Gibson Les Paul Special circa 2000 with P90 single coils
I bought this guitar from the now-defunct Mars Music. I had been eyeing these guitars hanging on their wall for some time and was thinking it would be there when I finally got around to picking one up. Then I talked to a manager one day and he told me that this had been a special run of this LP Special, done exclusively for Mars Music. When I asked him about inventory, he told me that the ones on the wall were all he had and all he was gonna get because of this limited run that Gibson had built. Well, as soon as I heard that, I pulled out a credit card and bought this one on the spot. And I'm glad I did.
Since I bought this guitar back in 2000 or so, Gibson has made a couple or three product runs of this model. Its most recent new prices were in the range of $1200. I paid $600 for mine. It's nice to see that its value has appreciated so well. But this one isn't going anywhere. I reckon I'll be passing it down to my heirs.
Currently (2017) Gibson has a double cut LP Special on the books again. But it's a different guitar from this one. It has a one-piece bridge/tailpiece with fixed intonation, whereas mine has the separate bridge and tailpiece, a superior setup, and the current model has only a single volume and tone control, whereas mine has the more traditional four control arrangement. Gibson is currently offering the Special set up like mine, but it is available in TV yellow only and it is a Custom Shop model, with a price tag north of $4,000. Definitely not the same animal.