Ok... This is the original prototype Les Paul Custom made by Gibson for him for the updated custom release in the early 50s. It is NOT as claimed the first from which all others came from or made by "Mr Paul" - he made The Log first....
Now - that still makes it one hell of a rare, valuable and historically important instrument - esp to a Les Paul Black Custom owner like myself.... But I hate the inaccuracies implied in these recounting of the story. Grrrrr!