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The classic guitar business will be very profitable, however UK consultants ATB Guitars had been shocked when a buyer introduced in an especially uncommon, unregistered instrument. They had been contacted by a woman who had been requested to retailer a guitar for her father whereas he moved house. Concerned her personal insurance coverage won’t cover it, she had already finished a rudimentary search on-line to discover an approximate worth, however she needed to get a skilled opinion. The buyer estimated it may be worth round £5,000. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THE WHOLE INCREDIBLE STORY

Mike from ATB Guitars posted a video earlier at this time explaining the extraordinary “little story” of what occurred a few weeks in the past.

Speaking of the enormity of the invention, he stated: “This certainly doesn’t happen very much to us in the UK… I would be surprised if it happened again in my lifetime.”

ATB requested images however they had been “awful”, blurry and arduous to make out. The guitar appeared to be in horrible situation and Mike’s first intuition was that it was most likely an imitation, of which many had been made in the Nineteen Seventies, however requested her to convey it in to make certain.

When the woman arrived and Mike noticed it was in an authentic Nineteen Fifties Cali Girl guitar case, he abruptly turned a lot more .

In the video he takes out the guitar, which ATB has not refurbished in any respect, and confirms that it truly is a uncommon sunburst Les Paul Standard, from the 1958-1960 interval. It was thought to be a failure on the time and the mannequin was discontinued.

It’s a ‘double-zero Burst’, which refers to the serial quantity, in this case 00252. Mike confirmed that whereas 251 and 253 are registered and in circulation, this one is so uncommon, it isn’t on most present data. 

The serial quantity additionally means it was made in early 1960 however with all of the 1959 attributes, just like the amber bonnet knobs and neck profile. Today, it is among the more fascinating incarnations.

The buyer’s father purchased it in 1967 for £50 after seeing Eric Clapton play a related one on the Marquee Club whereas he was nonetheless Cream. The musician was intently related to Les Paul guitars in these early heady days and famously gave one, christened ‘Lucy’ to George Harrison. 

In a serendipitous second, the vendor additionally threw in the classic Cali Girl guitar case totally free.

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The specialists at ATB examined every little thing intently and confirmed the guitar is in dangerous situation, “the worst” Mike has ever seen. However, the end is all authentic and there are not any breaks and repairs, however it has had some modifications, which Mike goes by way of in element.

He says: “It probably sounds terrible, to be frank, and we have no idea if it works. It has been in storage since early 1970 when the father put it in a closet and completely forgot about it.”

After doing all of the exhaustive checks, ATB referred to as the woman again and Mike informed her: “Well, I have some good news and some bad news.  The bad news is it’s in terrible conditions and needs total refurberation (sic) and it has dried out badly.”

He offers a lengthy listing of all of the work that’s wanted, beginning with “a really good clean, it is filthy!”

Mike says he then put the client out of her distress and informed her: “‘The good news is that when all this is done you are looking at a guitar well into the six figures.’ There was silence for a few seconds and then you could see her face drop to the floor… After a few stunned moments of utter silence, she eventually said, ‘Wow.'”

The woman apparently relayed it to her father who took a few days to get better from the shock and nonetheless hasn’t fairly acquired over it

Mike admits ATB should not fairly positive what to do with the unimaginable discover proper now, however will take a while to “savour” it after which begin a lengthy restoration course of. 


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