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June 19, 1969
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  1. In Topic:New Les paul

    17 October 2017 - 12:10 PM

    View PostBulldog86902, on 15 October 2017 - 04:05 PM, said:

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    I just love the flamed maple on top, that is gorgeous!
  2. In Topic:Is this a custom shop model?

    28 September 2017 - 09:32 PM

    View Postpippy, on 28 September 2017 - 09:54 AM, said:

    There were really only two problems worth the name with the '52 style Les Paul as originally released.
    The first - and it was a howler - was the incorrectly machined neck-set angle.
    The second was, as has been noted, the trapeze bridge/tailpiece's inability to intonate each string individually. This is, IMO, less of an issue.

    The neck-set angle was hastily revised roughly half-way through (according to most sources) production of the second batch of Les Pauls to leave Parsons Street and many of those with the too-shallow neck-set instruments have subsequently had their necks re-set to the correct angle at the behest of subsequent owners.
    The Tribute model has the correct neck-set angle so it doesn't suck and it isn't, therefore, a completely accurate reissue.

    As far as individually adjustable intonation goes; Is this really as big a problem as it seems?......Posted Image......
    No Les Paul 'Regular' ('Standard') had an intonating bridge before the '55 model-year and yet some classic recordings were made using these older instruments - such as Freddie King's 'Hideaway' album; a whole load of John Lee Hooker stuff; Hubert Sumlin with Howling Wolf etc...etc...etc...
    Our old mate and former forumite has a really early (unbound neck) GT and still has the incorrect neck-set angle BUT has bought an aftermarket replacement bridge-bar for the t'p which has a lower profile meaning the guitar can be used perfectly well as-is. As it is also a compensated design it seems a very, very good solution to the problem of playability whilst keeping originality - in that the old one can be retrofitted in a matter of minutes...

    FWIW I have an old 1940's Gypsy Jazzer with a non-compensated wooden floating bridge and yet, uncannily, the guitar still plays in tune. Most odd.

    Incidentally the trapeze unit as fitted to the guitar in the OP is not the design which was used by Gibson at any time, ever, on any of the Les Paul series until this tribute model appeared. This particular style of bridge/tailpiece was drawn-up by Les Paul himself but Gibson chose to use their own design when the LP was introduced.


    Thank you and RCT for your honest, opinions. I find the part about the tailpiece being les pauls original plan very intriguing..
  3. In Topic:Do you Belive this Story?

    28 September 2017 - 08:14 PM

    View Postpippy, on 28 September 2017 - 04:30 AM, said:

    This is the first bit in the OP's clip which makes me incredulous.

    I can't believe an auction house wouldn't open what is clearly a very full Gibson guitar case. It's like having a box stamped with the Rolex logo but not bothering to check to see whether there's a Rolex watch inside.

    Secondly he claims the case was locked with a padlock which he removed with a couple of pairs of pliers. "Maybe (he muses) I should have done that as part of the video..."
    I for one would LOVE to know whereabouts on the case the padlock was fitted. There is nowhere on that style of Gibson case where a padlock could be used to secure any of the latches and there are no signs whatsoever that the case once had, say, a hasp-and-staple unit.


    Because if its an epiphone or cheap knockoff, its worth far less. The name on the case is the lure to sucker people into a high bid. You could also tell its a modern case, the odds of finding a 59 les paul or anything of real value are probably out the window at that point.
  4. In Topic:Do you Belive this Story?

    27 September 2017 - 08:09 PM

    View PostTwang Gang, on 27 September 2017 - 01:47 PM, said:

    I saw this vid before, don't recall if it was on Gibson forum or somewhere else.

    He does a convincing job of selling that he didn't know what was in there and paid 80 quid for it.

    What makes it hard to believe to me is that the "auction house" wouldn't open the case, see what was in there and let people bid on a known product. They would've made a larger commission that way, so doesn't seem to make sense [confused]

    I worked in an auction house. Only ours wasnt typical, we bought companies and auctioned out their stuff. I can tell you this video is most likely true. He pulled a studio, great guitar, but lets be real, its only a 1k score, maybe 800 tops if its Faded. Ive gotten pieces of art for 5 bucks and i bought a hasslblad camera for 100 that ended up worth 2,000 used! Yeah, used lol. They didnt have time to find an expert in every single item, they dealt in bulk, but i did tell my boss it was worth more than my bid and he let me have it for the high bid anyways.

    To make the assumption every auction house always knows the value of every item would be dumb, lots of them get hosed. Many buy fake art, counterfeits and many take a big hit on cubic zirconias because they tested positive for diamonds back in the day. We usually popped locks, but if we didnt think it was worth a lot, we didnt bother or if we thought we might damage the case or contents we didnt bother.

    Not trying to brag, but i have scored twice as much as this guy for 20 bucks more when i got the hasselblad.
  5. In Topic:Is this a custom shop model?

    27 September 2017 - 01:36 PM

    View PostRabs, on 27 September 2017 - 01:28 PM, said:

    Yeah, i thought so, im now curious what the original list price is? It looks amazing, ive never seen a les paul with a headstock quite like that before.


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