Isn't she a beauty? I mean who has ever seen a custom colored orange Les Paul? Not I. There is some really history behind this babe. If you have ever seen or heard The Gillbillies you know that they are an instrumental act that focuses on the melodic rhythms often found in the 60s era surf music...but with a twist. They are heavy. They have a sound all to their own. And this guitar played a vital role in shaping the way of The Gillbillies ever so sweet tone.
Seeing The Gillbillies "live & in person" is an experience in itself. When talking Gillbillies and guitars you would think that I would writing about one of the Flying V's with Bigsby's (a la Lonnie Mack) that many have seen Jimbo playing out and about the Bay Area. But as Jimbo put it, this is the guitar that gave birth to the Gillbillie sound. "We decided to try an instrumental surf guitar sound and this was the only guitar I had with a tremolo." Hence, the Gillbillies were born.
Music shop employee: How can I help you?
Jimbo: I was wondering if you have a certain guitar in your shop. You will know if right away once I described it to you. It is a 1978 Orange Gibson Les Paul Custom with Bigsby tailpiece.
Music shop employee: Are you shitting me? I literally just hung that guitar on the wall right before we opened.
Jimbo: Please take it off the wall and run this credit card number. I want it.
Music shop employee: Ah man, one of my co-workers is going to be soooo pissed! He loves that guitar. Unfortunately he is over-extended on his store credit and the owner won't let him have any more. He is going to be pissed.
Soon after it was shipped up to Jimbo. The only change that the shop made on it was removing the floating wooden bridge and replacing with the current adjustable one. He did find out that this Les Paul Custom originally came out of the factory polaris white with all nickel hardware (tuners have been updated). Soon after it's first birthday it was painted the beautiful color orange it now possesses along with the addition of the bigsby. The the sound is to die for. But for now just feast your eyes of a few pictures of this rare gem.
And here is a little taste of that tone she puts out....