“I asked Mick about how he got this guitar from Keith. Before he joined the Stones, Mick was in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He had to play a Les Paul to mimic the classic Clapton-era Bluesbreakers sound, the Les Paul through the Marshall. He got a Les Paul during this time, but it was stolen. Finding another Les Paul in London at that point in the ‘60s wasn't so easy.
“Ian Stewart, the Stones’ roadie, told Mick that he could buy a ’59 Les Paul from Keith, and so Mick went to Olympic Studios, where the Stones were recording Satanic Majesties. While the rest of the band was in another room, Mick worked out a price and bought the guitar. He used it during the rest of his time in the Bluesbreakers.
“When Mick joined the Stones, he brought his guitars with him and this was one of them. Keith apparently didn’t know anything about the fact that his guitar had been sold, so he started using it – when you’re in the Stones, a guitar’s a guitar.
“Mick played this Les Paul while he was in the Stones, but you would also see Keith with it; in fact, he played it at Altamont.”