Les Paul guitar featured on CBS Sunday Morning

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  1. davo8411

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    Les Paul’s original Les Paul prototype is going up for auction with Christies or Sotherbys. CBS did a nice little feature on it this morning. They estimate it will go for $100,000 to $150,000.
     
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    The Log or a Gibson prototype?
     
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    I just saw that, that was pretty cool. I've never noticed before that he used chicken head knobs for the volume and tone controls.
     
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    The Gibson prototype is going up for auction, but they did show the Log. By the way, locally (So Cal) they replay CBS Sunday Morning on Channel 9 at 10:00 AM. That way if you miss it at 6 AM, or don't record it, you get a second chance.
     
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    The Gibson LP prototype Goldtop w/ funky whammy bar Les used.

    Love hearing those Les Paul and Mary Ford recordings together- they ( at least for a while) were so natural & relaxed! She couid play, too!
     
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    My guess is that those numbers are a bit low.
     
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    Auction estimates are always crazy low.
     
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    Absolutely, I can't believe those numbers are so low. I'll bet some someone like Keith Richards, Jeff Beck or Joe "Bossanova" would come in and lay down a huge chunk of cash for that guitar
     
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    I have to believe this will be much closer to seven figures.
     
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    It's the one from the famous 'Omnibus' TV appearance.



    And that estimate is a severe lowball. Somebody's gonna pay big dinero for that guitar.

    Here's the segment from CBS.



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    Depends on the auction and the house. An estimate can have different purposes. Yes, these are probably low so the house can proclaim a far higher realized price in their advertising.
     
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    I always tell my David Gilmour auction story about now. :)

    A friend invited my wife and me to the last showing of the Gilmour collection the day before the auction at Christie's. I knew that just about everything would be way beyond my budget, but I was eyeballing one of his lap steels that had been on the road with him. The estimate on the card said that it was projected to go for between $1000 and $1500.

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    My wife saw the estimate and said 'You should bid on that, we can afford that!' I ended up not bidding, figuring it would go for more than the estimate.

    The lap steel ended up going for $61,000.

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    It seems criminal if this thing goes for less than a ‘59 Burst. Les Paul’s actual guitars should have more historic value than production guitars of unknown provenance if anything is rational in guitar collecting.
     
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    Agree... will go for at least $1M. But it won't be a guitarist who buys it. It will be some miscellaneous many-millionaire who will hang it on a wall somewhere... loan it to the R&R HoF for a while, then put it back in his vault.
     
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    Oh, man... that went stupid high. If you wanted it, you should have bid on it, though. You never know how the bidding will play out. Always bid.
     
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    Everything in that auction went for a ton. And for good reason - it was one of the nicest collections I've ever seen.

    Eh. I went to the showing strictly as a spectator. I took my trusty Nikon and got photos of every piece of gear in the collection. That was good enough for me.:)

    And then after leaving Christie's we went uptown and saw the Play It Loud! exhibit at the Met. Ended up taking almost 500 photos of gear that day.

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    Everyone is talking about the guitar/auction $$, which is cool...

    But after listening ( again) to "How High the Moon," just need to point out what an awesome sound Les is getting out his guitar and amp ( direct?) on that song!

    It is a clean tone, but not 'tinkly-bright' direct sound - but kind of throaty thick, w/o being distorted. And just perfect delay- wow!
     
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    And it's even more amazing when you think that no one had ever done it before he did! We're all lucky to be able to follow some type of blueprint for recording, but Les was the blueprint.

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    My first electric ( new in '76, stolen in '80/College) was actually a ' Les Paul Signature!' NOT mine:

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    ( I knew NOTHING about it other than it was a Gibson, had ' Les Paul' on the headstock, and was $250 new!- cool, beautiful guitar- I was just learning...)
     
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    That is one of my bucket list guitars! They're about as scarce as hen's teeth, though. Epiphone did a reissue some years back, and you can't even find them.

    The bass version became the Jack Casady sig model.

    - D
     
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