1989 Gibson Les Paul Custom
The Les Paul is neck and neck (so to speak)
with the Fender Stratocaster as the most popular rock guitar of all time.
Just turn on MTV2 and see how many you count from video to video. Some
famous Les Paul players are Jimmy Page, Randy Rhodes, Slash, and my boy... Alex
hard to see, but the serial number is 80069541. On late model
Gibsons, this means that the guitar was made January 6th, 1989 in
Nashville and was the 41st guitar stamped that day. Want
to know how I know?
the mother of pearl inlays and the 24k gold plated hardware.
thick solid body on the Les Paul contributes greatly to it's incredible
note sustainability. Note that the fretboard is ebony.
played this guitar so much that I've worn sections of the gold plating off
of the pickups.
this guitar was Ivory white, and it does look white with flash of the
camera, but it's actually a deep cream color under normal light. I
was told they do that over time.
is not the original guitar case, but a special Gibson case I bought
separately a year or so after I got it. The first guitar case from
Gibson was HORRIBLE. I hope that they stopped making them because
wave my late 80's heavy metal hair at the camera, but some gremlin's stole
it off my head! Oh, who am I kidding...
yeah! Something just bit my toe.
Oooh yeah! Something just bit
1986 Gibson ES335 Studio
This is a very popular and versatile guitar used by rock
musicians and jazz musicians alike. I purchased this used from my college
jazz guitar instructor when he bought a Heritage. I've used this on at
least fifty gigs and I'm sure he used it on a thousand.
serial number is 82196568. On late model Gibsons, this means that
the guitar was made July 9th, 1986 in Nashville and was the 68th guitar
stamped that day. Want
to know how I know?
I love about this guitar is that it's a working man's ax. That point
is no better illustrated than by the crappy gold painted Gibson
logo. This is an excellent professional instrument, but you can't
tell by looking at it.
Gibson ES335s have f holes cut into the top, but the studio model did
not. Although it looks solid, it is actually hollow on the
inside. This makes it lighter than my Les Paul, even though it's
fretboard with crappy dot inlays. Another example of how this guitar
is top notch, but not made to be glamorous.
to hear something gross? That's not dust, because I keep it in a
case. That's actually buildup of my hand flesh! Ewww....
case has seen better days. The bottom is actually duct taped
on! Wouldn't have it any other way...
mommy! That fat guy is really happy playing his beat up
guitar! Can I give him a dollar?
He's falling over!
What's up pussycat? Whoa-Whoa-Whoa...
And this is my Yamaha LL Acoustic/Electric. Yamaha
generally makes crappy guitars, but this one is top notch. It's the best
playing action acoustic I've ever come across, and I bought it used for about four
model of this guitar is LL-5E-C and the serial number is 109180. The
guru at Yamaha told me that this model was made 1985-1991 and retailed for
$835. With inflation, that makes it $1200 - $1400 today.
top right tuning key is a real bear and probably needs replacing.
I'll probably install a nice set of grovers in there someday.
is indeed an acoustic/electric with two internal pickups, and here are the
controls for volume and tone. Up around the edge is a fourth knob
for balance between the pickups.
where you plug in your amplifier cord. This ax has seen some lovin'
over the years...
old boss from First Colony Coffee House in Norfolk VA sold this guitar to
me back in 1994. At the time, since I was only making 4.25/hour, it
was a rough purchase... but boy am I glad that I got it. It turned
out to be a real honey.
Yamaha guru said it has a solid spruce top, solid African mahogany back
and sides, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. I need to change the
dog!! Mad dog!! Get the tazer!!! Dear lord somebody get the
best part about owning a Yamaha guitar, is the massive torque you get out
of the engine! Vvvvrrooooooooom!!!!