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  1. He also had a 1960 Gibson Les Paul that Johnny Marr gave to him. It's the one on tracks like "Slide Away". I'll also say Sheraton.
  2. aha, I suspected it wouldn't be an "off the peg" model, so to speak. It's unusual for him, as I've never seen him with a 3-pickup LP, ever. Maybe he just wanted something that looks flashy for TV and gigs.
  3. Hmm, last time I was around here, I was only on the Epi forums, now I find they are merged. Anyway, on with my query. One of my favourite Les Paul users is James Dean Bradfield, lead guitarist and lead singer of the Manic Street Preachers. Typically he plays white LP customs live (and more recently without pickup covers, some claim he's using Duncan Alnico II pro humbuckers, which makes sense, as he was a bit of a Slash fan back in the day). this week, I was watching Later With Jools Holland because they were one of the bands on. First song they did, I spotted James playing a 3-pickup LP custom in white. I know about the "Black Beauty" 3-p/up LPs, but I had never seen a white one like that before: I'd love to know if anyone can shed any light on it.
  4. I've been GAS-ing for a strat lately. I'd heard good things about the Squier Classic Vibe Teles, so am I to assume the strats are just as good? I've been throwing a few ideas around lately, like building one, or buying a decent cheap one and changing the pickups - I've been considering the idea of making my own "Billy Corgan strat", by getting one of those Squier Classic Vibe 50s Strats, and fitting Lace Sensors, like the one he used for the bulk of Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie. If I can get the funds together, I may just decide to get either a 70's reissue (like the ones he used circa Gish) or even maybe stretch to one of his signature models, if I can scrape the money together. This thread is tempting me even more to get a strat now.
  5. I don't have much recollection, but I don't seem to remember there being anything with it really, maybe a lead. Might have been a booklet of sorts in there as well. I've taken a couple of photos of the box, just a minute ago: The box itself The writing on one end of the box: Excuse the surrounding mess. I have no idea what was scribbled out there, may have just been in Chinese. The seller was saying he was getting these sent to him direct from china, then sending them on to whoever bought them. That should have set alarm bells ringing right there. Surrounding the guitar inside was just that white polystyrene stuff, and the guitar was covered as well, and the cardboard box itself was encased in the stuff and heavily taped when I recieved it. It was seemingly well-packed.
  6. There's a shop near where I work, and I often stop by the front window after work to have a look (It's on my way to the bus station - why not?). Usually the stuff they sell is mid-priced Fenders and until recently Epiphone, that kind of thing. Anyway, they had one that had been discolored not much different to that one. Both must have been gigged to within an inch of their lives in smoky clubs, as you say. It's the only thing I can think of.
  7. I had never actually thought of using it as a "test bed"! I have actually considered seeing what can be done to improve on it. Maybe just gut the thing. I've been looking at GFS pickups and fitting some of those - that seems to be the only truly "weak" area on it(and the strap buttons keep working loose - that can be fixed though), it's fine for what it cost me at the time - £235. My 2001 Epi LP cost £385, and I cannot feel that much of a difference. I'm also about have the pickups changed in my favourite guitar - my Epiphone Dot. I'm getting someone else to fit those though - The Bare Knuckle Pickups are almost as expensive as the guitar, and I'm not attempting to rewire a semi when I have no experience of rewiring (save for a VERY basic soldering job repairing the jack socket on my Squier Strat many years ago). I might be more confident with an "easier" guitar.
  8. Nowhere near as good as my real Epi Les Paul (a black standard bought in person in 2001), not as muddy, but seems weaker to my ears. Could be a good guitar with some new pickups! Like I say, I was planning on selling it (along with another guitar) because I don't really need 2 Les Pauls, and to finance another guitar purchase. If it's fake I can't really sell it. Not with a clear conscience anyway! Good for posing with, anyway!
  9. Thanks. I did have my suspicions later on, but that was after I bought it.
  10. I'm currently considering getting a strat of some sort. Possibly a Billy Corgan signature model, because I'm a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan. Either that or a classic 70's reissue. I prefer the look of the large headstock.
  11. I have a guitar that I am planning to sell off, but I am a little curious about it: I bought this off eBay last year. An Epiphone Les Paul standard, in white. I got it because I'm a big Manic Street Preachers fan, and their lead singer/guitarist plays white Les Pauls, including in occasion a white standard (His usual live guitar is a custom, also white), and it was cheap at the time at £235. Due to me GAS-ing for yet another guitar, and lack of room, I have decided to part with this and another one I'm not really feeling. Could I get a little bit more because of it's finish (I had never seen Epi standards in white before)? It is however imperfect with a few marks, so I'd probably take that into consideration... I'd also be putting the 'guard back on it. I did at one point suspect it was fake, but I checked the serial number and that seems legit - made last year in the Qingdao Plant in China. Any advice on how much I'm likely to be able to get for it would be much appreciated. To be honest I'd be OK with getting just under what I paid for it in the first place...
  12. My black Epiphone Dot, soon to recieve a set of Bare Knuckle Riff Raff pickups:
  13. If he is retiring that 355, then it'd be cool if on occasion he pulled out the Union Jack Sheraton, assuming he still has it. I can't see Noel using an SG as a main guitar, it just seems wrong. That said he has played one onstage before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBjmoTazy5E Maine Road, 1996. Someone said they never saw him playing an SG. There you go. Probably the only time I can think of where he has. He may just end up using the 345 or Trini Lopez he has in it's place. He already takes the 345 out on tour these days as a backup.
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