Les Paul's Personal Maple-Neck Les Paul | Find of the Week

This week's Find of the Week is a strange spin on a classic instrument owned by its very namesake: it's a 1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom that formerly belonged to Les Paul himself.

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom owned by Les Paul.
1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom formerly owned by Les Paul.

This instrument's owner needs little introduction, but a little word about where it came from: in the summer of 2012, auction house Julien's sold several instruments and pieces of studio equipment that belonged to the innovator of the solid-body electric guitar. These included a 1951 Fender Nocaster, a 1927 Gibson L-5, a 16-track API console, not to mention the instrument pictured above.

This Les Paul Custom comes equipped with an all-natural mahogany body, a three-piece maple neck, and an unorthodox maple fingerboard. It's wired with gold-covered Tim Shaw-stamped humbuckers, as well as an unused black pickguard complete with the original cellophane. Last but not least, it will ship from London in its original case. Be sure to check out the full listing for more photos, specifications, and information, and who knows—you may just find yourself the new owner of Les Paul's least Les Paul Les Paul.

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