NGD (very late): 2017 Trad Pro IV in VSB

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  1. 1all's Pub

    1all's Pub Senior Member

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    Late (very late) NGD here... got this one a couple months ago actually... meant to post up an NGD, then things got busy and I just sorta never got around to it! :)

    Anyway, have done some rearranging of my LPs lately... ditched 2, got 2 others including my 2007 Classic Custom [NGD thread here: http://www.mylespaul.com/threads/i-am-so-dead-ngd-2007-gibson-les-paul-classic-custom.397741/]... and this one... 2017 Trad Pro IV in Vintage Sunburst.

    Here’s the skinny on her as she sits now (ie, after mods):

    • Traditional Weight Relief: 8.86lbs (was 8.96lbs out of the box)
    • 60s Neck: 0.792/0.837/0.870 (1st/7th/12th frets)
    • MojoTone 59 Clone humbuckers
    • Gibson Historic M-69 tall pickup rings
    • Factory boost disable (battery removed making boost circuit a kill switch)
    • Swapped out chrome locking Grovers (which I don’t favor) for regular non-locking Grovers with Keystones (aged nickel)
    • CreamTone ABR-1 bridge (aged nickel)
    • CreamTone lightweight aluminum tailpiece (aged nickel)
    • Faber steel bridge iNserts & brass thumbwheel (aged nickel)
    • Faber Tone-Lock steel tailpiece studs (aged nickel)
    • Gibson smooth back plates
    • PLTS amber switch tip
    • PLTS pointers (aged nickel)
    • And, of course, all the other hardware (screws, etc) have been aged as well

    In keeping with my tradition of naming my guitars after actresses/models, etc., I've chosen to name this one "Caroline" after Caroline Munro, British actress and model famous for being a “Bond Girl” (The Spy Who Loved Me) as well as for her many “B-movie” adventure, sci-fi, and horror films from the 70s & 80s. :D

    Here’s pics:
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    As can be seen from the pics, she has a very subtle peek-a-boo flame top that has strong plaintop characteristics (which is exactly the type of top I like best). In fact, I’m thinking her top may well be flitch-matched (rather than bookmatched) because the sloping grain in it almost makes it look like it’s a single piece top at first glance (which, of course, it’s not).

    Anyway, glad to finally get this NGD off my to-do list. :cheers:
     
  2. scott1970

    scott1970 Senior Member

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    Nice. I have a weakness for bursts that incorporate black.

    If you sell a pet named guitar do you recycle the name, or is it forever gone with the guitar?
     
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  3. Christosterone

    Christosterone Premium Member

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    That is a stupendous Burst :drool:

    Absolute bananas...

    You are among the chief enablers on MLP...
    And for that, you are a hero :h5:

    -Chris
     
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    jc2000 Senior Member

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    That is sweet. Amazing, from the first picture I thought it was a plain top, but than "flame on"...
     
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    1all's Pub Senior Member

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    Generally, it’s a one and done thing... however, there are a couple of exceptions... I have used the name Raquel (Welch) for more than one Cherry Sunburst. And were my Honey Burst, Ursula, ever to get stolen/damaged beyond repair, I’d reuse that name for her replacement most likely. ;)

    Well, I try! :D
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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    Beautiful @1all's Pub! Congrats! :thumb:

    Great teardrop VSB...man I think this color looks sooo much better with a light back and sides like yours. Love the subtle flame too.

    Very Nice!! :applause:
     
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    Christosterone Premium Member

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    Great point...
    The light sides/back are absolutely killer..
    I couldn’t put my finger on why I was so taken with it...but man, oh man, it’s the contrast of perfection..

    -Chris
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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    There is one...and only one... teeny weeney little thing I would've done differently @1all's Pub... from a aesthetics point of view...

    ...and no @Christosterone... not a bigsby!! :D

    I love double cream pickups in general...and especially on VSB with cream trim. They would look killer on your new LP instead of black!

    Just my opinion...carry on. :)
     
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  9. 1all's Pub

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    Haha! I’m a huge double cream fan! Have had double creams in most, if not all, of my LPs at one time or another as evidenced by this post on my IG account a while ago. ;) (that was a different VSB LP, btw).
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    But a couple factors drove me to go with double blacks for this one.

    A) These particular MojoTone pickups I traded a buddy for and they were already double black. (Honestly, originally I was unsure I wanted to trade my friend for them because they were double blacks, but after installing them loved their tone!)

    And B)...this guy! :slash:
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    And while double creams or zebras would look great too, the double blacks work in a weird way because the cream body binding sort of “frames” the body because of the dark part of the Vintage Sunburst. And the cream neck binding “frames”’ the dark fretboard. And now the cream pup rings “frame” the dark pickups. Somehow it all has great “symmetry” to my eye. :D

    That said, double creams and/or zebras may well find their way in it at some point. I like to monkey with things. So who knows. :cheers:
     
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  10. JonCanfield

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    Very nice! Love the grain on this
     
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  11. Mr Insane

    Mr Insane Senior Member

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    I love tobacco bursts!

    Didn't the know it was available for the newer models.
     
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    Very nice looking LP
     
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    1all's Pub Senior Member

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    Technically it’s called “Vintage Sunburst”... but yeah, it’s basically what Tobacco Burst was back in the 70s. Nowadays Tobaccos tend to have a bit of red in them it seems. Regardless... I too use the terms pretty much interchangeably.
     
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    Damn, brother.
     
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    Mighty Mighty fine Lester, 1all's. I'm happy as all getout for ya, Brother
     
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  16. Donal

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    Foregot to tell us that he bought a new guitar :hmm:

    Strange, very very strange :shock:


    :D


    Really nice, another beauty for your collection :thumb:

    Congrats and HNGD :applause:
     
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  17. BadMojo

    BadMojo MLP Vendor

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    Nice! Congrats!

    I love TPs. I had one like you have and a honey burst.

    :cheers2:
     
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  18. 1all's Pub

    1all's Pub Senior Member

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  19. Renegade

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    Really nice top...congrats
     
  20. musicmaniac

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    Sweet congrats!
     
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