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There's one thing that I meant to add but I neglected to: there's a new signature Les Paul out from somebody I've never heard of (imagine that) and he was saying that it takes a good seven years for a guitar to really come into it's own.

 

I may not know who he is but I agree with that statement. I'm not quite sure what happens over time but the guitars do seem to change and go from being "a guitar" to "wow, that's really quite something". This Special is still only a few years old but I expect it to improve with age.

 

On the other hand, I think I was in better shape seven years ago...

 

 

 

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I just picked up my first "Special" last Saturday. She is a 2002 shown here sitting along side of my "3/4 stack" bedroom amp... Les and Carvin, what a team...

 

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Here's my 1992 Les Paul Special, which I purchased new at Victor Litz Music in Gaithersburg, MD-I think it was on sale for $499 w/gig bag! Nobody wanted that ugly TV Yellow-ish finish! It has been one of my main weapons in the DC area bar-band wars ever since! I replaced the P100s with a SD Antiquity in the neck, and a Rio Grande BluesBar in the bridge. They both came (used) with creme covers, i left them on there for that Freddie King vibe. This era of Gibson (late 80's to mid-90's)was a second Golden Era IMHO.

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Here's my 1992 Les Paul Special...I think it was on sale for $499 w/gig bag! Nobody wanted that ugly TV Yellow-ish finish! ...replaced the P100s with a SD Antiquity in the neck, and a Rio Grande BluesBar in the bridge. They both came (used) with creme covers...This era of Gibson (late 80's to mid-90's)was a second Golden Era IMHO.

 

Hey, twintwelve, you have one of the nicest LPSpecials I've seen, TV yellow with creme pups! Gotta go change my pants [wink]

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Here she is......

 

 

2001 LP Special in natural mahogany.....

 

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Just got home and loving it all ready!

 

NHTom

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OK, these things are totally addicting!!!

 

Went to the shop today to put some more cash on the Sonex I've got on layaway and they have a Special in that dark wine red with two humbuckers and the flat LP style pickguard.............NOT FAIR!

 

Looked at an early 80's LP Custom, a 2011 Standard, and then came around that corner and saw that Special hanging there.......now granted, it was much cheaper than the others, but still Beautiful!!!!

 

I hate to say it as my GAS is totally out of control, but if it's still there in a couple weeks when I pick up the sonex, it will be my next one on layaway......lol.

 

NHTom

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Just got myself a 2012 Les Paul Junior Special online used at GC. The website didn't have a really clear pic of the actual guitar. The price was just too good to pass up. When it arrived, I was surprised that it didn't have neck binding. I was under the impression that all 2012s had neck binding. Don't get me wrong, I am happy with the one I have. I'm just curious why mine didn't come with the binding. Opinions or thoughts?

I will post pics as soon as I can. Thanks!

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Ok,

 

Latest addition........

 

2012 Gibson Les Paul Special Pro....

 

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These were a GC only model. 490R neck HB3 in the bridge, both with coil split. 60's Neck Mahogany with gloss nitro.

Very light.

 

NHTom

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My entry into the club... a '98 special with humbuckers...

 

Are there any webpages dedicated to this model, or is this it? There is plenty out there on the P90 versions with pick guards and single and double cuts, but not a whole lot on this beautiful beast...

 

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Here's my 1998 Les Paul Special. A woodworking buddy helped me cut the tort truss rod cover and more graceful Junior-style pickguard.

 

Cheers,

 

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Sharp

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Here's my 1998 Les Paul Special. A woodworking buddy helped me cut the tort truss rod cover and more graceful Junior-style pickguard.

 

Cheers,

 

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Very nice

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My entry into the club... a '98 special with humbuckers...

 

Are there any webpages dedicated to this model, or is this it? There is plenty out there on the P90 versions with pick guards and single and double cuts, but not a whole lot on this beautiful beast...

 

MyGibsonLesPaulSpecial1998Humbuckers04_zps9d43f087.jpg

 

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What a beatiful black Special! That is great.

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My entry into the club... a '98 special with humbuckers...

 

Are there any webpages dedicated to this model, or is this it? There is plenty out there on the P90 versions with pick guards and single and double cuts, but not a whole lot on this beautiful beast...

 

MyGibsonLesPaulSpecial1998Humbuckers04_zps9d43f087.jpg

 

MyGibsonLesPaulSpecial1998Humbuckers05_zps35997d73.jpg

 

MyGibsonLesPaulSpecial1998Humbuckers02_zps5fc7a239.jpg

 

What a beatiful black Special! That is great.

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Thanks Jac. I thought of getting a studio or special until I could afford a standard, as I'm not a multiple guitar person. But I love this one so much she's a keeper. Sounds fantastic unplugged...

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I bought an LPJ, and I was all excited about joining the Junior Club. Apparently I don't qualify. Since I have a carved Maple top and two pickups I don't have a real Junior, so now I have to buy another REAL Junior instead of an LPJ. In the mean time, can I please join the Special Club? It really sucks if I can't. I'm starting to think that I have to go to Misfit Island.9302D5D9-D88E-4AEC-948F-DCDBEA6F75D9.jpg

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I bought an LPJ, and I was all excited about joining the Junior Club. Apparently I don't qualify. Since I have a carved Maple top and two pickups I don't have a real Junior, so now I have to buy another REAL Junior instead of an LPJ. In the mean time, can I please join the Special Club? It really sucks if I can't. I'm starting to think that I have to go to Misfit Island.

 

Hi Ajay, there's a thread pinned on at the top this forum with links to all the various LP clubs.

Good news is that whilst your LPJ is not really like a special (P90's, flat top) I reckon it is discontinued and I see there is a specific club for discontinued models - if so you can certainly avoid Misfit Island!

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Thank God. I've been acoustic only for so long, I thought I would have to have my own "Weird Les Pauls Club". I may have to start one yet!

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Hi-

Just picked up this one...a Les Paul Junior Special P90 tobacco gloss (hope it qualifies). Sun came out today, so I got some better pics.

 

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-Cal

 

Sharp guitar you got here mud guy

 

 

 

4H

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Here she is......

 

 

2001 LP Special in natural mahogany.....

 

Marge3_zps118b9e25.jpg

 

Marge4_zps169dcba9.jpg

 

Just got home and loving it all ready!

 

NHTom

 

 

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Ok,

 

Latest addition........

 

2012 Gibson Les Paul Special Pro....

 

2012GibsonLesPaulSpecialPro_zps10f6217c.jpg

 

These were a GC only model. 490R neck HB3 in the bridge, both with coil split. 60's Neck Mahogany with gloss nitro.

Very light.

 

NHTom

The Brown Special needs a football shaped aluminum Toggle Switch Washer and an aluminum Pickguard and You have Bob Marley's guitar. They are beautiful, simplistic works of guitar art. I want 3 of every color. GAS is creeping up on me. I've made three guitar trades in the last month. My wife doesn't understand that I'm not adding to my collection, I'm simply rearranging it. I tried to tell her that true GAS means that You add numbers of guitars to Your collection, She's not understanding the rearrange thing. I told her, if You could trade shoes without losing money on them, that would be rearranging. If You go out and buy five pairs of shoes, that would be SAS. I think she understands it a bit better now. (I think!)

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I have to join THIS club! All of these beautiful unsung heroes deserve a special place in the hearts of true Gibson lovers. The simplistic beauty of these guitars makes them unmatched by anything other than the guitars that Les wanted to put into the hands of mechanics, factory workers, and college kids. I have more fun looking at these beauties than all of the super flame tops out there. It's true that the fancy Gibsons are awesome works of art, but only the faded 58's, 59's, and 60's grab me as these Juniors and Specials do. This is really a great thread. The axes on display here are workhorses, and a guitar that is a musician's tool is a worthy part of Gibson lore. It's funny, but I don't think that I've seen any Chibsons with simple lines and flat tops. I wonder why?

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