I always heard if you wanted something to be well-know, use the words World Famous. It seems to have worked out pretty well for Rick Harrison, his father Richard, his son Corey aka Big Hoss and their employee Chumlee.
|Les Paul and Mary Ford|
However the SG was not Les’ favorite instrument. In fact he detested it and made Gibson take his name off of it after seeing one displayed in a music store window.I have read that Gibson never mentioned this guitar to him and that made him angry. In fact Gibson came up with the iconic design during a period of time when sales of Les Paul guitars were slumping.
publicity photos of Les and Mary holding matching white Gibson “Les Paul” Custom SG’s.
The White Gibson SG Custom has always been a stunning instrument. Gibson actually called the colour, Polaris White. I recall being enamoured of one that was in a glass case at my favorite music store back in 1965.
The bound neck included large mother-of-pearl block markers on its ebony neck and the headstock featured the Gibson split-diamond inlay.
This guitar used a very unique switching system. The neck and bridge pickup and individual volume and tone controls. The middle pick had no controls as it was designed to work with the bridge pickup. The thee way toggle switch controlled the neck pickup alone in the up position. In the middle position it controlled the bridge and middle pickup out of phase and in the lower position it controlled the bridge and middle pickup in phase.
It was a beautiful instrument and may not be as desirable to a collector as some other Gibson guitars of that vintage. Unfortunately someone removed the pickup covers on this guitar.
|Mary Ford's White Gibson Les Paul SG Custom - $124,999|
For those of you that were late to the party; Rejoice! Mary Ford's Gibson SG Custom is back on eBay. This time the seller is asking $124,999 USD. For those of you with deep pockets, you get another shot at owning this classic. It even comes with Mary's original strap. For the rest of us, go back to playing your Strat copies.
|Les Paul's 1954 Black Beauty|
Les solved this problem by utilizing Lo-Z output on his guitar pickups. This enabled him to play all those guitar parts himself on the recordings he made with his then wife, Mary Ford.