Mike Campbell talks about & plays his 1959 Gibson Les Paul

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Wow, a '59 burst plain top! Thanks for posting.
 

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if I'm not mistaken Mike played guitar on Don Henley's Boys of Summer. anyone knows what guitar he used for that session?

Mike co-wrote and played on both "Boys of Summer" and "Heart of the Matter" with Don Henley. (Henley can write lyrics and a melody, but he needs someone else to write the framework of the song.)

The preamp on "Boys of Summer" is supposedly a Rockman, but having once owned one I can't think of how you'd goose that tone of out one of those little boxes. Then again, I'm not Mike Campbell! :laugh2:
 

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The preamp on "Boys of Summer" is supposedly a Rockman, but having once owned one I can't think of how you'd goose that tone of out one of those little boxes. Then again, I'm not Mike Campbell! :laugh2:
As far as the Rockman, all of the guitars on Def Leppard's Hysteria album were all Rockman! But I've never gotten that kind of sound out of one-
 

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The Boys Of Summer is very single coil-y to me... Strat, or perhaps Tele. It has a very unique tone, perhaps due to that Rockman.

But anyway, I've always used a Strat on that song.

Oh also, he just recently (in the last 5 years or so I think) got this Burst. No way it could have been used on TBOS, even if that track was a Les Paul.
 

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Interesting...when Mike holds up the guitar to give the camera a full frontal shot, you can see two small round plugs near the stoptail. This guitar must've had a Bigsby removed, the holes plugged, and then a refin.
 

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Interesting...when Mike holds up the guitar to give the camera a full frontal shot, you can see two small round plugs near the stoptail. This guitar must've had a Bigsby removed, the holes plugged, and then a refin.

Okay, so tried to look for the plugs you mention, and stopping the vid at the 3:53-->3:56 mark for some close-up of the top. I am not sure if there's anything other there than what is 'naturally' part of the wood grain and finish, but might be just my eye..

Interesting still it is, thanks for the post.
 

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Thanks for sharing, had to laugh when he said "left it on the bed!".
 

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Ya! Totally had a Bigsby. That's cool! Doesn't necessarily mean it had a refin ... could just be a touch-up.

To me ... that just makes the guitar so much cooler. Heh. And the fact that it sounds just totally beautiful helps some with the cool factor, too. Wow.
 

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