Gather 'round, friends, and I will tell you a tale. A tale of guitars! A tale of heartbreak! A tell of redemption! A tale of possibilities and potential! A story with a surprise ending so twisted it would make M. Night Shyamalan gasp! At any rate, enough hyperbole; on with the show! Thursday afternoon, this little number walked into my life. First, because I'm a junkie and can't help myself... second, because it was "only" fifty bucks... it came home with me. Pretty good shape overall. Some dings, some pick scratches: the usual used-guitar stuff. Gotta love them Les Paul curves, right? Nice mahogany, nice 'burst... You'd be excused for wondering, "how on Earth did he score this for $50?" Frets are in good shape. Fretboard could use a little oil... But... The one thing this guitar could really use... Is... A HEADSTOCK! (screams as the weak hearted go running from the room. women faint. mothers cover their children's eyes) Yes, my friends, this poor little guitar has suffered from what we all hope to never see. At least one headstock break (I'm no expert, nor can this guitar tell me exactly who was so mean to it, but it almost looks there might be signs of a prior repair, too). Fortunately, it looks like a relatively clean break. I honestly didn't think this sort of thing happened to Epiphones, with their scarf jointed neck. Maybe that's why it doesn't look so bad? But here's MY dilemma... Firstly, paying someone to fix this is almost assuredly not worth it. Second... I had the seed of an idea planted in my head a while back... How cool would it be to take a broken Les Paul and make a lamp out of it!? Think about it: rig up some way to hold the light bulb & shade where the head would normally go. Rip out the truss rod and run the wires down through the guitar... maybe even use the knobs as a dimmer control? Toggle switch for on/off? And, since there's no headstock or logo, the lay person wouldn't know the difference between an Epiphone and a Gibson. It's just a Les Paul Lamp. A LamPaul, if you will. Google shows me some people have come close: ...but I think I could do better. The shade at the top would make more sense (to me). Maybe find a nice tree trunk or something to hollow out and use as a base/stand for the lamp? AND! Since I won't need the headstock, I can harvest the tuners and use them on another project (nice Grover 18:1s). And shoot, I could even take out the pickups and just put some covers in their place... not like anybody's gonna be PLAYING it. I am considering fixing it myself. I almost feel sorry for the poor thing, and I don't think it would be TOO terribly difficult to fix... But the lamp idea definitely intrigues me. Kinda like the lamp in a Christmas Story . Classy!