Gibson / Les Paul Custom / 1956 / Rizzi Burst / Guitar For Sale

1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom, James Rizzi Burst. Made in USA. This guitar was purchased in 1969 by the current owner and he had it immediately refretted, before being commissioned in ca. May 1970 to the then unknown, but future Pop Artist James Rizzi for a custom design. He suggested the pattern and sketched it on to the instrument, after which aniline dyes were used to interpret the design and bring out the full assemblage of hues in the grain of the top and back. With a strong nod to our vintage guitar world, we might call this one of a kind color 'Rizzi Burst'. Fast forward to 1994, James was shown the guitar again and this is when he initialed it, commenting that the guitar had turned out nicely. 

Not much on the guitar is original other than the neck pickup, the tone caps and three pots. The bridge pickup however is also a real 1950s alnico staple pickup and the knobs are 1950s speed knobs off a Les Paul Goldtop. 

We believe that the value of this guitar lies in the connection to Rizzi as the value of his paintings exceed the value of a 1956 Les Paul Custom in any condition by far. 

Comes with the original, but professionally recovered hardshell case. Weighs 4.5kg.



Yeahman's Guitars, Switzerland  

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A small shop in Switzerland selling vintage and used electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amplifiers and assorted effect pedals. 

Here you will mostly find selected instruments of the following brands: Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Epiphone, Gretsch, Marshall, Vox, Ampeg, Guild, Greco, Tokai, Squier JV, Burny, Maxon, Ibanez, Orville and many more.

As for now, there are no fixed opening hours, instruments can be tried out and picked up by appointment only. If you happen to be in the area or would like to travel to come check an instrument out, please don't hesitate to write. Yeahman's is open to anybody who shares our passion!

Our showroom is located at Turnweg 2, 3013 Bern, Switzerland. It's a hidden entrance, so please don't ring random doorbells, instead call for questions and appointments during business hours (9am to 5pm CET). +41793088915. If you are from out of town and are on a tight schedule / in an out of town band playing a show here and/or would like to visit on short notice and/or well outside business hours, feel free to contact us - it wouldn't be the first time we show people around well after midnight. 

Our preferred method of payment is bank wire transfer or cash. Please get in touch for our bank account details, once you place an order through e-mail we'll hold the item for you and take it offline. 

Please note that we do not ship amplifiers, they are available for local pickup only!


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