Lighten My LP (?)

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  1. gitapik

    gitapik Member

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    I've got a '69 LP Deluxe. The Gold Top...except it ain't that anymore. I've had it for a long time and it's been modded pretty extensively. Shot the resale value but it still plays and sounds like a Les Paul should. Wonderful guitar.

    It's heavy. My shoulder feels it by the end of the first set.

    I'm wondering about having it chambered. Did a search and came up with this one:

    http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Lighten-Your-Les-Paul-Load.aspx

    I've been reading some of the posts which compare chambered to solid...sounds like there's some debate. I'm just wondering about whether I could have this done as a mod on an older guitar or not.

    It's my favorite guitar, but I've never liked it for sitting. So I'm looking for an alternative so that I can keep playing it a lot.

    Thanks for your time.
     
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    efstop Senior Member

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    There is no doubt a luthier who would do it, but chambering is done before the maple cap is put on. So, the neck would have to come off, then the top, and I know that has been done before but it has to cost a shit load of money. It might be quicker and cheaper to plane a 1/4" off the back, chamber it and then lay down a 1/4" mahogany cap on the back. Anything can be done, if you can pay and wait for it.

    Unless selling it as a well-played older guitar isn't out of the question and buying a newer, chambered model.
     
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    sk8rat Senior Member

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    for the amount of money you would spend you could buy a new guitar. doing that would entail removing the top of the guitar.

    a better alternative would be to get a wider strap.
     
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  4. gitapik

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    Thanks, guys. I talked to a local luthier and he said the same: lots of money and no guarantees on whether I'd be satisfied with the sound, either way.

    It was my first nice guitar. Stays as is. I've gone through lots of straps, sk8rat. So far, the Mono Betty is the best. I'll just take more frequent breaks from it. Play my Silo and Strat more, too.

    All good. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Not sure how much your LP weighs. When I got my historic some years ago, it about killed my neck and shoulder the first night I played it at a 4 hour gig. It weighs around 9.5 lbs. I got a Levy 3" padded strap and the problem went away next gig. Been playing it ever since with no issues.
     
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    My Les Paul is ridiculously heavy and I use a Gibson Slingshot strap, works well
    http://store.gibson.com/the-slingshot/

    It has an elastic insert inside it, so it sort of is like having suspension on your guitar, sounds odd but feels good to me. Well padded and very comfdy
     
  7. HardCore Troubadour

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    sell it to me cheap (since the resale is shot), buy something else...win, win.
     
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    Put light weight hardware on her, Aluminum bridge, tailpiece. Wider straps really help
     
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    Sounds like it might exceed 10 pounds
     
  10. gitapik

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    Hah! Resale's shot but the axe is unreal. Anyone who loves LPs would be in heaven. But thanks for the suggestion, lol.
    It's 10lbs.
    I haven't tried the Levy or the Slingshot. I'll check 'em out. Tanks!
     
  11. Inside Guy

    Inside Guy I am no longer @ Gibson V.I.P. Member

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    Sell it to someone who likes a heavy Norlin era guitar and then get a newer chambered LP. That's my advice.
     
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    First choice - 4" strap. preferably padded. Or maybe one of those 2-shoulder straps.
    Second choice - play sitting (hey, it works for Skunk)
    3rd choice - you gets out yer drill, you puts in yer largest bit..............
     
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    that's what I told him Bro.....you left out the cheap part, though.

     
  14. gitapik

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    I tried the 4" and found that it rubs against my neck. 3"-3 1/2" is pretty much my limit.

    It's my least favorite sitting guitar, but that is exactly what I'm doing, at this point. I used to take lessons from this jazz player who had his on a metal stand.

    Yep...sounds like the drill's the way to go, Cowboy. That and a bottle of Jack Daniels. YeeeeeHAWWwwwww!!!!
     
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    Just found this on another site:

    http://www.theleatherhead.com/prostrap.htm

    He carves it so that it's cut in a curved fashion that misses the muscle on your shoulder that feels the weight the most. It's not about my back. It's the shoulder.

    Sent an email. Find out some more (including price).
     
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    Tie
    helium
    filled balloons
    to the body and neck.

    Man, get it right, she'd just float in front of you.. sweet :cool2:
     
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    have seen it done, by planing the back down and capping to the depth of a new binding the result was more or less invisible, not sure how much wood was taken out guessing quite a lot, I know it was very light and IMO the guitar did'nt sound that good though its possible it might have been one that was'nt that good to start with
     
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    Excellent! Fits right in with my Swami Levitation set.:acoustic:
     
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