The Trogly's Guitar Show - Hear, Learn, See and Experience Your New Guitar Before You Buy!

Having Mr. Howe's guitar is a real privilege for me. I wanted to document this guitar for the whole world to see, so please enjoy all of these videos I've made of this guitar and feel free to subscribe to my channel to see more rare guitars documented.

Inside Look - see the insides and individual parts that make the guitar up

Video Tour- 
see the condition highlighted and a playing demo

Tone Comparison - 
I compare the tones of my 1979 TLP  versus Steve Howe's TLP

(As of March 16th - this guitar is back up for sale. The buyer decided to go with my other TLP)


Here it is... out of 77 total The Les Pauls made from '76-'79 this is probably the most famous celebrity-owned, toured and
recorded-with one of them all. Take a look at the old live concerts and music videos with Yes and Asia and you'll see this guitar on multiple occasions! It is also featured in his guitar collection book.

The other 'famous' The Les Pauls are #1 (for sale at $150k), #25 (sold at auction for $48,000+buyer's premium) and the guitarist from Heart also used a natural one of these briefly that suffered a headstock break (unsure of the number on that one.)

#1 was the one originally given to Les Paul to play at the Grammy Show with Chet Atkins in 1976. When returned to Gibson for final appointments, #1 was mistakenly sold to Dennis Chandler who still owns it today. Les was then given #25. It's interesting that Steve Howe's was #26 - following right after Les' TLP serial number.

Of the 77 The Les Paul's made, only 18 were in the Wine Red Finish. This is your only chance to pick up a celebrity-owned Wine Red The Les Paul. This is the most famous one that inspired a lot of people to pick up a Les Paul and its an incredibly rare guitar on its own! Whether you're a fan of Mr. Howe's work or not, this will be the new crown jewel in your collection.

The Case...

This guitar comes with its original Artist series case in the most desirable Oxblood exterior and purple interior. The case is holding up very well seeing as its held this guitar in its travels around the world. There are scratches and scuffs all around the case, but it still holds the guitar pretty well. However, Artist series cases are super fancy, but were not made to be a form-fitting case, so I would actually suggest getting a better case to store this guitar in. There is up and down motion while in the case, but back and forth it is secure.    A complete look can be see in the Video Tour.

The Guitar!

Steve Howe toured with this guitar up until the early 2000s, you'd expect this guitar to be absolutely trashed and not a collectible example based on condition alone. However, you'd be surprised at just how well Mr. Howe took care of this guitar. Yes, there is buckle wear, scratches, dents and dings, but nothing that really destroys the overall look of the guitar. If it didn't have this wear, it wouldn't be as special! This guitar will come with a copy of the Steve Howe collection book where you can see the guitar for yourself in it. The wear spots, wood grain and unique 'eye' formations on the 7th fret and pickguard match perfect. Steve also signed the guitar under the plaque on the back of the headstock in 'invisible ink.' You can see it like a smudge in the right lighting and angle, but you really don't see it until you hit the guitar under blacklight. Very cool! You can see this in the blacklight portion of the Video Tour.

Time for some specs - while this guitar is serialized as a '76, it was clearly built around 1975. Howe's is the first one of these TLPs that I've seen still have a transitional neck tenon. A TLP's body is built with a mahogany core that is surrounded by maple on all sides. What is unique about this example is the mahogany core is actually made with a pancake body construction - meaning this one has more maple than most examples made! Despite that, this guitar isn't actually as bright sounding as my last 3 TLPs. Unstamped factory TTOP pickups, TP-6 Tailpiece and bridge. All wooden appointments including truss rod cover, body binding, pickup rings, poker chip, knobs, jack plate, switch tip, control and toggle cavity covers are present. 1 piece heavily flamed maple neck with Schaller tuners. Black binding with 2 red stripes binding on the neck holding in the Ebony-Rosewood-Ebony sandwich fretboard. This thing is to die for!  You can see all of these parts detailed in the Inside Look Video

Medium 60s Profile - 11lbs

The only modifications Mr. Howe made to this guitar are the original Tuner heads were swapped for larger ones (still original machines) and one of the fine tuner's on the tailpiece 
(Low E) was swapped for a similar - but different - styled one.

The frets show very minor wear and this guitar plays incredibly smooth up and down the neck. The face of the body has some light dings and scratches from use. The gold finish on the hardware and pickups has aged/worn off in some areas over the years. The back of the neck exhibits very little play ware with maybe just a few light impressions on the neck. There is some stand rash on the sides of the headstock. The back of the body shows lots of buckle worming and one rather large ding by the cutaway area. Thankfully, most of this wear on the back doesn't show up in all angles and the finish is still present everywhere. The sides have some stand wear and some light nicks/dings, especially around the binding. It was a well-loved guitar that has been played all over the world. It has some honest play ware to show that it was loved and not abused. A comprehensive look at the guitar's condition can be seen in the Video Tour.


This is a true dream guitar. Not only is it a rare guitar on its own, being one of 18 in this finish, it was owned and heavily played on for 30+ years by a Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Legend! This is the last time you'll see it for sale, likely in your lifetime. $30,000 is the price.

An in-person transaction is heavily preferred and can be discussed with interested parties. I can ship too. International buyers can be met at a US AirPort after cleared payment as I won't personally risk shipping this one overseas

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Brand Gibson
Model The Les Paul
Finish Wine Red
Categories Solid Body
Year 1976
Made In United States
Body Material Maple
Body Material Mahogany
Scale Length 24 3/4"
Number of Strings 6 String
Right / Left Handed Right Handed
Body Shape Single Cutaway
Neck Material Maple
Body Type Solid Body
Top Material Maple
Wood Top Style Flamed

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