While many guitarists will credit Jimi, Stevie and Eddie as their main influence… Rick will find his way into the hearts of a select few from the “bell-bottoms to Members Only” era. The Illinois native was the lead guitarist and lead personality of Cheap Trick. Robin Zander had the pretty face and Rick Nielsen had the wacky personality with the outfits to match. Cheap Trick’s live album “Live at Budokan” from 1979 is considered by most to be the best live album in the history of rock and roll. It is no wonder that most classic rock stations play the live version of “I want you to want me” and “Surrender” because it just has more raw energy.
So what makes this guitars any different than previous Rick Nielsen signature Les Pauls? Gibson really took their time to precisely replicate Rick’s 1959 Les Paul as if it was an actual vintage guitar that’s seen its fair share of wear and tear. For the last 25 years, the original ’59 Les Paul has been on the road with Rick. Because of its rarity and historic value, Gibson has created a high-end replica for Rick to take on the road and keep the original safe and secure. The good news for Rick Nielsen fans is that Gibson is releasing this model to the public with the first 50 guitars hand signed by Rick himself and will include a certificate of authentication.
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