Wow! What a guitar. Just stunning.I bought my '80 Gibson "Jimmy Wallace" ( Pre-Run/Proto) '58 Quilted LP Standard in '84 for $500.
Today because this was one of 2 or 3 Pre-Run "Jimmy Wallace" '58 Quilted Top "examples" sent to Jimmy by Gibson to approve before his 1st official order, this guitar is pretty rare and exclusive.
I'd guess its value at between $17K-$20K+/- for what it is.
I guess this would be the most expensive Gibson LP I'd consider gigging.
I actually gigged it back between '84-'88, but of course I didn't know how rare and valuable it was at the time.
I'm 61 right now, and I have no intention of ever doing a regular weekend gig, but if I were asked to do a fund raiser or some sort of tribute gig, I'd have no problem playing it live.
Here's a picture of the guitar, and a pic of me with it on stage back in '84 or '85
Not really. It’s generally never out of my sight, but I have taken a piss amd left it behind. Usually another band member or friend is nearby, but I could be more careful. As for it getting banged around, I don’t go out of my way to beat it up, but if it hits something or gets dinged…I dont care.Any specific precautions you take?
Same here, though I have a 2019 Les Paul Junior that I'm not sure I'm going to keep, so I'm saving it for home use until I decide.If I can’t gig with a guitar it is not much use to me!