Mary Ford's Les Paul

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  1. Nuclearfishin

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    Did anybody watch Pawn Stars tonight and see Mary Ford's 1961 Les Paul "SG" that was brought in by her nephew? What a piece of history, and it came with a ton of paperwork, some of which showed Les's tumultuous relationship with Gibson. The shop paid $90k for the guitar. What do you guys think, is there much money to be made on that guitar? Cheers!

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  2. HugalosPizza

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    I'm thinking with the documented history there is quite a bit of profit that will come from this one.
     
  3. tedm

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    So does anyone know what pickup selection Mary used? I'm guessing mainly the neck only?
     
  4. V-Type

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    It probably worth at least 100 thousand to most high end high dollar collectors.
    Id like too know about these 2 Les Paul and Mary Ford guitars.
    LP was such an innovator. Check out the pickups and other one of a kinds on his Hollow Body.
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    If a pawn shop pays $90k they think it will sell for near $200k. If the deal is real anyway. It's a tv show.
     
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    If it is in the right condition you never know the value. Provenance and all. Sure. Bought for 90k, sold for more for sure.
     
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    deal was semi real. Actually the nephew brought it into the pawn shop ad they said they had no interest. Kinda like Mary who? well he took the guitar over to jesse at cowtown who was more then happy to consign it. He was figuring bout 60k. He then called up the producers of the show and said he had a great piece for the show. So back to pawn stars with the guitar. I was able to play the guitar as was alot of friends down at cow. It was fun to look thru the paper work. and from what Jesse told me, the old man at pawn stars was a huge les paul and Mary Ford fan and thats why they bought it.
     
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    this.
     
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    What amp was jesse using to play the guitar on the show? it looked like an old red knob fender from the nineties...
     
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    Wow, that's incredible. What a beautiful guitar.
     
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    Has anybody ever really heard Mary's playing? Did Les ever give her a solo?
    Seems to me her primary function was doing vocals and being the eye candy.
    That, and maybe helping to compensate for the lack of overdubbing possibilities when playing live.

    This is not intended as any rip of Mary's talent. I just have no idea of what she could do on guitar.
     
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    most tgp question ive ever heard.
     
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    It was a cool guitar and those contracts would be very interesting to peruse--Les made some nice money.

    Bummer about the pickup covers though.
     
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    At one time there was a video on YouTube of a clip where Les would play a lick and Mary would copy it, note for note. I have heard stories of them having onstage "guitar duels" where she more than held her own with Les. Although she was an accomplished guitarist, that was slowly downplayed as the years went on.
     
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    It is very, very hard to find another guitar that is as beautiful as a mint white SG Custom. One of Gibson's finest creations.
     
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    I caught that episode last night. I was surprised at the lack of sentimental attachment the nephew had for his uncles guitar. But again, if it had already been consigned he probably didn't give a sh*t anyway.
     
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    Am noticing that the pickup screws on all 3 pickups are on the top coil- weren't they on the bottom coil of the bridge PU in a stock model? Beatiful couple (while they lasted....), beautful guitars!
     
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    Ain't that the truth!
     
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