The '58 to '60 Gibson Les Paul Standards

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  1. Kmaz

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    Anyone know of a site where some of the classic Gibson 'Bursts' are showcased for all of us to enjoy? Thanks
     
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    LP forum has section with tons of pictures. I am a member over there but I very rarely ever visit. So I don't know if you have to be a member to look at those pages or not.
     
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    buy the book, "Beauty of the Burst"
     
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    You can see the pics at the LPF with a free membership. You can't follow the political discussion backstage or sell stuff that way (need to pay for that) but most of the information there is in the free parts. Not only are there a lot of pics in the gallery section, but there's forever new guitars being showcased in the vintage section, plus Tom's "Burst Pic of the Week" that often shows some pretty incredible stuff. If those guitars are your interest, that's where you're going to find the highest concentration of experts. But be careful, the illness is contagious...
     
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    That LPF is a great source. Probably the best way is to just buy one that I have consigned to me-It's a 59, real nice, and comes from a famous player-expensive, though...
     
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    Ummmm,
    Dude, you can't drop a "burst bomb" like that without pics... It just ain't right.

    :worthless
     
  8. Kmaz

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    ''Beauty of the Burst." Got it.

    I was thinking more like 'footage' of people showing and playing their Burst Les Paul. Would be good if there were something like 'Get that Classic Fender Sound' by Jim Weider only this time for Les Pauls.

    Thanks all!
     
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    The "Beauty of the Burst" is like coming to Jesus....I totally agree, it is the pinnacle of 58-60 LPs.

    I think it is a bit hard finding decent photos or videos of people actually playing them. Not only are they far too valuable to play live, but stage lighting won't bring out the true beauty of the tops.
     
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    That LPF Registry is the crack cocaine of gutar sites.
     
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    I hate to be that way-but I do have a link to photos that were taken in a pro environment, for interested parties. The owner is a very well known guitar player-If he agrees, I will post it for sale in the emporium later this week-his privacy is the issue-let me see what I can do-I bet I can post a few-the guitar is one of the best bursts I have ever heard. And I bet you have heard it too. I actually have had a few bursts through my hands this year-this one is 10 times over better than any of them, truly phenomenal.
     
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    Here's REO Speedwagon's Gary Richrath wailing away on one of his two 1960 'bursts sometime in the late 70s (complete with some disturbingly creepy close-up footage of lead singer Kevin Cronin).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwUz_3HYGXE&feature=related

    Richrath with REO again in 1985 (lots of Les Paul footage in this one and some pretty tasty guitar work at the 1:55 and 8:00 minute marks).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXXYreziwHQ&feature=related

    I sure do miss Richrath's playing. I know he's still alive but, damn, he's pretty much fallen off the face of the earth. Even his web page hasn't been updated since 2002.
     
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    Awww Man!!
    Your killing me!!

    I understand the privacy concern. I'm actually not that interested in who owns it actually...unless it's pearly gates... I just have a deep love for the old bursts. I consider them art of the highest standard. If there is a way to see the pics, I would really appreciate it.
     
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    Gary is in Urbana, Illinois working as a janitor. All the Lesters are gone.
     
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    So I was just reading this while Radiohead's "Videotape" was playing in the background... and the minute I got to "Pearly Gates" Thom Yorke wails out the words.... "pearly gates."

    That was really weird.

    Anyway, that LP registry thing is crazy - I just tried finding a friend's old guitar, he was telling me all about it yesterday. A 58 that came from the factory with humbuckers (it's not in the registry though). Naturally, that would be a pretty rare guitar and worth a small fortune. He traded it in the 70s for an L-5 that he still has, though - and since he's a player and not a collector, I don't think he's losing sleep over it. Except maybe when he needs extra cash...
     
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    That's a damn shame. I don't know what else to say.
     
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    Yes it is. He is and was central Illinois' biggest guitar hero. Looks like the guys from REO would help him out. I followed that man all the way from a band called Feather Train. They were before REO. First guy I knew who used vintage Lesters and Plexi stacks.
     
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    is there a story there?

     
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    ^Yes, there is and I am not at liberty to discuss it. I love the guy and wish him well.
     

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