World's Rarest Gibson?

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  1. No_Stairway

    No_Stairway Supporting Member

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    Haha nope, i missed 3 numbers
     
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  3. Coldacre

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    I would have thought that Lonnie’s ‘63 Burst is up there (second from bottom)

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  4. danelectro

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    The "Switchmaster Custom" may be more rare than a normal 1950's Les Paul Black Beauty Custom, but I would expect that it would bring less money than one of the normal configuration. "Rare" status doesn't always equate to "more valuable". Its only worth what people are willing to pay for it. But who knows, somebody out there may like to collect unicorns and would be willing to pay big bucks to have it in their collection.

    Here's another rare configuration; A 1957 "Mickey Baker" Les Paul Custom:
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    And yet an even more rare configuration; a LH 1957 Mickey Baker:
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    I agree that numerous one offs don't necessarily make them rarer than others. Just makes them one offs and that is where the money could be. As for the Moderne, I thought there were a couple of examples around from the first production.
     
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    My guess is that it's rare because nobody else ever wanted one that fugly......All those knobs are an abomination.
     
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    That's like half a million per extra knob!
     
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  8. drbob1

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    Rare only helps if it's rare AND desirable. The fact that almost no guitars have been sold or reissued with the Switchmaster controls probably speaks for how desirable these are. I think there was a 50th? anniversary LP that was done up like this, and sold in vanishingly small numbers. So, what is this one likely worth?

    At the peak of the market a 100% original, almost mint LP Custom sold for $120k IIRC.
    This has changed tuners with a chewed up headstock and quite a lot of buckle wear as well as wear to the gold plating=$60k on a really good day
    Add 10% if you really want a LPC Switchmaster and I'd say in todays market $70k would be about it.

    Of course, if someone DOES want a LPC Switchmaster that'd put the price up, and there only has to be one guy out there looking for it!
     
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    I prefer the three volumes and master tone.
     
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    Les Paul's personal mini Les Pauls
     
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    I would suspect the 1-off 50s 7 string gibby jazzers are up there.
     
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    My offer is $122,456,789.00, but I a'int paying shipping.
     
  14. Pedal Dan

    Pedal Dan The Island of Misfit Pedals Gold Supporting Member

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    Someone put Grovers on it, so it will actually stay in tune...

    It needs to be renecked.

    Also, hasn’t that place been accused of selling forgeries?
     
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    The seller's wife says no more new gear unless he sells some.........
     
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    Accused is a nice way of putting it.
     
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    My guess is the most expensive legit guitar would be the 1958 (maybe 1957) Gibson Moderne prototype. I think there were no more than 5. last I heard investors bought them up. I am not really sure...when that much money is afoot people dont talk.
     
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    It has to be both rare and sought after. In my 40+ playing career, not once have I ever heard anyone lament about wanting one of these. Unlike, let's say, a vintage Fender Marauder which is clouded in rumor and hearsay which fuels people's desire for them.
     
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    Uh, what's the weight?
     
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    The single most valuable guitar to sell would likely be one of the superstars' number ones. Either Pages, Gibbons or if someone finds the Beano Burst. Probably multiple millions. Next would be something that is desired and rare, and yes, the Moderne if it could be verified as real, would absolutely qualify. Unfortunately there's no true confirmation they exist-tantalizing hints, and Gibbons teasing us that he's got one (which he won't show) but nothing concrete.
     

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