THIS ONE IS NUMBER 90 OF THE RUN
"Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Sunburst Les Paul that once belonged to John Sebastian, is a really wonderful guitar. One of the things that makes this guitar so nice is the history associated with it. When you think about the use it had with John Sebastian, and the continued use it gets with Gordon, makes it amazing. The top has some very, very minimal figure only at certain angles, but overall, the neck feel, the top carving, the sound and playability demonstrate what exactly it was that made these guitars so iconic. Ultimately, for all guitars it comes down to the sound and feel, or "vibe", of the guitar. The top overall has its fair share of lacquer checking, as does the back and the rest of the guitar, with some distinctive wear on the neck and the top developing cracks in the maple between the bridge volume and tone controls, indicating it has been a working instrument for so many years. The color is faded, showing a bit of a green tint around the toggle switch area from the remaining brown and lacquer turning yellow. This guitar will be a great addition to our Collector's Choice program, paying a fitting tribute to one of the original Les Paul's that was to become so inspirational for so many great musicians.
John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful made history with this one. From hits like "Do You Believe in Magic?" and "Nashville Cats", to the theme song from TV's Welcome Back Kotter to movie appearances throughout John's amazing career, this was his one and only. Both Gordon Kennedy, the current owner, and John Sebastian have worked with Gibson Custom to create a memorable collateral package including a tie-dye dust cover and a hand-written note about the guitar's history.
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As well as a tri-fold Collectors Choice certificate it also comes with a copy of a hand written letter from John Sebastian detailing the guitar's history and a tie dye dust cover (covers the guitar inside the case)"
Body: Eastern "Hard" Maple
Top : Maple
Fingerboard : Holly
Inlay : Kluson Deluxe
Finish : .7080"
Tuners : .9245" with 3-degree angle
Tailpiece & Bridge : .7260" with 3-degree angle
Pickups : Centralab Average reading 530K
Hardware: Tip .5865"
Knobs : 2.00"
Collateral: Leather bound tri-fold COA