Jared James Nichols sets out to restore one of the first Gibson Les Pauls ever made after it was destroyed in a tornado

Jared James Nichols
(Image credit: Getty Images / Jared James Nichols / Instagram)

A 1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop belonging to Jared James Nichols is to be restored following its destruction in a tornado in Washington, Illinois in 2013.

The guitar – nicknamed Dorothy after the Wizard of Oz character who was swept up in a tornado – is thought to be one of the first Les Paul models from 1952, due to its diagonally placed bridge pickup screws.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.