Gibson Les Paul MarK Knopfler signature VOS

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  1. takeitslow

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    Hello,

    I'm glad to be back here. I don't know if you remember but I had a 2010 R0 bought from Mark that I sent for a Bavarian makeover. Unfortunately, I had to sell the guitar to help me settle down my own lutherie business in Dinard - France.
    Now that I've been working (for almost 3 years now... Ouch!!! Time passes quick!) and finished all the big house work, just couldn't get my mind out of buying another Les Paul. I just started looking for a 59 (or 58) reissue and stumbled across the MK VOS that a vendor put to sale. It is a rather plain maple signature , with some subtle flames which I like and I pulled the trigger on account of the guitar player and because they sold damn quickly at the time.
    It's also a 8.16 pound (about 3.7kgs) guitar. The flamey R0 was 8 p 12oz so I'm happy that the R8 is lighter...

    I still haven't the guitar at home on account of the CITES permit, so cannot post picture but I will for sure, and I was wondering if any of you have that signature and agree with statements read on the internet that it is a rather nice one version made by Gibson. Well, building (acoustics and electrics) and repairing guitars for almost 3 years now, I get it that some could be dogs too...

    I've read that VOS and aged have the "Standard" specs while the aged and signed are "TH" specs. Two CNC pass on the top for the later, hide glue for top instead of titebond and plastics... Any other differences?

    What would you change to the VOS MK, if you were willing to make it even better? Longer studs for instance? I remember that for the R0, Mark changed the studs for steel RS Guitarworks and put vintage clone knobs but there were great changes from 2010 vs 2016...

    Any info would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    PS The question I asked in "norwegian ken post VOS #133", got an answer: LP Jr stop tailpiece
     
  2. takeitslow

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    MK VOS.jpg That's the one I should get...
     
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    Can't help with your questions, nut that guitar needs a bump! Beauty, congrats
     
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    I will let the specialists chime in, but to me it always seemed like the MKs had the 2017 specs - so 2014 specs + TH covers and plastics ?
     
  5. takeitslow

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    Thanks a lot apfelbaum and copernic304 for your support. Never thought that CITES permit would take that long. Still waiting for her... As far as your statement goes copernic304 "2014 specs + TH covers and plastics", I really dunno. I've followed all the Gibson stuff on account of the forum till 2014. Then, got lost with the 2015 specs, mainly because I was settling down my shop and couldn't follow the forum and what was happening in the Gibs world...
    PS I've just seen an alert telling me that apfelbaum (who also wrote but) jaycoyoyo, Sct13 and soorel liked my post. it's a new feature, isn't it? Don't know what's the use, but thank you!:cheers2:
     
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  6. takeitslow

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    After two months of travelling around the world (from Japan to Ulukhaktok and Feroe Island...), the MK finally made it today to her new home. Not too flamey - just as she should be for a 58' I think-
    I haven't played her plugged yet but unplugged, she seems woody, not too bright (not harsch at all) but well balanced with sustain... 3.72 kgs (about 8.2 pounds) of happiness!!!
    Should we consider her being a keeper? Guess we can!!!
    The people at Nico Nico guitars are real real great people!!!!!!!!

    PS I wanted to add pics but I need an url it seems...Why can't we load it from the computer, automatically? I'll do it asap...
     
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    You can,.... click up your photo's then click and drag your photo to the reply box, make sure you select full image and there you go....
     
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    Thanks a lot mudface!!!!!!

    So, here we go with pics. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy the guitar...

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    that's a beauty, congrats!
     
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    Very nice indeed. Congrats
     
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    These have most of the 2017 appointments which includes some TH parts (Pick-up covers & rings).
    I swapped out the tuners (adding newer aged Klusons), jack-plate & a TH pickguard on mine.
    Very nice guitar, enjoy!
     
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    You have a great looking MK there.:cheers:

    Keep it stock. Gibson changed to longer studs in 2012.
     
  15. takeitslow

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    Thanks to all of you for your nice comments!!!!

    #125 is great. I played her just for 15 minutes in my bassman (bassbreaker in fact) clone and she sounded real great from what I could tell, sweet bluesy neck to rock n' rolly bridge...

    The neck is great too (unlike my old R0 that had shoulders) and not big at all. Real pleasure!

    For the changes, Thanks Truth011 to let me know about the studs. Great to know that she doesn't need the longer ones...
    The pickguard and pup roings seems nice too... I still have some Vintage Clone reflector knobs that Mark put on the R0 when that one was in his loft (but don't like them!) and Area59 (crazy parts) knobs that I bought for my ex '60. And you know what? From the Gibson stock reflectors and Vintage Clone, I could tell the difference. Here, Area59 vs stock, I just can't see any...

    As I know now how to add pics, here's one of my bassman...

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    MK is one of my favorite artists.

    Beautiful Les Paul, congrats!
     
  17. takeitslow

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    Thanks BadMojo!

    As it was time for a set up (heavier strings), I checked up the hardware and wanted to see what pups were on (custombuckers normally). I expected to see the word "Custombucker" just as it was written in my old R0 (burstbucker#2 for instance) but nothing: just the PAF sticker...
    The tenon seems real tight too, unlike some other guitars I've seen where the glue filled the empty space...
    I also gave Area59 knobs a chance (on all pics, on the right, those that seem more "yellowish gold") but in fact, those that were on looked closer to creamtone or vintage clones ones... What you think? Should I put back the Gibson's?

    I'm just thinking about the Klusons, the jack plate (really too much "rose") and pickguard too...

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    I think I’m jealous. That’s one beautiful guitar.

    I like both knobs. The originals varied and color due to the bronze powder in the paint. Some got dark and turned green from oxidation. I like to get a bunch and swap them out now and then.

    The pickup rings and PG look ok. They look nice and light. You could always get some CAB rings and a royalite PG. It’s really expensive tho. Christmas is coming up. Drop some hints ;)
     
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    Thx BadMojo! It's a beautiful guitar and real great playing one too: hand picking or picks, soft or heavy sounds, balanced... Happy!!!
    Here it is with friends and my homemade deluxe bassbreaker cabinet (Ceriatone head)...
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    wonderfull purchase!:cool2:
    Very beautiful guitar !!
    It must "sing" deliciously !!

    (Some infidelities in the GRETSCH world ...):iough:
     
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