My Les Paul Forum

Les Paul Guitar Forum. Gibson and Epiphone

I'm in Canada and this is a US only model. Zzounds had them new for $1169 and blems for $999. I asked what was considered a blem. They said cosmetic only. Anything into the finish is considered "scratch & dent" and is discounted more heavily. I ordered a blem.

Being in Canada, I had it shipped to the UPS Store just over the border about an hour away. I drove down today to pick it up and the the box was pretty beat up. It turns out it was double boxed with the Gibson box inside this one...

After opening the inner Gibson box, I noticed the bottom of the case was a bit "puckered out" right at the very bottom.
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The guitar was perfect except for a finish crack at the neck joint on the treble side (bass side is fine).
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Wow. I like him, and his music, but seriously Gibson. LOL. Even I will admit this is a bit of a stretch.

"Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has been named Global Brand Ambassador for Gibson, the company announced on Aug. 15. He is the first to receive the designation in the guitar maker’s 100-plus year history.

As part of the new role, Slash will develop new products for the Gibson Custom, Gibson, and Epiphone lines. The musician has been aligned with the company for the last three decades."
The back of my R9's neck can get gritty/sticky a bit and I heard that polishing it will get rid of that. I had cleaned it and used some polish, but it always came back and still had that soft, waxy feel to it. Well I got me some Gibson Luthier's Choice Hi-Gloss Polish in a bundle on sale, so I thought I'd give'r a shot. WOW! It removed all the "gunk" and brought it to a nice, smooth, hard shine. Two weeks on and no grit or stickiness. But if it ever does, it's getting another buff with the stuff.
I was told some weird info yesterday by a well respected figure who works for Sam Ash corporate. We were talking about recent changes at Gibson, Henery's insanity, failure to note their customer base's preferences, etc.

I brought up 2015 and specifically the neck & lower fret wire. I said Gibson knows damn well what we want. We want LPs that are based on 58-60' full stop. Make long tenons standard. Use nice pots, switches, & wiring, no mother of toilet seat, bone or other good nut material, good hardware. He whispered sadly "Just wait till the 2018s".
Hello guys,

I wanted to share with you guys my journey with a special guitar from the fifties.

I propose that I go by part to let you guys make comments and so that we can all have a discussion here about her.

First about the guitar I found, a 52 Les Paul from the very first, with no binding ... story as described by the previous owner:

"This is as I found the guitar.

It has been modified to accept humbuckers. As far as I can tell, and according to what Tom observed, the neck has not been reset. The original finish has been stripped and a clear coat was it's replacement. It had the stopbar/tailpiece retrofit onto it, as it had that long single piece wraparound style bridge. The end hole where the original bridge connected on the side of the body has been filled - but it looks to have been done in the mid-late 60s, and the filler they used has depressed slightly. At some point, it had the typical Gibson headstock break - it was a clean break and was repaired so all that is left is a very faint line. Cannot be felt to the touch. The electronics were a hodgepodge and have been swapped out/replaced over the years. The pickups do not work and are not the PAFs. Tom said they were probably some sort of hum knockoff from the late 60s/early 70s. Tuning machines were from the 70s. There are a few pieces of original accessories, including the factory electronics cavity covers, 2 knobs, and a couple of pots. I would assume everything else to be replacements, although the pick guard may be original. It still has original frets, original inlays, and original peghead overlay, as you can see from the photo I sent last night.

I will however, include everything with the guitar that was on the guitar when I got it.

As for the story behind this piece - it's fairly unromantic. A friend of mine, her father is a guitar player, and has been for many many years. She mentioned that he had a Les Paul for a very long time which her dad considered...
Kirk Hammett busted out a very familiar guitar last night in San Diego. He used it on Fade To Black and Nothing Else Matters (if I recall correctly, I was pretty fired up). Looks like he hasn't blasphemed it with the ubiquitous EMG pickups, thank goodness.
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Seems like these are going out soon. Anyone has any information so far? Just saw a few photos from the Facebook page.

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One of my long term goals is to acquire a Jimmy Page reissue. However, it seems like there's been several reissues by Gibson and some appear to be more authentic than others. It seems like a big subject and I am looking to the expertise of this board to educate me.
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Why yes, yes they do.
A friend of mine recently learned a hard lesson. I thought most folks knew that any kind of bug spray or lotion with Deet in it will just eat right though a lacquer finish. He now has an almost new Martin D-18 with some pretty bad damage.