The only guitar I didn’t mod (yet)

Time goes on, fortunately you get a bit wealthier and your dreams may become affordable… or close to.

Some years ago, I felt in love (again) with the 2009 Gibson Les Paul Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates 59′ VOS but my pockets were empty.
In 2017, looking at the classified, I found one of the non aged Pearlies in excellent condition. Unfortunately, the seller and I were not able to agree on the price. Since then I had never been able to make the idea of owning a 59 reissue sink again in the deep of my mind. That is how I brought myself to look for my R9.

I looked at several offers around the world and finally shorten my list to two candidates: a True Historic and a Standard Historic VOS, both new (I let you browse the Internet to look at the differences).

In the end, surprisingly for my guitar players (and Gibson’s LP addicted) mates, I chose the VOS. Why?

Well, what I can tell, is just that when I opened up the case of this one, I just said (or thought) “Wow…”. Sometimes, things happen just like that. The guitar may not have the true true vintage specs but something happened at te first sight: I knew that if I returned back this guitar I would regret it for the rest of my life.

I liked the neck immediately and even more, I was also charmed by the Custom Buckers sound. I was indeed so impressed that I gave up the idea of replacing the Gibson’s buckers with the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Pearly Gates set I just acquired (bonus: now they go well on my ES339)

OK, let’s stop las palabras and admire the fire of Ice Tea burst of… Prometheus!

Prometheus close to my 2017 Standard T aka ‘Autumn Treat’
Under a different lightning, together with ‘Seething Ember’, the Custom Shop ES-339 that later received the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Pearly Gates set.

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