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Right now it's still on a truck.  Hopefully, somebody's not removing the contents of the box and then taping it shut.

All the new ones have the studs threaded into a metal bushing which upsets some people but not me.

 

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15 hours ago, SteveFord said:

Right now it's still on a truck.  Hopefully, somebody's not removing the contents of the box and then taping it shut.

All the new ones have the studs threaded into a metal bushing which upsets some people but not me.

 

 

I wouldn't be upset either.... They ABR1 looks so much better than the harmonica looking Nashville bridge 

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2 hours ago, SteveFord said:

ICONIC looking brown case warming up at the moment.  

Weighs a ton, it's either full of slate patio stones or a Les Paul.

I think you were bad this year and its coal. Although I worked for Norfolk Southern at their coal pier in Norfolk and coal is not as heavy as it looks.

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I'm sure that no one would disagree that there are few more ICONIC sights in musical instruments than the Les Paul output jack.

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All kidding aside, the back is 2 piece but the seam isn't where I thought it was and I don't think this neck could warp as it's a Louisville Slugger type.  If you have small hands, go for the 60s Standards.  This thing is YUGE from stem to stern.  Doubles as a war club, that type of neck.

Even unplugged, LOTS of volume, it just rings.

The fret board was dry as my granny (as someone here once said) and it lost the real attractive striping once it was oiled up.  Maybe that's why they left it that way.

The wood grain is much nicer than I thought it would be but it's nothing jaw dropping.  I'll give a better write up and some pics once my strings show up and I've got it all set up.  Everything works and no flaws that jumped out at me.  

It was made just a few weeks ago (9/30/2020) and the seller swiped the little Swiss Army Knife tool.  

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The wife monster is away so I've got to spend some time with this one.

The neck is a monster which would not feel out of place on an acoustic guitar.  Picture a slightly fatter Lucille neck on a short body and add lower frets and that's this one.  If you have small hands you do not want a 50s style Standard.  There is a LOT of neck on it from stem to stern.  They could have removed a millimeter or two and been fine, especially up by the nut but that's just my opinion.

Because it's such a big honkin' neck neck stability is really good.  I use 11s so therer is always some futzing around and I open up the nut slots on the top strings.  Tuning stability is excellent,

Fit and finish are impeccable and it's not as heavy as I was afraid it would be.  If you turn the bridge upside down be prepared for a saddle to drop out - surprise!  You can get the action really low with no buzzing so I think Gibson still owns their PLEK machines.  The rosewood has a silky feel to it and the back of the neck  starts to feel a little sticky after prolonged playing but I think that will go away after a bit.  I don't anticipate it being one of those sticky forever necks that you occasionally encounter.

With Les Pauls I'm always going they're short, they're heavy, upper fret access isn't all it could be, I dunno they're okay and then I plug it in and oh yeah, that's why I like them!  This one is no exception.  Probably not the choice for a heavy metal guitarist but you can get some snarl out of them with a little pick up height adjustment and the clean tone is really good.  

The neck is the make or break thing for the 50s models.  While I believe it adds to that ICONIC TONE, you'll never forget just how much girth it has.  Play it long enough and everything else feels kind of insubstantial.

Pictures really don't capture all of the things going on in the wood grain with the stripes and vertical lines and I think it'll improve with age.  Unlike the owner, I'm afraid.

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Hope this mini review provides some insight into this model.

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