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WILD AS THE WESTERN WIND

With its spectacular faded flametop and double-cream pickups, this 1959 Les Paul is a fire-breathing rock monster with a storied past. Meet the Richrath Burst…
PHOTOGRAPHY ELEANOR JANE
A flamey top with rare double-white humbuckers make this a very desirable vintage Burst

In the world of vintage-guitar collecting, provenance is of huge importance. And when it comes to vintage Les Pauls, the stakes are very high indeed. Happily, this is one ’59 that comes with its history well documented and a former celebrity owner.

Currently for sale via Lucky Fret Music Co in London’s Shoreditch neighbourhood, the Richrath Burst (serial number 9 0614) is named after its former owner, REO Speedwagon’s Gary Richrath.

Richrath – REO Speedwagon’s lead guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer between 1970 and 1989 – was a Burst collector. Although there are no known photographs of him playing this guitar, it was acquired by well-known guitar dealer Jacques Mazzoleni in around 1989. The instrument had been in the possession of Richrath’s ex-girlfriend and Mazzoleni’s partner was a friend.

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