with all original tags and papers in the pocket including the Diploma-like Certificate testifying that this was made as a special edition. When better semi-hollow body guitars are made they will undoubtedly have a “Gibson” logo on their headstock. This one not only has that logo in gleaming (like a laser) but it has the Gibson crown or flower near the center of the headstock and a white bordered black bell-shaped truss rod cover above the nut. The nut is white (probably bone) and the fingerboard is bound in aging tonered crème on three sides. Twin pickups are nickel-plated humbuckers in the tradition of 1958. We have never even taken the protective paper off of the elevated pickguard. Its bridge is a vintage style tune-o-matic and below this fully adjustable device is a 4” x ¾” white edged black rectangular plaque that reads [diamond] Custom Made [diamond]. Below that plaque is an absolutely beautiful Bigsby B7 tremolo arm.
In the lower treble corner reside 4 black high-hat knobs and above Volume is a three way, crème-capped, toggle switch for pickup selection. Its double f-holes are open and finished black on their inside edges; the input jack is positioned just to the right of the Bigsby. Body bindings are crèmey and dreamy; the headstock is unbound and the tuners are Grover Rotomatics. This guitar, being a Limited Edition, has no volute (or hand stop) carved behind the nut and it is finished in a love three-tone sunburst including a delightful and welcome sunbursting on the back of the neck near the heel. This guitar was played maybe a total of a dozen times. Although we both know that the fingerboard is East Indian rosewood, it has a good deal of red in it and if you say to yourself (over and over) “this is a Brazilian rosewood ‘board, just like the original had” perhaps it will become a wish that could come true. This electric archtop thin-bodied guitar is more of a dream that has come true to the ardent player of amplified music that is highly resistant to feeding back.