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Original Gibson 59 Les Paul what famous recordings

Variac

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What were some famous recordings that a original Gibson 59 Les Paul was used on.
 

MarcB

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I caught part of a TV prog last night about ABBA, and glimpsed an interview with one of their original session guitarists, Janne Schaffer. He played a couple of ABBA licks on what looked suspiciously like a flamey butterscotch coloured 'burst with an uncovered double white neck pickup.

I did a quick search here and indeed it has been discussed in passing, but the links to pics etc. are all dead. Forum member JJ Jones posted some pics which can no longer be accessed.

I think it was a '59, and wondered if anyone knew the serial # and whether it was on Zorglub's site, together with any other details.

This is the only pic I've been able to find easily so far, which gives an idea of the colour and not much else:-



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Axis2000

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I got into Les Paul's and the Bursts because of ABBA... I joined an ABBA tribute act almost two years ago and up until then, I had been playing Stratocasters professionally since 1984! I had to learn 30 ABBA songs and much to my surprise there were a TON of guitar parts on those songs. The parts are so interesting that I looked into who was on those records and dug in to study.

I bought a 2020 50s Les Paul and put ThroBak sle 101 plus pickups in it and loved the PAF sound so much that I rewired it to 50s wiring.
Last week I bought a 2021 VOS 1959 dirty lemon burst after playing about 5 of them I found "the" one! It is only 8 pounds which as a Les Paul neophyte I then found out 8 pounds is considered light. All I have onstage is a Vox AC30, ThroBak treble booster, and a Strymon Volante and all I need is a Les Paul w/PAF and 50s wiring. It's all those 2 pickups and volumes/tone controls. ALL the sounds are there. I spent decades with complex rigs. No more.

I would have never discovered any of this if it wasn't for ABBA and needing to play authentic live shows.
 

Axis2000

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“You can dance, you can jive.. having the time of your life… ooooh.. see that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen.. ahhh ahh”
Every time I play this song I think of the Bo Diddly beat... it's subtly tucked in there.
 
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