So, as the fellows stated earlier, you have Alnicos.
Your guitar came with Alnico 5 magnets, and now you have Alnico 3's.
So, what about Alnicos, and magnets in general?
Well, since you asked;
(Borrowed from Fralin)
"A Magnet is any type of material that produces a magnetic field. Elements...
I'm not a fan of the pickguards on Les Pauls.
I only mounted this one on mine because I bought the guitar used, and though I didn't mind that it was battered and dinged-up, one gouge in particular was so ugly it was eye-catching.
So I covered it up.
Fishbeiner, you did really well on that purchase.
Fjestad's Blue Book has a 1977 Gibson Les Paul Standard priced at $2,750 in Mint Condition.
As others have stated, this one isn't Mint, but it does appear to be in really great shape, and the all-original bits are a huge bonus.
If you paid...
I am blessed.
My wife wants me to have everything that my heart desires, and I wish the same thing for her.
She doesn't mind at all when I buy and sell guitars, and when I tell her to look out for a big box from FedEx, she dutifully waits for the truck, and drags the box in for me.
I don't have any strong feelings on this one way or the other.
The traditional (production line) Les Paul Custom was never exactly my cup of tea in the first place, and I couldn't ever see myself dropping that kind of coin on either variety of guitar.
I'm 61 and have always believed that we are genetically wired for a variety of musical talents.
I sing and harmonize really well with my bandmates.
I play rhythm guitar very nicely, and I fall into the pocket with the bass player and drummer with wonderful instinct.
As far as lead skills, I...
When I was in a garage band in the mid-1970's, I had exactly one guitar;
An Epiphone acoustic.
I was pretty poor, and I had to borrow an electric when we finally performed live, after months of practicing in Danny's garage. That guitar was a Framus, a sort of Strat-shaped thing.
When I saved...