Gibson Les Paul with "stove top spiral" finish spotted for sale on Reverb

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Here’s something you don’t see… well, ever. A San Diego-based seller on is offering the world’s first, and only, Les Paul “stove top” electric guitar, a sunburst 1996 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Standard with a unique design on the back of the body.

“Original owner tried to design the guitar with a stove top spiral on the back,” reads the listing. “This melted the nitrocellulose lacquer and some paint, but did not burn the wood.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.