'50s Les Pauls That Came Originally With Other Than The Usual Finishes

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  1. bosnialove

    bosnialove Senior Member

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    Are there any more of them?

    A few I know are:

    - the Blackburst;

    - the sweet cherry 1958 Burst;

    - a cherry 1960 Custom;

    - a 1956 Lp wit ha black finish;

    - a 1956 LP which a brown finish;

    - a 1954 LP that has been refinished by Gibson in '69 into sweet cherry;

    - Harrisons Lucy;

    - a '50s and finally a solid red coloured Les Paul parantely from page 159 of BOTB.

    Any more of them?

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    chasenblues Senior Member

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    I don't think "other than usual" applies with that one as both colors(Goldtop-Cherry) were "standard" Gibson colors at various times.Started as a Goldtop and was re-finished with Cherry.
     
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    1959 GT........at least one does exist.

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    zhivago Senior Member

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    There were more than one 1960 Cherry Les Paul Customs...legend has it they all went to Europe... :)
     
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    Greco Senior Member

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    There's the brown P90 LP with brown knobs, and legend has it there was one custom coloured burst in green or blue or some crap, but I forget which.

    Gibson generally used black to cover boo-boos, So there is a black 59 that was refinished sunburst later and has a tearout near the pickup cavities. There was a black 60 burst 0 0162, and of course a few white customs.

    Then there's the 1960 DC Junior in all-over purple burst. I don't know what to make of that one.
     
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    Wasn't there an old photo that surfaced a while back of a P-90 LP in like a tobacco burst w/ a bound headstock and/or crown inlay?

    Also, I saw a '52 hanging on the wall of a DFW pawnshop once that had a fairly large 'Les Paul' signature in the headstock logo font just starting to peek through the finish across the forearm area of the guitar.
     
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    lewis_grey Senior Member

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    That re-finned ‘54 makes my trousers feel funny...

    I’m afraid that’s all I can to contribute to this thread.

    EDIT: Love the expertly doctored Joe B still too.
     
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    Dont forget the only known 1959 Gold Top. Serial 9 0225

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    Theres a Black Custom order 54 wraptail on the other forum from Son of owner
     
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    BrianB Senior Member

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    Was Jeff Beck's '54 oxblood the original color or a refin?

    Pretty sure Harrison's "Lucy" was a refin, and was originally a goldtop covering that off centered top join.
     
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    chasenblues Senior Member

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    John Sebastian(Goltop)>Rick Derringer(Had it re-finished and hated it,sold to Music shop)>Clapton bought it gave it to>Harrison.
     
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    I sold Sweet Cherry in the mid 90's to a collector in N.Y.
     
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    bosnialove Senior Member

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    That one looks great. Do you have the serial number of it? And more pics?
     
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    chasenblues Senior Member

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    Its the second one in your Op.

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    Reading the write up from Guitar player mag in the second image are you Ron David?
     
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    [QUOTE="Reading the write up from Guitar player mag in the second image are you Ron David?[/QUOTE]

    No, I got it from Ronn.
     
  17. bosnialove

    bosnialove Senior Member

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    Ah, that is my favorite L0 from the '50s. Now I know its serial is #8 1689.

    Thanks!
     
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    Someday I'll own the black burst.
     
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    Funny story about this guitar.

    The guitar was walked into the Houston Guitar Show around 1990 and sold for pennies on the dollar because the owner thought it was a refin.

    The buyer (Lloyd) bought it long after it was walked around the show. No one even inquired about the guitar because it was in a 70's Ibanez case.

    I took this photo in the hotel after the show.

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    That sure is a precious one!
     
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