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    Just a Small Town Girl, Livin' in a Lonely World...

    Don't Stop Believin' 1977 Gibson Les Paul Black Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial #06 115596.
    1977 Gibson Les Paul Pro-Deluxe that Schon used on 1981's chart-topping Escape. The Paul heard on "Don't Stop Believin'," "Stone in Love," "Who's Crying Now." The one heard - and seen - during The Escape Tour, whose November 1981 Houston stop was originally broadcast on MTV then turned into a best-selling DVD in 2005. All by itself, the band's performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" from that show has been viewed more than 122 million times on YouTube.
    The '77 Les Paul, Schon says with just a touch of understatement, "has quite a story."
    "When I heard the final mix of 'Don't Stop Believin',' I turned around to everybody, and I go, 'Man, you know what? This song has something else,'" Schon recalls. "Honestly, that song has the weirdest and most unique arrangement ever. It goes verse, then into the guitar solo -- the little breakdown that's more like a symphony. I actually learned it by listening to symphonies, that triplet that speeds up. It sounded like a train. And that pushed [Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain] to write the lyrics, because it reminded them of a train. So the guitar solo actually came before the lyrics did."

    It was his go-to guitar and can been seen on some of the biggest stages and venues. Modified to Neal's specifications. According to Neal, this is the first Les Paul to have a Floyd Rose tremolo and locking nut installed. The electronics have been changed to an active circuit and a battery compartment has been routed in the back. Neal had two toggle switches added on top between the knobs. No repairs have been detected. The original frets show moderate wear and may have been dressed.

    Signed by Neal on the back of the headstock in silver ink and still bearing the Ferrari sticker he slapped on years ago. 10.8lbs. Journey Stenciled Flight case included. Condition: Very Good.


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