1974 '55 RI Les Paul Special

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  1. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    I would doubt if very many people would know this offhand. If in doubt go for the shorter length.....or loosen the strings pull the bridge and unscrew.
     
  2. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    I pulled the bridge last night. The studs are 7/8" in case anyone is curious.
     
  3. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    This guitar is killer. Really loving it.

    I removed the old bridge yesterday and gave the fretboard a good drink with some Howard Feed-N-Wax. Looks great now. It really darkened the Rosewood.

    I installed the new Mojoaxe CWT. Unfortunately they sent me the 1" studs, which as I suspected, are too long. So I'm using the originals for now.
     
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    Fantastic looking guitar.... are you sure you cannot find it in you to play Mississippi Queen... The guitar will thank you for it :)
     
  5. stilwel

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    This stuff is magic on rosewood:
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  6. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    I received my Mojoaxe 7/8" aged studs today. Perfect fit. Slammed them all the way down and backed out until the action was right. Intonates perfectly and looks like it belongs there. This guitar is done.

    I can't recommend the Mojoaxe wraptail enough. Totally worth the money. I have them on both of my vintage Specials.
     
  7. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    '59 LP Special - Mojoaxe CWT Bridge with original studs
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    '74 LP Special - Mojoaxe CWT Bridge with Mojoaxe studs
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  8. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    The cherry on top...

    Got a set of Creamtone aged black Top Hats yesterday.

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    that is awesome, congratulations!!
     
  10. Darth Mildly Grumpy

    Darth Mildly Grumpy Senior Member

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    That jackplate might be stock. The jackplate on my all original '77 double cut Special is chrome.
     
  11. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    Yeah, I thought so too. All that I've seen online have chrome.

    Back in the early 90's I had a burst 70's double-cut special that I got in a pawn show for $350. Some dolt had routed it and installed an active EMG pickup in the bridge. Unfortunately, this was back before I had a clue about guitar mods or pickup swaps so I traded it off for an early 90's LP Studio. I certainly could have done worse. I played that guitar for about 10 years, but I always kind of regretted not holding onto that double-cut Special.
     
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  12. stilwel

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    Spent some time this weekend playing both this '74 LP Special and my '59 LP Special. The '59 just sounds better in every respect. The neck pickup in particular is much darker on the 74. A bit lifeless. The bridge pickup doesn't sound bad, just not as "good" as the '59. The '59 sounds killer in all 3 positions.

    My initial response is to replace the pickups, possibly with some Duncan Antiquities or something similar. But before I spend that cash...

    I grabbed my multi-meter and discovered the '74 has ~325k pots. Is there any hope that these 70's P90's will sound as good as the '59 P90's if I swap these pots out for 500k?
     
  13. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Possibly.....one way to find out.
     
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    Most probably not, but 500k audio pots could open and brighten the tone a bit, but just a bit. Dont expect night and day difference.

    How are these two guitars acoustically sounding in comparison?
     
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    BADASS! I saw the Cult at the old Boston Garden back when I was in high school. Loudest concert I've ever been to in my life, out of many. They rocked. Have always loved their music, still do.

    Nice fiddle too! Congrats!
     
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    Just finished swapping the pots.

    The difference is VERY noticeable. The 300k pots were choking the life out of the neck pickup in particular, but there was something missing on the bridge pickup as well. Definitely opened things up

    Now I'm actually hearing the difference between the pickups. The '59 still sounds "better", but not by nearly as much.
     
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  17. ARandall

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    I've had something similar happen with some great strat pickups. A 500k pot made them the worst sounding strat I owned. A swap to a 250k vol pot has practically taken it all the way to the best one I own.
     
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    I wonder, is that a humbucker v. single coil thing???
     
  19. sangandongo

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    Great score. Later in the '70s, these came with a stop-tail, but I truly prefer this version to the other. It's more authentic to the original.

    Yesterday I picked up one of the '72 '54 Limited Edition Reissues. High five, man!
     
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    Today I swapped out the Alnico 5 magnets in the P90's for some Alinco 2.

    Oh my. :shock:

    Can't wait to turn this thing up later and compare vs the '59.
     

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