“It was so destroyed you could take the paint off with your hands”: How Rich Robinson brought his ’68 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop back from the brink after Hurricane Sandy

Rich Robinson playing a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop onstage in 2023
(Image credit: Gary Miller / WireImage / Getty Images)

In October 2012, The Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson lost scores of vintage guitars in Hurricane Sandy. Now he says he’s been able to restore one of them – a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop – and, against all the odds, it’s playing better than ever. 

Robinson tells the story in the new issue of Total Guitar, ahead of the release of the band’s (incredibly titled) new studio album, Happiness Bastards (due March 15). 

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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.

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