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Old 02-19-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

So I know all about Fenders history. In the '50s you could get any color that your car could be painted for an upcharge. in the '60s there was a custom color chart.

When it comes to gibson les pauls, from '52-57 you had gold tops, with the exception of the BB, and from 58-60 you had the (cherry?) burst.

But what is the story of custom color les pauls? were they offered before the 70s? I know people had some re-finned (jeff beck ox blood comes to mind), but I mean factory custom color.

Sorry if this has been asked before but I havent been able to find anything on the internet... for example, do ebony, or pehlam blue standards and some of the other colors we see in reissues actually exist? anyone have some pics?
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

I have an original red 59 Custom. There were about six of them made. I have pictures of three other ones besides mine. Phil Manzanera owned a red 60 custom from what I've been told, but I haven't seen a picture of him with it. Other than that, I've only seen tuxedo black customs from the 50's....
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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Here is mine. Bought from Gruhn Guitars.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

My friend has another of those cherry Customs. There was at least one black top Standard custom made.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:39 AM   #5
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

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Some info here http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vint...s-58-60-a.html as well.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

well black will always be my favorite for Customs
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:49 AM   #7
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

Remembered this video that mbafmike posted in the great thread http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vint...deo-sound.html , Thank you again mike - hope it's okay to put it up in here, can't watch that one too many times...!!

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:56 AM   #8
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

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Remembered this video that mbafmike posted in the great thread http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vint...deo-sound.html , Thank you again mike - hope it's okay to put it up here, can't watch that one too many times...!!

1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom Demo - YouTube
great thanks for sharing
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:39 AM   #9
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Remembered this video that mbafmike posted in the great thread http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vint...deo-sound.html , Thank you again mike - hope it's okay to put it up in here, can't watch that one too many times...!!

1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom Demo - YouTube
WTF! Didn't expect nothing in here and who shows up in this video? My old schoolmate Mike. Can't believe what i see
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:49 AM   #10
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WTF! Didn't expect nothing in here and who shows up in this video? My old schoolmate Mike. Can't believe what i see
its a small world
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:08 AM   #11
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

mike's other videos and threads http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vint...d-samples.html and http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vint...-pu-video.html are really Great interesting stuff as well.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:09 AM   #12
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its a small world
yes and that's the way i like it.

I currently live in the same town he used to live for decades. I'm sitting here laughing to myself having a lot of cinema happening in my head. I see him pulling up to my garage where my brother and i used to work on our motorcycles, with his Honda CB50 when he was about 16 years of age.

I remeber the time i spent in his bandroom where they used to rehearse and remeber his crazy drummer showing up with some special jewelery showing the band's name as a pendant.

I saw him gigging in his hometown last year or was it two years ago and spent hours talking to his former keyboarder.

I wonder, wheter he lurks in here once in a while and will instantly know who i am
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:45 AM   #13
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

The guy in the vid refers to it as wine red but surely we are talking see thru cherry here, are we not????
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:06 AM   #14
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Black is just cooler. But red wine goes too.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #15
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

I know of 3 Black Standards, 2 Cherry Standards,a white Custom, and 2 black Juniors.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:57 PM   #16
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:02 PM   #17
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

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1959 LP owned by Tom Wittrock and nicknamed 'the christmas burst', that was originally BLACK top from the factory;

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:06 PM   #18
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1959 Goldtop verified by Tom Wittrock;



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Old 02-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #19
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

So Cool. Thanks for posting...
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #20
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

For the ultimate in rarity... how about a Green Burst?

Not the Peter Green Burst. Not a cherry sunburst that has faded to a greenish color. Not a modern Gecko burst.

I have heard rumors, from a couple of reliable sources, of an actual 1950s green (to yellow?) sunburst Les Paul.

Believe it or not!
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:25 PM   #21
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #22
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Here is mine. Bought from Gruhn Guitars.
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What a beauty!
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #23
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

My first les paul (in the late 60's) was a very original '52 REDtop. Never seen another like it- it was a metallic finish exactly like a gold top, but a darkish red instead of gold. I've never seen another like it, don't know the story on it.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:46 PM   #24
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well black will always be my favorite for Customs
Amen to that! But I must admit, Cherry is a cool change up.
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Oh Man! That thing is awesome!
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:54 PM   #26
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Oh Man! That thing is awesome!
It is for sure!! There are some pics of it here Gallery as well (Go into '1958' and click on serial number).
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:32 PM   #27
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

cool. story. that guitar should be a CC...
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:53 PM   #28
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Re: what is the history of Les Paul custom colors?

Ha ha, planks beat me to it with the brown Les Paul. If it's real, it has to be the rarest "custom colour" LP. And the worst looking! YMMV
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