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02 May 2013 - 09:16 PMAnyone seen one of these yet?
Gibson Custom Shop Collectors Choice #10 Tom Scholz 1968 Les Paul Aged
11 January 2013 - 12:49 AMThis looks like a Gibson and a B.C. Rich "Bich" had a kid.
13 December 2012 - 07:05 PMSome days on Craigslist are more interesting than others...
"Here is probably THE finest example of the earliest Gibson Les Paul model in existence. Only a handful of these were made for a couple of weeks when the guitar was launched in 1952, before Gibson made several changes, making this the rarest of all the vintage Les Paul models. This is the PROTOTYPE, THE FIRST AND EARLIEST VERSION OF THE LES PAUL, THE FIRST THING OFF THE DRAWING BOARD. After the first few of these were produced, Gibson made several major changes, and this guitar is distinguished from all later 1952 models by the following: (1) in the Gibson logo on the headstock, the dot over the i touches the G; (2) the control knobs are 5/8 inch tall instead of the 1/2 inch of all later models; (3) the control cavity has a straight diamond shape in the carve instead of the later cloverleaf carve of all Les Pauls since, right up to today; (4) notice that the wiring goes into the channel right above the volume pot in the prototype; it's been moved over between the volume and tone pots on all later 1952's (compare my cavity photo to the other 1952's and my photo of a regular 52 cavity, and you'll see the remarkable differences; these are truly extremely rare and unique); (5) the BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD, which is much older than even the first BURST wood of the late 50's, is unbound, with no plastic binding on the sides; the combination of much older prime wood, and the lack of binding (which means the fingerboard extends to the full sides of the neck) make for absolutely incredible tone; (6) because there is no white binding, the side dot markers are white instead of black, and set right into the neck; (7) the screws mounting the bridge pickup are located on diagonal corners of the pickup instead of between the magnetic poles as in all later 1952 through 1956 models. (8) Finally, this prototype version has a 1 degree neck angle rather than the later 3 degrees, giving it the lowest natural string tension and longest natural sustain of any Les Paul.
This guitar was purchased by me from the family of the original owner upon the owner's death. It is ALL ORIGINAL inside and out, never had any breaks, cracks or repairs, works perfectly, plays easily and sounds phenomenal. It has been so little played and so well kept that it is in almost factory mint condition, there is no greening or weather checking or dings to speak of except as shown; one corner of the thin jackplate is chipped as shown, but these are easily obtained off ebay if you want to restore it to truly mint condition. The condition of the top is what's so spectacular and unusual. I have looked at many dozens of 1952-56 Goldtops and have owned about eight of them, and this is the finest and most pristine example I've ever seen. This is a TRULY 'under the bed' treasure find, owned only by one very old man for all his life. This was a treasured family heirloom, not a gigging guitar, and the care taken with it plainly shows.
This is a MUSEUM QUALITY piece, straight from the one original owner. She plays effortlessly, and the tone is phenomenal. It is your chance to own a super rare and nearly pristine example of American guitar history.
This guitar comes in a very nearly pristine original case with the metal Gibson badge, original handle intact and all latches working, and something you will almost never see again---the original leather Gibson guitar strap, intact and perfect!
This guitar weighs---are you ready---only 8 pounds, 4 ounces! Wood of this quality hasn't been available for 50 years!
Finally, this particular example is even more desirable because, underneath the gold paint is something almost unheard of for a 1952 goldtop: A TWO PIECE CENTER SEAMED TOP! Most of these have three to five pieces of maple on the tops, to save cost, and as no one was going to be able to see it under the paint anyway; but the day this one was made, either luck was in the air or some craftsman had an ingenious idea which would not be seen again until the late 1958 Bursts appeared---A TWO PIECE CENTER SEAM TOP!
The combination of features, the rarity of the model, the two piece top, and the almost pristine condition of this lovingly cared for instrument make it, in my opinion, the finest example still around of one of the most unique, interesting, and unusual of all Les Pauls, and the very earliest version of the instrument; when you go back further than this, you are still on the drawing board.
JUST TO BE CLEAR AND REITERATE, THIS GUITAR IS ALL ORIGINAL; IT HAS NOT BEEN REFINISHED, REPAIRED OR HAD AFTERMARKET PARTS.
NO TRADES, SORRY."
25 October 2012 - 09:40 PMYou can cure your SG and Goldtop GAS with this one.
Just somethin' about it...
24 May 2012 - 06:09 PMPawn Stars pick up Mary Ford's 1961 SG
"The Pawn Stars were lucky enough to pick up a piece of history on a recent episode of the reality series. Mary Fords nephew came into the shop to deal a cream, 1961 Gibson SG that once belonged to the singer and, of course, her famous ex-husband Les Paul.
The Huffington Post reports that Fords nephew also brought a bunch of documents to confirm the guitars authenticity as well as Less famously unenthusiastic response to the SG. After standing firm on his asking price (reminding the buyers, Youre getting history here), the guitar sold for $90,000."