1974 '55 RI Les Paul Special

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  1. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    I took a chance on this from the GC used website. From the description it's missing the switch tip and the bridge goof ring, but it has the OHSC. Has a couple of small holes in the top from what appears to be a since removed vibrato installation. Maestro maybe? I'm hoping it doesn't have a bunch of extra holes around the rear strap pin as well.

    I'm having it shipped to my local GC. If it's a player it will be going home with me. The price was right, but if it's not in good player shape GC can hold onto it. Been watching for one of these for some time. I hope it's a keeper. If so, it will be getting an aged Mojoaxe CWT and I'll see about having a new goof ring made for it. I wonder if Dan makes those too?

    These are all the pics they had on the listing.

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  2. Donal

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    Nice find, love it :thumb:

    Congrats and HNGD :applause:
     
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    This guitar model has really had a current vogue - for the last few months. HCT was talking about one a short while back, and I'm positive there was another thread too just recently.

    Hope its arrived and that it plays well. These guitars can be real killers.
     
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  4. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    Thanks. it should be here later this week.
     
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    Great guitar. Nice find!
     
  6. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    Guitar was delivered to GC today but I couldn't get over there to peep it. Lunchtime tomorrow I'll go lay hands on it and hopefully be bringing it home with me.
     
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    stilwel Senior Member

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    UPDATE: This guitar followed me home today.

    Frets are generally in good shape, though there are a couple of 2nd fret divots (typical). Looks like there was a Roland GK synth pickup installed at one point, which is unfortunate, but no big deal...just a few extra holes. There is a surprising amount of checking on the body...looks killer. Neck shape is actually a bit thicker than I was expecting, which is a good thing. Needs a fresh set of strings, a setup and a deep cleaning and it will be a fully operation battle station.

    Does anyone know of a source for a bridge pickup goof hider ring? Or should I just take off the neck ring too? :)

    Time to order an aged Mojoaxe CWT bridge and possibly a set of black top hats to replace the oh-so-70's speed knobs. I think I have a switch tip in my box o'parts at home.
     
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    Speed knobs are actually a 50's thing. Also, they look good on LP's.
     
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  9. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    Setup with a fresh set of 11-49's, a quick truss rod adjustment, dropped the bridge down for better action, a bit of scrubbing and this little lady looks and plays really nice now. It even stays in tune and, surprisingly, isn't intonated half bad given the bridge.

    The finish has lots of checking which wasn't obvious from the original photos, nor this one. The OHSC is pretty rough, and smelly, but does the job. Smells like it was in a damp basement. Musty/ mildewy. Ick.

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    It even came with case candy, though I'd rather that they previous owner had kept the bridge goof ring instead.
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    Control cavity looks all original.
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    Looks like it was dropped at some point and the jack plate isn't original.
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    Original Gibson Deluxe tuners
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    Abandoned mounting holes for a Roland synth pickup (shameful) and the long-gone goof hider holes.
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    Lots of checking like this all over the face.
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    Smelly OG case
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    My Norlins (with '75 LPC)
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    Very cool! Have you cranked 'er up and played "Mississipi Queen" yet?
     
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    stilwel Senior Member

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    Yes, I have cranked her up, but "Mississippi Queen" isn't really my scene.
    I did, however, play "Wildflower" and "Love Removal Machine" by The Cult.

    She's playing really nice now after the setup. Really pleased with this purchase.
     
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    The Three Amigos.

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    Lovely looking :) - if it were mine i'd get that switch tip, remove the surviving goof hider (unless there is something horrible underneath it) and just live with the holes and leave it at that.

    I just like he simplicity and clean look of P-90's screwed to the wood without surrounding shenanigans.
     
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    I put a black switch tip on it last night.
    Still debating the rings...
     
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    jojo Senior Member

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    Cool guitar
     
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    Slick Senior Member

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    That's fab, I love it :thumb:
     
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    Awesome - congrats on your Norlin NGD!
     
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    I'm making progress on removing the stank from the case. Clorox bleach wipes for the exterior and Febreeze fabric spray for the interior. Not completely done but much better than on Friday.
     
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    Try baking soda. You can even sprinkle the stuff in the case and let it sit, then vacuum it out. This works most of the time.
     
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    stilwel Senior Member

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    I'm in negotiations with Dan at Mojoaxe for an aged CWT and some aged bridge studs.

    Does anyone know if these guitars have 1" vintage spec stud threads or modern 7/8" length?
     

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