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Dishimyuh

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I was trying to remember the first time that I read or heard a '50's Les Paul referred to as a "Burst". I'm thinking that it was the late seventies. What are your recollections on this?
 

garywright

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I think I heard the word burst around the same time ..maybe mid 70s
 

Tom Wittrock

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I cannot remember specifically.
More recent than 70s, I think. Probably mid 80s, but that was ages ago. :spabout
 

BurstWurst

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I can place this firmly in the 70s. I arrived in Hollywood in 1979 and immediately met the "Burst Brothers", each of the 3 Gornall brothers owned a burst. We were calling them "bursts" in 1979.
 

RAB

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circa 1970, Berkeley, CA, reference was to "Cherry Sunburst" Les Paul, subsequently shortened to "Sunburst" Les Paul..can't recall when it was shortened to 'Burst, maybe by Southern California dealers?
 

bern1

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In the Guitar Trader shop in Red Bank, NJ we routinely referred to "sunbursts" in the late 70's, with an occasional reference to "burst", kind of as an informal pejorative shortcut at the time. I certainly didn't hear it used as liberally as now. I still prefer the term sunburst, somehow it conveys more respect for these guitars. But that's just me, I must be old!
 

Dishimyuh

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Sunburst was the term that I always heard in reference to '58 to '60 Les Paul's in the seventies.
 
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