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American Electric Guitar, Gibson Incorporated, Kalamazoo, 1959

Auction:
2455
Lot:
22
Sold for:
$237,000$200,000

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Auction:
Musical Instruments - 2455
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
May 03, 2009 12:00PM

Description:

American Electric Guitar, Gibson Incorporated, Kalamazoo, 1959, Model Les Paul Standard, Serial Number 9 1950, the mahogany back and neck, the painted headstock with GIBSON pearl inlay and LES PAUL MODEL silkscreen logo, the bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid pearl inlay, the carved two-piece maple top of irregular curl, the tune-o-matic bridge,stop tailpiece and all hardware original, the original "PAF" design double-coil humbucking pickups, the cherry sunburst finish, length of back 17 3/8 in., with original Les Paul Custom case.
Estimate $225,000-250,000

Belt buckle scratches on back, medium fade to top color. A-Tuner Peg Handle repaired. Surface scratches and abrasion, some accumulation of dirt, loss to finish from bridge adjustment wheels. Minor fret-wear. Les Paul custom black case with gold interior.
All hardware original. All electronics original and unmolested. Voltage reading rythm pickup 8.5, bridge pickup 4.5., indicating some issue with either coil or conections. Not examined further, as it was preferable to leave everything "as found".

Pickguard shows roller marks on the underside.

Examined by three expert consultants
Top figure is an unusual irregular flame. Middle joint slightly off center at bridge. Evidence of original hand tooling on ends of stop tailpiece (asymmetrical).

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Les Paul, Gibson Incorporated, PAUL MODEL, Paul Custom, electronics, Electric guitars, Gibson Les Paul

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