A few months ago, The Squid alerted you to the upcoming Les Paul Estate Auction from Julien’s Auctions. Well, the two day auction is finally upon us, and earlier this week, Julien’s Auctions released the full 410-page catalog online for your perusing pleasure. Unless you’ve got some big bucks, consider this your one shot to take a look at the multitude of items Les Paul collected over the years.
While an incredible amount of ink-drool pooled on the floor underneath him as he ogled the beautiful pictures and information found within, The Squid took the time to pick out 10 of the most mind-blowing guitar-specific pieces being put up on the chopping block this weekend. Check them out below—with excerpts and expected value from the catalog descriptions—and make sure to check out the full catalog for some other amazing slices of Les Paul history.
1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop
No serial number – Goldtop with Trapeze tailpiece and bound fingerboard. Tuners have been changed to Grover’s with original case. Back of headstock is signed by Les Paul. This is one of the earliest bound Les Paul guitars from the first year of production.
I’ve spent almost 20 years trying to pay the rent by doing something vaguely musical, and during that time I’ve tried all manner of approaches – transcribing, teaching, gigging and recording with bands ranging from the 80s-tinged melodic rock of Asia to the mad electronica of the Young Punx, etc etc. I suppose I’ve learned different things from each experience, and I’m sure it all counts in some way.
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It’s hard to say how much any one of those activities might actually have contributed to any kind of “bigger picture” in terms of my career, though.
Nowadays, I often get recognised by complete strangers in airports, many time zones away from home, and yet a surprising amount of these folks have no idea about any of the stuff I just mentioned… Invariably, they’ve stumbled upon my playing in the form of some random YouTube clip or another, which would certainly have been posted by someone else (I’ve never posted a YouTube clip of my own playing, just for the record…) and most likely without my knowledge or consent.
As a result of all this seemingly random online activity, it feels like my career – if you can call it that – has somehow taken on a life of its own, and it pretty much does whatever it wants to do, without any specific input from yours truly. The internet can be a strange and unpredictable thing, but in terms of the power it has to “spread the word” there’s really nothing else quite like it. I’m slowly learning to acknowledge and embrace this
aspect of the internet, whilst resisting any futile urge to try to control it More
When it comes to custom guitars that are still built by hand and played by some of the hottest guitar players in the world, nothing can beat PRS guitars. While the company may have gotten its start as a college music class challenge, luthier Paul Reed Smith has created a company that is staffed by some of the most highly skilled craftsman in the industry. It is their job to ensure that every guitar that leaves the factory is as flawless as humanly possible. Unlike many other guitar companies, PRS guitars still believes that only the human touch can produce a guitar that is good enough to carry the PRS logo. Yes, they use technology where it is needed, such as a CNC milling machine to cut out some of the parts. The production line at PRS is a perfect symbiosis of man and machine. Every guitar produced must pass the quality control standards of every craftsman that touches it or it is rejected out of hand. When you pick up one of the many different styles of PRS guitars, you will find that your fingers start picking out the tune all by themselves.
The fit and feel of these classic electric guitars is like nothing you have ever felt or are likely to feel again. The hardest part will be putting one down to try another and there is no way you are going to walk out of the store without one in your hands if you are truly serious about your music. Each of the guitars PRS makes is legendary; you will find them in the hands of many of the finest and most respected musicians in the world such as Carlos Santana. When you plug in and tune up, you are playing the same guitar that the professionals are playing, nothing more and certainly nothing less. Every piece of each guitar is custom made in house to ensure that it is going to produce the right sounds every time you play a chord. Whether you buy an early mahogany model or one of the latest rosewood models, you will never be disappointed with the quality or the performance.
Even the pickups are custom built by PRS guitars. Many of the pickups are named for the guitar great that they were originally created for, such as the Santana I, II and II or there is the HFS or Hot, Fat and Screaming. The designs for these pickups are one of the best kept secrets in the industry and jealously guarded by PRS. Now that you have heard just how incredible PRS guitars are it is time you visited Wild West Guitars, one of the hottest guitar stores on the West Coast. Here you will find a massive selection of the finest axes in the free world on display and ready for you to plug in and try it before you buy it. Whether you are a professional musician or just like playing a few licks in your garage, you will find the perfect guitar for your needs all under one roof.
You have been playing on the same old equipment for years and years now. Because you have played on it for so long, everything is starting breakdown so you have decided that it is time to upgrade and not only do you want to buy a new guitar, but you also want to get everything that goes along with it. Well, if you are going to do this this, you might as well go with the best and one of the best around that you could buy is Divided By 13 guitar gear. Seriously, Divided By 13 guitar gear and equipment is pretty much the top of the line gear and equipment that you can get on the market today. Why you ask? Well, there are a number of explanations for why and for starters, it is because it is very high quality and is built to last. Since it is built to last, you do not have to worry about it breaking or falling apart no matter how often you use it to play.
Or if you should happen to accidentally drop it, you do not have to fret that it will fall apart like you would with a lesser quality equipment option. A second explanation for why you should go with Divided By 13 guitar gear and equipment is that since it is very high quality, the sound that it produces is really nice to listen to. For example, with equipment that is of poor quality, the amplified sounds that it produces when you play are sweet to the ear. Now if you go with something that is lower quality, what you here could be muffled, off, and even crackly. So if you want to really impress with your play, then Divided by 13 is definitely the way to go. Since you know why Divided by 13 is the guitar gear and equipment you should purchase, it is time to get into the types of things that they have to offer. One of those things is amplifiers and they have those available for all sorts of guitars along with all sizes.
Two, they have transistors. And three, they have cabinets that make it easy to transport things around along with t-shirts, guitar straps, and more. For a great way to check out all the options, the easiest thing to do is head to the Internet for some online shopping. Or, if you want to make things even easier on yourself to find Divided By 13 guitar gear and equipment, then head to the online store known as Wild West Guitars. They have all sorts of gear to pick from made by this manufacturer and what is even better than that, is how you can get it at some pretty great prices. In the end, if you need to upgrade your playing gear, then the brand you should go with is Divided by 13. It is the best of the best around and will be something that you will end up playing on for years to come. So do not delay and head to Wild West Guitars to get what you need now.
Wild West Guitars is the exciting guitar store with a fantastic ambience, an unbelievable inventory and potential customers of Charvel guitars will find that the product knowledgeable sales staff will always find the time to chat about instruments and accessories, provide a low-pressure environment and allow customers to play rigs side by side and crank up the sound for an honest shootout. Shoppers will visit several other stores looking for Charvel guitars, but Wild West Guitars is confident that they will not find the inventory, the great prices or the exceptional customer service that are distinct features of the guitar store. Many shoppers have reached the conclusion that Wild West Guitars is not just a store, but an experience. Wild West Guitars is offering every model in the Charvel guitars’ vast range at amazingly low prices for the quality, and shoppers are invited to drop by the store on 7th Street, Riverside, California or visit the online site to view the outstanding selection.
Whether customers are looking to purchase Charvel guitars through the physical store or via the online facility, the sales representatives of Wild West Guitars will greet them warmly, usually by name, and allow them the time to take in the inventory in their own time. Charvel guitar shoppers will receive the same care, professional advice and patience from the experienced sales representatives when they go online. Queries and concerns are responded to in a courteous, friendly and prompt manner and members of staff will work tirelessly to ensure that customers who want a specific model of the Charvel guitar range receive exactly what they wish for. Wild West Guitars is committed to providing 100% customer satisfaction with the customer service and products and believes that customers should leave the store or log off with a smile on their faces and a feeling of having found the right provider. Customers looking for Charvel guitars can shop online with the confidence that their personal and private details are safely and securely protected. Delivery times are fast and each of the Charvel guitars will be packaged professionally to prevent any damage in transit. Wild West Guitars wants customers to be completely happy with the Charvel guitars they order, and if, for any reason, this should not be the case, they may be returned and the refund may be used for full store credit. Wild West Guitars gives a 48 hour approval period and customers may read the return policy guidelines online.
Wild West Guitars is an authorized dealer for Charvel guitars and is focused on assisting everyone, from beginners and hobbyists to seasoned musicians, in obtaining the most suitable instrument for their purpose. Wild West Guitars also offers customers a complete line of Fender accessories, including strings, authorized replacement parts, cases, straps and more. The Charvel guitars were founded by Wayne Charvel and Charvel/Jackson was bought out by Fender in 2002. Charvel now offers several models featuring an Eddie Van Halen signature model, which is paint stencilled by Eddie himself.
Oct 20th 6:00pm
We are proud to bring you, our elite customer, a very special opportunity to meet and greet with some of the top representatives from the Fender Custom Shop. During these event you will be able to:
•See, play and purchase special instruments created by the Custom Shop exclusively for these events.
•Design and order your dream guitar with Custom Shop representatives and your dealer.
•Have questions answered by our Custom Shop Team.
There’s something deeply mesmerizing about the sound emanating from a quality guitar and in that same breath there’s something that draws ones attention to the smooth curves of such a cleverly designed instrument. Hardly anyone can deny the effect that good music has on the mind, body and soul… and a part of that effect lies in the quality (and possible rarity) of the guitar it is played on. At Wild West Guitars we’re passionate about music and we LOVE our guitars. Here you’ll find PRS guitars, Fender electric guitars, Suhr guitars, Music Man guitars and Paul Reed guitars.
A carefully chosen guitar is so much more than your average musical instrument, in time it will become your most treasured possession. When you’re browsing through our collection, you’ll be choosing the one way in which you can embrace freedom of expression, love of the music and a true zest for life that can only be expressed in your chosen path of musical artistry. (It may sound cheesy, but your guitar could very well become a partner for life.)
Wild West Guitars is a store that cares about the products it sells and therefore, cares about its customers. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase – no guitar is good enough if it doesn’t provide you with that feeling of excitement and the buzz of inspiration. All of our PRS guitars, Fender electric guitars, Suhr guitars, Music Man guitars and Paul Reed guitars are the REAL DEAL because, simply put, nothing less than perfect is good enough.