1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Never Played or Used, Time capsule

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  1. Gary Clark

    Gary Clark Junior Member

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    So what we have here is a 76 LPC in a limited run Black/Chrome in stead of the more common black/gold. I have all the case candy, manual, registration card. Only owner was John Leland, bass player for Ike and Tina Turner band. They got a tour of the Kalamazoo factory in 76 and he purchased a Thunderbird bass and this guitar. He played the bass but stuck the guitar under his bed...for 41 years. I am the second owner of it, i have paperwork signed by John transfering it to me, and it will remain as it is unplayed. Still has the vinyl sheet and sticker on the pick guard. Hope you enjoy.
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  2. I Break Things

    I Break Things Senior Member

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    That's way cool. :headbanger:
     
  3. Donal

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    Really nice, great find :applause:

    Even the strings and picks are there :thumb:

    What a pity.
     
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    Excellent!!! Thank you for sharing!
     
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    Dead. Sexy.
     
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    WOW!!
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    Be still my beating heart....
     
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    Very impressive. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Thank you for posting the pictures.

    It's a shame it isn't being played, but on the other hand.... there are plenty of old guitars getting played, so this one remains unique.


    Also, I've always felt that the chrome/nickle hardware looks better on a Custom than gold, so this is perfect.
     
  10. ARandall

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    ^ Yeah, pity its not being played.
    Its certainly interesting to see how they looked new, and its just a shame that circumstances lead a generic Custom to be in this position. Pity it wasn't something special in and of itself, like a heritage 80.....a 72 RI BB or similar that are valuable just in themselves - where the collector value would multiply many times for the 'Spinal Tap' one.
     
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    I also find it slightly tragic that it isn't being played. Just feels wrong somehow.

    But it is absolutely gorgeous and you are very lucky to have it. Seeing the pics brings back memories of the day I took my '77 home when it was brand new and still had the plastic on it. Wow, long time ago.
     
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    The second 'issue' is that the only person you can ever sell to is another person that wants to buy simply because its not been used.......no-one wanting to buy to play it will ever be happy not to be able to try it out.
    So its a collectors piece that has only novelty value.
     
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    Thanks for sharing and welcome to MLP. :thumb:
     
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    Keep going, man. I mean, you seem to be really down on this post, might as well go for broke. Here's a suggestion next time you think something isn't as cool as it could be: "Too bad it wasn't a '59 Burst or maybe a sack full of gold doubloons. It would have been nice if it was a diamond encrusted Stradivarius." Seriously, man. Really go for it next time.
     
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    Says you. I'd buy it and play it. A hammer that doesn't hit nails is just dead weight.
     
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    That is a really good point. I am the target buyer for a mid-'70's Custom but I would be buying to pound the sh## out of it not look at it. The provenance isn't relevant to me, as the previous owner was known as a bass player not a guitarist and one of many, many people that cycled through the Kings of Rhythm. Wouldn't make the guitar worth more IMO. Usually when I see a vintage guitar that hasn't been played much or at all it is a sure sign that it is a dog too, but that's not possible to know in this case unless you played it.
     
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    To quote Sting 'Your sensibility is shaken by the slightest defect'

    You certainly seem to get overly offended by posts that go against you want to hear, even when they are presented without malice or derision and merely represent an opinion. Like when you squawked and flapped like a chicken when someone suggested a 50's p90 could be a great PAF like tone.
     
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    That a fricken time capsule. I'd learn finger pickin so i could play it with out scratching the shit out of it. Remember only the first ding hurts, years later it becomes mojo.
     
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    Who said I was offended? You seem to project a bit much. I'm just underscoring the absurdity of a statement. Offense never came into the equation.
     

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