Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers. Olivia's Vintage would like to present this original 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard that was modified in 1975-76 by Tom Keckler Strings & Things/St.
Blues Guitar Workshop in Memphis at the request of Barry "Byrd" Burton of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and who was also a session player with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis. Byrd had very specific preferences for his guitars, and had Tom modify this original'58 Les Paul to his liking. The neck was slimmed down for a more narrow profile as well as narrowing the headstock before adding Les Paul Custom style binding and an ebony fretboard with block inlays. 886 at the 1st fret and.
990 at the 12th fret. The nut width measures at 1.575. The entire guitar was refinished along with a serial number stamped into the back of the headstock that can only be speculated as the original serial number. The finish has aged to an incredibly unique color that really shows off its flame maple top which is unlike any other Burst.It has a very nice straight neck with great frets. The pickups are 1962-65 Patent # sticker pickups with the original decals removed and PAF decals carefully placed. This unique Les Paul has been left the way it was since 1976 when it was one of Byrd's main guitars used live and in recording sessions. It is seen in a YouTube video from Austin City Limits in 1977 where The Amazing Rhythm Aces are playing "The End Is Not In Sight". This is great documentation indicating when changes were made to the guitar along with original 8X10 photo prints, and copies of Byrd's personal journal entries where he logged the process to the day, from December of'75 to January'76. There are three hairline cracks in the neck running parallel with the binding near the binding, but they remain cosmetic issues as the neck remains structurally sound.
Two of the cracks are on the treble side of the neck (one running from between the 1st and 2nd fret area down between the 2nd and 3rd fret area, and the other running from between the 2nd and 3rd fret area down bewtween the 4th and 5th fret area), and one is on the bass side of the neck (running from between the 2nd + 3rd fret area down to the 4th fret area). There are several extra screw holes left from a B7 Bigsby, a different type of pickguard that was installed at one time along with 4 extra screw holes in the control cavity from a different plastic cover, relocated strap buttons, and a different type of bridge. All holes on the edges and top of the body were filled before it was refinished. Bridge post anchors were also installed in the top for the'70's style tune-o-matic bridge assembly. The tuning peg holes were widened for the'70's Grover tuning keys.
The weight is 9 lbs. An original brown 5-latch hardshell case is included. There are nicks + dings and other cosmetic wear, but this'58 Les Paul remains an incredible guitar with it's own character and documented history making it a true one-of-a-kind original Burst with a story to tell.
The item "Original 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard Byrd Burst from The AMAZING RHYTHM ACES" is in sale since Friday, March 29, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars".
The seller is "oliviasvintage" and is located in Carbondale, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.