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Hi General Lou! I've got some interesting new information about the first two bursts! 8 3087 and the second 8 3096 currently used by Slash!

8 3087:

log_book_large.jpg.1c59fc7f42fb9b926973b9cc93ab97e6.jpgThe penultimate line includes 8 3087 and 8 3096. It also means that these two guitars are the two earliest real Burst. Number two, 8,3096 today, is owned by Slash. Both will probably be shown at the summer NAMM fair (where the Explorer and Flying V will debut). There was a small but important difference from the later Burstök: since they were highlighted from the Goldtop guitars, their maple covers were not bookmatched, as Goldtop did not look like this, but was just released. The 8 3096 consists of two pieces, but it is not mirrored and not in the middle, and the 8 3087 consists of three pieces.  No. 8,3087, which was the first Burst after the NAMM, went to Gibson's Memphis dealer, O.K. Houck - bought by Scotty Moore and Elvis. Towards the end of 1958, however, it was not such a big name that opened the store, but a 14-year-old boy, Tom Griffiths, with his father. The boy liked the new Les Paul, so his father bought him, along with a Gibson amplifier.Tom_Griffiths_large.jpg.53e5a7aac588e4c99d8ed0427569a0ed.jpgTom Griffiths at 8 3087 in 1959.      Tom used the guitar in his high school band, and some repairs were done: the jack disc was broken so it was replaced (which was quite normal), and one of the tuning keys was bent so it was replaced (this is a common occurrence).

In the late fifties, the Kluson Deluxe key rotary knob was made of a plastic material that, over a few decades, blended like a raisin and eventually dusted. Of course, they did not know this at the time of manufacture, but the defect became apparent relatively quickly, so from the 1960s on, they used a different composition of plastic that did not shrink. The picture shows that the G key, which was replaced in 1963, was made with a new key, but the other five keys were rendered unusable. These buttons really literally get dusty in one's hands, so since the pictures were taken, the guitar has been given new buttons to use.      The usual thing happened with the guitar: Tom played on it for a few years, then put it aside. Later, his raised son sometimes took him out, but overall the instrument didn't see much sunlight.GS1125-8_1024x1024_debd8125-2719-4fb2-84d2-49093db11057_large.jpg.b1bcd03df3c3ae2cf8b6bb1cc28eb906.jpgIn 2016, he was finally admitted to Walter Carter's Nashville store, which happens to be one of Gibson's own historians and few know more about the Gibson.


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