First pictures of this guitar date back to the recording of the first album in May 1969, and they are pretty solid proof that Santana used the guitar to record some of the stuff on the first album – if not all. At that time the guitar was finished in TV yellow, and featured two P90 pickups as well as the Maestro tremolo. By December 1969 when Santana played at Altamont, the guitar was almost completely stripped down of it’s paint and the tremolo was removed leaving visible screw holes. Since we know that his two SG Specials also had the tremolo piece, it is possible that the Maestro from this guitar ended up on one of his SGs.more
Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr69.html) states: "Used by Kim/Lee/Jim: 1999-2005 1999 -- GGDDGG (LEE) & DGDDBB (Free City Rhymes, Renegade Princess - KIM) 2000 -- DGDDBB (Free City Rhymes, Renegade Princess - KIM) 2001 -- DGDDBB (Free City Rhymes - KIM) 2005 -- GGDEGB (Unma it is said: de Bed, Paper Cup Exit, I Love You Golden Blue, Peace Attack, Rain on Tin, Mote - JIM) NOTES: Purchased immediately after the gear theft in July 1999, this was originally played by Lee during the remainder of the July gigs, then used by Kim for "nyc ghosts" material. Jim later replaced his Tele Deluxe for GGDEGB with this guitar in 2005. Mustard yellow body 2 pickups Rosewood fretboard 1 toggle switch, taped up 4 knobs Black pickguard Listed as "MUSTARD" on 2000 set lists."more
Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr64.html) states that Kim Gordon used a Gibson Les Paul Special, and includes this information about said guitar: "Used by Thurston/Kim/Lee: 1999-2004 1999 -- CGGDDD (THURSTON) & FGCFAF# (Nevermind, Small Flowers Crack Concrete, Side2Side, StreamXSonik Subway, NYC Ghosts & Flowers, Lightnin' - THURSTON) 2000 -- FGCFAF# (Nevermind, Side2Side, NYC Ghosts & Flowers, Lightnin' - THURSTON) 2001 -- FGCFAF# (Nevermind, Side2Side, NYC Ghosts & Flowers, Lightnin' - THURSTON) 2002 -- FGCFAF# (Nevermind - THURSTON) 2004 -- EBEEAB (Eric's Trip - LEE) NOTES: Purchased immediately after the gear theft in July 1999, this was originally played by Kim during the remainder of the July gigs, then used by Thurston during songwriting for "nyc ghosts & flowers". In July of 2000, he replaced it with a "real" Les Paul, but seems to have continued using the Maroon one instead. Apparently Lee began using this guitar in 2004. This was still in Lee's box of reserve guitars at the 07/28/09 show, with GGCGCD on the back of the headstock, so it was possibly used for 'Bull' as well. Maroon body 2 pickups Rosewood fretboard 1 toggle switch 4 knobs Black pickguard Rectangular sticker Gauges for FGCFAF# = .064 .062 .036 .028 .020 .017 Listed as "MAROON" on 2000 set lists."more
The guitar which Marley was most often seen playing; there are several modifications on the instrument, probably the most notable being that the original wraparound bridge was replaced with the more common Gibson setup of Tune-O-Matic and Stopbar. The switchwasher and pickguard on Marley's instrument were aluminium replacements, too. Headstock binding and Schaller machine heads are other modifications believed to have been made to the guitar. In 2002, Gibson built a limited run of copies of this guitar closely mimicking both the hardware and wear on the original instrument, which is currently owned by the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica.more
On his official website, Don Felder talks about his Les Paul Special in [this Q & A](http://www.felderfans.com/guitar-q-a-with-don/3/): "'I’m a lifetime Felder fan, and also a guitarist. I love the big guitar tone on ‘Already Gone’. What was the guitar, amp, and whatever else used to achieve that tone?' 'If I recall correctly, the “big guitar tone” on Already Gone was a Les Paul Special and a black face Fender Deluxe amp with a Vox speaker.'"more
Paul Dean here is playing a custom "flat top" Les Paul of some kind, probably the same one used to record "Always On My Mind" on per the excript from the Guitar Player article from 1983 below this paragraph. It appears it has been modified to have the pickup selector by the volume and tone knobs. According to Paul it's one of the "reissues of a 55' Flat Top". http://web.295.ca/~gtmadore/article%2016.htm How did you get the hollow, echoey effect on the solo intro to "Always On My Mind"? I have this '75 Les Paul with ceramic pick-ups--it's an anniversary copy of the '55 flat-top with the wraparound bridge. I used it with my 50-watt Hi-watt that I've had for five or six years. I'm on the neck pick-up, and I've got the tone off, with full bass, no treble, and the volume up all the way. I have a Boss graphic equalizer that I use to punch it up at 800 cycles. You put this combination together, and you get that smooth Brian May sound. I also triple-tracked it.more
Narrow neck, heavyish, unforgiving. BUT sounds really nice - vintagey. Slight issues with holding in tune. I have 1996 issue from Nashville plant. Currently considering custom pick-ups to replace the P-90s to squeeze more rock out of this jazzish instrument. Hopefully it will work out, will advise.
use it on a number of songs. mine is in vintage sunburst. the bridge pickup has been replaced with a Seymour Duncan Antiquity Firebird Bridge Pickup and I added a Bigsby b7 and a Harmonica bridge. all around great guitar and I do recommend it.