“He went straight for that Les Paul. He closes the lid and goes, ‘That’s my guitar now’”: Scott Gorham nearly lost his 'Holy Grail' 1957 Gibson Les Paul to a customs officer just after he bought it – and he had to go to court to get it back

Photo of THIN LIZZY and Scott GORHAM, Scott Gorham performing on stage
(Image credit: Pete Cronin/Redferns/Getty Images)

Scott Gorham’s 1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard is one of the Thin Lizzy hero’s most prized electric guitars – but just a month after buying it, he faced a fight to fly it overseas.

Originally acquired in the late 1970s, the guitar was sold to Gorham for a princely sum of $2,300 by a vintage guitar dealer who visited the band while they were in Boston.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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