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See and Hear the First Gibson Les Paul “Burst”… and It’s For Sale

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by brenn, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    See and Hear the First Gibson Les Paul “Burst”… and It’s For Sale

    Pretty cool story/video. I haven't been to Nashville in many years, other than passing through. I need to go down and look at some guitars.

    "The very first Les Paul “Burst”, originally shipped out of the Gibson factory in May of 1958, has come on the market via Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville, and it could be yours, if you’ve got a spare $625,000."
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  2. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    That's your typical 'guitar under the bed' legend come to life.

    And there's so much cool stuff about that guitar. Funny that they painted a body that was meant to be a gold top and you can see the multi piece body. I guess they figured they were only trying out the burst and didn't care that it didn't have a matched top.

    - D

  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

  4. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    That is cool.

    Wonder why those tuner buttons turned brown???

  5. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jan 22, 2007
    Just pulled out my checkbook and it's sold. Damn it all!
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  6. UsernameTaken

    UsernameTaken The Smooth and the Fast

    Jan 31, 2017
    Yeah me and my black card beat you to it!


  7. beezerboy

    beezerboy Tele-Meister

    Sep 7, 2016
    its a beauty though but really.... thats a stupid amount of money. sorry, I don't see it.

  8. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Shouldn't it be in the Smithsonian? I'm thinkin' Leonardo Da Vinci type museum piece.
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  9. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    Seriously? I think it's undervalued. My first thought was, somebody with $625,000 to invest could make a profit, because they've priced it too low.

    10 years ago a 1958 Explorer, not celebrity owned, went for $611,000. It wasn't the first and an Explorer, even a 1958, isn't in the same league with a sunburst 1958 "closest classic" (as Fender says) Les Paul Standard.

    I agree.
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  10. Piotr

    Piotr Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 5, 2011
    Before opening the thread, I thought the price would be at least a million.

  11. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    I was just thinking, there was a time, back in the 1970's, when you could have bought a 1958-60 Les Paul 'Burst for about the same price as a VCR (and before that, the VCR would have cost a lot more).

    When I first saw the headline, that was exactly my thought. If somebody snapped this up quick at $625K, there is room to make a profit.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
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  12. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    Anyone here have a 15% off discount coupon from Carter Vintage Guitars???? :D
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  13. pondcaster

    pondcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 29, 2010
    Tryon, NC
    Nice clip about that historically significant LP, that was very cool.

    And love the way Ed keeps his collection at home.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  14. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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  15. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    Not exactly 'quick' - I first saw the report about this guitar nearly a year ago. Here's a local TV report about it, with Vince Gill and Ed King weighing in on the guitar.

    I even alerted a couple of friends who may have had the wherewithal to buy it. Nobody bit at that point, though.

    - D

  16. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    I am surprised. I figured that was a price that would sell it.

    My next planned trip to Nashville is in September, to see Adam Ant. Maybe it will still be there.

  17. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    I suspect the market for something like this is shrinking. Of course there will always be a market for the best of the best and collector grade stuff, and this first burst meets those requirements, but it's the baby boomer generation that is driving the pricing of the market. In the not so distant future that generation will be moving from earning an income to fixed income, and then to...well you know.

  18. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    Only it's NOT the first burst. There were some P-90 bursts made in earlier years. Steve Miller owned one at one time. Maybe the first humbucker burst. lp_54.jpg

  19. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    That Explorer was one of only 19, so the price makes sense.

    BTW: I've played an original Explorer and swapped out with a 59 'Burst -- both through a Super Reverb. Tonewise the Explorer spit on the 'Burst, gave it a wedgie, tripped it and took its lunch. It had a complex woody tone that was indescribable.


  20. Jimmy Dean

    Jimmy Dean Tele-Afflicted

    Is Bonnamasa going to buy it? Watch out, ticket prices are doubling.
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