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Mick Ronson burst onto the scene in the early 70's as the band leader of David Bowie's ''Spiders from Mars," the band that launched Ziggy Stardust into the stratosphere of Rock & Roll history. Mick sanded down the top on the guitar because he was told it would improve the sound. Whether or not this is true, who can say, but it did make the guitar visually unmistakable.
Mick played his Les Paul Custom throughout the Bowie years and later with Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter and every other project he worked on until 1982 when he retired it to the Hard Rock Cafe in Australia. During its tenure as Mick's #1 guitar, it was captured in thousands of photos - some quite notorious - by Mick Rock (remember the photo of Bowie on his knees?) The guitar is also famous for being front and center on the cover of Mick's solo album, Play Don't Worry.
Through a series of events, Mick's Les Paul ended up in Australia, and eventually found its way to the Hard Rock Cafe, where it was tucked away in a corner collecting dust. In 2001, it was rescued from the Hard Rock Cafe by Guitar Hangar owner Rick Tedesco. Rick then turned around and loaned the guitar to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where it was on display for 2 years.
After getting tons of inquiries from other Bowie/Ronson fans looking for a Ronson tribute guitar, Rick decided to contact the Ronson family and get their permission to create a limited run of Mick Ronson Tribute Les Pauls.
"Since finding it, I have received hundreds of e-mails on it and it occurred to me since there were so many tribute guitars out there, there should be something available to the Ronson fan! I approached Suzy Ronson and [Mick's daughter] Lisa Ronson, and they thought it was a great idea - but we all had concerns and wanted it to be something special. " -Rick Tedesco
The Guitar Hangar Custom Shop Mick Ronson Tribute Les Paul Custom is a very special, "one at a time" custom build. We take our time to carefully reproduce Ronson's original LP Custom. The result is a guitar that's nearly indistinguishable from the original.
We start with a USA-made Les Paul Custom, manufactured in the historic division of the Gibson Custom shop, and make specific modifications to match it precisely to the specs of Mick's original. While the finished product is still technically a Gibson guitar, there is no official Gibson Mick Ronson Signature Model. Our Mick Ronson Tribute guitar is the only officially licensed Mick Ronson guitar on the planet, and can only be ordered exclusively through Guitar Hangar. Limited to 100 units, this Mick Ronson Tribute is a true collectible.
Carved maple top
Bound neck, body, and headstock
Gibson ABR bridge/stopbar tailpiece
Two Gibson humbucking pickups (covers removed),
Two volume, two tone, 3-way switch,
22 fret fingerboard with pearl block inlays,
24 3/4'' Scale,
1 11/16'' Nut Width,
Natural unfinished top with finished black back and neck
Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case.
Also included will be a killer memorabilia package including an 8x10 Mick Rock photo, ''Certificate of Authenticity'' suitable for framing signed by Rick Tedesco, a copy of Mick's biography ''The Spider with the Platinum Hair'' signed by the authors ''Weird & Gilly," a Ronson guitar pick, and best of all, one of Mick's record albums from his personal collection! These records are from various artists from Elvis to Carl Perkins to test pressings of albums Mick worked on. They will be selected at random and include a certificate of authenticity stating they belonged to Mick as well. Each guitar will be numbered from 1 to 100 and will have a decal of Mick's signature on the back of the headstock.