Mick Ronson burst onto the scene in the early 70’s as the band leader of ”The Spiders from Mars”, David Bowie’s back up band that launched his Ziggy Stardust persona into the stratosphere of Rock & Roll history. Mick sanded down the top on the guitar because he was told it would improve the sound. Whether or not this is true, who can say, but it did make the guitar visually unmistakable.
Mick played this Les Paul Custom throughout the Bowie years and later with Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter and every other project he worked on until 1982 when he retired it to the Hard Rock Cafe in Australia. During it’s tenure as Mick’s #1 guitar, it was captured in thousands of photo’s, (some quite notorious) by Mick Rock, (remember the photo of Bowie on his knee’s?) as well as being front and center on the cover of Mick’s solo album, ”Play Don’t Worry”.
In 2001 it was rescued from the Hard Rock Cafe by Rick Tedesco and sent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland where it was on display for 2 years.
“Since finding it, I have received hundreds of e-mails on it and it occurred to me since there were so many tribute guitars out there, there should be something available to the Ronson fan! I approached Suzy Ronson and Mick’s daughter Lisa Ronson and they thought it was a great idea- but we all had concerns and wanted it to be something special. ” -Rick Tedesco
Limited to 100 units, each guitar will be modified to the specs of Mick’s original LP. We are the only people that can do this with authenticity, because we actually have the original guitar in our Museum collection.
Also included will be a killer memorabilia package including an 8×10 Mick Rock photo ”Certificate of Authenticity” suitable for framing signed by Rick Tedesco, a Ronson guitar pick and best of all, one of Mick’s record albums from his personal collection with a COA! These records are from various artists from Elvis to Carl Perkins to test pressings of albums Mick worked on. They will be selected at random and include a certificate of authenticity stating they belonged to Mick as well. Each guitar will be numbered from 1 to 100 and will have a decal of Mick’s signature on the back of the headstock.
The guitar is manufactured in the historic division of the Gibson Custom shop and features include a carved maple top, mahogany back and neck, binding on body / neck / headstock, aged hardware, Gibson ABR bridge/stopbar tailpiece, two Gibson humbucking pickup’s with covers removed, two volume, two tone, 3-way switch, 22 fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays, 24 3/4” Scale, 1 11/16” Nut Width, natural unfinished top with black back and neck, Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case. While this is a Gibson guitar, this is not a Gibson Guitar Company promotion and can only be ordered exclusively through The Guitar Hangar.