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Old 12-02-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Well, after diving head-first into the Historic world almost seven years ago, I finally decided to see what all this vintage love was all about. Now, having purchased three vintage Les Pauls over the past four months, I think Iím finally starting to ďget itĒ. Two of my three recent acquisitions are shown below.

This í56 I picked up at the Philly show a couple of weeks ago, at a very reasonable price. And for those of you who may have been at the show, no itís probably not the one youíre thinking ofÖitís not the one with the center seam, and a wax finish on the top, at an asking price in the mid $30Ks. The one I got was a walk-in that was seen by only a handful of people, including (fortunately) me. It made it as far as the first booth in the show, before being spotted by my buddy Fred (59gibson), who knew I was looking for something like thisÖthanks Fred!

The guitar appears to be in great shape, with some relatively minor issues here and there, and absolutely no breaks at all. It had been completely stripped of all its finish at one time, and its parts appear to be mostly original, including the nice Lifton case. Itís got a mildly flamed, three-piece top with a lot of character, thatís reasonably well matched.

Itís a great playing/feeling/sounding guitar, that I think Iíll just enjoy as-is for now, until I decide what to do with it.

Hereís that 54 year old naked beauty for your viewing pleasure, along with a couple of pics of one of my other recent acquisitions, a stripped í59 DC Junior (with a light coating of clear), that I plan on refinishing myself some day:






















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Old 12-02-2010, 03:51 PM   #2
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Hi Frank
Congratulation
Great score!!!
.....and welcome to the vinatge world! Do you wanna refin it or burst it ??


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Old 12-02-2010, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

That '56 is very sweet with loads of potential.... it's asking for something to be done to it I'm just not sure what... . I love the top carve on it.... very nice! The pole pieces on the bridge look like they're ready to pop out... .

I'm diggin' the Jr as well.

Nice finds.... !
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

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That '56 is very sweet with loads of potential.... it's asking for something to be done to it I'm just not sure what...
I know what it needs - it needs playing! What a nice find, just the sort of thing a player needs to jump on when it turns up.

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Old 12-02-2010, 04:21 PM   #5
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Get DJ to restore the goldtop and headstock and you've got a perfect '56! I'm SOOOOOOOO jealous! (of the '59 Junior too!)
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:30 PM   #6
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Hey Frank,

You're welcome

I'm glad you were able to close the deal and that the guitar arrived safe & sound. Your pics look GREAT. It really is a very cool one and like I said " If I didn't have other projects in the works, it would have come home with me."

Luckily, being at the first booth I spotted the case as soon as it walked in. My partner Dave knew the the guy and he came right over to us. I knew you were looking for a guitar like that and asked the guy to wait in the booth while I brought you over. I think you made a great score. The toughest part will be to decide what to do with it.

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Old 12-02-2010, 05:08 PM   #7
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Both are fantastic!
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:08 PM   #8
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Congrats!! Two really nice guitars.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:14 PM   #9
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Hey Frank! I saw you looking it over at the show and you told me later you got it, but i didnt get to see it that close WOW congrats man. What are you thinking? Restoring the goldtop, burst, or stay naked? I'd vote goldtop. Whatever way its awesome, enjoy.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:15 PM   #10
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Oh and killer junior as well!
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:24 PM   #11
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Congratulations Frank. That 56 is just killer.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:41 PM   #12
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Superb score Frank
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Awesome guitar there! Nice Jr also.
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Old 12-02-2010, 07:40 PM   #14
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Awesome! It is PERFECT as it is. Please, don't do anything to it, except for setting it up, minor repairs, etc. Make it sing, man!
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

never seen a gal that old that looks that good with nothing on!
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Nice score Frank! Congratulations!!!
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Awesome!

I'd be torn between naked and goldtop, but think I'd probably go for the latter if it were mine. After all, the finish can always be stripped off again if you want.

It also has the nicest back I think I've ever seen on a vintage. Beautiful, dude!
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:26 PM   #18
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

Thanks for all the nice comments, guys! I'm really torn on this one. I've never been a big goldtop fan, so I was originally looking for a beat up '50s guitar with which I could do a '59 conversion, and not feel at all guilty. Then this thing comes along...in beautiful condition. It would be an easy goldtop restoration candidate, but I hate the thought of hiding that beautiful top. And I think it would be just as awesome with a nice faded burst, or naked, as-is. So for now, I think I'll just leave it naked, and enjoy it for what it is. Thanks again!


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Burst it. That flame is beautiful.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:59 PM   #20
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monster score.


If it was mine I would regold it,especially if you have provenance on the s/n.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:21 PM   #21
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I agree. That guitar is a Gold Top a heart. And a fantastic one at that!
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:46 PM   #22
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There both awsome, congrats!
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Nice score! i think it hilarious that i did exactly the opposite, bought a ton of player grade vintage, then fell for the flametop re issues because that was the one vintage i always wanted and never got! nice piece though, the player grade vintage stuff is starting to come out now price dropped on all the really high dollar stuff!
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

There was a time when I would've said 'route it,' but I'd say keep it as is with the P90s. As for finish, don't cover that up! Great top. What's with the bridge P90 polepieces, though? They seem a little high. I've never noticed that about '56 guards either, with the bridge position being a straight angled humbucker cut instead of a P90 rounded edge.
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Awesome acquisitions, Frank. Enjoy them
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Nice grab Frank, this I guess was the one you told me about at the Philly show.

Go goldtop IMO.


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Fantastic! Congrats, Frank!
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Re: 54 Year-Old Naked Beauty (with friend)

I almost think I'd leave it as it is but then I'd always be wanting to see it back to how it was originally.

Decisions...decisions!

Great couple of finds.
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Congratulations.Every time I dip into the Vintage section,I'm left thinking what can I sell to get a vintage Gibson.
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