REAL 1959 les Paul

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Cool, now you're ruined for life, lol.

Did your hands sweat? Mine sure did the first time I held a Burst. Getting your hands on one is the only way to know what the fuss is about, it'll give you a much better grasp of what to look for in a good LP in the future.
 

Uncle Vinnie

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I don't even ask to see it when I go to Elderly.
 

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Lucky guy! How was it, what were your thoughts on it after you had played it?

$225k seems really cheap for a '59, don't they usually sell for double that price or higher?
Well....the market isn’t what it used to be. Ten years ago that guitar would have been easily worth half a million before the recession.

As for how it played....it lived up to the mythos.
 

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Cool, now you're ruined for life, lol.

Did your hands sweat? Mine sure did the first time I held a Burst. Getting your hands on one is the only way to know what the fuss is about, it'll give you a much better grasp of what to look for in a good LP in the future.
 

aharp

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Well...hopefully I’ll get to play other vintage Gibson’s. Yah I guess it’s kinda over, its something that people wait an entire life to do, but I did it when I was 20 .

I didn’t sweat that much actually. I basically casually played it once the gentleman handed it to me. It was my dad who was more apprehensive. To him, this was a massive insurance litigation, and he was biting his nails as I was picking my way along the fretboard. He held it for like two seconds and then handed it back to the gentleman .

yah, the reissues don’t even do these things justice.
 

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Reflector knobs? :hmm:
I think that it may have been a late 59. Perhaps Gibson was preparing to make the first batch of 60’s and decided to throw these newer knobs on there.
 

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Well....the market isn’t what it used to be. Ten years ago that guitar would have been easily worth half a million before the recession.

As for how it played....it lived up to the mythos.
Over three, maybe. Half a million, not hardly. Replaced tuners, wrong knobs, wrong pick guard screw, possibly some other odds and ends.
 

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Actually, replacing the tuners with klusons (as long as they’re Gibson’s) isn’t a huge issue. The original tuners probably disintegrated. It’s not uncommon for that to happen. As for the knobs, I believe from what the gentleman said this guitar was a VERY late 59. So, it was probably a translation model before the first batch of 60’s hit the market. I’m unsure about the screw on the pick guard. But everything else was 100% original.
 




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