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rarity of the stinger

wsaraceni

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how rare is a factory stinger on vintage LPs? both standards and jrs/specials/tvs

i know glen kuykendall has one on his burst. just noticed the jr at mark's guitar loft has one as well. for some reason i love the look of the stinger, and actually wish they all had them. i know some put it on after headstock repairs and all that.

post pics if you have them as well.
 

mbowen

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Have had several ES's with a stinger but only remember seeing one or two Les Pauls with one.I agree with Tom it is very rare to find an LP with one.MIke B.:bat:punk:bat
 

58burst

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I saw one on a burst in the early 80's- The guy I got my '58 from, who worked at Leo's music in oakland and was responsible for the Leo's reissues (his name escapes me at present due to premature(?) senility...:rofl ), showed me a very beautiful darkburst he acquired at the time, with very nice figure, AND a factory-original stinger. A truly gorgeous guitar, doubly rare for the darkburst as well as the stinger...

I wonder what became of it, I'm not aware of ever seeing it again in pictures...
 
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I saw one on a burst in the early 80's- The guy I got my '58 from, who worked at Leo's music in oakland and was responsible for the Leo's reissues (his name escapes me at present due to premature(?) senility...:rofl ), showed me a very beautiful darkburst he acquired at the time, with very nice figure, AND a factory-original stinger. A truly gorgeous guitar, doubly rare for the darkburst as well as the stinger...

I wonder what became of it, I'm not aware of ever seeing it again in pictures...

I saw and played one at the 96 Arlington show. I was there to pick out a Burst for a friend. Uncle Lou had half a dozen or so and the one I picked for my friend had a stinger. can't remember the serial number but it was a 59.
 

esmin

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I believe fellow forum member, Glen Kuykendall owns a '59 LP stinger.

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ok,I just read your second paragraph OP.
 

humbucking

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What's the story on this one?
Those Grovers aren't from 1959, but it does look like it came with Grovers. :hmm


Tom, the 355 is an early stop tail mono from early April 1959.

Here is another Stinger 355 from 1958! I guess this is the one of the first 10 that were made in late 1958. I have a ton of pictures of it & it never had grovers (you would see the scar from the washer on the front of the headstock). it appears to have always had these Klusons on it. I know this is the vintage LP section, but I just want to show some 1958-1960 Stingers.
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Macdaddy 355's 1958 355 (first one ever shipped) also has a stinger.
 
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Breakfastime

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Albert King's 58 V is stinger'ed...factory original I dunno.
Did the original Lucy ever have a headstock repair?
 

Hetfieldinn

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I saw Ted Nugent at The House of Blues not too long ago. In between songs, he switched to a black Byrdland. I was front row, and could easily see that the finish was heavily checked. He claimed it was his #1, and was 'born' in 1959. He turned around a few times while using it, and it had the black stinger headstock.
 

j45

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I don't think I've seen a Byrdland without a stinger. Isn't it factory stock on Byrdlands, L-5, Super 400 etc. ?
 

Tom Wittrock

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We all know they put stingers on a number of guitars.
The point of this thread is how rare it is on vintage Les Pauls. Not Gibsons in general. :ganz
 
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