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Unread 08-07-2010, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Re: The Les Paul Prototype

So the original had a florentine huh... no wonder I always liked those
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Re: The Les Paul Prototype

that looks badass.
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lol @ the jack plate switch ring. awesome maple and top carve.
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You know this is a much more playable design than the first production model. I am curious as to what the decision process was that brought them from this to the completely unplayable wrap-under bridge design.
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with a maple top like that, you gotta wonder WHO THE HELL wanted it painted gold? ...................
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Re: The Les Paul Prototype

I don't know if it's this one or another one, but there is a shot of a prototype that Les actually owned and had modified WAY beyond recognition, right down to a Norlin Clownburst refin. I THINK it was a different guitar. He'd chiseled a recces to fit a Bigsby into the top.

If I recall, this one had been restored after having been modified as well.
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You know this is a much more playable design than the first production model. I am curious as to what the decision process was that brought them from this to the completely unplayable wrap-under bridge design.
This guitar has dot fret markers. I believe this guitar was heavily modified from its original bridge configuration.
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You know this is a much more playable design than the first production model. I am curious as to what the decision process was that brought them from this to the completely unplayable wrap-under bridge design.
les paul designed the tailpiece, gibson got the neck angle wrong. he hated it and complained, thus the wrapover desinged by ted mccarty.

the tribute les pauls have the corrected neck angle and the trapeze as Les intended.
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with a maple top like that, you gotta wonder WHO THE HELL wanted it painted gold? ...................
. . . that woulda been Les.
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les paul designed the tailpiece, gibson got the neck angle wrong. he hated it and complained, thus the wrapover desinged by ted mccarty.

the tribute les pauls have the corrected neck angle and the trapeze as Les intended.
Yup--and they look kind of cool.
But the prototype makes more sense--at least until the TOM
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Re: The Les Paul Prototype

That's an awesome guitar, even with the industrial switchplate.
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I believe he installed dogeared covers to hide the humbucker routes that were made during its defacing.
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I don't know if it's this one or another one, but there is a shot of a prototype that Les actually owned and had modified WAY beyond recognition, right down to a Norlin Clownburst refin. I THINK it was a different guitar. He'd chiseled a recces to fit a Bigsby into the top.

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Re: The Les Paul Prototype

Les Paul and Mary Ford playing what also appears to be prototypes

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Les Paul with a few prototypes

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Wow....much coolness....LOVE those kinda old pics....thanx for sharing!!
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All with playable bridges! What made Gibson do the underwrap bridge?
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Re: The Les Paul Prototype

The trapeze was a mistaken design that took more than a year to correct. All the guitars in the photo with Lester were special orders custom made for him to his design.
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with a maple top like that, you gotta wonder WHO THE HELL wanted it painted gold? ...................
Ddn't they paint it gold to HIDE the fact that it had a maple top at all? I recall hearing that somewhere... Paul Reed Smith interviews perhaps?
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Ddn't they paint it gold to HIDE the fact that it had a maple top at all? I recall hearing that somewhere... Paul Reed Smith interviews perhaps?
I believe this to be true as well. I think it was in fact Paul who mentioned this, maybe after hearing from Ted?
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Re: The Les Paul Prototype

The first prototype shown to Lester had a Gibson finish which looked like a light tan sunburst that I believe was called Cremola, and Lester asked if they would finish them like ES models in gold to look better with formal wear. I believe the guitar in the first photo of this thread was originally the tan color before being converted to the modern features, like altering the heal that was covered by the body extended over it.
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Les Paul and Mary Ford playing what also appears to be prototypes

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This photo shows Lester playing a custom made GT that has a bound neck, while Mary is playing an unbound neck model and both have a none Gibson neck pup, and custom drilled caps with short tailpieces and bridges. This frame doesn't show enough of Lester's guitar to see it more closely matches the guitar in post #19 with the photo of him sitting in front of a brick wall with 3 custom GT's hanging on it. I don't believe any bound neck models were produced before the unbounds.
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cool thread. I don't know what it is, but I love those odd LPs....
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their were a few protos
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Great photos, guys!
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Wow, so the Les Paul design was finalized, and his contract secured right in my back yard, amazing! Go Stroudsburg!
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