NGD - I’ve Landed My “White Whale!”

Neanderpaul

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I swore I would never do it.

“They’re too expensive.” “I already own the Epiphone version, and that’s good enough.”

I was lying to myself. I knew I always wanted it. He’s *the* guy that introduced me to the guitar. From the moment I saw it the first time, I knew I wanted to play what he played. It was bright, and cool, and bad ass!

I had my dad get me my first copy in 1979. It wasn’t a real Gibson. But...for an 11-year old, it was close enough. When I started taking my playing more seriously, I bought my first Epiphone Standard. Although not a “real” Gibson, it’s a real Les Paul. So, I was getting closer.

Fast forward a few decades, and (like so many here) I’ve acquired several Les Pauls. Both Gibson & Epiphone....But I didn’t have *his.* I knew they’d made them in ‘97. And again twice more. I saw the prices, and balked. Years passed. I saw them come & go. Told myself I “didn’t really want one.” Which, as we all know, was a lie. We all want that *one.*

Eventually, I snagged the Epiphone version of his first signature. It’s awesome. About as good a guitar as one could ask for. Except...

It wasn’t ‘the one.’

I’ve seen the Budokans. I love them. But, other than knowing what it is, there’s no real indicator that it’s *his* model. Even if it’s actually more accurate than “the original.”

Four days ago, I spotted it on the Bay. I reached out to inquire. I took every picture down, and went over them with great detail to validate it visually. I contacted Gibson to verify the SN. Everything checked out, and I placed my bid...and waited.

Today, it became mine. It was more expensive than I hoped it would be. Anything you really want usually is. So, I’ll no doubt be selling off some other guitars immediately. I figure this *one* will end up costing me three.

Worth it. I finally have the one I’ve wanted since I was 9. In fact, it makes a nice pair with the Epiphone version.
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Breezin

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Very Cool.
Even tho I'm not into Ace at all, I wouldnt mind having one.
Its sort of like a signature version of Framptons custom.
 

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Way to go. I think it's wonderful to be able to mark the progress of your life -- as a person, as a guitarist -- like this. On the large scale, it ends up being a small amount per year for something really great. And it's a distinctive guitar on top of it all. I'm a huge fan of 3 PU Lesters.
 

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Congrats!! Ace is the one that got me into this as well! It’s a beatiful guitar and is it not one of those he uses nowadays on tour?

Remember when these came out in 97 the guitar store was very reluctant to let me a 21 year old kid try it....
 

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I swore I would never do it.

“They’re too expensive.” “I already own the Epiphone version, and that’s good enough.”

I was lying to myself. I knew I always wanted it. He’s *the* guy that introduced me to the guitar. From the moment I saw it the first time, I knew I wanted to play what he played. It was bright, and cool, and bad ass!

I had my dad get me my first copy in 1979. It wasn’t a real Gibson. But...for an 11-year old, it was close enough. When I started taking my playing more seriously, I bought my first Epiphone Standard. Although not a “real” Gibson, it’s a real Les Paul. So, I was getting closer.

Fast forward a few decades, and (like so many here) I’ve acquired several Les Pauls. Both Gibson & Epiphone....But I didn’t have *his.* I knew they’d made them in ‘97. And again twice more. I saw the prices, and balked. Years passed. I saw them come & go. Told myself I “didn’t really want one.” Which, as we all know, was a lie. We all want that *one.*

Eventually, I snagged the Epiphone version of his first signature. It’s awesome. About as good a guitar as one could ask for. Except...

It wasn’t ‘the one.’

I’ve seen the Budokans. I love them. But, other than knowing what it is, there’s no real indicator that it’s *his* model. Even if it’s actually more accurate than “the original.”

Four days ago, I spotted it on the Bay. I reached out to inquire. I took every picture down, and went over them with great detail to validate it visually. I contacted Gibson to verify the SN. Everything checked out, and I placed my bid...and waited.

Today, it became mine. It was more expensive than I hoped it would be. Anything you really want usually is. So, I’ll no doubt be selling off some other guitars immediately. I figure this *one* will end up costing me three.

Worth it. I finally have the one I’ve wanted since I was 9. In fact, it makes a nice pair with the Epiphone version.
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Nifty Ace LP GOOD ON YA
 


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