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Rick Nielsen buys a ‘59 LP

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I just told my wife that rick Nielsen bought Geddy Lee’s 1959 Les Paul at Mecum for $215,000. 
 

she looked at me and said, “do we have that guitar?”

me: “do we have a 1959 Les Paul....? no...”

wife: “I thought maybe if we had that then you should sell it...”

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1 minute ago, Travis said:

I just told my wife that rick Nielsen bought Geddy Lee’s 1959 Les Paul at Mecum for $215,000. 
 

she looked at me and said, “do we have that guitar?”

me: “do we have a 1959 Les Paul....? no...”

wife: “I thought maybe if we had that then you should sell it...”

PRICELESS!

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Just now, Studio Custom said:

You’d think it would be worth more given Geddy’s ownership.  

But it’s not like Geddy Lee was known for playing it...

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Arm Of Hamer had posted that same RN news video recently too, lower down on this thread:

 

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3 minutes ago, Travis said:

But it’s not like Geddy Lee was known for playing it...

But he is a famous musician and you can be sure it was heavily vetted for authenticity.   There was a time when every 59 went for 250k.  

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10 minutes ago, crunchee said:

Arm Of Hamer had posted that same RN news video recently too

But if it hadn’t been posted this second time, we wouldn’t have got to hear about the great moment @Travis had with his wife!

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7 minutes ago, Studio Custom said:

There was a time when every 59 went for 250k.  

There was also a time every ‘59 went for $350 too.

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Just now, gtrdaddy said:

There was also a time every ‘59 went for $350 too.

I’m not old enough to remember that boomer.  

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5 minutes ago, Studio Custom said:

I’m not old enough to remember that boomer.  

How old are you Joe? Really. If you're  not a boomer you sure are a stone’s throw away there junior.

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3 minutes ago, gtrdaddy said:

How old are you Joe? Really. If you're  not a boomer you sure are a stone’s throw away there junior.

You have to be at minimum 56 to be a boomer, I’m 8% younger.  

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15 minutes ago, Studio Custom said:

You have to be at minimum 56 to be a boomer, I’m 8% younger.  

Sometimes you seem 95% younger.

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1 minute ago, gtrdaddy said:

Sometimes you seem 95% younger.

I’m young at heart, what can I say?

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RN had five '50s Les Pauls plus a lotta other goodies in the rack backstage when he gave my family a private gear tour a few months ago.

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11 hours ago, Studio Custom said:

You have to be at minimum 56 to be a boomer, I’m 8% younger.  

 

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It would have to have a massive inflation to have Hamers sell in that range IMO.

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Nice condition but not any flame I could see.  I think Ed King’s Les Paul went for more but not a lot more.  I can imagine Rick can say he played it a sell it at a profit later.  IF I had that scratch I would have paid that price.

 

 

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I'm just kinda surprised he didn't already have one. They were relatively "easy" to get back then, and it seems like everyone from that time frame had one or two, maybe more.

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20 minutes ago, tbonesullivan said:

I'm just kinda surprised he didn't already have one. They were relatively "easy" to get back then, and it seems like everyone from that time frame had one or two, maybe more.

I seem to remember that he used to have a few in his collection. Who said he didn’t have any? Did I miss something?

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1 hour ago, gtrdaddy said:

I seem to remember that he used to have a few in his collection. Who said he didn’t have any? Did I miss something?

Looks he does, my mistake. Gibson even replicated it for a collector's choice series.  Just seemed odd, with word a few years back of him downsizing his collection, deciding to add a big ticket item like this, when he's already got one.  Maybe the darker finish?

“My oldest electric is the first Les Paul I ever bought; the 1955 Goldtop.”

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By "downsizing", he was mostly just selling off the crap (with one or two notable exceptions). He still has a stellar collection and is still picking up things.

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He's looking for the "Ulitmate" after all these years!

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4 minutes ago, 0054 said:

He's looking for the "Ulitmate" after all these years!

There’s only 50 or so and it says Shishkov on the headstock!

Mine ain’t for sale.

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