2005 Les Paul '68 Custom Electric Guitar
Gibson Custom '68 Les Paul Electric Guitar (2015)
The original owner of this guitar asked the Gibson Custom Shop to make a guitar like the Les Paul Custom that is on the cover of Mick Ronson's second solo album "Play Don't Worry" and that is what they did. Mick Ronson also used the guitar that this one was modeled after, touring with David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Ian Hunter.
This Guitar was based on Mick Ronson’s 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom:
Produced originally with it’s traditional Black Beauty finish, Mick had the top taken back to natural in his search for high-end response. Learning that stripping the top off an acoustic served that purpose well, Mick applied the same logic to his electric. Also removing the gold-plated nickel covers from his humbucker’s for the same response.
Mick and his Les Paul shot to stardom in the early 70’s when he was lead guitarist with David Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars who launched his Ziggy Stardust character.
Mick played this Les Paul Custom in live performances and in the studio all through the Bowie years then later with Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter and every other project until he retired it to the Hard Rock Cafe in 1982.
It also features on the cover of Mick’s solo album Play Don’t Worry.