User Submitted Featured Guitars:

      Since I began this site back in 2006, I have been fortunate to receive hundreds of emails from all over the world. I have heard from: Japan, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Norway, Poland, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Argentina, Scotland, the UK, Belgium, Hungary, and more.

      Recently, it occurred to me that it would be fun to feature some of your guitars and, more importantly, your stories. Don't worry! You don't need some mint, all-original example. If it is a real LSLP, I'm sure others would love to see it. If you would like to be featured, please download the Microsoft Word Document below. It has instructions on what to do. Don't forget to attach it and a couple of your favorite pictures to your return email.

      IMPORTANT NOTES: Any comment in brackets, marked "EDIT", is commentary by myself. Any claims to condition in the following featurettes are strictly the beliefs of the generous people who have submitted them in their own words. The author of this site has not validated or endorsed them in any way, this particular section is just a place to share stories for entertainment, etc. :) Nothing too serious. :)

Featured LSLP #41

Early Series 1969 Les Paul Custom - Wayne from USA.


Repaired Early Series '69 541xxx Les Paul Custom

1)   What kind of LSLP do you have (Std, Dlx, Cust)? What are the first 3 digits of the serial #?

    1969 Les Paul Custom in original white finish, Serial No. 541xxx [EDIT: Although I have not gone hands on with Wayne's fantastic guitar, Gibson did do EXTREMELY limited amounts of custom colors in the LSLP period. Only one has been confirmed 100% through period documentation, an all Gold LPC, shown on the "Oddites" page here at the site.]

2)   How did you find your LSLP, and how long have you owned it?

    I got it in 2012 in Manhattan. I’m told the original owner bought it at Manny’s in the very early 1970s.

3)   Is it original or modified? How is it modified?

    It has been modified and restored. The original owner decided to route it for a third pickup, and used a gold T-Top (middle). The other two pickups are Pre-T-tops. He also added a toggle switch, which has been plugged and touched up. At some point, he had Les Paul sign the back in magic marker, and tried to preserve the sig with shellac. He didn’t do a great job of that – shellac dripped all over the back of the guitar and up onto the sides. It was a real mess. He also broke the headstock and did a home repair on it, involving some strange overspray. Greg Platzer at BCR Music just finished the restoration on it. He was able to get the shellac off with hot scalpels. He also fixed the headstock break right, and did a nice finish match on the back of the neck. The bridge is a modern replacement, b/c the original one collapsed. Tuners are nice high-ratio Klusons (I have the original wafflebacks). Greg also did a very cool wiring scheme that makes the third pickup a lot more useful. Two of the original pots survived, and one of the replacements is a push-push that brings the middle pickup in and out. Frets are nice oval NOS 60s Gibson frets (it had been partially refretted, up to about the 15th fret. The rest were original frets with the nibs. Go figure.) Pickguard is a donor original (mine was missing) that had been cut to fit an Ibanez.

4)   What kind of amp do you usually play it through?

    A 1963 early blackface/white knob Fender Princeton. Occasionally, a Marshall Class 5. Pignose and Smokey in Lucky Strike flavor for small fun.

5)   Why did you buy an LSLP?

    I’d always wanted a Custom. A guy in my first band had a 1969 Custom, and I really liked it. Always dug the white Randy Rhoads Custom, too. I just couldn’t resist this one when the opportunity arose.

6)   How did you find out about latesixtieslespauls.com?

    Stumbled onto it somehow quite a while ago while looking for info on Les Pauls. Was really happy when you were made a host on LPF. [EDIT: Thanks Wayne!]

7)   Tell me about yourself. What is your first name? How long have you been playing guitar? What state/country are you from? What are your favorite kinds of music? Favorite bands? What was your first guitar?

    Wayne from USA. I’ve been playing guitar for coming up on 30 years, but not always intently. I’m into early Delta blues, 50s Chicago and 60s British blues (Mayall, really). Love 60s rock, Allman Bros., Aerosmith “Rocks,” 50s and 60s jazz, Stax soul, alt. country chanteuses. And all the 80s stuff that was on the radio when I was a kid. Secretly wanted to be Billy Squier.

8)   Anything you would like to add?

    This site has done so much to clear up misconceptions about these guitars. I’ve learned a ton between here and the LPF. Really glad you’re here. [EDIT: Damn nice of you to say, Wayne. Thanks man.]

Featured LSLP #42

Early Series 1968 Les Paul Custom (Possibly w/Factory Grovers) - Anonymous from Canada.


Early Series '68 Les Paul Custom

1)   What kind of LSLP do you have (Std, Dlx, Cust)? What are the first 3 digits of the serial #?

    1968 Les Paul Custom . serial number 520xxx

2)   How did you find your LSLP, and how long have you owned it?

    I’ve owned it since 1983 as a kid.I was teaching at a music store and it was traded in.I didn’t have the $600 so the store manager bought it for me and traded my Dean Z straight across.He said I “should have that guitar.” [EDIT: Damn, what a great store manager!!!! Love stories like this!]

3)   Is it original or modified? How is it modified?

    It has been refretted, bone nut,metal jack plate,gold pu switchtip and the pickguard is custom in all black as the previous owner had his name etched into it.The case had to be replaced as it was done from the road work. Pickups and everything else is stock.

4)   What kind of amp do you usually play it through?

    Any old Marshall with 4 inputs is fine by me.

5)   Why did you buy an LSLP?

    I always wanted an old black Paul Custom and this one just happened.

6)   How did you find out about latesixtieslespauls.com?

    A friend.

7)   Tell me about yourself. What is your first name? How long have you been playing guitar? What state/country are you from? What are your favorite kinds of music? Favorite bands? What was your first guitar?

    I am from Canada.I’ve been playing since I was 12. I listen to everything but am a fan of late 60s /early 70s rock.My first electric guitar was a Raven.

8)   Anything you would like to add?

    The tuners on this guitar are original but are stamped “Grover . Pat. Pend. USA” which you can see in the picture. I assume someone asked for this custom from the factory or it was just Gibson being Gibson. The finish is evenly checked across the front and it looks quite amazing.The neck is small with no volute,and there is even a hint of V in the neck shape behind the fret 1 to 4 area. [EDIT: There is an original owner, confirmed Factory Grovered LPC in the Oddities Section here at the site. They were Pat Pending as well. Thank you for sharing!]

Featured LSLP #43

Later Series 1969 Les Paul Custom - Gonzalo V. from Spain.


894xxx Later Series '69 Les Paul Custom

1)   What kind of LSLP do you have (Std, Dlx, Cust)? What are the first 3 digits of the serial #?

    Custom. 894xxx

2)   How did you find your LSLP, and how long have you owned it?

    I bought it second hand in Spain about year 1985

3)   Is it original or modified? How is it modified?

    Hot rod.

4)   What kind of amp do you usually play it through?

    Fender hot rod.

5)   Why did you buy an LSLP?

    It was a good deal...and a very nice guitar.

6)   How did you find out about latesixtieslespauls.com?

    Surfing the internet...

7)   Tell me about yourself. What is your first name? How long have you been playing guitar? What state/country are you from? What are your favorite kinds of music? Favorite bands? What was your first guitar?

    My name is Gonzalo, I am 44 years old, I was born in Madrid, Spain, I love soul, blues, pop, progressive.. I play the guitar since I was 14...my favourite bands? Emm...it's difficult...I like Paul Weller, Ian Anderson, Paco de Lucía, Santana, Clapton...lots...I LOVE GOOD MUSIC!!!

8)   Anything you would like to add?

    Just thank you for your dedication...I think it's hard, there are lots of different details in each guitar. And..sorry for my english, I do my best :) [EDIT: Gonzalo, your English is very good. Thank you for sharing your Les Paul with my website. You have a magnificent guitar!]