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Blonde Flamed Les Paul GIBSON
LS copy Ibanez
Source: Item # 929779351 Dec-11-02
** "Bid With Confidence", Please check out my Perfect feedback!! **
This Beautiful Blond Vintage Premium Flamed ~1970 Japanese Golden Era Ibanez/Aria
etc. equivalent Gibson is a Lawsuit copy to the Max ! & is built so
Beautifuly, Accurately and so well that it was probably one of the ones
Gibson tried to sue them over ! Possibly, the "One of the Nicer & Better
Premium Plus Exquisitely FLAMED Gibson Lawsuit copies I have seen ! This
Baby's Premium Plus Killer Flamed woods are More Stunning than some Gibson
Custom Shop guitars !!!... LIKE THE LOOKS OF A $60,000.00 1959 Gibson Les
Paul flame top or $20,000.00 "PREMIUM FLAMED" Maple Gibson "CUSTOM SHOP"
reissue 1959 Les Paul Flame Top Guitar... BUT DON'T FEEL LIKE INVESTING
MORE THAN A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS !!!!..... THEN YOU'VE G0T TO SEE THE PHOTO"S
OF THIS "SWEET"- INSTRUMENT !!!!! This one even has a REAL ~1969 vintage
USA Gibson pickup from late 1960's to early 70's GIBSON "PATENT NUMBER"
LEAD pickup (with it's Original Braided Shielded lead, Just like a $2,000.00
a pair Gibson "PatientApplied For" Pickup would have)....So you won't miss
a thing with this Fantastic guitar !!This
VINTAGE ~ 1969-75 Circa High Quality Les Paul copy has many of the same
features of a Custom Shop Gibson !! This represents some of the mfgr's
Best & most Accurate Gibson Lawsuit copy instruments!! This is one
of Exquisite Les Paul copies that I have seen, it is in near "Excellent"
overall condition !!! This Sweet Instrument features options that you would
usually only find on the very best "Custom Shop" GIBSON Les Pauls. ***
Many Professional players Prefer to play these Gibson Lawsuit copies at
gigs and leave their $20,000.00 to $60,000.00 Vintage 59' Flamed Top &
Vintage Custom Shop 59' reissue Gibson Les Pauls at home. This Beauty has
"Premium Plus" Flamed Woods, A Great Easy playing neck and Wonderful Full
Rich Warm Woody Tone!!! (Especially with it's Vintage 1969 Gibson Lead
Pickup) ***When You See, Hear & Play this fine guitar you will Definitely
understand why Gibson was so upset when These Golden Era Guitars were being
made!! (that's why Gibson threatened a Lawsuit if they didn't stop production).
If you are looking for a less heavy, Far more comfortable, Incredibly Beautiful,Great
Playing & sounding and Excellent HIGH QUALTY instrument... with many
of the Features like that of the Top of the Line Gibson Custom shop guitars...
then this instrument is Your Ticket .**I have seen Vintage 1959 Gibson
Les Pauls sell for about "100+ times" my reserve some with woods less Incredibly
Flamed than this Fine guitar!!I
personally Feel a finely Crafted Premium Wooded Vintage Archtop Instrument
is the Bridge Between a Stratovarius Violin and a Steinway Grand Piano.
This "WONDERFUL" Vintage (Circa approx. early 1970's) guitar IS "SO STUNNING"
THAT IT WILL MAKE IT'S PRESENCE KNOWN ON ANY STAGE!!! This particular "Japanese
Golden Era guitar has a GREAT Gibson style headstock "Open book" or "Mustache"
shape & it even has the Gibson headstock logos markings Etc. on its'
headstock. Later year (post Lawsuit 1975) Ibanez/Aria etc. headstocks far
less Gibson looking more like a Guild or Heritage guitar ***Please Note***
"This is "NOT" a Gibson Guitar, but a Very Good High Quality Japanese Copy"
It is Definitely a ~1969- 74 Circa as I have owned other copies exactly
like it in every way. Some with and some without the perfect Gibson headstock
logo & Gibson headstock marking's etc.***
This guitar was MADE IN THE "GOLDEN ERA" OF JAPANESE GUITARS when Japan
was trying to build some of the finest guitars on earth....This Gibson
Lawsuit copy Guitar is "PROBABLY ONE THE MORE BEAUTIFULLY appointed &
VERSATILE GUITARS I have seen & or PLAYED in a long time "ONE GREAT
GUITAR CAN DO IT ALL"!!! ....You can play: Traditional or Swing Jazz, Blues,
R & B, Country & Western, Folk, HARD ROCK, Progressive Rock , Jazz
Fusion, You Name it, this guitar can Do it !!! Not only just well, but
probably about as well as any other guitar !! NOW THAT's VERSATILITY!!!! **
This SWEET instrument has many of the same appointments as some of the
Best Gibson custom shop etc. Guitars. Please check out the Quality Hardware,
Deep Dark Rich fretboard wood & "Breathtaking" Large Pearl Block fretboard
inlays. Many of these features are Like Gibson's Best "Custom Shop" &
Top of the line $20,000.00 Gibson's "BEST" Archtops etc would have). As
far as I can tell, this "SWEET", "WILD" & "BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENT" appears
to be about original other than it's upgraded ~1969 "Patient Number" Gibson
Pickup and 1960's Gibson Pearl Tipped style reissue tuners. This Baby has
"SUPER GREAT" PICKUPS !!!! Including a late 1960's REAL DEAL Gibson PATENT
Number lead Pickup !!! "THESE BABIES HAVE "TONE" TO THE BONE" !!!!! When
they are played clean (without effects) they have INCREDIBLE Response and
are "Sweet", "Pure" & Full bodied ! & When played with a little
overdrive they are warm as "Red Hot Coals"!!! in their tone and are an
incredible compliment to this guitar It has 2 tone & 2 volume and selector
controls just like a Real Gibson Les Paul would have !!!! It also has an
adjustable bolt on neck (like a Vintage Fender Strat or Tele would have
helping to make the guitar a little lighter (more like a 1959 Gibson weight
than a later much heavier Les Pauls) Far more comfortable to play for extended
periods of time also helping the guitar to sound far more Sweet and Pure
in it's tone & Far less dark & muddy than many (most) much heavier
real deal 1970's & newer Gibson les Pauls also this form of neck is
far easier and less expensive to adjust, repair & Maintain than a Glue
on style neck joint Les Paul. **Many Professional Performers and Collectors
keep their $20,000.00 Plus Gibson Vintage 1959 Custom Shop Vintage Les
Pauls etc. at home and play these Golden Era copy guitars at gigs.
**George Benson has been playing High Quality Japanese guitars since the
1970's** ** Over the years, many of the "GREATEST PERFORMERS IN THE WORLD"
played these "Japanese Golden Era" guitars! George Benson, Steve Miller,
Bob Weir, The Grateful Dead, Randy Scruggs, Herb Ellis, John Denver, Lee
Rittenauer, Paul Stanley, Harold Wherry, Luther Allison, Joe Pass, Steve
Lukather, Todo, Cary Greenamire,John Lee Hooker, "The Lemon Drops", John
Scofield, Lenny Kravitz, Dan Sawyer, John Pizanio, Herb Ellis, "The West
Coast Kings of Rythmn & Blues", John Collins, Dave Thraen, JR. WATSON,
Canned Heat, Mr Big, Paul Gilbert, Stanley Jordin, "The Connection", Robert
Conti & Stevie Vi to name several.
I have personally owned and collected well over 100+ lawsuit era copy guitars
over the years!!....This is "BY FAR" One the more Beautiful, Better Quality,
Better Playing & Sounding (& more Acurate) Late 1950 - 60's Gibson
Lawsuit QUALITY Golden Era Gibson Lawsuit Custom Shop Like Les Paul Copies
that I have owned !! A couple of years ago at the first November Great
Fort Wayne, Indiana Guitar Show, a dealer said that he wouldn't sell his
simular quality "Japanese Golden Era" Flame Top Les Paul Copy" for $2,000.00.
He also added that if he sold it, he wouldn't have an Idea of what to replace
it with !! I have seen many Japanese Golden Era etc. equivalent high Quality
Japanese Archtops etc. sell for very close to the $4,000.00 mark...(My
reserve is a small fraction of that (LESS than about a 1/8 th , or Far
less (about a 1/100 th) of the real deal Vintage Gibson Flame top Les Paul
would cost. I believe that this Incredible instrument's Premium Flamed
Woods, LOOKS, & TONE are WITHOUT QUESTION, A KNOCKOUT" !!! This Blonde
Premium Plus "Killer Flamed" Vintage Gibson-like copy from "Japans' Golden
Era" is pretty close to a "Ringer" for a Vintage Gibson "CUSTOM SHOP" guitar
in many ways. More Great NEWS !!! Its' neck is constructed with "3 PIECES"
of "MAPLE" Like Gibson's "Top of the Line Very Best Gibson Archtops" IE:
SUPER 400"s, "L-5"s, Etc.($10,000 to $20,000 NEW-ish) use 3 piece Maple
neck construction like this !!! Relatively, it is about as tough and structurally
as durable as "TITANIUM") not a single piece magohany neck, Like a GIBSON
"bottom of the line, Melody Maker" ($150 ? NEW-ish when they were new in
the 60's) It is in better condition than many guitars I have seen Los Angeles
and San Francisco Dealers advertise as "Excellent" or near "Mint" !!! I
would comfortably rate this guitar is being in near "Excellent" Overall
Condition. CONSIDERING IT IS almost 30 YEARS OLD IT'S IN AMAZING CONDITION
!!!! This guitar is a Great Find!I
have several friends that Own real deal Vintage Gibsons, But, consistently
use their 1970's Japanese "Golden Era" Gibson like Guitars it to go out
and Play. One told me that "It is one of his FAVORITE GIGGING GUITARS".
It is Light, Comfortable & EXTREMELY RESONANT, Very Forgiving to play
Particularly electrically !!! It Has "Tone" to the Bone !! It LOOKS VERY
"1950's-60's Vintage Gibson" and It's Premium Finish, Beautiful Hardware,
BLONDE "KILLER FLAMED" FANTASTIC PREMIUM PLUS, Premium Binding, Maple woods
, Beautiful Pearl inlay Appointments etc. always Blows people away". Because
of this guitar's Comfortable weight and size compared to many Gibson Les
Pauls it is Very Comfortable to Play for extended periods of time !!!!!
This is a Guitar that anyone could be "PROUD" to play on stage or anywhere!!!!
A few years ago at the FABULOUS Califonia" Dana Point Blues Festival" THE
late and VERY GREAT "LUTHER ALLISON" "CLOSED THE SHOW" & Nearly "TOOK
DOWN THE HOUSE", playing an Flamed (Gibson lookalike) Japanese guitar !!
To make matters even better, a little later "Vintage Guitar" Magazine had
a HUGE 6 page Article on "LUTHER ALLISON". The Majority (2/3) the photos
of him showed him playing his Japanese Gibson lookalike guitar...It makes
a "GOLDEN ERA GUITAR COLLECTOR PROUD"!!!! Also, in the mid 90's issue's
of "Vintage Guitar" Magazine had about 6 "HUGE" 5-6 page Articals on Aria
Lawsuit etc guitars an "EXCELLENT" article ... IBANEZ "THE GOLDEN YEARS",
about 7 pages and about 6 HUGE Articals on "STRICTLY ABOUT GUITARS Built
in the same Era as THIS ONE !!! This
Beauty comes complete with a Hardshell case with padded interior with plenty
of road wear or If winning bidder opt's for only fifty dollars I will exchange
case for a brand new Arched top Hardshell Case by the same manufacture
as the Current "Gibson/Heritage" Cases with extremely DEEPLY Padded &
Lined interior Gold Hardware. This case is Very Strong relatively "BulletProof"
!! ****FEAR NOT ****This is a beautiful, and "VERY STRIKING" Guitar, and
is in overall near "EXCELLENT CONDITION" !!!!!!.....I have sold similar
guitar's to this one out of my personal collection (all GOLDEN ERA IBANEZ/Aria
etc. equivalent Gibson Lawsuit copies) to "THE LEMON DROPS" guitarist,
Paul Gilbert (Signature Model Ibanez Endorsee), of "MR BIG" & "The
GREAT"... "Harold Wherry" of "The CONNECTION", The "WEST COAST KINGS of
RYTHMN and BLUES", "HUSH", and the The Cambell Brothers- FAME !!!! And
JR. Watson of "Canned Heat" Fame and a current L. A. area "Jazz Guitar
Wizard" !!!) All of them are about Nicest and finest guitar players I've
Met & heard in a long, long time, & They ALL "LOVED" their guitars!!!!
(Each of them asked me to find them more)...Obviously these Beauties "Sound"
and Play as "GREAT" as they "LOOK". when these were built, Japan was trying
to build some of the "Finest Guitars on Earth !!! (that's what the "GOLDEN
ERA" thing is all about) A lot of collectors I know think they came very
close to their "GOAL", others feel in some ways they may have Exceeded
it in many ways!!! I Guess as always "BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER"
! ! ! ! ! ! ! This guitar is a Quality "RARE" Gibson Lawsuit Copy Instrument
is Definitely one of the Nicest Premium Wooded , Versatle & Beautifully
appointed Instruments I have seen Produced in Japan. ** "Bid With Confidence"
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reserve. Happy Hollidays and Happy Bidding!!! *** THE FINISH ON THIS GUITAR
IS EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL, it has EXTREMLY HIGH GLOSS TO ITS' FINSH and understandably
ALL THE BRIGHT REFLECTIONS IN THE AUCTIONS PHOTOS ARE mainly JUST REFLECTIONS
OF LIGHT SOURCES IN THE ROOM WHEN THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN***
After reading all that I have to have
a good "hurl" just to get back to normal! Sheesh!