whoa whoa whoa, what's the story on this. Is that a r8 RI or a real 58? How did you go about selling it to him? This is so cool
It is a '58 Historic Blacktop. They only made 75 of these in 2000 for Sam Ash. These were the only R8s made in 2000. He sought me out after I bought the guitar. It was listed on RT as well as Ebay. Doug was watching the guitar on eBay, fell asleep and the woke up the next morning to it being sold. I bought the guitar from "Baricola" on RT during that time. Doug contacted Baricola through eBay and asked if he could have my contact info so he could make me an offer. Baricola passed that on to me and I said, "Sure!"
Doug called me and said he has been wanting one of these for years!! I told him I didn't really want to sell it and the only thing that would trump this Blacktop would be a trade for one of his Les Pauls! He said he couldn't part with any of his Les Pauls really and offered a couple of his strats he used with DIO on the live DVD to choose from for a trade. Although I was tempted for novelty reasons, I declined because I loved this Blacktop so much. We agreed to keep in touch and that he would get right of first refusal if I decided to sell.
I later found another Les Paul I HAD to buy, but was going to need to sell one of my Les Pauls in order to do so and stay married............I knew I had one specific buyer for one specific Les Paul.......so I made the call and the rest is history. Doug and I have developed sort of a Les Paul bromance with each other and have stayed in touch since. He is a super cool guy!!
The very day he recieved the guitar, he took it directly to "That Metal Show" and played it! He asked me if the strings were new. I said I put a fresh pair of 10's on prior to shipping (Doug traditionally plays 11's). He said that would work since he doesn't have time to put on new strings and has to dash to the TMS studios. The guitar also had a set of Sheptone AB Tributes in it when he played it on TMS. He has since put in his sig pickups and added jumbo frets. The TMS episode is the one with Ann and Nancy Wilson if you want to look it up. You probably can do so from the TMS site. if you watch that episode, notice that the strings are top wrapped. That is how i do it. Doug doesn't top wrap. I just thought that was kinda cool. Anyway, here is a pic Doug sent me from backstage at TMS.
And now you know......................the REST of the story!