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This once in a lifetime guitar (and one of very few in New Zealand!) is one of dreams.

Everything ALL original, bar the missing chrome pick up covers that the original owner removed.

An unpopular guitar at it's launch, the Silverburst has become a rare collectible over the years thanks to it's divisive colour and aging, and widely popularised by TOOL's Adam Jones.

You can scour the internet for hours off of the word "Silverburst" alone, with countless theories and the many unknowns that come with these guitars, so i'll keep the history to the this guitar.

This guitars serial suggests it was manufactured in August of 1978 at the Nashville factory. Being in manufactured in late '78, my assumption is it is one of the first and few original Silverbursts (besides scarce prototypes from '77.) This guitar is equipped with it's original T Top humbuckers and the pots are all untouched. The OHSC has seen better days, but is a true 70's Gibson OHSC.

I am the third owner of this guitar. With no knowledge (bar some speculation) of the first owner, the second owner purchased this in 1982 from a guitar store in London. The second owner had only used it in their bedroom before bringing it over to New Zealand in the 2000s. Before I purchased it, the guitar had been sitting in dry storage since.

During it's 20+ years stored, the guitar was mostly well kept, but the bottom strap button had been knocked in. It has since been repaired by luthier extraordinaire Trevor Binford, where the guitar also got a very light service and set up (as the setup was near perfect out the case!) Otherwise, the guitar is in great condition for it's age.

Body: Solid mahogany, maple top Neck: 3 piece maple neck, bound ebony frets. Fretboard Radius: 12" Scale Length: 24.75" Nut Width: 1.6875" Number of Frets: 22

For SERIOUS ENQUIRIES ONLY, please contact me first or any additional photos or information before purchasing.

Listed at a pretty price as I understand the guitars worth and value as collectible :)



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1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst W/ OHSC


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