Pearl Les Pau copyl: Made in Japan - rare ??

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  1. Zenzeypher

    Zenzeypher Senior Member

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    recently acquired this.

    just fixin er up (just plugging and replacing tuners)

    thought you'd be interested in a super duper rare japanese les paul.

    (more pics soon)

    Alder 3 piece body - no cap - 10lbs
    silver hardware
    full sized pots and decent switch
    set neck
    medium jumbo frets
    Fret Edge binding (who woulda thunk it)
    DiMarzio USA pups
    Neck volute, Norlin style dish... all the little details are there.

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  2. RaSTuS26

    RaSTuS26 Senior Member

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    Sweet find, looks like a great project guitar, enjoy and HNGD.
     
  3. Zenzeypher

    Zenzeypher Senior Member

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    Cheers buddy,

    She's almost there pretty much, just working out some crackle in the volume pot with switch cleaner, it's getting better.

    Doesn't need any fret work which I'm surprised about, being Its 30 year old n' all.

    If anyone's interested it is Pearl the drum company....

    .. I love how this is almost like a half custom due to the binding, like a standard an a custom had a baby.
     
  4. Zenzeypher

    Zenzeypher Senior Member

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    Got her all strung up.

    sounds crazy good, neck pickup is hot as a mother..everythings all nicely worn in so she only needs a little adjustment here and there.

    ..I'm a bit pissed that it plays better then my Gibson and Fender haha...real smooth, easy to fret with no bum notes...so i'll go over it with a fine tooth when Im better

    take a little of the relief out the neck.

    neck pup is hot as a mother - really doom sludge tone didn't take long to dial in.

    Also this thing isn't far off a Gibson, I know people love their MIJ guitars but for whatever era this was it has it going on;

    Fret Edge binding (i know higher MIJ guitars have this also)
    It's not poly coated as it reacts to Acetone
    The Headstock has the wings either side (wood noticeable through tuner holes and lacquer shrinkage) - I've only known Gibson to do this - not seen any other MIJ with wings.

    pretty impressive.

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  5. truckermde

    truckermde Senior Member

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    That thing's badass! Nice find, man!

    :h5:
     
  6. Meatwad

    Meatwad Senior Member

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    I've never seen one of those - cool guitar!!
    That's the same logo/insignia as Pearl drums, isn't it?
     
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  7. Zenzeypher

    Zenzeypher Senior Member

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    yeah it is man.

    I've never seen anything like it either... it's a hell of a player I can see why it's so dinged up.
     
  8. RaSTuS26

    RaSTuS26 Senior Member

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    Pearl did make guitars too, I'm almost certain they were the guys that done the first 5 or 6 Genesis prototypes for Epiphone back in the day.
     
  9. SouthpawGuy

    SouthpawGuy Senior Member

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    Pearl guitars were fairly common in the '80s and early '90s in Ireland. Often sold by shops that also sold their drum kits.
     
  10. BEACHBUM

    BEACHBUM Senior Member

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    It's a misconception that every one of those great Japanese made guitars of the 70's and 80's like Tokai, Burney, Ibanez, Yamaha and in your case Pearl were made by the companies that bare those names. To a large degree they were actually made by various independent Japanese "gakkis", meaning "factory" like Hoshino, Fugijen, and Matsumoku to name a few. For instance my 83 "Ibanez Artist" was actually made by "Hoshino Gakki" not Ibanez. Of course those factories have evolved since the 70's and 80's but in my humble opinion Japanese guitar makers since the early 70's without exception made and still make the finest production guitars in the world. Here's a link that might help you ID what you've got.

    http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2756&start=0
     
  11. picoman

    picoman Senior Member

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    Have the same one :)
    But mine has an serial number on the back of the headstock and came with no pickguard.
    YOur look better!
    Damn!
    Also your freetboard it darker.
    I tried using Freetdoctor on mine to darken it, but no results.
     
  12. nutsauce

    nutsauce Senior Member

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    Played Pearl drums for years and never knew they made guitars. Nice find!!
     
  13. xbolt

    xbolt Senior Member

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    Tama also had guitars made in Japan...like many other distributors/importers.

    My cousin has a nice Tama acoustic.
     
  14. Epi rocks

    Epi rocks Senior Member

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    Not surprised it plays better than your Gibby And Fender. Gibson and Fender are not the be all, end all of guitars.

    Congrats on a great axe. Play it till your fingers bleed man. :jam:
     
  15. AccustomedtoStandards

    AccustomedtoStandards Senior Member

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    They were. Pearl production was managed by Jack Westheimer founder of Cort, who also handled the manufacturing of the Genesis for Epiphone - in the Taiwanese factory that made Pearl drums.

    From what I have read, Pearl actually continued making a version of the Genesis with Pearl on the headstock after Epiphone quit distributing them.
     
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    picoman Senior Member

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    Thrust me, I played few Ephipones but you realy cant compare these two.
     
  17. zolko

    zolko Junior Member

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    Hi! Your post made me register at this forum. Thank you for sharing!
    I have been the happy owner of the very same guitar for two years :) I love her!
    I still have some questions about the specs (if you still own her or remember). How can you tell it has 3 pcs alder body? Mine is worn on rear edges and my luthier say "this wood can be mahogany" Considering her weight - mine is 4,5kg (the heaviest les paul I saw) body wood must be very dense.
    Also I have a scratch on the neck and neck wood looks very maple. Mine was equiped with Seymour Duncan SH-1n (originaly named '59) and Pearly Gates bridge pickup (not sure if changed by former owner), original tuners changed to Gotoh.
     
  18. SiriusAbbott

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    heres mine...a 78 that ive owned since the early 90s,excepting a brief period when i lost her in a divorce! traded an Epi std to the ex wife to get her back.
    3 pc body,NOT mahogany (looks more like primavera) 10lb 2oz sans electronics and finish..SD pearly gates in the bridge,Ibanez super 58 in the neck.
    she is hands down,my favorite playing LP ever .
    ...oh,i am shooting her in gold...all gold
     
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  19. warmachine

    warmachine Senior Member

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    Here is a common Pearl LP link from the forum. The pictures and info should hopefully solve some of your questions. Please post pics of yours!

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/other-single-cuts/173708-pearl-les-paul-custom.html
     
  20. zolko

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    Thank you! Thread you have linked was the one that actually made me buy my guitar :)
    And here is the picture of this thread topic axe twin sister:
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    Forgive me but I still believe the body of my guitar is made of one piece of wood. Please take a look why:

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