Holy Grail?! 1956 Les Paul Goldtop!
Though Andy is the unofficial "face" of PGS, as you can imagine our little crew is full of characters. One such character is our own Dan Black, resident hellraiser and accidental guitar collector. Dan has worked in the guitar industry for most of his life and as a youngster working at Hoffman Music in Spokane, he's had a slate of amazing guitars cross his path. Sometimes a guitar crosses your path and keeps going, continuing on its journey into someone else's hands--but sometimes a guitar jumps in your hands and she (or he!) never leaves. This week in the Corner, we're showing off Dan's gorgeous 1956 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop.
"In the 80s, this kid came through Hoffman Music and he was a student at WSU. He had this Les Paul for sale and the original case for the guitar had 'Molly Hatchett' on it. He had some documentation, some papers, that indicated that it had been owned by a Molly Hatchett guitarist-- I never verified it; the kid didn't want a ton of money for it so I jumped on it and bought it. I've always been more of a Fender guy, but the P-90s in this sound amazing through a tweed Bassman, just a growly, barking SOB of a guitar!"
Having the guitar in the office has been a real treat for all of us-- it's nice to have a guitar around that has a real history and has seen some action. None of Dan's guitars are strict collector pieces-- he uses them when they're right for the gig and refuses to officially "retire" any of them. With a guitar this sweet, no wonder...!
Check out the gallery below and as always-- please share your own collecting (whether accidental or purposeful!) experiences in the comments! (PS, any Molly Hatchet/Dave Hlubeck fans that can corroborate this guitar's supposed origin story?! Let us know!)... PS- while this isn't THE Holy Grail for Les Paul collectors, it IS pretty freaking sweet. Grant us that, okay?!