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#1 User is offline   stevechute 

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:52 PM

I have a friend that owns a music store in CT and he gave me my first job about 45 years ago. He was very good friends with Les Paul and spent a lot of time with him. I bought 2 les Pauls from him years ago which he had Les sign for me. I know the signature to be authentic. As I am getting older and in poor health I have been trying to get my affairs in order and would like to find out the value of these guitars for my will and insurance.I have been looking on line but I don't seem to find the information that pertains to these particular models.I have one handy and the serial number is 1 2951. Does anyone have any information I can use to describe the guitar and what it is worth? Did Les Paul sign many? I looked and found nothing on the internet claimed to be signed. Was he known as a man that would sign easily or is a signed guitar rare?Any information would be helpful.The guitar is sunburst with pearl inlays and four plastic pick ups so I don't think it is that old. I can post photos if that would help.Thanks

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:39 AM

what is the specific model of the paul?
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Posted 21 December 2010 - 11:45 AM

I saw Les play at Fat Tuesdays in NYC in 1992 and met him, he signed a Les Paul t-shirt I brought with me and was very friendly, humble and talkative to me and everyone else there. A number of people had stuff for him to sign and he didn't seem to mind at all (I wish I'd had the nerve to bring my LP Standard with me for a signature, but I was too worried about it getting stolen in the city.) Sadly I lost that t-shirt while moving in the late 90s but I do seem to recall his signature script was very readable and very distinctive (I've seen it also on the cover of a CD box set my father has.)
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:42 AM

View Poststevechute, on 20 December 2010 - 11:52 PM, said:

I have a friend that owns a music store in CT and he gave me my first job about 45 years ago. He was very good friends with Les Paul and spent a lot of time with him. I bought 2 les Pauls from him years ago which he had Les sign for me. I know the signature to be authentic. As I am getting older and in poor health I have been trying to get my affairs in order and would like to find out the value of these guitars for my will and insurance.I have been looking on line but I don't seem to find the information that pertains to these particular models.I have one handy and the serial number is 1 2951. Does anyone have any information I can use to describe the guitar and what it is worth? Did Les Paul sign many? I looked and found nothing on the internet claimed to be signed. Was he known as a man that would sign easily or is a signed guitar rare?Any information would be helpful.The guitar is sunburst with pearl inlays and four plastic pick ups so I don't think it is that old. I can post photos if that would help.Thanks


Defintely post photos. There are some pretty knowledgeable people here and may be able to help you. Wish I could, but I'd be interested to find out what you have.

Good luck.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:09 AM

The serial number alone tells us nothing about the guitar. Photos are required to give you any information.

As for the autographs, Les signed anything and everything anybody put in front of him. That's just the way he was, very gracious to his fans. As a general rule, an autograph on an instrument does not add any value, and in fact detracts from the value of most instruments.

That said... when I saw Les at the Iridium in New York in 2001, I wished I would have had my LP pickguard with me for him to sign.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:45 AM

You could contact vintage dealers like Gruhn Guitars (www.gruhn.com) or Mandolin Brothers (www.mandoweb.com) to arrange to have the instruments appraised.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 09:25 AM

i would be very interested to see the outcome of this thread as I also have a signed Les Paul (rip)

as others have said great guy and very aproachable.

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