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  1. I love them both, but the Explorer feels like an aircraft carrier, and the Firebird makes me feel a little like I am playing bass. If I switch to a Tele or my BC Rich Eagle right after, it feels like a ukelele by comparison.
  2. While it might only be a relative to the Melody Maker, or maybe the brief inheritor of the MM lineage for a year or two, I am really liking my 1998 All American II...Two single coils like a MM, a body similar to a LP Special (though it reminds me of a Hamer Steve Stevens as well), a full Gibson neck (not missing the headstock "wings" like the MM), and (oddly) a Wilkinson-Strat-style tremolo. They only seemed to make them for a couple years, and only in 2 colors as far as I know, ebony and a red burst. If I recall right, the All American I was basically the same guitar as the SG-X, not related to the Melody Maker at all, like an SG Junior with no pickguard, a very hot lone 500T in the bridge and a small coil tap switch. (Had one of these before, should've kept it.)
  3. Looks like a modified LP Studio Lite; they were made for a very brief time (I think if I remember right) around 86 or 87? Yours looks like a modded version of the single pickup version, with the tremolo option shown in the brochure here (I think the tremolo was by Steinberger.) Scroll down about midway on this page for 2 photos of them: http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/showthread.php?t=374671
  4. Usually input 2 on my Fender Hot Rod Deville 2x12, as it is supposedly attenuated for humbuckers, although I just got a Gibson All American II with single coils that I'll try running through input 1. The bigger issue I've had with the Hot Rod Deville is how damn loud it is; I'm used to running a JCM900 half-stack at half power/50w and being able to push the tubes harder, but I can't crank the Deville past 2 or 3.
  5. Bought a Goldtop 50s Tribute last month, only complaint was the strap button which came out completely stripped at the first band practice while using it (with a Dimarzio locking "ratchet"-style strap.) Had to add my usual Dunlop Strap Locks. Otherwise I love it! It's making me miss the 60s Tribute with P-90s I used to have; might have to get one of those again too.
  6. I have an 83 Firebrand "The Paul", with nothing really "Firebrand" about it - wine red paint job, non-burned gold logo, etc. It's basically like a LP Special: uncarved flat top, neck not angled from the body, dot inlays, 2 T-Top HBs. I added a LP Special pickguard to mine to cover up where the previous idiot owner had attached the truss rod cover where a pickguard would be, god knows why...They also thought a gigantic brass Kahler tremolo would be a good idea too...
  7. Gibson did make an Explorer with 3 cream-colored P90s in it during the 80s, in a few finishes including camouflage. I liked the ebony finish one.
  8. I have some of the more-affordable Norlin-era guitars (Sonex, Marauder, "The Paul"), you will most likely find on the bottom of some of the hardware such as the bridge that it is stamped "Made in Japan". While they are not popular among some Gibson purists for their bolt-on necks and other features that are uncharacteristic for Gibson (especially my Marauder, which is an early model from '75 with a maple neck and is almost Fender-like at times), I love mine and wouldn't part with them even though I do have other more expensive and traditional Gibsons. And at $200, my Sonex was the cheapest Gibson I've ever bought.
  9. And it says here it was bought for Paul by the recording studio after his black V made by Charlie LeBou was stolen during the Hotter Than Hell sessions. (Possibly another one made by LeBou?) The stolen black one is second from the top: http://www.kissfaq.com/reference/instruments.html
  10. About a third of the way down this page, a guy from France has a group photo of several Paul Stanley repro V's, the one you are asking about is 2nd from the left, looks fairly close to it, down to the star inlays and larger extended bell truss rod cover. Maybe try messaging him and ask if he knows who made the original? http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/other-gibsons/96004-flying-v-3.html
  11. I have a '75 Marauder that's one step beyond the 2nd, over the serial number is stamped "BGN", for Bargain, a flaw designation worse than a Second. Not sure exactly why, but the body wood appears to have some knots and pitting and is not the best cosmetically, it's a dubious cut of wood they used on this one. And the stock pickups were changed out (not by me) long ago to a Seymour Duncan '59 in the neck and what looks to be an old Fender Strat single coil. If I recall right, '76 was a transitional Marauder, if yours is one of the earlier ones it will have a 3-way toggle switch, as they changed over to the 3-position slider switch in late '75/early '76. Marauders are an unusual innovative attempt from Norlin, mine's a weird beater and sonically is somewhere between Gibson and Fender, but I love it!
  12. I think that was a stock color, similar to this SG from the same time period: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-1986-Pink-SG-Special-400-Body-Ebony-Neck-/350886060515?pt=Guitar&hash=item51b27061e3
  13. What pisses me off on there is the sheer amount of utter bullsh*t and deceptive practices abound: the photos of guitars that somehow magically show everything BUT the headstock, the supposedly "hand-built by master luthier" guitars that are just no-name import copies, "relic'ed" means some untrained idiot took a bandsaw to it, and the time-worn classic seller's last-ditch effort to disavow any responsibility for shoddy merchandise ("I know nothing about guitars...", "I'm selling this for a friend...", etc.) And about half the time, "vintage" should just read "old". I find craigslist even worse, I can't stay on there for more than 5 minutes before I get angry at all the garbage on there.
  14. That series was called the "Beach Colors", they also came in olive green, brown, ebony black, cardinal red, and the color mine was originally, a deep dark blue with almost purple hues that looked black from a distance. If it hadn't been for the large, obnoxious Tommy Hilfiger logo on it (it was some kind of promo guitar), I would've kept it that amazing color instead of refinishing it in a classic white (also added a dark silver MOP pickguard.) I've also seen a WWE Wrestling promo SG-X before, in black with a large WWE logo. Great guitar, has the same pickup as the Explorer (a 500T) which is fairly hot and aggressive, with a pole-splitting switch for single coil tones. Also, some had pickguards while some did not, and some had blank truss rod covers while others were stamped "SG-X" or "I" on the earlier models. (I suspect they were a follow-up to the All-American I & II series, which were tremolo-equipped variations similar to a Melody Maker made in the years just before the SG-X appeared.
  15. I'm all for it, but I thought one of the problems was that most of Steve's guitars were sold off after his death, and are scattered to the four corners of the earth? One would need to be verified in order to spec it out. I liked that unusual LP type one he played early on, during the High'n'Dry era, I think it was a tobacco burst GK-55 maybe?
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