A pristine 1960 Gibson Les Paul with all hangtags

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  1. Lublin

    Lublin Senior Member

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    Pretty awesome, its been up continually for a while. Les Paul forum has a thread about its history, but I can not view it because I can not seem to become a member. Would love to know more if anyone has information. Looks VERY clean.
     
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    I bet it sounds nicer than the modern repros. But I bet it doesn't sound 320K better. The emperor has no clothes.
     
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    You have to wonder: why would someone keep a guitar from 1960 in pristine condition, and complete with tags? Was there a vintage guitar market in 1960? The Les Paul was not a huge seller, so why would somebody keep a guitar like this in brand new condition, and not just play it? Why, in 1960, would somebody expect this guitar to be so valuable someday?
     
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    Has anyone considered the notion that it might not sound very good? Some of the best sounding guitars I've ever played were in very "non-mint" condition, and likewise I've played some pristine pieces that were real dogs.
     
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    SWEET BABY JESUS

    That's in better shape than a brand new one!
     
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    Bought 3 or 4, took out one, left the others in a closet? Never got to the last one?
     
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    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    You just know that the one offer it's received so far has been for $150 and the buyer isn't budging.
     
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    I have all the case candy for every guitar I've bought new since 1993. Not because I expect them to be collectible, just because I like to have that stuff in case I need it.

    I also have guitars that I haven't played very much, not because they don't sound good or play good but because I have others that are my go to guitars.

    So why do I keep them if I'm not using them? They all have individual tones, even the Strats are different from each other in feel and tone. But I'm sure as soon as I sell one I'll want to have that sound for some reason.

    Maybe I'll luck out in 30 years and one of them will be worth something but I doubt it.
     
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    Looks too clean for a 49 year old guitar?
     
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    According to this ad, this guitar is one of Norm Harris' personal stash guitars - that's Norm of Norm's Rare Guitars in SoCal.

    Norm has been collecting and trading vintage guitars since the early 70's. Norm could easily have purchased this one in the 70's and put it under a bed, and brought it out just now.

    Pretty dang clean, eh?

    Wow, thanks for the link, Dana O.
     
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    When the Dow was @ 13k I'll bet that price woulda been a half mil.
     
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    Looks to be in pristine condition. There are many bursts in circulation but I'd guess there is only a much smaller segment of those still surviving bursts that are free of issues. Even the case looks like it never carried the guitar out-of-doors.

    Ad says Norm'll take credit cards. Well, that will make it easy.
     
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    Some people actually take care of their stuff:D
    Me? Forget it....I'm always scratching and knicking my guitars.
     
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    Damn, even the case looks new!
     
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    When you see a guitar like this, and it's being sold so publically and low-brow, you really have to wonder.

    If this guitar IS a great 1960 Lester that upholds all the best of what is expected of such a guitar - and in mint condition to boot - it seems like some celebrity guitarist or collector would grab it first through back channels before it ever became visible to you or me. Lots of people could drop a third of a million on such a specimen at the drop of a hat, if it was worth it. Wouldn't you think that?

    We used to say in the Marines that you never volunteer for anything. Not because we were avoiding work, but because we knew that any job that filtered down through all the useless admin pogues to actually reach us, MUST have been a real bitch of a job that NOBODY would want.

    So why didn't anybody want this guitar before it landed in ebay?
     
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    it is a '60, clown burst, and very plain top
    for those kind of megabucks, a faded top '59 with flames out the wazoo would be
    on many prospective buyers wish list first..

    btw: norm is a class act, the provenance of his instruments would be something i
    personally trust (though i'm not in a position to do anything but look)
     

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