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1960 Les Paul Burst

[CG] Trevor, tell us about this special guitar that graces our CG calendar page and how it came into your hands at Emerald City Guitars in Seattle.

[Trevor Boone] First, Joe Bonamassa is one of my favorite guys ever and is a dear friend of mine. I have sold some instruments to him and sold some for him. Joe was making room for a purchase, and we kicked around the idea of finding a home for this 1960 Gibson Les Paul burst that he owned.

Meanwhile, I have a customer turned friend who lives up here in the Northwest who was getting into Les Paul bursts himself. He wanted to find the best one.

Now Joe is not only a great player, but to me, he is an authority on Les Paul bursts. He has been able to travel around and pick them up from interesting places and he thrives on an instrument’s originality and provenance.

So, I knew about this 1960 guitar that Joe had bought in middle America from the original owner. Joe sent us some pictures and I talked with my client/friend and told him that since Joe was now willing to sell it, we needed to look at it. Next I flew out to Joe’s place in Los Angeles to see the guitar in person, and it blew my mind! It was the cleanest burst I had ever seen! Built in later 1960, it was super clean and had an unfaded top. It had a thin neck, it was light weight and had really aggressive PAF pick-ups. It was unbelievable! The case was in as good condition as the guitar was. Everything looked perfect and untouched. I flew the guitar back to Seattle and hand delivered it to my guy who bought it! He was happy to add it to his collection.

A couple of years later, after my guy had purchased a few more things, he discovers that he liked ‘59 bursts. So eventually I helped him find a ‘59 Les Paul, and in that deal we took this 1960 burst in as a trade.

This guitar is largely uncirculated. Joe has played it and it is featured on some of his DVD’s. It is a magnificent example of the cleanest burst I have seen. I was asked by Paul Allen to appraise another 1960 burst, just a couple of months apart from this one, which appraised for $300,000. That one was not as clean. They had an identical neck profile. This one’s top has a richer red to it and the back looks untouched! There seems to be a pattern that every time a burst changes hands, it goes up a little bit in value.

A lot of people think the sweet spot for bursts is the ‘59. And they are right – it’s iconic. But I personally have a lot of affinity for these 60’s. I have found that a thinner neck really complements the qualities of the PAF pick-ups. Where the ‘59’s have that round feeling, a ‘60 has that little bit less wood and a thinner neck backing it up, which makes for a more aggressive, biting, mid focused guitar. I have probably played 35-40 bursts and the ‘60’s have more and more become my favorites. They are a little bit lighter and they also have a little lesser of a price tag (laughing). I feel like they are mean guitars and deliver what I want to hear in a Les Paul burst.

When you are dealing with old growth wood, all of these guitars are different. Each instrument has been exposed to different things, the wood finish soaks up the elements of what they were exposed to… different rooms and bars they were in… it all affects the sound. I come from a Telecaster perspective and I appreciate the twang and brightness that Tele’s have. So, to my ears, the 1960 Les Paul’s are really fun guitars. This super clean one has an asking price of $325,000.

Then again, you hear Bonamassa play a ‘59 and it cripples you, you know? It also has a lot to do with how you are playing the guitar. Coming from a ‘52 Fender blackguard Tele, the ‘60’s Les Paul’s have a crossover appeal for me.

 – By [CG Staff]

Jim Rose Remembers Radio Monday Oct 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1660


ESPN SENDS HILL TO PENALTY BOX ESPN reminds all employees of how much their individual tweets might reflect negatively on their employer ESPN, plus these actions have consequences. Recently, controversial ESPN anchor Jemele Hill steps into two piles of poop first when she calls President Trump a white supremacist. Then, when she urges people to boycott Dallas Cowboys’ advertisers, guano really hits the fan. Now that is too close to home. ESPN sends Jemele Hill to the penalty box for two weeks of official paid leave of absence.

IF YOU THINK THIS ISSUE OF JRRR IS WORTH READING…Please forward this entire issue to five of your friends and associates! To subscribe to Jim Rose Remembers Radio send your full Name, City, State and Country of residence plus email address to

BOSTON TV REMOVES FOX NAME FROM LOCAL NEWS Fox News with its strong conservative leanings is the most popular national cable news network. But, not so in left wing Greater Boston, MA. For those moonbats the Fox brand becomes a liability for its local Fox affiliate. The Boston Globe reports that Cox Media WFXT TV (CH 25) says on Thursday that it changes the name of its local Fox 25 News newscast to Boston 25 News, thus eliminates the word Fox from its name. Things like this happens when we allow children to play adult games.

CUMULUS STRUGGLES WITH DEBT LOAD If many bankers who take over radio properties ever heed the warning do not bite off more than you can chew possibly there might not be so many of them with such huge debt overload, it causes their blood pressures to burst wide open. According to sources familiar with the matter, Cumulus Media recently begins talks with two separate groups of creditors who own big chunks of Cumulus’ $2.4 billion in debt. Cumulus faces key deadlines in early 2019. The Wall Street Journal reports that these talks might lead to a bankruptcy filing.

BANDLEADERS’S OLDIES LIVE ON On October 10, 2017, iHeartMedia flips Classic Country KMJM-1360 Cedar Rapids, IA to Adult Standards (Big Band and more) Leo 1360. From the early 1970s until his passing in 2011, Leo Greco, bandleader in the 1950s and 1960s, hosts Variety Time on WMT-600. Frank Balvanz, who joins Greco as co-host in 2007 takes over the show which now airs on both WMT-600 and KMJM-1360 Sundays 7am-noon.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio quiz show to give away cash prizes? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Clint Wright October 13th. Lisa Graef October 15th. Sam Lee October 18th. Jerry SternOctober 21th. Mark Driscoll October 21, 2017. •UNITED BROADCASTING requests that the FCC deletes licenses of KTKK-630 Sandy, UT and KLLB-1510 West Jordan, UT in the Salt Lake City market. Both stations are silent since May. KTKK’s Talk programming moves to sister KBJA-1640 Sandy. KLLB goes silent May 2, 2017 its tower levels in June. •JIM BUCHANAN exits Talk of the Town since 1982 on Cumulus News/Talk WICC-600 Bridgeport, CT.


•1959 GEORGE C. MARSHALL, U.S. Army General, passes away at 78 on October 16th. •1963 KENNY ALPHIN (co-founder of Big & Rich) born on November 1st in the Culpeper County Hospital in Culpeper, VA. •1976 SOYUZ 23 Soviet manned space flight returns to Earth on October 16th. ‎•1988 DWIGHT YOAKAM & BUCK OWENS single Streets Of Bakersfield goes #1 in Billboard Country on October 15th. •1994 RAUL JULIAactor (Addams Family) suffers a stroke on October 16th. ‎•2012 DARIUS RUCKER inducts into the Grand Ole Opry on October 16th.


JACK PARNELL [former Program Director/DJ on WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Okee dokee Jim: I now remember the little 9 inch TV that was our first many years (61) ago: It’s an Emerson, who made lots of military electronics equipment…I learned that from narrating their sales videos to the government, along with military electronics for easy sale to the government. They even built tanks for the army back in the late 50s. Regarding that little TV, I used it now and then when we had our motorhome, and the picture tube had crapped out. There was a picture tube rebuilding plant here in Memphis, so I took it to them and the owner looked at it and told me he could NOT guarantee that it would work, since it was very old and he’d have to take a long time to rebuild it, so I had him go ahead with it and he did. It worked perfectly when he finished it. As I said before, there were other chassis tubes that I had to replace, even power supply part that was unavailable, so I built one from different parts, and last time I checked, it was still working well. JP

WHERE DO YOU READ JRRR? Tell us how far away from Houston, TX that you read JRRR. Got a news tip or a question? Send your full Name, City, State and Country of residence to

BETTY KIRKPATRICK [former girlfriend] (San Antonio, TX) Dear Jim, I am going to Nashville in a few days to see daughter Jeanne and since I sent her the same phone maybe she can help! Well we would also love to hear your wonderful voice once in a call. Oh side note I went to Texas Pride on 1604 Loop S. San Antonio last evening, compliments of Dave Phillips of No Bull Radio (Dave went out of his way to bring me the armbands for all access on Saturday) and I was happy to see old friends Darrell and Mona McCall who are my favorite county singers of all time and they love me so what’s not to love! Old friend of my brother, Ron Knuth, who is the best fiddle player in Texas and former roommate of my late brother Jim Gibby. Linda Bush and Johnny Bush “Whiskey River’. It was old home week for sure.. The whole event was masterminded by the great Sam Kindrick and his legendary Action Magazine! Over 700 folks there. also the Great Augie many others that tuned out to raise money for the musicians fund. I believe in giving especially when one gets in free! I will try to remember the right number to call you on but I can’t promise anything for sure and if I mistake I am sure you will love me still. Hugs to you and Suzie..Betty

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JAY WEAVER [ex KLBK–1360 Lubbock; KCUL-1540; KBUY-1540; KPCN-730 Ft. Worth/Dallas] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Glen Campbell. Hi Jim – I forgot something, i.e. – I made a mistake! First one this week. For what it’s worth, when I mention that Bill and Corky Kuykendall booked Glen Campbell just as he hit the top, I failed to mention the event was at Fort Worth’s Famous Panther Hall. Most knew Bill and Corky owned Panther Hall, but my short comments were missing the mention of the famous Fort Worth landmark. Jay

TRIVIA ANSWER: On Sunday, October 11, 1936, the first radio quiz show to give away cash prizes, Professor Quiz, premieres on WJSV-1460 Washington DC.

LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS-550 DJ] (Lake Livingston-Cold Spring, TX) Subject: From On the Road: Dalhart, Texas: The amazing thing about West Texas, however, is how its music has stamped itself on the American scene. Some of the most incredible musicians have come out of West Texas and the Panhandle. Bob Wills, Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, Mac Davis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Buddy Knox, among others, were raised and first formed their musical careers in under the vast open skies of West Texas. When in Lubbock, I was privileged with my wife to see Joe Ely perform with flamenco guitarist. (

JOHN GUNTHER (August 30, 1901 – May 29, 1970) If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?

Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Author: Joshua Sundquist

May you live to see your children’s children….Psalm 128:6

When my sister Anna was a child, Grandma would come over to our house a few times a week to play games with her. Though they were separated  in age by some seventy years, they would sit together on the floor and giggle like best friends.

Once, Grandma looked down at my young sister and said, “Anna you’re .”so cute I could eat you up !” Worried, Anna said “But Grandma, if you ate me up,then you wouldn’t  have anyone to play with.

Over the years Grandma has recounted that conversation many times usually  on  holiday’s when families  gathered around the dinner table.  She always concludes by looking each of her grand children  in the eyes and saying,  Someday when I’m on my death bed, if you see me smile just before I pass from this world , you’ll know that I’m remembering that story and thinking of each of you.”

Fortunately for the grandchildren who love her, Grandma is still very much with us.  But hearing her say those words had shown me that at the end of my time here, the earthly thing “I’ care about. I try to thank God each day that He’s given me my family and not only that, he’s given me Grandma, who’s taught me how to love them.

Lord, thank You for my family.  Please give me the grace to love and care for them each and every day – Joshua



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