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Old 10-18-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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Let's See Your Vintage Black Beauties

Always loved the way 50's Black Beauties sound - fat, warm and sweet! Here's my clean '56 LPC. Lightweight, about 8.5 lbs.







Now, let's see yours!
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:17 AM   #2
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Always loved the way 50's Black Beauties sound - fat, warm and sweet! Here's my clean '56 LPC. Lightweight, about 8.5 lbs.



Now, let's see yours!
Nice looking guitar! That is very light for one of these, congrats!
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:44 AM   #3
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wow Alex, I am so happy you scored it!

how do you find her?

here's my '56...round 9.2lbs


It was a good year
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this count?

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Old 10-18-2013, 04:07 AM   #5
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Re: Let's See Your Vintage Black Beauties

1957



Here with some old friends ( 1957 Jun & 1952 Standard )

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Old 10-18-2013, 11:20 AM   #6
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this count?
Where you ever able to buy this one back?
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:00 PM   #7
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Where you ever able to buy this one back?
Sadly no.

Hopefully one day...but I gotta go through college then pay it off before I can think about buying it back
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:32 AM   #8
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Re: Let's See Your Vintage Black Beauties

1958 original 3 pickup with changed tuners and one change control knob. Killer player with a 59 neck profile and original big frets. 9.5lbs dead on, later period case. The sad part is that I sold it yesterday. The good part is that it has gone to a nice guy who is a great player and a real vintage connoisseur.



















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Old 10-19-2013, 06:40 AM   #9
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Love 'em!
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #10
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1958 original 3 pickup with changed tuners and one change control knob. Killer player with a 59 neck profile and original big frets. 9.5lbs dead on, later period case. The sad part is that I sold it yesterday. The good part is that it has gone to a nice guy who is a great player and a real vintage connoisseur.
Believe me dude, I know how it feels to sell one of these
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #11
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:00 PM   #12
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You sold it.
That's got to hurt.
My 69.I got it to replace the 71 GT I let go and missed.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:13 AM   #13
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a couple more pics of mine



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Old 10-20-2013, 09:14 AM   #14
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Re: Let's See Your Vintage Black Beauties

Lovely stuff!

Here's a couple of mine:

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Early '68



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Old 10-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #15
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Lovely stuff!

Here's a couple of mine:

1958


I love this '58...wonderful looking guitar!
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:50 AM   #16
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Thanks man! It weighs sub 8.5lb and has a genuinely huge neck so is a pretty remarkable example. I had a '54 LPC PAF conversion too which I'll dig out pics of..
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #17
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Re: Let's See Your Vintage Black Beauties

My '57 Alnico - it's the best playing guitar I've ever owned. I'm thinking about having another guitar's neck shaved to match this one. It's perfect. Weighs between 9.5 & 10. Came with some Cornell Dubilier caps, which were OK. Replaced them with some vintage bees, and it really helped in dialing in tone. A PO blocked the bridge pickup, but I think it's a bit high. I need to bring it down a little to balance them out. Great guitar. So far, it's the one that's going in the coffin with me..!




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My '57 Alnico - it's the best playing guitar I've ever owned. I'm thinking about having another guitar's neck shaved to match this one. It's perfect. Weighs between 9.5 & 10. Came with some Cornell Dubilier caps, which were OK. Replaced them with some vintage bees, and it really helped in dialing in tone. A PO blocked the bridge pickup, but I think it's a bit high. I need to bring it down a little to balance them out. Great guitar. So far, it's the one that's going in the coffin with me..!
Beautiful guitar. Just curious about the neck profile as you mentioned you're considering having another guitar's neck shaved to match this one. Are custom necks comparable to standards of the same year or are they slimmer?
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:15 PM   #19
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Here's '55/'59 PAF conversion- again lightweight, with a wonderful soft V profile neck and super fat, ringing midrange- very cool!
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Beautiful guitar. Just curious about the neck profile as you mentioned you're considering having another guitar's neck shaved to match this one. Are custom necks comparable to standards of the same year or are they slimmer?
It's big but not fat. Not as big as my '54 goldtop, for certain. Probably closer to '58 or '59 Standards. I've not played a lot of '50's Customs, so I don't have much of a frame of reference for comparison. I do know it fits like a glove on me...
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It's big but not fat. Not as big as my '54 goldtop, for certain. Probably closer to '58 or '59 Standards. I've not played a lot of '50's Customs, so I don't have much of a frame of reference for comparison. I do know it fits like a glove on me...
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:45 PM   #22
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The neck on the '58 is huge and very much 'D' shaped, really a surprisingly big neck but for some reason isn't cumbersome. I have an early '60 LP Jnr were the neck is just brutally big and is a tough for me to get used to, but not so with the Customs..killer guitars!
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Most so far are from London(including mine)' UK and Europe.
I expected a lot more from the USA.
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Re: Let's See Your Vintage Black Beauties

Some lovely Customs in this thread!

My 1956 - another one from London. Had this for 30 years now. Got it when I was 12 years old. Gigged it a lot in my teens and twenties.

Nothing beats the sound of that front Alnico pickup in these mahogany beauties...



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some nice gits here...makes me want to go back out and find another one...
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Some lovely Customs in this thread!

My 1956 - another one from London. Had this for 30 years now. Got it when I was 12 years old. Gigged it a lot in my teens and twenties.

Nothing beats the sound of that front Alnico pickup in these mahogany beauties...
Oh you are a VERY lucky man.
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Beautiful guitars! we could have a pretty serious London LP Custom-off if we ever got round to arranging it :-)
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If we did, it would have to be a black tie tux do, with nothing to drink except Guinness and black coffee

There would certainly be no 'flame envy' or big dick swingin' 'burst affliction going on. Sounds like it could be a good idea!
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I'd be up for that!

(and Guinness is my drink of choice usually!)
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If we did, it would have to be a black tie tux do, with nothing to drink except Guinness and black coffee
There is always Gaelic Coffee. Black coffee with a shot of whiskey in it topped with very thick cream...

Enjoying this thread. Own a 1985 MIJ sunburst but always loved Black Beauties...so admiring from the sidelines!
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