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The Les Paul Indian Motorcycle Guitar
10-11-2017, 10:51 AM
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The Les Paul Indian Motorcycle Guitar
Unless you have absolutely zero interest in music, or live in Ulan Bator, you have probably heard of Gibson Les Paul guitars.
Like Indian Motorcycle, Gibson and Les Paul are legendary icons. Les Paul is remembered as the Godfather of electric guitars, and his namesake guitar is coveted by musicians the world over.
In 2002, on the occasion of the release of the 2002 Chief (which had the new (and soon to be ill-fated) Powerplus 100 engine in it) Indian Motorcycle teamed up with the Gibson Custom Shop at Gibson to produce the EXTREMELY limited edition Indian Motorcycle Les Paul Guitar.
Only 100 of them were produced, and the list price was astronomical, especially if you got the 'complete set' including a custom made, laquered wall display case, hard case, Indian concho strap and assorted other accouterments.
The press release stated that there would be six two-tone color combinations, but in reality, there were only five: Black and red, Blue and silver, crimson and cream, copper and black, and black and cream.
The most common was the black and red (Not surprisingly, since the majority of the 2002's sold were that scheme. Gilroy aficionado's jokingly refer to them as the 'rare red and black bikes') The rarest Indian Les Paul is the black and cream, of which there are believed to be as few as four or five.
There is currently a black and cream for sale in a California guitar shop for $9,995.
The others show up on Ebay occasionally for between $4500 and $6000 dollars.
Now you know.
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