#1
Hi folks, I'm pretty new here, but I was hoping someone could help me out!

I really want a Gibson "The Paul" Firebrand, I love the shape, weight, feel of the body and most importantly the position of the pick up selector. I love SG's (I've got 2) but also love les paul's, but the only time I played one live, I managed to drive the pick up selector knob into my thumb, bled all over the guitar and needed a few stitches! When I'm sat in the house I'm fine with them, put me on stage and its a problem! The Paul seems to be my logical solution.

I've seen them floating around on various websites for sale in near perfect condition (or as good as can be expected for a 30 year old guitar) for a £400/$700ish and that is a pretty dam amazing price, but the problem is, I don't care about the pick ups, metal work or the finish!

So rather than buy a classic guitar in near perfect condition and then ruin it, I was wondering if there was somewhere that sold damaged guitars? In an ideal world I would love to find somewhere that had a body that was scratched, but could easily be re finished, with the electrics destroyed or long gone.

Or is there something similar to this animal?

Basically my wish list is:

Mahogany Body
Space for 2 Hum-buckers
2 Volume and 2 Tone selectors
Pick up selector below/behind the bridge

Is there any other solution to this that anyone can recommend? A body that I haven't thought of, a brand of guitar I'm not familiar with etc.

I've got about £1000/$2000 to play with, I'd like to keep it inside that figure.
#2
with your budget you could easily go buy the wood you want and some plans of the "the paul" shape and make a copy of it yourself, then just whack a neck on it and away you go
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#3
I hadnt even considered that, but I'm not the most technically minded person with anything! So i would be rather scared going from that POV