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Gary Rossington & his Rossington Historic LP?

MWR

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Hi Everyone:

Just wondering, I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd this past weekend and I was pretty close to the stage when something occured to me. Why doesn't Gary perfrom with his own signature guitar? The LP he was playing had sort of the same color sunburst but it did not look aged and did not have any gold hardware? Was this the Rossington prototype or something special for Gary? Seems odd not to play your own signature? That was really the only guitar he played other than the Jim Beam LP (weird) and the SG for Freebird.

BTW - Ricky Medlocke looked to be playing non-reliced version of the Collins Explorer along with a Historic Flametop, Vintage Black Beauty w/ exposed double blacks w/ creme rings and pickguard and a neat old TV Junior.

Hughie was playing mainly a white custom shop strat w/ a hum / single / hum set-up.

They seemed a little road-weary but put on a great show!

MWR
 

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I saw the guitar in the Pro Shop (within the Custom Shop) last year when Gary was having some work done on the guitar. As you mentioned, the color is similar to his signature model, but it has nickel hardware. I don't know why he doesn't use his signature model - perhaps this is just a guitar he acquired that feels good and sounds good to him. :)
 

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Basically I was told the story that it is an unaged Rossington. Without the aging the gold would be really strong, and so nickel was probably the choice.
 

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Unaged Rossington with nickel hardware = R8. :ahem
Or am I wrong ?
 

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Well, the guitar is also chambered to the point it ways around 7 lb. Gary stopped using his 'burst because of his back problems mainly, and I can guess that he is holding off on the signatures for the same reason.

Six, that's about right, except for the McGuire finish like the other Rossingtons got to mimic berniece.
 

MWR

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Thanks for the responses and info!

MWR
 

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I just got one of Gary's 2005 Chambered CR9's, stunning guitar...

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next to my Page....
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Zac Childs just got this info from Gibson "I know that we built Gary a couple of Chambered 59’ Les Paul’s between 2004 – 2005. This serial # shows that the instrument in question is a 2005. The “CR” references the instrument being “Chambered / weight relieved”, the next digit “9” representing the base model of the instrument is a 1959 Les Paul Reissue, and then “5” designating that the instrument was built in 2005. The last three digits, 004, represent the production # of this unit meaning this guitar was the 4th “Chambered” 59’ Les Paul Reissue serialized / built in 2005.



The basic premise behind the creation of this and the other Chambered 59’ Les Paul Reissue is that after Gary underwent his heart surgery in 2003 and during his recuperation leading up to him going back out on the road he needed very lightweight Les Paul’s. He requested to have a couple 59’ Les Paul Reissue’s “chambered / weight relieved” in order to keep the built out weight of the guitars between 7 – 8 lbs. So, these two guitars became mainstays in Gary’s arsenal for touring in 2004-2005. These are the only two “chambered” instruments that I am aware of us building for him out of the Gibson Custom Shop.



In regards to the building out of the instrument Ernie may be able to shed more light in terms of what pickups were installed and why those particular tuners were used. I believe the choice of Gold hardware was because the signature Gary Rossington Les Paul model that we manufactured about 8 years ago or so had “aged” Gold hardware. I believe Gary wanted these two “chambered” 59’ Les Paul’s to look like his original in the outward appearance, but be lightweight for him and his recovery and be comfortable for him to use / play on stage until he got his full strength back.



 
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I too remember reading somewhere that Gary had a couple of chambered Les Pauls built due to his back and other health issues. Turns out those water damaged Les Pauls sold on ebay recently had belonged to the newest lineup of Skynyrd. Another member got a good deal on a 01 R8 that Rickey M. played onstage alot. Why they would give these up over a little water damage beats me as they receive alot of wear from touring weird.Maybe Gibson gave them some new stuff or insurance money bought them some new guitars. anyway I'm sure Gary has at least 2 or 3 Rossington LPs of his own. As for Rickeys Explorer he has used at least 3 or 4 models for yrs. one is a 1976 Ibanez Destroyer copy he used in Blackfoot. another is a early 80s Heritage series Gibson Korina Explorer as well as a Historic Explorer all fitted with the short 3 screw early 60s Gibson maestro vibrolas. I have been told he also had a Korina replica at one time and maybe an original 58 Explorer. whether thats true or not I dont know for sure. Also depending on when the 1st post was originally posted Hughie Thomasson also a great guitarist and a founding memeber of the Outlaws has sinced passed on back in 2007.
 

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So, returning to this old post, what do you guys think this guitar would fetch these days?
 

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So, returning to this old post, what do you guys think this guitar would fetch these days?
EDIT: It's a very cool Custom built Chambered LP fo just for him.

All things considered, I'd guess somewhere between $10k-50k. It all depends on what someone is willing to pay, then it will be worth exactly that much.
 
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jb_abides

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Wow... I coulda should grabbed the Lefty I was offered [1 of 4 I believe], but passed at the time... money was tight, it wasn't quite my thing, but then again those are the only signature Tom Murphy models for us southpaws.

Oh, well... 🤘

No regrets ... 🍑
 
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