World's Rarest Gibson?

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  1. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Gold Supporting Member

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    I see two. Disqualifies them as "World's Rarest"!
     
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    I'm pretty sure the original owner of the one in the OP named it "None More Rare."


    I think I read that in Even Vintager Guitar magazine a few years ago.
     
  3. Grenville

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    Is that John Miles' old guitar?



    I'm sure I saw a live clip of 'Music' (aka 'Music Was My First Love') back in the day with a much clearer view of the guitar in question.
     
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    Anyone got the cash? Give it away to the poor and hungry. Do not buy it. ;)
     
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    This is crazy. If it wasn't for the resale value, I wouldn't pay more 1.2k for this one.

    But for that price, I guess it can play this backwards :
     
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    I saw this very guitar at the London Guitar show, but I was too scared to even inquire about it, due to the price I had seen online on Gbase.

    It looks really cool in person, but I'd rather have a regular Custom. :)

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  7. p.j.

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    Somewhere, there's a double-necked Moderne in somebody's attic under a pile of old Popular Mechanic magazines...
     
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    I suspect this would be a one off. But I would think there are probably a bunch of "one off" gibsons out there.
     
  9. 70' s Tone

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    Anyone else know of this?
     
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    Interesting point.
    I feel a new thread brewing. ;)
    The single most valuable guitar to sell would likely be...
     
  11. 70' s Tone

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    And it's a left-handed model. ;)
     
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    Was that an explorer bass in that vid?
     
  13. Grenville

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    Likely a 1975/6 Ibanez Destroyer bass, a copy of a Gibson that never existed. ;)
     
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    When you think about it every single guitar ever produced is rare because there is only one of them.
     
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    Ahem...
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    IIRC the store is owned by the Harrisons (Justin and his dad) who went to prison for selling fraudulent musical instruments. Word has it that they had a small factory taking broken JTM45s for example and using the parts to build several "original" JTM45s. Same thing with guitars. A few high profile musician's were burned and things rather fell apart.

    Now they're back in business with a new name and it's hard to really trust anything but pedestrian guitars that they tout.
     
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    A one off is “rare.” By definition.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rare

    If there is one example of item A, and one example of item B, neither is more or less rare than the other. There is one of each.

    If there is one example of item A, and TWO examples of item B. Item A is more rare than item B. It does not matter how valuable or desirable item B is- item A is, by the definition of the word “rare,” more rare than item B.

    The words rare, desirable and valuable are not synonyms.

    I am unaware of the current existence of any legitimate 1950s Gibson Modernes. Dan Erlewine said he used to own one- but doesn’t know what happened to it. Billy Gibbons says he has one, but he’s never shown it publicly.
     
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    Yep, they have an impressive CV, do the Harrisons. They have convictions for fencing stolen goods, they've been shamed on British national television for misrepresenting vintage guitars, lawsuits have been flung about like confetti and yet they just keep on going.

    Here's some fun reading: http://www.davidjpym.com/page459.html

    There's plenty of UK newspaper articles about the stolen guitars conviction as well.
     
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  19. Peteyvee

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    Exactly. The listing itself it says this:

    "1957 Gibson Les Paul Custom Switchmaster

    1957
    PAFs
    Switchmaster Controls / Switching
    Black
    Condition 7.5/10
    Price £ASK

    Note - The above is Unique , was custom ordered by owner in 1957 With Gibson ES5 Switchmaster / wiring and its appeal will be high from those collectors / investors whom require the worlds rarest of all LPs."

    It may be one of the rarest LPs, but I believe the rarest Gibsons are the first Crest, not the rosewood 1969-1972 ones that they made hundreds of, but the 1959-1961 ones that were based on the L-5CT. They may have made three, but some folks think they made as many as six and each one is different. Here's one of them:

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    https://www.vintageguitar.com/27428/gibsons-crest-models/

    They sold John Entwhistle a phony Flying V and were also well known for counterfeiting HiWatts and cobbling together (I believe the Brit term is "lash up") Marshall Bluesbreakers that never existed, such as a few with brown pinstripe grill cloth.
     
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