Les Paul's "Guitars for the peasants"

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  1. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Interesting quote from him in one of the letters from the Mary Ford SG/LP sale:

    "Ran into a guy who makes plastic ukeleles...he wants to give me half the company. We make fifty dollar plastic guitars for the peasants and a good one for the discriminating."

    The LP peasant caster, what might have been!

    Think of the proles who might have benefited from such a shrewd business move by Les.

    http://img.inkfrog.com/click_enlarg...003.JPG&username=goldsilverpawn&aid=905508491
     
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    Very cool, thanks for posting. i was wondering what some of those docs actually said when I saw them displayed on Pawn Stars w/ Mary Ford's LP...
     
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    It could have been the Serf-caster.
     
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    Hmm, could have been Maccafferi, with this for the serfs:

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    And this for the corksniffers:

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    Oh, and Jeff Beck got one from Jimmy Page, it's his around the house beater. Here's a shot of all the stuff that goes into making one:

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    Mario Maccaferri...in guitar manufacture in partnership with Selmer. They run a workshop where the "Selmer - Maccaferri, " guitars are made that were immortalized by Django Reinhardt.

    During his time at Selmer, he had discovered and learned the technique of making reeds for saxophones and clarinets. Maccaferri oriented himself from then on with the making of reeds, creating his "French-American Reed Manufacturing Company." During WWII, Maccaferri developed a viable plastic reed, the Maccaferri Futurity reed. Endorsed by Benny Goodman and others, his reedmaking enterprise survived the hazards of wartime shortages and propelled him into a thriving business in plastics.
    With his plastics business on firm ground, offering clothespins, bathroom tile and a host of other injection-molded products.

    THAT's where he made is money... PLASTICS!
     
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    ..and Ukes, Mrs. Robinson.
    Stinky-plastic ukuleles under the Xmas tree, w/ push-button fretting, so you didn't have to learn chords. Remember those?
     

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