this is long overdue. got this guitar back in february, but been busy traveling, and studying. still not done with both, so posting this in between. kinda surprised that i ended up with this guitar. some of you who have followed me may have known me not liking my Carvin guitar. just not feeling it. mainly due to the way the company is being handled, thus just not inspiring me to pick it up. that, and as years are progressing, i'm picking up my guitar less and less as more of my time is going towards photography. so, i threw my carvin up for sale, with hopes to focus more on photography gear. lot of low ballers, and people 'taking pitty' that i have a carvin, and that no one will pay more than $2 for it, so they are doing me a favour by taking it off my hands for 10 bucks... go figure. anyways, someone threw me an offer for this guitar plus some cash. i had to jump on it. i remember when this guitar first was introduced back in 2005 or 2006. it wasn't well received. the 'purest' les paul fans HATED this guitar as it was anything from the traditional/standard/custom/studio etc guitars that gibson was making. this, at least from that time, was one of the more radical changes to the les paul. it was "barely finished guitar". and the fans of les paul hated the fact that it asked for a price of about 800 bucks for a guitar not finished. it was 'ugly'. it was raw. it had a lot of blemishes here and there. if memory serves me correctly, the frets were square/flat from the top. it only had 3 knobs, and a 'missing' knob. it had a kill switch. it was 'missing' a truss rod cover, though a whole was drilled for where the cover should have been. it was chambered. it had a 50's neck. it had no inlays. it had a P90 on the neck, yet it was kind of being catered towards the metal crowd. a lot of people just didn't get this guitar. and thats precisely why i fell in love with the guitar. it was that obnoxious weird guitar that just stood in the corner, usually left alone and ignored by others. i HATE inlays on guitars, so this was perfect. i dont like super gloss on guitars, and this was kind of 'raw'. and due to it being 'unfinished', if it gets a scratch or dent or whatever, i dont really care. i also remember that there was lots of misinformation on this guitar. a common belief was that the top of the guitar was 'hand chiseled', thus its the raw material. that would require a whole lot more work than to throw it in the CNC (if i'm not mistaken?). besides, all the BFG i came across had the exact same pattern on the top, thus it couldn't be 'how they got the top wood' or 'its hand carved'. and it wasn't 'pre sanding' as people believed that is how quilt/flame came out first from a tree. and i remember that once gibson discontinued it (the first time around), that is when people started loving this guitar. odd how that works.... regardless, once the guy offered this, i HAD to take it up. even though i said that i'm done with guitars and i'll focus more on photography, this one had to come my way. and it is also my first gibson guitar. i'm happy with it. its the perfect 'beater' guitar for me. the previous owner added a truss rod cover, and i think he redid the frets as again, if memory serves me correct, the original frets were flat from the top. it made intonation almost impossible. and due to the chambered body, its nice and light. plus it sings acoustically. seeing as i cant plug in my amp, EVER (people i live with are too sensitive to noise..), its an added bonus that it sings loudly unplugged! here are some pics of it. when/if i get more time, i'll upload more. maybe a family shot with my edwards les paul too? dont have time to edit these pics. so its kind of of straight from the camera Untitled_Panorama2 by hadi khan, on Flickr HK__0202 by hadi khan, on Flickr Untitled_Panorama1 by hadi khan, on Flickr btw, since i'm not that active here any longer, what are people using to upload images? imgur is no longer working.