Steve Howe's 1976 Gibson Les Paul

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  1. CRAIG4FSU

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    That's in great shape for a guitar that got used as much as it did.
     
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    No kidding.
     
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    Those were so cool; I think there were more in natural finish than in the wine red finish like Steve's. But there weren't many of them made at all - around 80 in total, 18 of them in the red.
     
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    mm I don't know. I'm a huge fan of Steve Howe's work, I like good craftsmanship, and enjoy nice flame as much as the next person, but that's really a lot of overkill with the wood trim pieces and figured everything. It's approaching gaudy. But I get it. It's neat and novel for folks who are way into their Les Pauls.
     
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    No mistaking. It's definitely overkill. Not quite Paul Stanley overkill, but it's up there.
     
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    1979 at the Nassau Coliseum in NY. THAT GUITAR GOT KNOCKED OVER. I was there!!
    YES did a show "In the Round". People were throwing frisbees and beach balls around.
    Before the show, a frisbee hit THAT LES PAUL and knocked it off the stand.
    A Roadie came up through a trap door in the floor, picked up the guitar, gave a dirty look to the crowd, and took it back under the stage with him. It was back onstage in 10 minutes.
    I can see it happen in my head as plain as day.
     
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    Wow! That's a great video. What a fun guitar.
     
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    Seeing him many times, he played his instruments, he didn’t beat them for a stage show or throw tantrums with his gear.
     
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    I believe I saw one of those Les Pauls in person around 1989-90 at Gruhn's in Nashville. I had just acquired my drivers license and had the freedom to make trips to guitar stores just because I wanted to. I think in the paper catalog that you picked up in the store, the price was $10,000 IIRC.
     
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    i hate it. im sorry, not trolling or being facetious.
     
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    You might well have--they had two of them when I visited back then.

    Danny W.
     
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    I also saw that video. I can see where how that model could have inspired custom builders of our time with the detailing and the use of natural wood components throughout. Has some “cues” taken from acoustic building like the “wedge” at the center lower bout at the sidewalls and the “multi-purfling”. I am digging that capped contrasting wood at the horn section. Must have taken a great deal of time and labor to build this limited line. But, man what sunk me was that the guitar was at the north end of being 10 plus pounds.
     
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