“Everyone I know that has bought a ’Burst in the last five years is playing that guitar every single day”: Gibson’s Mark Agnesi debunks the myth that its most valuable builds are kept under glass

Gibson Les Paul Standard Burst
(Image credit: Future)

Gibson’s Director of Brand Experience Mark Agnesi says he’s here to “debunk the perception” that the most hallowed Gibson Les Paul builds – the so-called ’Bursts’, built between 1958 and 1960 – are being treated solely as museum pieces in 2023.

In a recent interview with Guitar World, the former vintage dealer was asked about the changing profile of the vintage guitar buyer – and took the opportunity to dispel some of the myths about the ultra high-end market. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.