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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 05:02 AM
wasn't Billy playing a Warren Haynes Les Paul? If so, I wonder if it was Billy's or if Warren loaned it to him for the gig?

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Upon further review it might not be a WHLP, the finish is different- I saw the toggle switch between the volume/tone knobs and thought Warren's waas the only one that had that.

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 09:16 AM
With Billy its really hard to say. He is such an avid collector. He's been collecting guitars for 40 years. All I know is, his collection is vast.

He did use a les paul for most of the early ZZ recordings.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 01:47 PM
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With Billy its really hard to say. He is such an avid collector. He's been collecting guitars for 40 years. All I know is, his collection is vast.

He did use a les paul for most of the early ZZ recordings.
Affectionately known as "Pearly Gates," a '59 Les Paul. Don't forget, Billy brokered the deal for Duane to get his Hot'lanta '59 Les Paul.



 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 02:12 PM
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wasn't Billy playing a Warren Haynes Les Paul? If so, I wonder if it was Billy's or if Warren loaned it to him for the gig?

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Upon further review it might not be a WHLP, the finish is different- I saw the toggle switch between the volume/tone knobs and thought Warren's waas the only one that had that.

[Edited on 3/25/2009 by Smattermonnat]


That more than likely is one of Warren's LP's. It may not be a WHLP but it one he uses a lot with Gov't Mule. It's the same color and has the same toggle switch. And as quick as Mr. Farmer got it away from Billy you just know he was protecting Warren's gear.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 02:15 PM
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With Billy its really hard to say. He is such an avid collector. He's been collecting guitars for 40 years. All I know is, his collection is vast.

He did use a les paul for most of the early ZZ recordings.
Affectionately known as "Pearly Gates," a '59 Les Paul. Don't forget, Billy brokered the deal for Duane to get his Hot'lanta '59 Les Paul.






Thanks Dave, I couldn't remember the names Billy gave the Les Paul. But Pearly Gates is responsible for all those early ZZ Top recordings.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 02:19 PM
I can't help but think that Duane saw Billy with Pearly Gates and said, "I got to have one like that!" ZZ Top opened for ABB on June 5, 1971 (IIRC) and Duane received Hot'Lanta the weekend of the closing gigs at Fillmore East (June 26-27, 1971) just a few short weeks later. Billy found the guitar in the possession of Christopher Cross (yes, of Ride Like The Wind and Sailing fame.) The rest, they say, is history. haw haw haw

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 03:49 PM
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wasn't Billy playing a Warren Haynes Les Paul? If so, I wonder if it was Billy's or if Warren loaned it to him for the gig?

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Upon further review it might not be a WHLP, the finish is different- I saw the toggle switch between the volume/tone knobs and thought Warren's waas the only one that had that.

[Edited on 3/25/2009 by Smattermonnat]


That more than likely is one of Warren's LP's. It may not be a WHLP but it one he uses a lot with Gov't Mule. It's the same color and has the same toggle switch. And as quick as Mr. Farmer got it away from Billy you just know he was protecting Warren's gear.


I'm watching the replay right now and it's not the same color at all. The guitar I'm thinking of is has a darker flamed finish.

 

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