Haha well sure, as soon as I see the payment hit my account. He is a great guy and a big collector.Congrats on the sale, wish I could have snagged that one but it wasn't meant to be..
I HOPE ARTIE BOUGHT HER! Can you tell us who the lucky (but broke) bastard is????
Pains me to do this, especially as this fine lady has only been in my presence for a short amount of time. Time to pursue a couple more "important" life ventures, such as buying my first house while mortgage rates are at historic lows....so. Here we go.
I have a Beauty of the Burst - Brockburst RI. The story and information that I have on this guitar is about as accurate as it can be, most people know how strangely tight lipped Gibson is about this in general. But, here is the story, with as much honesty and detail that I can provide. Its very cool, and there is some unearthing left to do no doubt. I would like to discuss with any interested parties directly, mainly to protect interested parties as a large transaction such as this should be done in confidence and be left to the new owner to come forward if they choose to.
About me - 100% Ebay Powerseller Feedback distinctive_guitar. Sold many high end guitars, including vintage gear, tons of references. Jdwright6 is my name on TGP. I shoot it straight, and believe in honesty. Thanks for your consideration. Ideally, I would like to trade this guitar for either a regular R8/R9/R0 or Murphy plus Cash. I am not really interested in anything else for the most part, but try me with feelers anyway.
History - I am sure you know who Brian Brock is, the original owner of one of the most famous 1959 Les Paul Standards, known of course as the Brockburst, featured in the Beauty of the Burst Book. Well he sold his guitar to vic dapra in 1983...and regretted it since then.
So after the book was released, gibson did a couple "ghost run" replicas of some of the beauty of the burst models. These serial numbers are not even registered with Gibson (you can call them if you like), a search shows "serial number not found" (931384) as this was a "secret project" as this guitar were apparently not supposed to make it into my appreciative hands. 2 Guitars were made for Brian Brock himself to perfectly replicate hisguitar. Tom Murphy was part of this project, unlike other regular Murphy's of that year or previous years. This guitar's wood was tracked down and hand selected by murphy, painted and slightly aged by murphy. Tom decided to leave most of the "aging" to happen over time but did replicate minor marks down to the shrunken E Tuner (I have emails from the owner to confirm this). This guitar also has a brazilian fretboard (unconfirmed by Gibson, confirmed by Brian Brock), and has a faded back just like the original. Also has a faulty dummy latch on the case, just like the original. Two of these guitars were built for Brian Brock himself, and he chose the one he liked the best, the other went was slated to go to a Gibson superuser who ended up missing his opportunity, and second on the list, who I bought it from, is a very well known studio owner in LA who's collection rivals anyone's. He paid cash for it sight unseen and had it until I purchased it from him a couple of months ago. Gibson confirms this guitar exists but will not provide any information (which is actually kind of funny), even though I have a signed COA from the President of Gibson. I have reached out to Tom Murphy and I also have emails from Brian Brock himself (very cool), and emails from the original owner documenting everything I have said. Even the original 1959 Serial number, 9 0913 appears on the back of the headstock. So I have included a couple pictures, and check out the one side by side to the Beauty of the Burst book.
As you can tell this seems to be one of the most secretive builds done by Gibson. It's interesting that since the mastermind Edwin Wilson, they don't seem to want much to do with the year 2003 at all. (Brazilian Boards, Stingers, BOTB's, other Music Machine runs etc etc) Rumor is these Beauty of the Burst runs didn't have permission from the owners to make recreations....so...without a lawsuit. They erased the serial numbers from their system as if they don't exist. The serial number on the COA which is covered up in the pics....is 931384. That serial number is found in the control cavity by the volume pots. The replica serial number 9 0913 is on the back.
That is how long it has been since I have been on here also. I am currently buying and selling 'golden calves' that are also great for idolizing.I wouldn't worry. This post is over 10 years old which is when the guy was last seen here.