Bursts on the market p.2
The Last Burst. Almost certainly a special order guitar, here we have not only an unusually beautiful and highly figured sunburst Les Paul from the original series, but as far as anyone knows, the last one made. With a serial number over 300 units higher than the next latest one known, it dates to late 1960. The serial number has the second digit filled in instead of a space, which Gibson did on solid bodies until early ’61, in years when they ran out of 5 digit numbers towards the end of the year. The manufacturer’s date code places potentiometer production in the 28th week of 1960, and the guitar’s serial number puts it well after the introduction and production of a number of early SG Les Pauls, as some of these have lower numbers.
She sounds and plays great of course, but as Jay Scott said, regrettably, in his first book on ‘bursts; “It’s the wood that makes it good”. Or was that Kenny Rogers? Regardless, as Stan Jay might have written, ”imagine if you will, some of the most diseased maple ever to grace the loading dock of Kalamazoo’s finest” ( sorry Stan, wherever you are. ) From most angles we see profuse, continuous waves of tight flame which cover nearly the entire top. The medullary grain is very striking as well, and the curl has great depth and iridescence.
However, what sets it apart so beautifully from most 1960 ‘bursts is its unusually translucent finish and deep, rich color. Most ’60s are noticeably more opaque, and more of an orangey-red “tomato soup” looking affair, hence the derogatory tag “clown burst” assigned to many of them.
Fully original and in exceptionally fine condition, the only issue is an old, clean heel repair with no touch up. There having been such a large surface area to work with for the repair, this is a very much less significant structural issue than even an average head stock break. The repair dates back at least to the 1980’s.
Just as the first / earliest known sunburst Les Paul - which surfaced earlier this year - is historically significant, this too is an important instrument as it marks the end of an era at Gibson, and the end of production of what was to become their best known, most coveted and most iconic electric guitar.
Thinking this would be an interesting pairing with the First ‘Burst? Well here’s your chance, and it is literally a unique opportunity. And bonus: pairs are always worth significantly more than the two items are individually, not to mention bookends. More details and pics to follow, competitively priced at, you guessed it, $650K, wire transfer and local pickup only.
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9 0327 RJV guitars Refinished by Florian Jäger, Bavarian Makeover - September 2019
The instrument was previously owned by a Dutch artist and played in numerous bands and studio projects.
He brought it over from the United States personally while he was touring there In the early 80s.
He got it from a Studio Guitarist in Nashville while they were playing together.
The guitar was partly refinished in a not very tasty way and needed a refret job. Some original parts were missing already then. The guitar sounded incredibly good. The guitar was purchased by the current owner as soon as the possibility was there and nick-named it “Paulette”. The neck profile has a nice comfortable round shape. I would call it a medium; it is not too big, but stronger than a 60s shape.
Florian Jäger from Oberstdorf near Munich, a reputated guitar luthier, has used innovative techniques to get the desired restorations. The Top Face had some minor discoloration spots Cosmetic highlights were done with his head, heart and hands and so he revitalized the Beauty of this Burst back to original glory with original Gibson Formula laquer.
Original serial number still present. The weight is 3,9 kg/8,59 lbs. All parts are period correct.
The only exception are the 2 cream pickup rings which are the best available repro in the market.
Made out of unmistakable butyrate material (which even smells as original 59 do) with correct mold markings; difficult enough to be identified as non-original. The PAF pickup covers have been removed once. The bridge pickup reads at 7,99k Ohm and the neck pickup reads at 7,63k Ohm. (Both have double Black Bobbins). Both PAF’s Baseplate legs have had a small side cut.
Tuners, plastic parts, PAF pickups, pots (all 4 dated with I34 9 07), caps (Bumble Bee’s), wires, pointer washers, 3-way toggle tip, non-wire ABR1 bridge, stop bar. Everything is there and original.
The case is a period correct Lifton and correct brown 5-Latch hard shell case.
The guitar is a late 50s area Gibson Les Paul Standard that plays and sounds excellent which will provide confidence to any new prospective owner and increase value for the future.
Please note that the guitar is stored at the owner and can only be checked on appointment. Please message me for a term.