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  1. In my humble opinion, the personal sound doesn't have anything to do with the gear that you're using. I know a guy (one of the best players I 've ever heard, I might add) who can play whatever guitar/amp and he always sounds like him. Of course, good gear can help, but the real personal feel (vibrato, groove, melody, licks, phrasing or type of riff etc.) is always the same. It takes a lot of time to develop a personal style, but in the end everybody does it somehow, which is a good thing.
  2. Look good? Not really! Glad that the 80s are over (and have been for quite some time, btw). Plus, who the hell is still using black lights on a stage... apart from strip joints?!? :-"
  3. Nice! That sure is one mature beauty! A Les Paul always looks great, even with a couple of bumps and bruises. A mate of mine (well, the other guitar player of our band) bought a 1972 LP Custom Black Beauty a few months back. They are heavy, but sound great. Nothing gives that sound like a heavy, chunky Les Paul. Plus, considering that your're happy with yours, my mate is happy with his and I'm happy with my LP Custom (a 1980), I dare to say that the guitars of the Norlin era actually aren't as bad as their reputation. I know quite a few people who own a Norlin era LP, although every single o
  4. GHS Boomer Low Tunes 0.11-0.53 all the way!!! They just sound great... really full, fat and loads of harmonics... Although, actually only really for players who like to tune a 1/2 or 1 step lower.
  5. I bought a 1980 LP Custom a few months back and I love it! I think with Norlin era guitars it is basically a "hit or miss" issue. Therefore, it would surely help if you could play and examine it before you buy it. If you're careful enough, you could end up with very good guitar. Anyway, good luck and have fun playing it (if you decide to buy it). cheers
  6. Tough question, but I'd go with the Les Paul. Although they're heavy, they sound heavy as well. Nothing else can give you that kick in the nuts like that big chunk of wood. Plus, I like that classic shape (although the SG is gorgeous as well)
  7. Of course, when you have a high gain setting and high volume then feedback is nothing unusual. However, if uncontrolable feedback already occurs with mid-gain settings, then you have a problem. A good way to check whether your pickups are ok: set the amp to the gain channel and tap on the pickups with your picks. If you hear a sort of a really hollow tapping noise, then you might consider to either change pickups or remove the cover (but the noise has to be quite loud and hollow, because you'll hear something even with perfectly good pickups). Another way is to get a luthier to press the cover
  8. @cowgard: The top on that studio looks sweeeeeeeet!
  9. From Berne (Switzerland) to Tolmin (Slovenia) for the Metal Camp Open Air. That's about 700km one way.
  10. Rock'n'roll is something that makes it hard to get to the top That's at least what Bon Scott said :-
  11. The Beatles may have changed music forever, but if you compare them to the stuff that's around nowadays... well... it's really child's play. Just my opinion. :- Pink Floyd has never been my thing either... From the retro era (actually a bit later) I still prefer Black Sabbath, Lynyard Skynard and Rainbow.
  12. I just love the finish on my wine red 1980 LP Custom 'Elaine'. Nice dark red, plus the grain shows through. I usually prefer 2 piece tops, but this 3 piece top is just gorgeous. Only thing left to do is to remove the Pickup covers.
  13. I removed the pickguard (I'm not a big fan of those, but I still have it). The gold plating of the pickup covers is coming off. You can see it at the edges. But I'll remove the covers as well, since I'm getting really bad feedback on the gain chanel of my amp and a luthier told me that this is due to the fact that there is too much space between the covers and the pickups themselves and the result is some sort of Faraday cage that produces feedback. Plus, I think it'll look better with just the 'naked' pickups. And the name 'Elaine' comes from the game 'Monkey Island' (yeah, that really, r
  14. Finally I joined the club as well. It was about time A couple of days ago a friend sold me his 1980 LP Custom. It's actually my present to myself for finishing my Masters at university (and it's my first Gibson). It's not exactly virginal anymore and has a few bumps and bruises, but I don't mind. Nothing too bad for a 30 year old guitar (I just love the finish). I named her 'Elaine'. I know that's it's kinda stupid to name a guitar, but I did it anyway. 100 point for the person who finds out the reason for ths name (and no, it's not my mothers name )Here are just a few pics. Tell me w
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