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"Well there’s the King of Kings, the 1959 Gibson Les Paul that I love and cherish. I was very lucky to find it from Danny’s Music in Everett [Washington] about 17 years ago. Right around the time of the Mad Season record actually. It was ridiculously priced back then, it was like $25,000 or something. I’m probably not going to take it out as much coming up but it’s hard because nothing sounds or plays that good. I use it for “Alive” when we’re out there. I can’t get the tone from any other Les Paul that that thing gets. I mean to be Spinal Tap about it, with the sustain I can hold it, have a bite and come back. [Laughs] It’s totally true though, the thing just plays like butter and it’s beautiful, a little dinged up. That being said, I’ll probably bring it out on the road this year. I probably shouldn’t but guitars are meant to be played. I don’t want to hold it and be precious with it to the point that I don’t enjoy it and it makes the songs sound better to me when I use that guitar."more
In this video we see guitar collector, Phil Harris playing what is called the "Peter Green/Gary Moore Les Paul" and he talks about how he saw it change from "Peter (green)'s guitar to Gary (Moore)'s guitar". The out-of-phase pickups are also demonstrated, made famous by Greeny through his stint with John Mayall and through early Fleetwood Mac.more
“I think if you play the music that people have some sort of connection in their lives with, and you do a good job of it and put on a great show, then you develop a reputation,” Shaw says. “People are so busy these days, and their free time is very precious to them. So when they go to the trouble of buying a ticket, it’s really saying a lot about the band. And Styx is more fun than ever. We’ve gotten so many of the kinks out of the process of touring. We’ve really figured out how to tour and survive it. Everybody in the band is on the same page. We’re not really dragging around any craziness or old baggage with us. Any problems we ever had amongst us, we worked them out years ago.”more
This Les Paul is pictured on the cover of the "Loveland" CD. It was also used for most of that recording. For those who are interested in Les Pauls, it doesn't get much better than this guitar! This model and year of guitar is about the most collectible guitar there is and this is a fine example. It doesn't have the most extremely figured maple top but it plays and sounds fantastic. John used this guitar for several shows a few years ago. However, he started wondering about the sense of subjecting a guitar of such value to the rigors of the road and switched back to his main black Les Paul Custom.more