NVGD: 1957 Les Paul Special

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  1. bossaddict

    bossaddict Premium Member

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    Well, Jon sort of outed me (or more accurately, I felt like I had to out myself) in another thread, but I suppose I'll make it official. I got this '57 TV Special from Detroit Guitar a few weeks back. I had a refinished '58 a couple of years ago that was nice as well, but I've grown into a real sucker for original finish. I sold the '58 to another forum member and have sort of been keeping an eye out ever since. It's mostly straight, but did have Schaller tuners installed on it quite some time ago. I put the original tuners back on, but the tell-tale holes remain. It also had a modern repro wraparound bridge, so I got a specially heavy-aged compensated one from MojoAxe (thanks, Dan), which is working nicely in terms of intonation. It's also been refretted at some point and they fretboard planed on the upper frets.

    I'm really loving the sound of this guitar. The neck P-90 might be my favorite that I've played.

    I just got it back from having a new nut installed on Friday and took some time yesterday to take some pics. Enjoy!

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    Script just barely still visible...
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    Montreux Time Machine poker chip
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    Original knobs
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    New nut made by Jason Burns
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    I'm not usually one to name guitars, but it looks like someone might have already done so on this one. ;)
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  2. pete

    pete Senior Member

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    awesome!
     
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  3. dwagar

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    Looks great, congrats!

    I love playing mine.
     
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    Congrats! Glad to see you took those hideous tuners off. HNGD, she is a beauty!
     
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  5. Nick-O

    Nick-O Senior Member

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    Oh my....well done.
     
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    Killer. :cheers:
     
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  7. Ron W

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    Holy schnikeys, David! That is sick! Nice score...
     
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    jcsk8 Senior Member

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    Looks terrific. Congrats.
     
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    Love love love it... enjoy :applause::applause::applause:
     
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  10. Curlymaple

    Curlymaple Senior Member

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    That's awesome!!

    Congrats!
     
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    Way cool .
     
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  12. Ph03n1x

    Ph03n1x Senior Member

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    That looks beautiful. Recently played a 56 in Tokyo. Been wanting one since. A few people have said you can't replicate a vintage guitar.
     
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    The new nut looks much better. I didn't realize the logo placement could be so low on a 57. Awesome guitar, wish I could play it!
     
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    Nice!


    Odd TRC tho..:hmm:
     
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    That`s really really really nice :thumb:

    Congrats and HNGD :applause:
     
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    Outstanding!!! :applause:
     
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    Thanks for the kind words! :cheers:

    TRC is non-original (not sure of the origin), along with the jack plate (MojoAxe), output jack, bridge (MojoAxe), poker chip (Montreux), back control plate, frets, and nut.
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Right on...Dan can help with that too! :naughty:
     
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    Makes my heart go bumpity bump
     
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    Many congratulations on a fine guitar, singlecut TV Specials have to be serious contenders for coolest guitars ever, especially beat up ones!

    But then I may be a tad biased....

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