OK - you might remember me, I am the guy that starts builds that never get completed. i.e., MiniStrat Teles for the kids, (http://www.tdpri.com/threads/cad-files-for-necks-for-mandocaster.140308/) that are languishing in the garage after some 8 years or so. ' But with the kindness of fellow TDPRIers (Adirondak5, Guitarbuilder, etc.) and the fact I sold my 2001 LP Std GT to pay some bills, and the fact I've been hoarding guitar wood for 14 years, I am going to start a build thread for the LP that got away. Backstory: In 1976 or so, I decided I needed a Gibson, because I had traded off my '69 SG Standard , '63 sunburst Strat, Echoplex, and Wah-Wah pedal for a 1976 Martin D35. Dumb me - I kept amplifiers, but had not electric guitar to play through them. I was born and grew up in Motown, so I scoured the classifieds until I found an odd LP for $175. It was a Goldtop, but the neck was unseated (luckily hide glue breaks clean upon impact - somebody had stumbled against the LP leaning against a Twin Reverb at a gig). Being a lapidary and jeweler, I reset (glued) the neck with Hughes Labs Epoxy 330 - perfectly. Well the bridge pickup coil had been caught and broken by the high E string. I took the guitar to a place the seller recommended - Pyramid Guitars on Grand River, in Detroit. They replaced the pickup with a pretty hot dual rails Pyramid, did a coil tapping on the neck, and added a mini toggle to split the coils, between the volume knobs. Later when I moved to Nashville TN I met Joe Glaser (then not too famous luthier), and he installed another mini toggle between the tone knobs to get that out of phase sound of a Strat (think "Bell Bottom Blues"). Well, being a dumb hippy kind of person, and playing and partying - someone who hung around with the band decided since I worked during the days, he'd break into my house and steal my Martin and the LP, along with tools, guns, archery equipment, etc. Lester was gone, and no trace to be found. That guy served 7 years in TN State Penitentiary for stealing rich peoples' stuff and getting caught with the goods. My guitar was not among the goodies. I went to all of the local pawn shops, and even to George Gruhn's in Nashville, when he was in the pawn shop area of lower Broadway. He informed me that based upon the serial number, I was in luck - good and bad. That was a 1959 LP, and was probably worth $5k then, and was probably already gone to Japan where they were scarfing those guitars up. I've been "Pining for The Fjords" ever since. No other guitar got those sounds so perfectly. It was like playing in a dream. It had very low action, and a noticeable burl in the 10th fret space. Most likely it had a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard, because of the that swirling grain is not too often a characteristic of Indian Rosewood. The sick part is this, about 10 years ago George Gruhn's Guitars sold a similar '59 GT Std for $380K. And Carter's Vintage Guitars has told me a GT in '59 was probably custom ordered and factory painted over a burst. Double OUCH.