Annnnddd now I have GAS for an ES Les Paul black beauty! I’ve never seen one of those before but that’s a truly amazing looking Les Paul!WELLL i guess i can provide some story time and share some pictures, i love this stuff.
my #1. 'the one'.
story starts with Jimmy Page. i was a classic rock kid growing up in the 90's. my parents always jammed 60s-70s-80s era music. i was introduced early on to the 'mount rushmore' groups and players. zep was my favorite and i remember i got the dvd set that featured the royal albert hall performance for Christmas. i saw page play the Black Beauty for one of my top favorite zep songs, Bring It on Home. then i did more research and found out that Page has used his BB for most of Zep II; which was my favorite Zep album. i had to have one.
when i looked at page's BB, every spot on the guitar had something going on. the switches, the triple hums, bigsby bar, double bound body, block inlays, split diamond headstock; all wrapped up in a snappy black and gold scheme. unfortunately, the Gibby Black Beauty was TOP SHELF hardware in the realm of guitars and i was a paycheck to paycheck guy.
eventually i was able to score an EPI Black Beauty, and month by month i bought parts and upgraded it how i wanted it
it was a GLORIOUS looking guitar, but still just wasnt my #1. i probably spent the whole price of the guitar in mods and i still found myself reaching for one of my SGs to riff on.
years went by and i was doing pretty well for myself professionally. i had 'put my nose to the grindstone' and started working a ton of hours and getting serious with getting some life goals in line. it paid off when i received a promotion to shift supervisor that provided a healthy upgrade in pay, so i logged into my gear supplier's website and after surfing for a few minutes, a gem caught my eye.
ES Les Paul Black Beauty.
i was out of the guitar game for like....3 years. i didnt surf message boards, i didnt browse ebay for projects, and i didnt browse supplier websites for new models and deals. i was, and still am balls deep into blues / blues rock playing and the ES Les Paul fit that aesthetic. i was going to get a standard until i saw they were having a closeout on the Black Beauty Variation and i needed to call in a forklift to pick my jaw up. this was the Ace1432 Gibson signature model i didnt even know they were making it ticked all the boxes for me, so i snapped it up. there was a HOT SECOND i dismissed this guitar because i read that it had a richlite fretboard. im a guitar purist and at the time felt that richlite had NO PLACE on a gibson guitar.....but the guitar just had way too much going for it otherwise and i willed myself to overlook that and snapped the guitar up.
this is THE guitar for me. i still enjoy playing new guitars and on a rare occasion will add a new one to the pack, but with THIS guitar, frankly i dont need anything else. it BARKS when you strum and when you hit that glorious E chord it raises goosebumps on everyone within earshot. the neck shape is literally my dream neck profile. slim 60's C shape i believe, my hand just forms to it like putting on a glove. no fatigue playing anywhere on the neck its all smooth as gravy.
this is the guitar that will never be sold and if i knew i was dying tomorrow i might ask to be buried with it. or sent to my favorite guitar player so they could give it a proper rocking.