My Les Paul Forum

Les Paul Guitar Forum. Gibson and Epiphone

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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.
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So what we have here is a 76 LPC in a limited run Black/Chrome in stead of the more common black/gold. I have all the case candy, manual, registration card. Only owner was John Leland, bass player for Ike and Tina Turner band. They got a tour of the Kalamazoo factory in 76 and he purchased a Thunderbird bass and this guitar.

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I'm without a doubt a high gain guy. The more gain and more effects and stuff I can play around with, the better! However, I've been gravitating towards my acoustics a lot more lately.
I just bought a new Gibson Les Paul Voodoo, and everything about it looks legit. The pots and pickups clearly say Gibson, the printed circuitboard says Gibson, and it came with the warranty papers and Gibson inspection card. But I noticed there is no "2017" or "2017 Model" stamped into the back of the headstock like most of my other Gibsons.
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I grabbed this Melody Maker Explorer from the forum classifieds last month. I still find it hard to believe that I paid only $275 for this guitar including the soft case. I received the guitar in stock condition which is a pretty basic feature-wise. This guitar is just begging to be modded, and considering the price paid I figured its a no-brainer.

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I've been wanting an R8 and have run across 3 that I like about equally (can't play them before buying). The 97 has 57 Classics, newer ones Custom Buckers. I want a real workhorse, one that I can gig the hell out of and that will take any abuse I give it. Do you have an opinion on which year I might lean?
A year ago I built my Burst Replica. Guitar turned out to be a great player. In my eyes it's perfect but there are imperfections. Don't forgot a 23 year old kid built this inside a garage. Here are the details...
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There's a purple flame LP on fleabay... gotta say I've NEVER seen a Gibson with this kinda inlay, and the binding looks weird, and the headstock doesn't look right. But I'm no expert, figured I'd ask you guys are ARE experts.
So a combination of opportunity, impulsiveness and just a bit of odd timing will result in the acquisition of 3 new Les Pauls over the next few weeks/months. How will I be able to play and enjoy all of these?? I will now have 4 LPs.

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