The acquisition of any original 1958-'60 Burst is an intoxicating experience, but when Gordon Kennedy acquired his own 1959 Les Paul in 2000, he was also fully aware of the guitar's deep legend of musical heritage, popular music, and ownership by a
cultural icon. This guitar—re-created here as Collector's Choice #13 1959 Les Paul "The Spoonful Burst"—was the sole guitar that had accompanied the musical journey of John Sebastian, best known for a brilliant and colorful career as frontman of
The Lovin' Spoonful. In Sebastian's hands, this guitar had helped to create a string of hits such as "Do You Believe In Magic," "Nashville Cats," and "Welcome Back," the theme song to the hit '70s TV show Welcome Back Kotter. If that wasn't enough,
this guitar has also been held by Michael Bloomfield and Jimmy Vivino, and has made big screen appearances in Woody Allen's Tiger Lily and Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony.
One of the factors that makes Collector's Choice #13
"The Spoonful Burst" truly special is the way Gibson Custom, as with all Collector's Choice guitars, clones distinctive elements of its specific wear, tone, look and feel, rendering a detail-perfect re-creation that comes as close as is humanly possible to
an original vintage Les Paul. Signs of the very individual personality of Collector's Choice #13 include its unusually balanced front and rear pickups, substantial neck profile, significant wear from a long career of heavy use by John Sebastian, and the beautifully
faded "Dirty Lemon" burst finish. In tribute to one of America's most accomplished artists, a tie-dyed dust cover is included with each guitar, along with a limited-edition reproduction of a hand-written letter from John Sebastian explaining the guitar's unique
history in detail.