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  1. I posted this to Repair&Restoration because it seemed like the best area- it describes a mod I tried to pickup selection: Very soon into learning electric guitar I found that my tone came from the neck pickup (an H/H configured axe) with tone & volume all the way up.I have a melodic lead style and like a smooth sustainy tone, and like to have as much signal as possible going into the amp or whatever is in front. I developed a nervous habit of grazing my fingertips across the volume pot to ensure it was all the way up- crying out for more sustain. My first guitar was an Ovation Eclipse, a poor kid's version of an ES-335, with a bolt-on neck, crappy bridge design, and not very sustainy. Years later I got a Gibson L-6S –- because of its sustain - and not long after that realized I wanted to try different pups. I stripped out all the electronics and put in three 3-pole-4-way rotary switches. For each pickup one switch selected: full humbucker, single coil, both parallel in phase, both series out of phase. Then those two switches went into the master switch to select: neck, bridge, both in parallel, both in series.Then straight to output, no tone or volume pots. Well, that cured my nervous habit! This yields forty unique combinations. I'll mention a few notables: All four coils in series- ultra humbucker. Disappointingly, this was a super muddy, blurred sound lacking in highs or attack. I didn't find it useful. All four in parallel- again, a blurred tone, not so much as the series. But there was an interesting effect- I believe the rule for adding voltages in parallel is the lowest voltage pulls all other voltages down to equal, and this has the effect of compressing the volume. Imagine you're going to roll four dice a hundred times and always tally the value of the lowest die- the data would be compressed into the lowest domain. I have always felt that combining coils in parallel has the effect of smearing the details, detracting from the focus of either coil by itself. Both coils of the same pup in parallel. Yes, you do get the noise canceling effect but similar to the above combo the tone is a little blurry compared to just a single coil. One coil from each pup in series in phase- a hybrid humbucker of coils from both pups- subtly different than the "middle position" combo of a standard H/H config (both humbuckers in parallel), a little more defined and punchier. Several of the combos offer various degrees of out-of-phaseness- one humbucker in series with the other which is in its out of phase setting gives all four coils in series with only one of them being out of phase, which was much crisper with more bite that all series in phase. Different settings select which one is out of phase, and each setting has a unique nasally signature. Or, each pup out of phase in series with each other gives all four in series, with two out of phase. Or combos of three coils with one being out…... Ironically, after exploring this realm my switches settled down, again, on my neck humbucker. Out of the slew of tones I could get only a few of them were really useful. But I've always been glad I took the trouble to find out, and maybe my findings will save someone else- maybe you- the trouble. Did I say trouble? Actually, it was fun. I did a few other fun projects I will be posting about before long- if you found this interesting, stay tuned
  2. Thanks Coug- yes, sweet looking 12er
  3. Hello Joe- be sure to get your jam today.
  4. Pip, thank you very much. I've always thought that it was my lucky day when I came across this LP in a local shop- it's fulfilled my long standing desire to have a great Les Paul.
  5. Hi Retired- in 1969 I was thirteen, and saw a Teisco for $40- brand new! It had four pickups, I guess you could think of it as $10/pickup with the neck, body, and whammy bar thrown in as a bonus. It kept breaking strings, my parents could see I was going to stick with it and returned the Teisco and splurged $199 for an Ovation Eclipse, which I learned to play on, and still have.
  6. Thanks Cougar- I used Shutterfly, got pix sent in, and already got feedback from Pip about the Custom Shop LP I wanted to know about. I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive about broadcasting the serial number and details; I got this used for what I suppose was a very low price and I have always wondered if it might have been stolen (I bought it from a store, however).- what if I get a reply "yes this LP was reported stolen and XXXX has been looking for it these many long years..." What happens in a case like that? Have you ever known it to happen? Thanks-
  7. Been playing for forty-eight years, currently own about 25 guitars- I'd have to count them, have owned a few more than that, have tried about everything in string gauges. For many years settled on Regular Slinky for solid body electrics, whether Gibson of Fender- I find that anything lighter is more difficult to play because the string is so floppy I never know where it is. The 10's give more control. For archtops I use a flatwound set that begins with .012 - different brands graduate differently but I find flatwounds much gentler that the equivalent steel-string set. After I read that Pat Martino uses a set that begins with .016 I tried a set beginning with .013 on a PRS SE Soapbar I had as a junker. I couldn't play it, and let it sit idle for about a year. To its credit, the neck never seemed to suffer from the extra tension.
  8. Thanks, Pip - good eye, the fret ends are over the binding,with no nibs. Maybe it has been re-fretted, but this is something that hasperplexed me: assuming it dates from 1990, when I got it in 2002 it was twelveyears old, but seems to be very near to brand spanking new, not like a guitarthat would have been played enough to need a re-fret. I am glad to answer any questions you ask. Meanwhile, here’sa little more- Pickup plates, PAT. NO. 2,737,842 https://cslp1990.shutterfly.com/pictures/20#20 Control cavity: https://cslp1990.shutterfly.com/pictures/20#22 Here are numbers from the pots: Volume: 440-70034, and R1379025 (both of them) Tone: 440-71079A, and R1379018 (both) The caps are brown disks – does that mean ceramic? Under the neck pup is ink stamped: HCSB – I can guess whatthat means, and underneath looks like someone scribbled initials- I couldn’tpossibly decode them: https://cslp1990.shutterfly.com/pictures/20#23 Under the bridge pup July 19 looks like 1990 to me, but theyear part didn’t press down as hard and I can’t be certain: https://cslp1990.shutterfly.com/pictures/20#21 With the pups removed I can measure the maple cap at ½” atits max thickness. Tuners are stamped “Gibson Deluxe” on rear. Nashville styleTOM bridge has “made in Germany” underneath. Thanks for your help, let me know of any more questions.
  9. I got this used in 2002. There was no case or certificate.I've wondered before if it was hot, but Sylvan in Santa Cruz CA is highlyreputable. There's no sign of it being anything other than completely original.No pickguard was ever mounted, all solder joints look original. Serial #92010358. "MADE IN USA" inked beneath Serial#, didn't really come out in pic.At the base of the headstock is a scroll motif around "Custom Shop Edition".Body and neck are single pieces of mahogany. Bridge is Nashville. Weighs 9.5LB "Pat. No. 2,737,842" is stamped into the metal base plate ofboth pickups, with no ink stamp. I measured DCR at the output jack withoutlifting any connections: Neck: 6.9K Bridge: 12.7K I haven't gotten a photo that really conveys how beautifulthis is, take my word for it- the maple has qualities of both flame and quilt,and has extreme holographic dimensionality. And dig this, it's pretty much justlike new. Can anyone tell me if this is a re-issue of some sort, orsomething special? Full front: shows best color https://cslp1990.shu...com/pictures/12 Full front2: shows depth of maple figure https://cslp1990.shu...com/pictures/11 Rear view: color is deep red https://cslp1990.shu...com/pictures/13 Headstock front: https://cslp1990.shu....com/pictures/9 Headstock rear- note Custom Shop logo at base https://cslp1990.shu...com/pictures/10 Any further pix or info needed just let me know. And, Thank You
  10. Hi, I was a newcomer yesterday. I see the sticky about using Photobucket to submit pix. This morning I tried to begin a trial subscription and it seems broken. Is Photobucket still the current model? I wanted to send pix of a custom shop LP I got used and know nothing about except that it's beautiful. Any problem with my simply sending e-mail with pix attached? Thanks-
  11. Hello Gibson fans- I just joined this weekend, this is my first post. I’ll jump right in by dating myself. In 1970, Jimi Hendrixpassed on just as I was getting started with my brand new Ovation Eclipse andlessons from my most excellent teacher, whose name I want to drop in case anyof you knew of him: Steve Maase in Albuquerque, NM. Steve was invariablyrunning behind schedule, so I had time to stare wantonly at the wall of guitarsin the store. On the top row were always half a dozen Les Pauls of variousmodels, with price tags from a lofty $450 into the more like $600 stratos. (Ayear or two later as I began learning to drive I would hear the grownupsgrumbling about 50 cents for a gallon of gas. Picks were three for a quarter.) At the end of the row, next to the wall, waseven a Recording model. That thing never ever got taken down. During my first year of learning how to play I heard manyreferences that the Gibson Les Paul was the finest electric guitar to own. Iwanted one. When I was nineteen I diligently saved all the money from my summerjob and determined I would get whatever guitar I wanted. At this time BC Richwas just starting to show up and I gave due consideration to their Seagull or Mockingbird. Very nice, but weird looks. I like an instrument with classic beauty,like a Stradivarius violin or a Gibson Les Paul. Then a friend brought over hisnew L-6S and I decided that’s what I wanted. A 1976 Custom, black with ebonyFB. Over the years I collected a Chet Atkins SST, three PRSs, aRobin Savoy Classic, an L5, various acoustics… you get the idea. But my desirefor a Les Paul was always dormant back there. One day I stepped into a shop andsaw this stunning beauty – it turned out to be used, like new, a-and a CustomShop. It was not in its original case and had no papers. So far all I know isthat it dates from 1990. Before long I’ll send more details and ask what anyonecan tell about it. (I was trying to insert a pic here but no luck) - later
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