011495 - Possibly the Last Burst Made

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  1. Classicplayer

    Classicplayer Senior Member

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    One of the problems with those '58, '59, and ā€™60 Les Pauls, and that includes Specials and the TV models is that at the end of the 1950s' came an inflationary period and economic slowing down of the economy.
    As a teenager, my late '50s Saturday morning visits to a wonderful store and Gibson dealer in Brockton, MA saw the same Les Pauls in the display cases week after week. That slow sales period had a lot to do with Gibson's decision to cease production and resume somemtime later with the SG model. The same slow sales also applied to the Strats that were on display.

    Not being affluent enough to buy either brand, my parents agreed to single pickup Danelectro with case and Gibson Skylark amp.....$125.00 which was about twice what my father earned in a week' pay. Who would have predicted what would come back then?



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  2. vintageguitarz

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    I'm sure the seller (or owner) of this LP Std Burst would love everyone to believe this is the "last" "Burst" to be made to blow-out the price, but I called my contact at Gibson (I am a Luthier and an authorized Gibson parts dealer/repairs) and asked if Gibson was no longer making Les Paul Standard "burst" finish models? His replay was that he laughed and said "you are kidding, aren't you?" (of course not, strongly implied).

    Of course the problem here is not that Gibson has stopped making Les Paul models in "Burst" finish (which the Thread Title "says"), it's that this thread is POORLY WORDED. How about trying to word it correctly, like "Last Les Paul Burst model made in _____ year"? In fact he OP never says anything about a date for this LP Standard anywhere I could find. THe Fact is it is still debatable if it's the last of anything going by the SN, since just like Fender, Gibson was erratic with SN's matching an actual mfg date and OFTEN SN are out of sequence in a production run "back then", so it's like "so you claim this is the last one". Those are the facts, call Gibson's vintage dept if you like to confirm this.
     
  3. RufusTelestrat

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    Over 500k for a guitar that if it did not have the "made in 1960" label would be a $400 re-neck candidate. I don't care how many leprechauns and unicorns were killed to make the glue, or how magical the wood is, 500k is ridiculous. Now on the other hand if it were a real 67 Ferrari Abarth all bets are off.
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  4. delawaregold

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  5. Sct13

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    One thing is certain......I am buying that issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.... if I can find it..... used to have a subscription.....
     
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    Save yourself the trouble...Iā€™m sure if you bought the guitar, Bruce would be willing to throw in his copy of the magazine at no additional cost. :thumb:


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    LOL he better!
     
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  8. rockstar232007

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    The term "'burst" specifically refers to LPs made between 1958-60.

    Unless you're being extremely sarcastic, if you don't know this, then your "expertise" is moot.
     
  9. steve2

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    I am 100% sure that this "old guitar bullshit" will be over less than 5 years after Gibson goes bankrupt. There will be all sorts of crap around May 2018, then Gibson will bite the dust, then someone will buy the brands, then the good guitars will be made in China, and the internet custom order guitars will be made in China or at the huge factory in Korea World Musical Instrument Co. Ltd. Now, the Epiphones and Gibson parts made in China are the best guitars with really bad switches and bad volume-tone knobs, etc. In the future, the good guitars will have good electronics and will be sold 99% online. Guitar Center is also just about dead along with Sam Ash, and all the rest of the stores. I personally think Piano stores will be the last to go, in the world of musical instruments.

    ANYWAY, this long time stinking horse shit that old guitars are good, will finally be gone.
     
  10. mudface

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    I have a copy of this issue of VGM, the two '68 gold tops behind it also have a good story..............Also in this issue there is a story on a early '60 SG (Les Paul) with a serial number before this "last burst" showing that this may have been a custom order or proving they continued to produce these later than expected. None the less they were producing both at the same time. Or as we know Gibson's serials are jacked. Interesting stuff,..... love that mag.:D
     
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    From VGM issue featuring the "The Last Burst?"
     
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    It looks as if they darkened up the area of the heel break in this photo, no mention of it in the article.
     
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    Oh my.....That's almost porn.....
     
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  14. NewDayHappy

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    I'm about $595,000 short.
     
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    Not darkened, lighting issue, that is just in shadow.
     
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    Is that a 3 piece top?:shock:
     
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    Meaning this..?


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    So much fuss about "the last burst"... It's not like Gibson would have deliberately saved best for last.
     
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