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  1. I know that this is an older thread but I'll chime in, anyway. I've owned 3 ES-335s, two Les Pauls, a couple of Les Paul Specials/Junior types, a couple of SGs plus a few of the pointy models (Firebird, Explorer, Vs) and you might want to take a real good look at the Lucille. You'll get the feel of a Les Paul Custom ( or Firebird VII, 2007 GOTW Explorer, etc.) in the shape of a 335. The guitar will play any genre, don't let the BB King thing fool you. Plug it into a Marshall stack and it will prove to be a pleasant surprise (in a very loud way)! Another added bonus is they weren't played by Eric Clapton or any of the other rock guitar heroes so used prices aren't through the roof. Just a thought. I think every guitar player should have a Les Paul but if I had to choose, I'd take a 335 every time.
  2. I'll throw one more out: an ES-335 with the trapeze tailpiece and switch to do single coil like my old 70s 335 had. Wine red, please.
  3. I'd like to see: Firebird V with an ebony fret board and vibrato tailpiece ES-355 and ES-150TD so I could have a big jazzbox.
  4. I'm going to buy some today: Frank Zappa's Roxy and Elsewhere released on 180 gm vinyl. The CD may eventually go the way of the 8 track tape but digital downloads will never replace real vinyl albums.
  5. Very handsome! I always loved the trapeze tailpieces.
  6. It helps that he was embalmed back around 1977. Congratulations, Mr. Richards.
  7. They do have a certain feel to them, don't they? As soon as you pick it up it's just WOW! This one had damage to the finish on the neck and an old buddy of mine, who is battling colon cancer, refinished the neck and it turned out perfect. It has so much of my friend's handiwork into it and it's such a great instrument so I'm doubly glad to be getting it back. This time it will stay put. I did get a funny text message from one of Lou Reed's old friends about it which I'll share: with all of the Reedmania following Lou Reed's passing I should call it the LOUcille. I think that's what I'll do. He played an old Epiphone for a bit, close enough!
  8. Last year I got in a bind and had to sell my beloved Lucille which just about killed me but the mortgage had to be paid. I planned on buying another one this year with my tax refund and took a chance to see if I could maybe buy my old one back. Much to my surprise, the new owner agreed and is holding it for me! I just can not believe it, I'm still stunned and very excited. Maybe I've been a good man after all. I try. There's a thread about emotional attachment somewhere and here and yes, I have emotional attachment to this particular guitar. Here's the old beauty, I'm just so thrilled to be able to get this guitar back.
  9. Congratulations! Firebirds are really cool guitars. It looks like you're enjoying that one.
  10. I'd say it's two foot from an exterior wall and there's some temperature and humidity change but nothing really extreme. My other guitars aren't going berserk, knock on wood. I've had this guitar for about 5 years now but seldom play it so it happened sometime in the last year. It's not gigged and I'm always really careful about covering pocket rivets and the like. I'm not the original owner and there was some marks but not like this. The front of it also developed this one weird "sitz mark" on it - almost like fish eye in a paint job where it pushes the paint away. I always used Gibson's spray polish on it. I guess if it gets too severe I'll strip it down and start from scratch. From what I gather this is not common to the model. I forgot to mention that what wood grain pattern there is has become more prominent.
  11. Sorry, checking it is. Yeah, just on the back, nowhere else and it's a gloss. The marks on the front by the knobs are just flash reflection. It's an odd one and no, no sudden temperature changes or anything like that. It lives by a bureau in the bedroom.
  12. I just changed strings and polished my 03 LP Studio and the back of the guitar is getting checkering - right now it's just longitudinal lines (running from the base of the body up towards the neck). Has anyone else run into this? The guitar just sits on a stand and is nowhere near a heat vent or window.
  13. No pics but a beautiful 25th Anniversay Les Paul was the stupidest sale I made. My first wife was bugging me for money and off went the guitar and off went the money. Just idiotic.
  14. SteveFord

    Jan Akkerman.

    Thanks for posting that one. Jan Akkerman is just a tremendous guitarist. Somewhere I have the copy of Guitar Player where he was talking about his 200 Watt Marshall stacks and they asked him if he wasn't getting carried away. His reply was something like that's exactly the idea!
  15. Here's the answer from my buddy Dave for the bang on the SG: I guess it depends on how deep the scratch is and the color of the guitar. If it is a solid color like white or black he could dab in some nitro and smooth it with some 600 or 1200 paper and polish it like you describe*, if its a tint and its not too bad if the color is still there he could use some clear nitro and fill it in. He can also use a shellac stick where you melt in some matching finish from a stick, sort of like a crayon. He could also stain the scratch to match and fill in with clear nitro. If all else fails he can take it to a repair shop and get an opinion. * buff with DuPont No. 7 and then polish with carnauba paste wax I remember around 30 years ago Dave was fixing a Gibson with a cracked head stock and the trick is to use a syringe to inject the epoxy into the crack and then use wood clamps for a day or three. Somebody asked about repairing a cracked head stock by the tuner and Gibson wouldn't touch it but that's what you'd need to do. You might have to fabricate some sort of clamping jig for it but that shouldn't be all that difficult. I just got another email: I forgot stewart mcdonald used to sell touch up pens. They have colored laquer in them. Gibson used to sell them also, worth checking out. Should enable a reasonable touch up with out too much trouble
  16. Buff the fret board with lemon oil every once in a while and perhaps a carnauba automotive wax for the rest?
  17. I'm not sure what it is that you don't like but take a look at the stock tuners as somewhere on there is a screw which you can use to adjust the friction to keep it from slipping out of tune or make it easier to turn. I can't be more specific as I haven't owned a Firebird in a couple of years.
  18. Yes, it came with the unbound fret board and they left the fret edges exposed and rather sharp. It wasn't cut yourself sharp but you'd run your thumb along the edge of the neck and you could feel them, all right. It took me around 8 hours of filing and buffing and sanding to get the frets the way I wanted them - low and smooth with edges that wouldn't drive me crazy. Binding would have been a plus! The frets were really bad and if you take a look at the section between the neck and the neck pick up you can see all of the splintering and they didn't even bother to try and fill it in, they just sprayed over it. I'll ask one of my buddies about maintaining the nitrocellulose finish as he reshot one of my Lucille's after the finish on the neck melted on a hot stand. That happened to a previous owner, not me.
  19. I couldn't stand not knowing so this morning I ripped all the junk off, buffed the finish with a damp cloth and DuPont No. 7 Rubbing Compound and then hit it with two coats of Mothers California Gold paste wax. Success! It brought the gloss up, got rid of that weird scratch in the coating which was bothering me and now I'll stop thinking about it. While I think of it, if you have the misfortune to have the cable jack unscrew and drop into the guitar the trick is to bend a section of a pipe cleaner to hold it in place and then you can get the washer and nut on. I would not want to have to work on 335s for a living. Here is the obligatory guitar and unmade bed shots (with the low E string out of the saddle as I just slapped the strings on and wasn't paying attention):
  20. I saw a mint one at the Philadelphia Guitar Show a month or so back and it was really striking. It said Buy Me, Buy Me! but my wallet said forget it. The article says that weight was an issue with sales so how much does it actually weigh? The Flying Vees always felt too light to me so maybe this is the one I want. P.S. Pictures do not do justice to just how handsome this model really is.
  21. Thank you. It makes my SG look like it was dipped in plastic. At the next string change I'll give it a more serious buffing with a microfiber detailing cloth and call it a day. I was afraid to get too carried away. If anyone else is going to attempt this you should know that they are not using their best wood for the satin finish guitars. I exposed a small divot which they hit with wood filler before they shot it with red and some sort of weird scratch in one of the lower coats (looks like it was done with a fingernail) which they painted over so who knows what you'll find.
  22. I knew that was coming! Sorry for the cruddy photos, you need sunlight for a decent picture and we just had a winter storm come ripping through so these are done with a flash. It sounds odd but I'm pretty sure that buffing out the satin finish made this guitar more resonant. This one's alive, if you know what I mean. I owned two 335s back in the 70s and 80s and they were better made and prettier but this one plays and sounds better. Go figure. Many thanks to my wife for getting this for me for my birthday a few years back. She's a keeper and so is this guitar. The pic of it leaning up against a brown leather couch is the cruddy before picture (once again with a flash).
  23. Back in 1974 I was in the getting ready to enter the 9th grade and somehow managed to save up enough money to buy a Gibson. A look in the paper showed a red SG Standard with Schaller tuners for $400 and my mother gave me a lift to take a look at it and I came home with the best SG I've ever encountered. From doing a little poking around on the internet I'm pretty sure it was a 1974 model as it had the small pick guard, speed knobs and the Nashville tune-o-matic bridge. That guitar just had the most astonishing sound to it and beautiful wood grain. From what I remember the fretboard looked and felt like ebony. Like an idiot, I sold it back around 1980. Fast forward to 2010 and I picked up a really nice SG Classic and the Faded TV Yellow Special. The Special is gone but the Classic is a keeper. It's a nice guitar but I really miss that old $400 Standard.
  24. My favorite guitar is my 05 Satin Finish ES335 - it needed some help as delivered (poor fretwork) but I persevered and it feels great. I'd been reading the threads on how to give a bit of gloss to the satin finish but I was worried about using anything too aggressive and ending up with a gigantic mess. I use Mother's California Gold Carnauba Wax paste wax on my motorcycles and the can says it contains a mild cleanser. I gave the back of the 335 a coat, liked what I saw and then gave the guitar two full waxing and buffings just using an old white tee shirt. It turned out really good. The finish has a glow to it and best of all, no damage! Seeing as how somebody at Gibson glued two of the volume and tone knobs on (?) it now has some old gold ones from a Les Paul that I had kicking around for a change of pace. Different if nothing else. Wife nixed the gold knobs so I'll see if black speed knobs will look okay on it or not. Oh, I would NOT use this wax on those wretched faded or worn finishes as there's a good chance you'll be down to the primer in short order.
  25. I guess it's what I'm used to - what I play most often is either an ES-335 or a Les Paul. It just feels too light weight by comparison. It even feels lighter than my SGs. Has anyone weighed the various Flying V models?
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