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Guys..

 

I've always loved me the Goldtop. It's been the guitar I've lusted after for too many years to count, and I'm planning on it being my next purchase. I'm looking for pictures to drool over in the meantime, but I'm having a hard time finding any. I know there are members that have them, but the search on this forum isn't really geared towards finding pics.

 

So, if you have a spare moment, please post your Goldtop pics if you have them!

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Very nice guitars guys! Thanks for the posts!

 

How do you like that R7 Jammer?

 

I like it very much. But that guitar's tone was a little off when I first owned it.

It was the first time I ever played a Les Paul so I didn't know how it was supposed to be setup and played.

It sounded out of tune and flat in some spots. It was pretty bad and I just thought it needed a good setup, so I only played it twice and took all the strings off and stored it in the case until I could find someone to give a fixin up. Well in about 12 months I call Gibson and the Gibson guy told me to a least put strings on it or the neck might warp. So I put strings on it. And I was busy with my life & I had bought a Gibson SG that I played ALL the time. So that R7 sat in its case until one day in 2004. And I don't know what happened to that guitar but it tuned up and sounded awesome. I was completely amazed at how great it became. It took me to a new level of music inspiration. And that level was blues/rock & heavy creamy chunky LP heaven. Today that R7 is better than ever. The tone is awesome. I love the thick neck because my hand don't cramp up like it did on the thin SG neck.

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Excellent pics of the Gibson Goldtops. All of 'em. The Mick' date=' what is it that you're using as a straplock on your goldtop? [/quote']

 

Just a galvanized washer. I take off the strap button and put on the washer than the strap and screw it back on with a little wood glue and a very thin shaved toothpick. The straps stay on until something breaks. I've taken the other off cuz I aint play'n live no more. If you look close you can see how the button is almost worn through the top. It took years though.

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Damn. You know I normally don't care for the looks of uncovered pickups on LP's' date=' but I'm really liking they way they look on the goldtop! Nice specimens.

 

Hey cookieman, be honest, does that Epi get any play time? [/quote']

 

LOL Well I wish I could play all of them more but with a job and a wife its tough to find the time to play all nine. The les paul GT and my epi casino and my 50s classic strat get the most attention.

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Hey cookieman' date=' I'v been interested in gettin a VM but I have'nt actually played one yet. Since I already own a Goldtop, how would you compare the sound of the VM to your Goldtops?

Also, did you remove the pickup covers? or what.[/quote']

The VM is a sweet little player that ya really can't beat for the price. The burstbucker are awesome and really the only issue I had with it were the frets in some places are like daggers. From what I have read though this is a common issue on VMs. Pickup covers? We don't need no stinking pickup covers!!! Thats how the slash models come.

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Guitar Slinger:

 

Very nice. I'm glad you posted that. I was going to ask if there are any all gold models. I had a guitar teacher years back that had a Goldtop that was just beat all to hell.. err.. it was vintage! He would flip it over to use as a table top when he wrote music out for me, and I could have SWORN it was all gold, but I haven't seen any since then.

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Jammer:

 

I Iove your R7' date=' definately looks great. Great story too.[/quote']

Bram: Thanks for the compliments. I tried to keep the story short and to the point. But it really starts off with me sitting at home with a busted right knee from crashing on my dirt bike. I didn't know anything about Les Pauls but I had been messing around playing cheap used guitars for a while and I thought it was time I quit messing around and get serious. I knew Gibson made good guitars and I liked the look of quality. I didn"t know anyone with an LP and back then there wasn't a Gibson forum.

I decided on a 57 goldtop because i wanted the humbucker PU's and (as stupid as it sounds) that's the year I was born. I didn't know there was a Custom Shop. Gibson didn't give out COA's back in 1998. I remember the Gibson catalog said it was a reissue, I understood what that meant but I did not understand the importance of it. I didn't know I had an R7. Talk about dumb luck.

 

On a different note, I can't tell you all how much I enjoy being to this forum. I'v been here for almost a year now and everyone's been great. Life's an unkown back-road with up's & down's & curves thrown in to keep you awake. This forum has been all up's for me.

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