NGD...RANDY RHOADS would be rolling over in his grave!!!

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  1. brentrocks

    brentrocks Guitar Hack Premium Member

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    So I had an early day at work (I'm a carpenter, got rained out) I said to myself, lets go to Guitar Center, for the heck of it. I'm a regular there and I actually go there more to hang out and talk than to look at gear....the guys there are super cool. So Matt the manager, who is also a MONSTER player, and I were shooting the breeze.....I look up on the wall and see this really odd looking LPC. I ask him to pull it down. I look at the back and see its a 1978 Gibson LPC.

    I ask Matt, ....so whats the story with this one?

    He explained....It was bought from another GC store and returned here at the Kalamazoo store. It had a Kahler 3200, non factory. The route was done, well, not so well. So he (Matt) took it to a local Luthier, well known in the area, for a facelift/transformation to rid this guitar of a sloppy Kahler add-on. The luthier made the black plaque that now covers the area where the Kahler route is. The luthier thought that it would be a good idea, since the kahler route was so close to the original stoptail posts, to convert it into a trapeze tailpiece.

    I personally think that it was a homerun!! I love the look.

    So then I plugged it in. The action was kinda high. The setup was horrible!!! I sighted the neck, and sure enough, there was way too much relief in the neck....but plenty of room between the strings and the first fret to tighten the truss rod and achieve proper neck straightness. I was playing through a Marshall 2x12 combo....it sounded HUGE!!! The original T-top humbuckers just cranked!!!

    Its been refretted. I think the transformation was very tastefully done. It has the typical 70s medium slim neck. It weighs 10 lbs. It HAD some really gaudy gold pickup bezels, poker chip and switch tip....I replaced them with the factory black. No headstock repairs, no breaks. For a 39 year old guitar...actually in really good shape!

    I was able to negotiate a deal that was too good to pass up.....I took her home.

    FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS......SETUP!!!! About 3/4 of a turn on the truss rod brought the neck to a perfect relief. I was then able to lower the bridge from where it had been set to get a very comfortable low action. I sprayed out the VERY SCRATCHY 1978 pots....they cleaned up nicely. Polished the frets, oiled the fretboard, re-strung it and set the intonation.

    Fired up the Super Reverb and plugged it in......WOW!!! That's all I can say. This Les Paul just has that classic Rock n Roll grit!!!! With a OCD V3 the tone is true 70s Rock.

    Needless to say, I'm very happy with this purchase!

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  2. The Refugee

    The Refugee Senior Member

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    That thing is badass.
     
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  3. Fattyfrisco

    Fattyfrisco Senior Member

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    Looks cool congrats.
     
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  4. DarrellV

    DarrellV Likes > Posts Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    I REALLY like that mod!

    But aren't you worried about the loss of sustain from not being able to 'deck' the stoptail! LOL!!! :laugh2:

    Man! Enjoy the snot out of that custom made beast!:jam:
     
  5. Christosterone

    Christosterone Premium Member

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    Holy hell dude...

    That thing is a friggin monster!!!!
    :wow:

    :h5:
    Whoever the luthier is, dude has my vote for mayor

    -Chris
     
  6. DarrellV

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    +! :thumb:
     
  7. DarrellV

    DarrellV Likes > Posts Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Almost looks like a poor man's Bigsby, donit!
     
  8. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    Mighty Nice. CONGRATS!!!
     
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  9. Who

    Who Who is not here. Please leave a message.... Premium Member

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    That thing is cool as ****.

    If someone told me about the routing, and the hand-made cover-plate, I'd think "oh no".

    But seeing the pic makes me think "hell yeah!".

    I really like this guitar.
     
  10. NotScott

    NotScott Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Kahlers, some things were best left in the 80s.

    It is a cool looking guitar though. Congrats!
     
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    Cool as sh!t, right there! :)
     
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  12. 1all's Pub

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    Bloody awesome! HNGD!!!!!
     
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  13. RangerJay

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    Nice and different!
     
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  14. Les Paul Newb

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    Hell... throw a Floyd in it!
     
  15. skynyrdwillriseagain

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    Fantastic purchase
     
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  16. GibsonKramer

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    I'm with Who. As I was reading that description, I was about to start rolling over, in my future grave...

    But, what a beautiful beast, and brilliant mods, to bring it back to glory.

    Congratulations on a great score. I'm like you, I hang out at GC, because I know everyone. We're not a huge community, so everyone knows everyone, or friend of a friend. I know what kind of deal you got. Again... Congrats!
     
  17. Donal

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    I started reading without looking at the pics and was thinking "oh dear, what`s this going to be like", but the WOW, that Luthier did an amazing job :thumb:

    I wonder what it would be like with Black knobs :D

    Congrats and HNGD :applause:
     
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    This is one of the earlier ones I've seen with that different cutaway shape that characterised the late 70's into early 80's
     
  19. Gibsonrocknroll

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    Nice congrats.
     
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  20. brentrocks

    brentrocks Guitar Hack Premium Member

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    Thanks fellas!!!!
     
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