The Early Les Paul Sound

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by Frogfur, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. artis_xe

    artis_xe Christopher

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    I have to agree with you 100% . and I'm left handed :laugh2:

    when I started playing a few years ago , I never really understood the idea of a left handed guitar . I assumed that many " south paws " just dealt with fretting with the dominant hand __ with a few exceptions ( like Jimi )

    after joining these forums , I'm finding that to be true . that lefty Gretsch just looks strange to me
     
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  2. CRobbins

    CRobbins Premium Member

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    Maybe something like this would get that early Les Paul sound?
    Another historically correct pairing is the Vintage Select Edition '57 Duo Jet's T-Armond single-coil pickups (a special TV Jones reproduction of the original DynaSonic pickup).


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  3. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    I don't understand why left-handed players play "left hand" guitars.

    Or, more accurately, I don't know why right-handed players play with the neck facing to the left.
     
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  4. artis_xe

    artis_xe Christopher

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    do it .

    they are pricey __ but totally worth it . I'm not buying anymore guitars ( for a few months at least ) , but working on upgrades . the next guitar to get TV Jones pickups will be my Tele . haven't decided on Starwoods or Brian Setzer signatures yet
     
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  5. CRobbins

    CRobbins Premium Member

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    Here's the Cliff Gallup model.


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    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    Fun fact: Seth Lover has admitted that his Alnico V "staple", as used on the pre-bucker LP Customs, was pretty much a straight-up copy of the Dynasonic. He made the pole pieces rectangular simply to avoid looking too much the same. It was also the only pickup that CMI-Gibson ever made where the pole pieces were the magnets, DeArmond- and Fender-style, rather than slugs over a bar magnet.
     
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  7. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Smart folks on here. Someone knows something about everything, just about everytime.
     
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    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Man, i so want one of those.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Have not seen that particular vid. Man he could play ...
     
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    probably my favorite so far- sound wise; powertrons btw
     

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  11. S. Rock

    S. Rock Senior Member

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    I've got a 2006 model like this. it's called a Gretsch Caddy Green Duo Jet with DynaSonic pickups.
     
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    S. Rock Senior Member

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    what ? it's left-handed ?
     
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  13. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    It even looks weird to left handers.
     
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  14. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Nice! You must love that thing!:thumb:
     
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    S. Rock Senior Member

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    it was one of my "dream guitars". ;) oh, and I changed that bridge out, too. I put a "rocking bar bridge" on it. the original one was rough on the heel of my hand.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Funny you should say that, I thought the same thing!

    I've only read about Gretch and their history including the Melita bridge that beat Gibson's tune-o-matic by at least a year.

    But in looking at the design I had to wonder about all those knobs sticking up....

    They could have put a metal strip over the top like Rickenbacker does to ease the pain....
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    S. Rock Senior Member

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    there are guys that swap out those adjustment screws for flatter ones. since I changed out the whole bridge, I never paid attention as to where they got them from though. there are actually people that like the melita bridge. however, the modern ones have plastic saddles that the strings set in. and yes, the plastic does "rob" the sound/tone.
     
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    lunchbox Senior Member

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    I owned a 1996 Gretsch 'Gold Jet' (Japan) for about a year. While I love the look of these, those pups were way to twangy and clean for hard rock. I ended up selling it after a bout a year and very little use. I didn't like the chambered body either.

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    It is worth noting than Les was friends with Paul Bigsby, and that "How High The Moon" was recorded on the Clunker fitted with a Bigsby pickup. In fact, Les turned Merle Travis onto Bigsby and his work.
    Les was already experimenting with low impedance pickups when the Les Paul Model guitar was introduced, but he would not allow Gibson to use them until the 1970s (he had them in his own guitars by 1958).
     
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  20. vintageguitarz

    vintageguitarz Senior Member

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    PLEASE don't EVER put Canadian Jerk in the same planet, let alone category as the real musician and guitar genius Les Paul.
     

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