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    NGD: lightweight 69 GT

    All original late-69 Goldtop with a nice weight of 3,9 kg / 8.6 lbs. This is the lightest of the '68 - '70 Goldtops I've had or seen. All of mine and friends' were at 9.2 lbs on average. This one is in totally collector's condition with still playable original frets, nylon bridge saddles...
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    Are '50s Les Pauls really much more resonant than later ones?

    Just one example from the countless similar descriptions about a '50s Les Paul: "...has more natural resonance than any humbucker-equipped Les Paul I’ve played (...) Beneath the chimey, crisp treble, there’s a hollow woodiness that could fool you into thinking it’s a chambered body – if it...
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    Help needed: lacquer crack?

    I purchased this LP Standard recently and just noticed that it has an odd scratch/crack in the back of the headstock. It definitely doesn't look like a headstock crack to me, but I'm not a luthier. It's very hard to notice in normal conditions, it's only visible from certain angles. Under...
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    '14 R8 rediscovering

    I sold this sweet Faded Tobacco R8 with figured top last year locally and it has just found its way back to me through a trade. Recently, I let go my '68 Goldtop to a great friend and I traded back this baby in partial exchange. In the previous 2 weeks I've been rediscovering its qualities and...
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    Comparing the cranked tone of some legendary Marshalls

    I took 3 famous Marshall amps to my rehearsal room and made a quick recording sample of each one through the same cab. The first one is an all-original ’78 JMP MK2 2204 master volume head aka early JCM 800 retolexed in factory red in a small box. It’s a UK edition with stock EL34 tubes...
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    Found a good one (14 R8)

    After a long search I finally found a new baby that seems to be a keeper. Normally I would have called off the search after dozens of unsuccessful trials, but these recent R8's look so incredibly sweet... I couldn't stop. What I learnt is that the new Histroics (2013-15) are generally not for...
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    NGD: 1960 LP Special

    After owning many USA, CS and great early 70’s - still Kalamazoo-made - Les pauls, I hoped that this day will finally come. This is my first real golden-age Gibson. It’s an 1960 LP Special in non-modified condition (besides the necessary refret). Original P90s, cherry finish with lots of...
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    Different mahogany types, tonal differences

    I posted this thread in the luthier's corner but I post it here too, as I think that the Other Single-Cut owners might have the most personal experience about this subject. Many of you have owned in the past or own USA-made models besides the well-known Japanese examples. I do not post it in the...
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    Different mahogany types and tonal differences

    What are your experiences regarding the general tone-differences among Les Pauls made of different mahogany varieties? I don’t want to go into the territories of science, I’m mainly interested in personal experiences about the very general and hearable differences in tone (unplugged...
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    MIJ brown leather softcase question

    Anyone know where to buy these incredibly cool leather gigbags? Old Grecos and Burnys are usually being advertised with these cases. I couldn't find any source... thanks guys! For example:
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    Lightweight Reissue gaining weight during transit

    After so many sunny NGD threads (thought this one would be another) I’d like to share a different story with you folks this time. Take it as a warning about some of the unpreventable pitfalls of dealing with gear unseen and the importance of being protected even in the most transparent and...
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    WTB: 1969-1973 Les Paul Goldtop

    WTB: 1969 - 1973 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Deluxe Appointments: under 9.2lbs / 4,2kg & fat neck & no neck break. It can be routed for humbuckers, no problem. Please let me know what you have! I pay instant cash if the price is reasonable.
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    Early '70s LPs and resonance

    I’ve always read that the 70’s and 80’s Norlin-era Les Pauls were heavy non-resonant boat anchors. However, to my surprise my ’74 Standard (weight: 9.4lbs) with the 3-piece mahogany neck and the pancake body was probably more resonant than any of my Historic Les Pauls… This got me thinking. I...
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    R0 pickup identification - help needed

    I have a chance to buy a very nice, older R0. Great condition, beautiful fretboard, all paperwork & COA included, etc. It has one modification: Rolph Pretenders had been installed according to the seller. The price of the guitar is adjusted accordingly. I have never had the chance to try these...
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    Standard with R0 body?

    I noticed a strange thing when I checked out the neck pickup in my 2003 Standard Plus. I found the letters 'R0' written inside the cavity. Does this mean that this Standard's body meant to be an R0 at first, than became a Standard instead for some reason? The mahogany back is a 1-piece and to...
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    2014 Historic fretboard

    Does this fretboard look normal to you guys? It seems very porous and soft by the look. Not the typical dark, hard and mirror-like surface that can be seen on other Historics. It's a 2014 R8 and it has a very nice top, good weight, etc. I'm thinking about buying it. But I'm worrying that this...
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    Technical question about top-wrapping (help appreciated)

    I have a technical question about top-wrapping. I'm wondering if it's a problem when an LP has this triangular shaped tailpiece and the strings are not able to make a full contact with its surface (see illustration)? Does it affect resonance? Here’s how it looks like on most of my LPs...
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    NGD – 1988 Greco EG59-70

    I wasn’t happy with this purchase at all when I unpacked the guitar and played it for the first time. The strings were oxidised, the neck was over straightened, the frets were corroded and completely screwed up. The thing was barely playable. After a whole night’s work with polishing the...
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    NGD - First Norlin: 1974 Les Paul Standard

    Got a pretty good deal on this one, so I pulled the trigger. This is a '74 Standard from Kalamazoo and it's factory routed for humbuckers. It has the mahogany 3-piece neck, Abr-1 bridge, double ring Klusons, and original T-top pickups! The original frets are still pretty playable! The weight is...
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    Fretboard stain issue – need help!

    After everyone’s recommendation I ordered a bottle of Fiebing’s Professional Oil Dye (same stuff Stewmac sells) for a granadillo board LP. I applied it about 3 weeks ago and at first the board looked spectacular. But to my disappointment the dye started to come off in patches after about two...


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