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Huge Les Paul auction announced

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Huge Les Paul auction announced

Julien's Auctions and the Les Paul Foundation are organising an auction of guitars, musical equipment and artifacts that once belonged to the musician, engineer and inventor, Les Paul.

The event will take place at the auction house's base in Beverley Hills on June 8th-9th 2012 in honour of what would have been Paul’s 97th birthday.  

Highlights include:

• 1968 Prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording Model (Est. $60,000 - $80,000). White flat top with Bigsby tail piece and note from Paul reading: “Reward this is the property of Les Paul A.K.A. Lester William Polfuss…Mahwah, New Jersey USA.” 

• 1951 Fender Nocaster serial number 1751 (Est. $40,000 - $60,000). Butterscotch with black pickguard, neck date 5-10-51 T.G. This guitar was personally gifted to Les Paul by Leo Fender, who signed the back of the headstock. 

• 1927 Gibson L-5 Sunburst Cremona serial number 87230 (Est. $10,000 - $15,000). This is one of two L-5s purchased by Les Paul at Gibson in Kalamazoo Michigan with his friend and band mate Sunny Joe Wolverton in 1933. 

• 1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (Est. $14,000 - $16,000). Trapeze tailpiece, tuners have been changed to Grover’s. This is one of the very first Les Paul guitars produced. The back of the headstock is hand signed by Les Paul.

• Boss BCB-6 pedal effects in case (Est. $3,000 - $5,000). Six Boss pedals with case containing tools, including a pair of Les Paul’s sunglasses and all of his settings recorded on masking tape.

• 1955 Steinway & Sons Grand Model B in Ebony serial number 348128 (Est. $20,000 - $30,000). New York Music Room grand model B piano from Les Paul’s main recording studio in his home in New Jersey.

• Early 1970s Ampex MM1000 (Est. $3,000 - $5,000). Sixteen-track recording machine using two-inch tape, with custom VSO, serial number 260, AC cable and side block. Has been re-built in good condition. This was the first Ampex sixteen track machine.

• Late 1960s API Recording Mixing Console (Est. $40,000 - $60,000). Twenty eight by sixteen console believed to be one of the first few made with this configuration. The board is made by Automated Processes Inc. of Farmingdale, New York and it includes the original masking tape label with channel identifications in Les Paul’s handwriting.

A free public exhibition will run from May 29th to June 8th.

Click here for more information on the auction.

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Tags: Fender , Gibson , steinway & sons , les paul , julien's auctions , leo fender , ampex

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