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  1. Hi,

    I caught your post about your 70 Goldtop and noticed you may be thinking about selling it.

    If so, can you tell me how much you might want for your Deluxe?



  2. Thanks KidBlast. Norlin guitars get a bad rap from many, but the truth is, Gibson made some incredible guitars back then. Believe it or not, my '74 Deluxe plays even better than it looks. I use it for gigs because the P90's offer a bit more variety and grit over the mini-hums in my '71. For reasons I'm not sure I can fully explain (or understand) my '74 has that illusive "certain something". And I'm not the only one who thinks so. In fact, it's a running joke in my band that I never get to take break in between sets because I inevitably have a handful of people coming up to talk
  3. This isn't exactly true. There are, in fact, a number of noticeable differences between Les Pauls made between 1971 and 1974. Admittedly, those differences are small and relatively inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. For example, the internal wiring channel differs between the years. But for the most part, you're right, the 1971 through 1974 Les Paul Deluxes are considered fairly equal in terms of value, playability, and other respects.
  4. It's true that the Deluxe model was the low end version of Les Pauls from 1968 thru the late 1970's, but there's a bit of a cult starting to emerge for the '68 and '69 years (mostly because the earlier Les Pauls made between 1952 and 1960 are too expensive for the average person to purchase). Despite the smaller headstock and other features on your 1970 model it is not quite as popular and is much less sought after. Even so, it is still slightly more desirable than the '71 thru '74 years. What you have is an early to mid 1970 Deluxe in average condition. In my area (Northwest USA) the ASKI
  5. Thanks for the compliment! I've had several Les Paul standards and customs from '71 onwards. I have to say, this Les Paul Special is, at least, equal to the others. It's not as bright sounding as a common Les Paul, but it can growl and scream and ooze with silky smoothness like no other.
  6. Here's mine... A very rare 1993 Custom Shop Limited Edition (#59 of 300), Les Paul Special Double Cut. She plays like butter and is much more than a "one-trick pony". I can get amazingly clear jazz tones from her, fun spanky funk, and, of course, the famous snarly growl. She's great for giving a thick rhythm, but can definitely sing and scream for lead!! Lately, I've been using her for slide. The great thing about the double cut version is that you can get all the way up the neck much the same as with an SG. But unlike SGs that tend to have wider necks and thinner bodies, my Specia
  7. A couple of weeks ago I bought a Les Paul Special double cut - Limted Edition (#59 of 300) - with a serial number of 932134xx. Before I bought the guitar I called the Gibson customer service line about the guitar and was told that they weren't sure but they thought the "limited edition" designator was basically a Gibson marketing ploy. The representative said that he was guessing, so if I didn't mind waiting he would forward my information request to those in the company who might know more and get back to me. I didn't think much more about it and decided to buy the guitar because it w
  8. Epiphone has made a Les Paul Special Double Cut model. Have a look at the attached pic. A google image search will show others, I'm sure.
  9. I figured that I owed future readers an answer to my question. I spoke with a couple of luthiers about swapping tulips for the lima bean buttons on Gibson Deluxe tuners. All three said it is possible, but is a bit of a pain in the butt. To swap the buttons you first have to remove the tuners. Next you need to heat the shaft until the button comes loose. Most times, this melts the plastic so at this point you've basically ruined the button. It won't work if you try to refit it. Once you have the button off you use super glue or an epoxy to fit the new (tulip) buttons. All three luthiers
  10. I've got the Gibson Deluxe tuners on there now. Although I've always had better luck with the Grovers keeping tune, I don't want to swap out for the Grover style. To do so would mean I'd have to ream the tuner hole out and I'm really not interested in doing that. I want to stay with the Gibson Deluxes. I just want to go with the tulip style buttons.
  11. I've got a Les Paul Special Double Cut reissue that came with the lima bean style tuners. I've seen a LPSDCs with the keystone or greenish tulip style buttons and they look much better than the white beans. Rather than going through all of the trouble and cost to swap out my tuners, is it possible to swap the buttons/keys alone? The site below sells the keys. http://elderly.com/accessories/items/TK7711.htm My LP stays in tune perfectly. This is just one of those vanity things. So has anyone done this or is it even possible?
  12. Whale

    Real or Fake?

    I came across this Zakk Wylde model. I'm not up on his guitars, yet I've never seen one with a Floyd Rose bridge either. Is this a real model or a fake? You tell me. If it's real, what would you say is a fair price for it?
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