DAVE ROGERS & JEFF DePETRO
1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Serial #9 1942
Imagine answering the telephone and
the person on the other end says, “We
have an old guitar we would like to
sell.” When asked to describe the guitar, they answer, “It’s a Gibson electric
bought new around the late ‘50s. It’s
yellow in color with a red outside edge,
and it’s a Les Paul model.” After a road
trip through the countryside, we were
soon in front of a well-known vintage
brown case about to be opened.
Inside was an all-original, one-owner
1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard (#9
1942) with a flame-maple top and sunburst finish. This guitar was originally
purchased for $260, including the hardshell case, from a music store in Iowa
on July 1st, 1960. All of the original
purchase agreements, strap and adjustment instructions were also included.
The Lifton-style five-latch case had a
“Stone case company in Brooklyn, NY”
badge on the inside neck pocket. The
Gibson nameplate was not on the outside of the case near the handle.