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  1. Thanks Duane' date=' I must admit I miss the smell of nitro - I'm sure I became addicted to it ! BigKahune - thanks, I appreciate your comments ! I had to be very patient waiting between coats, and fortunately it did turn out nice and smooth. Superaxe, thank you ! I'm up in Derbyshire. It would be nice to do some refinishing again - have to say nitro is great to work with.
  2. Yes, there's been some work carried out. As superaxe says, it was probably a while back. It's all interesting, but at the end of the day, the important thing is to play and enjoy the guitar ! Thanks BigKahune, it took a while to build up an even, gloss finish. I have a few pictures I took last year while giving it a clean. This finish has never been polished at all - it was straight from the gun. I used to spray a lot of nitro-cellulose, and could usually get it looking ok. The grain appearance seems to vary a lot depending on flash or natural light. The SG was played a lot (there is some fretwear), but I always tried to look after it.
  3. Mine is 11 lb. Many guitars built from 'mahogany' actually use timber that has a similar appearance but is not true mahogany - such as 'Philippine mahogany' / 'Eastern mahogany' / nato. There are many 'cost effective' species that with the right finish can look similar. Despite the inevitable snobbery, they are perfectly good tonewoods.
  4. Your neck and body have 2 different finishes - as I said before' date=' the tint and lacquer depth are different. As for matching body / neck joints, here is a 'decent' match from my SG that I reshaped and refinished in the early '80s. In different light / at a different angle, you can just make out the changes. [img']http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w352/marscape1/IMG_9200640x480.jpg[/img]
  5. No SG Standard had the small headstock. Although headstock dimensions always varied slightly, this one has been altered.
  6. superaxe, although the neck joint might appear to be untouched, 'something' is odd about the neck because it is a different tint to the body - it is quite a bit lighter. Also, the lacquer appears to be thicker on the neck than body. I am pretty sure the headstock has been sanded to slim it down at the upper part. The 'waist' is almost non-existent, and the edge is close to the 3rd /4th machine head posts. Certainly unusual, but it's the sound that matters...
  7. Les was a obviously a pacifist, he said 'someone could get killed on those horns'...
  8. 80LPC

    Les Paul Copy???

    Invader, there was a LP copy called Hondo II - a poor quality guitar although later versions had decent DiMarzio pickups. Although this was the lawsuit era, these bolt-ons share nothing with the true 'lawsuit' guitars which were actually good quality.
  9. 80LPC


    From 1971 to '75 the Les Paul Standard was available as a special order. I seem to recall Santana had one.
  10. In practice, this is something you shouldn't need to worry about unless you are considering setting them very low. I wouldn't lower them any more than 5 or 6mm away from the strings. The lower the pickup, the more likely it is to start vibrating sympathetically with the strings. This is because the spring tension is reduced. Springs can be replaced of course, or remove and stretch them. Bear in mid that Seth Lover always intended the humbucking pickup to be adjusted fairly close to the strings. However, this was in the days of low-gain - amps. Just do whatever you want within reason to match the tone you are looking for.
  11. I also use metric - 1mm steps are fine. You can also lower the pickup by different amounts - for example if you wanted to reduce the bass response, just lower that side only. Let your ears decide.
  12. 80LPC

    '79 LPC Pr0n

    spz, naptha is safe to use on nitro. I personally would not use any polish at all on an instrument that has a vintage 'aged patina'.
  13. Pippy, the TP-6 was fitted to the special editions of the Les Paul from 1977 such as the Artisan, 25/50 Anniversary, and 'The Les Paul'. It's possible some regular Customs came with a TP-6 (in fact in the info for the guitar above, it claims the TP-6 is original). However, all the Customs I saw during this time had the normal stop bar. blacklabelsam, it's a great looking Custom - look forward to hearing more about it.
  14. Rui, what you describe is typical of using very high gain / high level of compression, or both. Also, when you have the pickups very close to the strings it can sometimes generate an unusual warbling noise (unpleasant distortion). It varies with pickup design, string gauge and picking style. Lower the pickup, and the sound will clean up a little with a small drop in volume. Sometimes people set the pickups so close that the strings vibrate against the pickup bobbins / covers which affects tone and sustain.
  15. If choking during bending only occurs at the 12th and 14th frets, you have uneven frets. Uneven frets are very common on guitars regardless of price. Occasionally, this happens due to frets not being seated correctly, or slight movement of the fretboard with time. A good luthier / tech can locate the problem areas and dress the frets removing a minimum amount of material. On the other hand, you can raise the action so the strings will vibrate cleaner. If you don't mind a higher action, this is the way to go. For players who crave a low action, a fret level is the only way to go.
  16. Years ago I was looking for my first LP. I was blinded by the 'humbucker mantra' - so when I was offered a mint LP with P90s at a bargain price I foolishly wouldn't even consider it. How times change...
  17. Even easier - reduce the gain on the amp.
  18. Yes, for this era the specs are 3 piece maple neck, 3 piece maple top and one piece mahogany body. You can see the 3 pieces on the rear of the headstock. (5 including the 'wings'). Some Customs made later have 3 piece maple necks with ebony strips (banding) - effectively 5 piece necks and even stronger. Just noticed this guitar is advertised as having a mahogany neck. The mahogany necks didn't reappear until 1983, and when they did, they were one piece.
  19. Interesting guitar, not seen one before. Looks suspiciously like a headstock repair, and that crack wasn't caused by over-tightening a screw either...
  20. Nice tone and licks Jamman ! I wish I could get this more natural sound (I have to record DI). Working on an isolation box as a stopgap.
  21. 80LPC

    Crack In SG Body

    Should it be a structural fault, superglue won't be strong enough, and it makes a proper repair more difficult since it is difficult to remove.
  22. Fakers follow the money. This is a late '70s SG with 3 piece body, but the more unusual tobacco burst.
  23. My '79 SG has the rectangular Schaller bridge. Most SGs of the '70s had them also. It was also fitted to some LPs and the L5-S. The TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece was fitted to various Gibsons from 1978, but not as far as I know to any SG.
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