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#1 User is offline   Snorten 

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 12:51 AM

Hi there, I'm a 34yo Les Paul Player from northern Germany!
I played Strats for years until I had the opportunity to play a LP at a friend of mine (Later I would discover that the LP I had test driven was nothing less than a legendary '59 Les Paul :o :o )
I now own a Les Paul Standard 2016 Fireburst and a 2017 Tribute FHB and all the Strats are gone :] My Music style is mostly Metal, Hard Rock, Blues/Blues Rock stuff.

Have a nice day!
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#2 User is offline   sparquelito 

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 03:57 AM

Hallo, und guten morgen, Snorten.


Great to have you aboard, mate!!

Post photos of those guitars, whenever you get the time.


We treat guitar photos like lovely pornography around here!!

:) [scared]
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#3 User is offline   capmaster 

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:05 AM

Servus Snorten und ein herzliches Moin Moin nach Norddeutschland aus dem bayerischen Alpenvorland! [biggrin]

Schön, dass Du zu uns und diesem tollen Forum gestoßen bist! [thumbup]

My first Gibson has been 1978 S-G Standard - yes, they had a hyphen between S and G then - that I bought used in 1982 and basically is a case for a refretting now. My first guitar resembling a Strat was an Ibanez copy with vintage vibrato I bought in 1980 and sold in 1981 because of the poor vibrato system. Her successor has been an Ibanez RG430 in 1987 with three Super 7F pickups, basically quite close in tone to those used by Fender but with more bass due to having two ceramic bar magnets and six pole pieces each instead of six rod magnets. (There is some irony in the fact that most MIM Fenders nowadays come with the single coils called "Standard" that are made to the image of these Ibanez pickups with ceramic bar magnets!) For me the very point of the RG430, however, has been the Ibanez Edge vibrato system licensed by Floyd Rose. It is still going strong, but the neck would need a refretting now, too.

From late 1980 on I played a set-neck Suzuki EL-600 Les Paul copy where I replaced the cheap pickups with a DiMarzio PAF in the neck and a Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom in the bridge position. She got less playing time from 1982 on and very little playing time since 1987, so her frets are still fine.

My first Gibson Les Paul is a 2012 Standard, my first Fender Stratocaster a MIM Floyd Rose Standard I bought in 2013 and had modded for piezo FR bridge and from HSS to noiseless SSS. Most of my Fenders came either noiseless stock or I had them modded with noiseless pickups - I just hate hum and magnetic feedback with high-gain settings. Most of my guitars are Fender Telecasters, typically Nashville Power models with piezo bridges stock and noiseless mod, Gibson Les Pauls, one of them with a piezo'd Floyd Rose stock, MIM Fender Floyd Rose Strats with noiseless SSS and partly piezo bridge mods, and Gibson SGs, one of them with piezo bridge stock. Then there are some more oddballs like Gibson L6Ses and a Gibson Government Series II Explorer, the latter shown as my avatar.

Apropos oddballs - most of my guitars are uncommon or very rare factory models, and as mentioned above half of my Fenders are heavily modded. On my 27 six-string electric guitars, one cheap six-string acoustic guitar and six four-string basses I have to deal with 24 different control layouts. Just four layouts on six instruments are modified. The other twenty different layouts came stock! Anyway, I don't have any problems with that. I adjust to each one the moment I'm shouldering the related instrument! [biggrin]

I have always been a sound seeker... [rolleyes]

How did you come to meet the owner of a '59 Les Paul? Is she a real vintage one?

Why did you part with your Strats? Just curious... :)

Huh - I just become aware I'm a bit gassy today [scared] OK, after admitting that, like Sparky, I'm also addicted to viewing guitar porn, I shut up for now [blush]
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#4 User is offline   tx-ogre 

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:19 AM

Welcome aboard. Enjoy your stay.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:29 PM

Hey, welcome to the forum Snorten.Posted Image Congratulations on your Les Paul Standard and Tribute also. Very nice choices. Yeah, I was wondering why you would sell your strats also. All nice guitars. I have 7 guitars and there all different brand names. Although my Gibson GT Standard is my most prized guitar.
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#6 User is offline   Snorten 

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 01:19 AM

View Postcapmaster, on 15 September 2017 - 05:05 AM, said:

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How did you come to meet the owner of a '59 Les Paul? Is she a real vintage one?

Why did you part with your Strats? Just curious... :)


View PostRetired, on 15 September 2017 - 10:29 PM, said:

... Yeah, I was wondering why you would sell your strats also. All nice guitars. I have 7 guitars and there all different brand names. Although my Gibson GT Standard is my most prized guitar.


The original owner was the father of a friend of mine, who was (beside being kind of a pro oldschool guitar shredder) obsessed with collecting guitars and gear. After researching the value of a '59 I'm not so sure anymore if this was the "real thing" or "just" a historic modell or something (I also didnt knew as much about Gibson guitars back then) However back then he told me "it's a '59" and it is some kind of a holy grail so I should give it a try :D (I had no clue what it was all about) It was heavy, worn down sunburst finish but it played superb. Not much output but sweet tone (However this was nothing in comparison to the tone HE would get out of her :o )

As for the strats: The strat was naturally the way I thought a guitar has to look alike when I started playing - so I got strats and I was quite comfortable with it. However when I tried Les Pauls or "LP style" guitars in general I discovered they feel more natural to me. Hard to explain, it must be something in the tone as well as in the constructional dimensions. I also never used the strat tremolo (actually I blocked them in all my guitars) and was always searching for a fatter tone (thats why I always played my strats in middle positions or in-the-between-positions) So it was just the logical step. I didnt play the strats much after getting LP guitars (had some of other brands before getting the original) so I eventually gave them away. Most of them also was "beginners gear".
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