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Monday, November 22, 2010

69 Gibson Les Paul Standard

via this auction
According to the seller:
"Thank you for visiting my offering of a very significant and early 1969 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop serial number 558907. I have owned this guitar since the summer of 1971. At the time I purchased it, it had been stripped of its gold paint and finished naturally on top, which was common at the time. It also had a PAF humbucker installed in place of the P-90 neck pickup. I played this guitar in that form for many years and during that time met John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu) of the Mahavishnu Orchestra as a follower of Indian Guru Sri Chinmoy in Queens, New York. John, along with Carlos Santana (Devadip) gigged together at that time and both of them enjoyed playing my Les Paul. During one of John’s roadtrips in 1972/73, he asked to borrow the Les Paul while I carved a “bird of fire” on his Les Paul Junior. He used it as a backup to his Gibson double neck as well as a practice guitar for backstage.

Once I completed the work on his Junior, I got my guitar back and used it in that form until the early nineties. I had some minor work done on a 1954 Strat I owned at the time, by acclaimed luthier John Buscarino, and he said he could refinish the Goldtop back to original Gibson standards. He also swapped back out the PAF for the P-90 cream top pickup. John did a magnificent job and continues to build some of the finest custom instruments in the world.

This is one of the earlier 69’s with the carved maple top and the mahogany one piece neck and body. The finish on the neck and back has the typical crazing but is still in very nice shape. It has aged to a very nice honey gold and the binding has yellowed with age as well. The original Kluson Deluxe tuners are straight and true. I even have the original hang tag"

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