonzales club. Sad that he died, but his name will live on ...