'57 Black Beauty found

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  1. ComingApart

    ComingApart Member

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    How much would an original 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty be worth?

    It's in poor shape due to being stored in an attic for 30+ years.
    With a beat-to-hell Gibson case and Gibson GA-55 twin amp?

    Sorry no pics.

    It's very playable feel and action wise, neck is in good shape.
    The finish has checked pretty bad and lifting in some places.

    All original electronics save one pot.
    Pots are corroded solid and won't turn.

    The gold finish has been corroded way for the most part.

    I'll try to get some pics, but any ballparks on value would be appreciated.
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  2. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    it's worth @ least 45gs if it has hums (some of the early "57s didn't).
     
  3. Bo Faulkner

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    Man you come in here and put up a post like that ... without pics??

    Do you realize what can happen to a thread like this?

    With no pics i'd offer you 2 dollars for it! (just fooling with ya.. I have no idea the value but I'd sure like to see some pics of your find)




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  4. playon

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    The good part is despite the condition it sounds like it's 99% original and that it still plays nice... that's a lot. When it comes to originality I'd trust "from the attic" compared to "from the vintage guitar dealer." But you need to plug it in and make sure those PAFs are still working...
     
  5. ComingApart

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    The pots are corroded to the point they won't turn.

    I don't have the guitar in my possession, it was a friend who recently found it.
    I'm trying to get some pictures.
     
  6. Luke Gibson

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    Stored in a Louisiana attic for 30+ years..... Oye. It's still worth a lot, tho.

    The pots can be unfrozen and the only luthier I would ever trust to work on something like this just happens to be located in the BR area. Shoot me a PM if you don't have his contact info already.
     
  8. Dana Olsen

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    When I found the '56 LP Junior I co-own with Mark Robinson the pots were frozen and the finish so gummed over it was hard to tell what color it was.

    We sprayed the pots w/ contact cleaner and cleaned the finish w/ lighter fluid IIRC. Then we polished it - lots of elbow grease. It cleaned up pretty well. Here's a pic of Scott Lerner playing it:

    Be VERY CAREFUL. Don't peel any of the finish off, and don't peel any of the gold (colored) plating. Go slowly. If you're not experienced with vintage guitars - STOP! Take it to someone who is.

    Matte's right - could be worth 45K, could be less, could be more. That's a good starting ballpark figure.
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  9. hbentley

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    makes me want to check my attic!!
     
  10. snarkle

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    Makes me want to check my NEIGHBOUR'S attic...I know there aren't any Les Pauls in mine.






    (They're in the basement...)


    Seriously, though, that's going to be a great guitar once it's fixed up. And I'd like to see pics of the amp, too...those big ’50s Gibson amps sound great.
     

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