So being a fan of Gibson, I of course subscribe to their Facebook page where I get regular updates on what they’re releasing. The latest is another Custom Shop guitar in the “Collectors Choice” series, Number 7. The original is owned by John Shanks, a singer/songwriter/producer, and is a 1960 model. You can get all the details here.
I know, I’ve raved about these in the past, but I’m back-stepping a little bit; not necessarily refuting what I mentioned before, as from an appreciation perspective, the Collectors Choice guitars give me shivers. They’re freakin’ gorgeous!
BUT…. with a MSRP of about $9400, which translates to $4500-$5000 street, that’s not a price I’ll pay for a Les Paul. Okay, I get that it’s made to exacting specs of the original. But it’s still a brand-new guitar. I think it’s the relic thing. I’ve never been a big fan of relics (yeah, I have one, but it’s very lightly relicked, and I got it for a steal). Or actually, let me qualify. I don’t want to pay the huge sums that some relicked guitars somehow command. The exception, of course, are the Roadworn Series guitars from Fender, which are pretty reasonably priced.
But then again, I’d rather beat the shit out of my guitars myself…