1974 Gibson 20th Anniversary Les Paul Custom Alpine White Randy Rhoads
Up for sale is an über cool 4.6Kg all original 20th Anniversary 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom with more mojo then you can shake a stick at....
It is in stunning heavy worn and played condition with the original Alpine White finish faded to an über cool fat and glossy egg yellow. It still has the original patent number stamped Humbuckers, pots, electronics, bridge, tailpiece, plastics, knobs, tuners etc. and it comes in the original Gibson Les Paul hardshell case with purple plush lining.
The guitar has a lot of playwear all over (...) and several dings, dongs, marks, checking etc. The neck has a repaired headcrack and the headstock and back of the neck were refinished in a perfect matching fat and glossy dirty yellowed Alpine White.
Randy Rhoads' 1974 Les Paul Custom is one of the most iconic guitars in rock history. The guitar that drove him to stardom on the landmark Ozzy Osbourne albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary of a Madman has been one of the most requested re-issues ever.
With an impressive two songs in the Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time ("Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley") and a legion of fans still worshiping his unparalleled shredding abilities 37 years after his blazing career was cut short, Randy Rhoads is firmly established as one of the brightest stars in the metal-guitar heavens. After forming Quiet Riot while still in his teens, Rhoads stepped up his game when Ozzy Osborne asked him to audition for his own band in 1979. Along came Rhoads, a practice amp in one hand and his beloved 1974 Les Paul Custom in the other, and before the young guitarist had even finished his warm-up licks, Osborne told him "you've got the gig!" What followed was an amazing ascent, but a too-swift ending, which earned Randy Rhoads a unique place in rock history.
There's an instant set of tones that comes to mind when considering a Les Paul Custom, and this 45 year old example truly delivers on the promise of one of Gibson's most lauded creations with an articulate, harmonic rich sound. This guitar can shift from searing, snappy treble in the bridge position to a balanced, clear, and rich neck pickup. The basis for these lovely tones is the big solid mahogany body, carved maple top and the original Gibson patent number stamped Humbucking pickups. It delivers sweet top end, midrange detail, and great clarity. It is all you need to become an instant rock star. And a bit of talent maybe... ;-)