First Burst For Sale: $625,000

First “Burst” For Sale At Carter Vintage Guitars With A Price Tag Of $625,000!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul, known as a “burst”, has been listed for sale at Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville. The price tag for one of the most historic guitars ever? $625,000.

“It’s the earliest one with this version of the finish.” Walter Carter of Carter Vintage Guitars said. “This is the first one with this yellow to red cherry sunburst, the ‘burst’ as we know it today started with this guitar.”

Carter was a historian for Gibson for years before opening up his shop with his wife, Christie Carter, and he said he knew this guitar was special from the moment he heard the serial number.

The guitar was originally shipped out of the Gibson factory on May 28, 1958, and at the time, it was simply an experimental piece. “It has a three piece top because it was probably going to be a Goldtop.” Carter said.

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