|In 1983, the Gibson Custom Shop made a limited run of Les Paul guitars
with unique tops: not only did the maple caps feature some of the finest quilted figuring,
but they ran a strip of walnut right through the center seam of the top. Why? Nobody
really knows. Walter Carter told me they had some walnut left-overs they wanted to use,
but hey, what's so valuable about scrap walnut wood? I think this walnut strip is there
purely for cosmetic reasons. Remember when neck-thru-body design were really popular? I
believe this cosmetic effect is to emulate that design. Indeed, a lot of people who saw my
Spotlight Specials thought the darker wood extending from the neck was actually an
extension of the mahogany neck. But it isn't: the Spotlight Special has the traditional
glued-in neck design, in the Les Paul tradition.
Be sure to check out my other Spotlight Special, finished in Tobacco Sunburst...