UNRESERVED. Serial#: 71759. An unusual Les Paul Custom with infinite control over the three pickups. The re-issue 'Mickey Baker' Les Paul Custom was available by special order only between 1999 and 2003. It is unknown exactly how many were produced but the likely number is somewhere between 25 and 50 guitars. This specific guitar was signed by Les Paul in the presence of the consignor, during Mr. Paul’s appearance at NYC’s Iridium on August 12, 2003. The inscription reads "To Russell / Keep Pickin / Les Paul".
This instrument has a solid Mahogany body and a one-piece mahogany neck with a medium-to-thick profile just like the very rare original '57 three PAF Mickey Baker Custom. Ebony fretboard with 22 frets and inlaid pearl block position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl five-piece split-diamond inlay. Two-layer (black on white) plastic truss-rod cover with "Les Paul Custom" engraved in white.
Mickey Baker (also known as Mickey "Guitar" Baker) was half of the pop duo Mickey & Sylvia, who had a hit single with "Love is Strange" in 1957. The song was written by Bo Diddley and Jody Williams, who had developed the distinctive lead guitar riff. Eventually the song, much more than just a riff, ended up being credited to Baker and two other peers. He is listed in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Baker is also noteworthy as a session guitarist and guitar educator. COA tag on case.