1971 LES PAUL FRETLESS WONDER

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I had a LP CUSTOM, fretless wonder, purchased in 1971..$592 @ Silver & Horlan in lower Manhattan, NYC...that guitar was stolen around 79 in Fayetteville, NC, the guitar was recovered by police at a local pawn shop….but the serial #s were completely scratched out down to bare wood. All things considered, it was the wrong guitar....dark and heavy sounding….and the frets were not conducive for what i was evolving into as a player…. i eventually I traded the guitar in ridiculously for a worthless guitar at a Seattle guitar shop in early 80s..i just could not cope with the theft and the serial #s…even years later….Since then i have played strats and finally kept a Don Grosh retro..which i love…I wonder who has that guitar now…the serial numbers were gouged out....In JULY 2020. I purchased an R8 from lance @ WILDWOOD..In all ways, I found this guitar stunningly superior to the LP CUSTOM..Sorry for the rant..It still upsets me…i have a large gun safe now..when i leave the premises..all guitars are locked up no exceptions. i just wonder where it is.
 

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Any old pics of the guitar? Might help with your curiosity. It will likely be hard to track down but you never know.

I had a 77 Deluxe. And while it was a nice guitar, it didn't compare much to the current Gibson custom shop offerings. I sold it and ended up funding the purchase of a Navigator standard LP and Greco custom LP and a Greco strat copy. Those are all MIJ guitars but the were built like vintage LPs / Strats. All of them are lighter, more resonate and have better neck profiles than the 77. I have recently seen prices go even higher for the 70s LPs and kind of wonder if I should have kept it as an investment. However, I would probably not be enjoying my hobby as much if I had gone that way. It sounds like you might be going along a similar thought process. I would just enjoy the R8 and be happy that you still have passion and enjoyment for playing guitar. That being said, I would like to see the guitar if someone thinks they have it.
 

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I can Understand the op’s feelings . I got a nearly new 68 got back then and if it was stolen , raped and pillaged I’d been messed up , specially being so young . I was lucky it was never lifted all those years . It was a gift from my parents , all my friends memories return as I hold it .

I have several wonderful reissues I play everyday . But the vintage guitars I ve owned so long just take me back 40 years ago to a different time as I play ..

That feeling is priceless
 

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I’ve had this ‘78 Custom since I purchased it in 1980..... it has spent a number of years being gigged thru the eighties in some shady places... and some great memories. I would be devastated to lose it.

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I have no pictures of the aforementioned...LES PAUL CUSTOM.....fretless wonder......the eradication of the serial numbers on the back of the headstock would be the only identifier.....if i were to handle the guitar..maybe something else might come to mind....the saddles were the white plastic ones.
 

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Also had a 71 fretless wonder. Well at least I think it was a 71. Bought it in the early 80's for $425. What a guitar. I sold it off in 84 with total regret since. I've had 12 LP's and that one tops them all. I was young and didn't even think of writing down the SN. I don't even have a picture, only just great memories. I sold it with a 68 plexi...WTF. Your post reminded me of what I once had.. I often also wonder who has this guitar now. Whoever has it has something special.
 


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