The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake, Atlantis +

TheHarleyMan2

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This is the beloved Burst that Alex Conti used at the height of his career with Lake, Atlantis, and Rudolf Rock & die Schocker.

It made numerous appearances on records and videos. (Do any of you guys in Germany have any photos of it???)

The guitar was first refinished sometime prior to 1975…probably before 1974, and again in the late 70’s when the neck was busted in the States while opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd. (Alex was actually offered the slot to replace Ed King!)

Alex gave the guitar to George Gruhn who had Gibson Kalamazoo re-neck it with a (fortunately discovered) NOS neck.

Unfortunately, Gibson chose to paint it like a nice, shiny new Gibson, and Alex disliked the "clownburst" so bad that he sold the guitar after he got it back.

The guitar was then painted again in 2011 AND 2016 by Mathias Schindehütte, and finally Historic Makeovers in 2018. (Which they did not paint correctly either…walnut pore filler? Yikes!)

Well, I have officially ended the months long attempt to get "tag fade" and color correction on the ol' girl. So, here it is!

Prior to the last refinishing job by Kim, the guitar was noticed to have walnut pore filler in the mahogany. (Kind of ironic given how HM chose that also.) So the guitar was thought to most likely be have originally been a Goldtop since the serial number is too low for a Burst.

Well, I got a copy of the corresponding original factory ledgers and the number 8 1534, was a lap steel. So the first guitar refinisher (or Gibson) most likely made the same mistake Historic Makeovers did. Pretty understandable for 1974 since most finishers back then didn’t use red pore filler.

Anyway, enjoy this chunk or rock and roll history, it’s had a rough life, but it’s back in the game!

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The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake.
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The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake.
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The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake.
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The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake.
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The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake.
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The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake.
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The Sexy Hexy Burst: 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Alex Conti of Lake.

Oh, and it sounds like a really phat pissed off Telecaster! LOL!


Is this Ed Kings Red Eye?

 

Mike I

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Awesome Swiss Pics Eric!

Thanks for posting the link!

I used to live in Geneva, and I've tread in the path you took, and it's beyond description!

In fact bought my first vintage Les Paul in Geneva. A 61 Les Paul Jr. for 800 bucks in 93.

Cheers!
 

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Bottom line, nobody knows? Confusing thread.

Ken Potter, please don't come here and stir the pot.

You have already sent me PM's about this guitar several times today though Reverb.

It has an uninterrupted ownership chain from 1974 until today.

This instruments authenticity document, photos, and magazine articles, attest to its history, and provenance. The authenticity letter itself clearly spells out every single part on the guitar.

This is WAY BEYOND what a typical vintage guitar specialist does.

It has been more carefully scrutinize by more people, in the flesh and on-line, than the overwhelming majority of Bursts out there.

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The Conti burst has an incoming offer on Reverb. Hope this sells. The suspense is killing me. Would love to see a NGD post on that guitar.
 

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