1973 Gibson Les Paul (Modified by Les Paul from Les Paul’s Estate)

Here is a vintage 1973 Gibson Les Paul owned and modified by Les Paul himself. This particular example was recently purchased from the Les Paul estate auction hosted by Julien’s. Les Paul didn’t just modify this/his Les Paul, he experimented with it, played it, and perfected it. One of only 24 personally customized Les Pauls in his entire estate, with several of the small batch being valued at $300,000+, this particular Les Paul is highly intriguing, mostly because it appears that he had performed every single preferred modification, and intently focused on crafting his dream guitar and bringing into being the guitar he had always imagined in his mind. Yes, the man credited for the invention of multi-track recording and being instrumental to the development of the best electric guitar ever made, owned, played, and modified (t)his Les Paul. Completely unique, one-of-a-kind, and historically significant, this irreplaceable Les Paul-owned artifact can easily be pictured in a museum, or amongst the finest guitar collections ever amassed. Of the small batch of modified Les Pauls in his entire estate, the rest have been consumed by collectors, and they have all since been dispersed with no imminent sign of being available for public purchase, so this may be the only one for quite a long time. Make an offer, take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and own part of Les Paul’s legacy.

The following is a list of modifications Les Paul made to (t)his guitar:

– painted the entire guitar White
– installed hand-made pickups
– mounted an after-market Bigsby B-5 tailpice
– secured a Paulverizer stud below the Bigsby
– custom-fitted white back panels
– cut and affixed a Les Paul Recording control
panel with extra holes and painted dots for preferred pre-set settings
– re-fretted the fingerboard
– shaved and thinned the neck profile
– re-wired the electronics
– installed home-made aluminum-sanded bridge
– routed the body for large pickups, later concealed by appropriately-sized crudely cut and secured pickup ring guards
– installed Grovers in place of Klusons
– mounted an extended input plate with only one input jack
– hand-installed signature XLR mic input jack with clear mount

The Mary Ford SG, which was barely modified by Les Paul, was sold on eBay for well over $110,000.00, and was not nearly as extensive or interesting as this example.