Frank Zappa began playing a Gibson Les Paul Cherry Sunburst in the late 1970s. While it started as a standard version, he of course modified it over time, according to this [article from Gibson](http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/frank-zappa-0902-2011.aspx). [Guitar Player](http://www.guitarplayer.com/news/1024/frank-zappa-inside-the-guitars-and-amps-of-his-greatest-recordings--video/54379) writes : "Pictured on the Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar cover (right), this Les Paul Custom was originally loaded with (white) Dimarzio pickups but were later changed to (black) Seymour Duncan humbuckers that are in it today, and has been outfitted with a Dan Armstrong Green Ringer circuit (which was installed in the control cavity) and an XLR output jack. An extra knob located in the midst of the stock controls is a nine-position rotary switch that allows for single-coil/humbucker and out-of-phase options. The mini-toggle switch selects between series and parallel operation."more
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