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Hey Les Paul forum members, Mick Jones had a real ‘Burst in 1980 ?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Mike Eskimo, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. Mike Eskimo

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    No, not that Mick Jones , Foreigner fans, the more important one, co-leader of The Clash.

    There were no re-issues back then of course, but maybe Gibson made some to order for that one music store in St. Louis or someplace that ordered “as close as you can get LP Std’s” at one time ?

    Anybody know or care?

    And of course, “no” is a perfectly acceptable answer.

    Thanks for your time and have a nice day !
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  2. tubegeek

    tubegeek Friend of Leo's

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    "London Calling" threw off some royalty$$. That's for sure.
     
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    ALL '68 and later Les Pauls are reissues.
     
  4. Peegoo

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    Mick played a '58 Les Paul during 1978, and likely used it while recording 'Give Em Enough Rope'. He can be seen playing it extensively in the Clash movie 'Rude Boy' along with his black Les Paul. Jones is photographed playing the '58 in Sid Vicious' backing band at Max's Kansas in 1978. Most notably the guitar can be seen in the 'Tommy Gun' music video.
     
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  5. Ed Driscoll

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    According to this thread at the LPF from 2013, it may well be a real ‘Burst from 1958. If it is, that makes the “graffiti” on the top even more egregious. :cry:
     
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    Wow would not have assumed he had a real one. With regard to LPs, I tend to associate him more with a white Custom. Hes one of my guitar idols!

    Mick cant be bothered with that! :lol:
     
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    For a guitar probably worth less than a thousand bucks in 1978?
     
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    I wonder about this. Are you referring specifically LP Std sunburst reissues? I have a 1974 reissue of a '55 LP Special, so I know they were at least dipping their toes in the water to test the viability or reissues in '74.
     
  9. Ed Driscoll

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    Even back then, those guitars had a special cachet about them because of the small number produced, and being played by Clapton, Beck, Peter Green, Page, Duane Allman, etc., even before the prices went into nosebleed-level unobtanium territory. But I certainly get that the stick-on letters are a very punk rock thing to do.
     
  10. EsquireOK

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    1958 Gibson Explorer :D:D:D Yikes.

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  11. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, Mick Jones had a "real" burst.

    They were desirable guitars among players, especially in England, where they were legendary and more rare. But they were not yet being hoarded and taken out of circulation en masse by collectors. A full time professional guitarist could still afford one.

    A friend of my bandmate bought one for $800 back around the same time, in the U.S.A.
     
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  12. Ed Driscoll

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    An obvious cry for help before Clapton checked into Hazelden. :lol:
     
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    To his credit, he is not the one that hacked it...but he was dumb enough to believe that it was a factory prototype, as opposed to a home hatchet job.
     
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    in 1978, a ‘58 guitar was just a 20 year old guitar. Nothing special. Are year 2000 guitars considered special today? Same thing. Which probably explains why he didn’t worry about defacing it.
     
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    50s LPs were going for $500 in the late 70s. 50s Teles were $200-300 many places. Tweed era amps were $300 or much less in many cases.
     
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    As far as defacing guitars....who cares......most of the time its an improvement over the boring same old same old......lol
     
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    78? I'm guessing 2500-3500.
    It seemed like crazy dough when nice Lesters could be had for 3-600 all day long.
     
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    You know what Mick Jones thinks of your opinion about it :twisted:
     
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    I liked him on that double-cut Junior. Those were the days..
     
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    The strings and Things Pauls started in 75. I remember a picture of the clash standing in front of a bunch of serious vintage guitars after a show, captioned "blood and steel one is worth a lot more". As for Mick buying a real burst back in the mid seventies it would have been much cheaper than a new car.

    according to this for the second album:

    Jones began to upgrade. First up was a switch to what would become his signature ax for the rest of his time with the Clash, the Gibson Les Paul. Jones knew a good ax and he had many, including a sunburst ’58 Standard, a wine-red ’70s Custom, a white ’70s Custom, and a sunburst ’70s Custom. On the road in America in 1979, he picked up a rare all-white Gibson ES-295 that he used for a short period. In the studio, Jones frequently played a late-’70s all-black Fender Strat with a maple fretboard. It and a new Precision for bassist Paul Simonon were gifts from Fender.

    https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Maximum_Energy_The_Gear_of_the_Original_Punks_?page=2
     
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