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The Holy Grail: I Buy A 1958 Sunburst Les Paul

Here’s a nice article by rock writer Binky Philips on the Huffington Post website. Lots of anecdotes about New York guitar buying and the stories of how old guitars get passed around.

Just a taster;

Anyway, one afternoon later that summer, Teddy Slatus, Edgar Winter’s road manager, came in with both of regular-customer Rick Derringer’s sunburst Les Pauls. Back in those days, years before reissues, that meant two of maybe 900 total Gibsons made between mid-1958 through the end of 1960 with that glorious fade-from-a-red-to-gold transparent lacquer finish over highly figured maple and the then new and powerful (Patent-Applied-For) Humbucker pickups. After several other guitar-obsessions amongst the Stars of Rock Guitar, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Michael Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, and several other major cats had settled on this model Gibson as The One. And to this day, it rightly remains exalted.

Read the entire piece here

One Comment

  1. CHOWY says:

    I know a couple of luthiers from NYC building guitars with that quality. Their Les Paul model, the Palusmourn, is made of a thousand-year-old Californian redwood and pick-ups that improve that vintage sound (ask them to show you pics of that one). Check them out:

    http://roninguitars.com/

    http://roninguitars.squarespace.com/

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ronin-Guitars/138996416144134

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