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  1. leofender55

    NAD: 1 of a kind Fargen.

    As I stated on this and other forums, I'm a big fan of Ben Fargen's builds. I bought my first Fargen amp, a MiniPlex MKII 1x12 back in 2003. Since then I've bought 5 Fargen amps and Ben has done a check up on any other amp that I've bought. Over these years Ben and I have become friends and he's...
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    Standard Faded Color Change?

    I recently moved to another state and had to store a lot of my guitars & amps at my friend's studio. It took me about 6 months to retrieve them, then had them stored at my house for 3 months before I got around to checking them out. Everything was as I remembered them, until I opened the case on...
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    Your favorite "other" Gibson?

    I've been a fanatic Les Paul guy for over 40 years, and have owned my share. Currently have 4 LP's all real nice instruments. Like a lot of us older dudes, I've also been fortunate to own some nice guitars from other makers, mostly Fender and Gretsch. I was recently looking for my next purchase...
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    Have you ever sold a Les Paul and then bought it again?

    Just wondering if anyone has a story about selling a Les Paul and then buying it a second time (or more). my apologies if this has been posted previously. Here's mine: I found this like new 2002 Les Paul on the Sacramento, CA Craigslist real early one morning when I couldn't sleep. The seller...
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    2005 Standard Faded. Refin or not?

    I've owned this Standard Faded for about 5 years. I love the tone of it (acoustically very nice) as well as the playability (dig the unfinished neck). But I got it in "well used" condition. Lots of nicks, dings, gouges, like a typical Faded that has been "well used". I've looked into having it...
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    NGD... probably. R0 to go with my G0.

    Back in 2008 I was looking around my local GC killing time while my wife shopped. I found a real nice G0. At the time I really didn't know much about them but I loved the acoustic tone & the build quality and felt it was worth putting on a credit card. Good move. This week my buddy who I've...
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    Tired of trying to upload photos

    I've been trying to upload photos to a post. It used to be easy, but not any more. I checked FAQ and it said to set up an album (I did), and upload photos (I did). But the site keeps prompting me to keep logging in. After uploading a photo to try it, I went back into the album and it was empty...
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    Fender Twin w/factory JBL's anyone?

    I recently joined a local Rockabilly band and quickly discovered that my typical blues/rock amps didn't fit. I have been using my '62 Vibrolux and it sounds awesome, but I don't want to gig with it. A buddy found a very pristine '68/'69 Drip edge Twin with original JBL's. It has the JBL badge in...
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    Craigslist Deals

    I see some great deals on Les Pauls on this site from Craigslist on occasion, so I thought it might be a good thread. After reading about a lot o great deals, I finally got one earlier this year. A 2002 Standard with a nice flame top from a local guy who only played acoustic at church and bought...
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    Sheptone pups to replace BB's?

    I have 3 Les Pauls with Burstbuckers in them; 2 with BB 1&2 and 1 with BB Pros. I dig the BB's, but on my 2005 Faded, the neck pickup is muddy sounding. I'm planning on ordering a set of Sheptones, but I'm not sure which model to buy. What are your experiences/recommendations with Sheptones...
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    What's up with the "Magic Year" hype?

    Having played guitar for 40 years, I've always been intrigued with the supposed "magic years" of certain instruments (and amps). When I got my 1961 Strat years ago I was told that '61 was a magic year at Fender. When I recently lucked on a 2002 Standard a few weeks back I did some research and...
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    Family Photo. Show us yours.

    I've been fortunate to acquire a few nice Lesters this year. There was a wildfire near my home last week so I had to take gear pics for insurance purposes. Thought I'd share my family pics. Left to right: 2006 G0 2005 Faded 1989 Black Beauty (posted earlier; Scorpions gave to their road manager...
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    NGD, just when I thought I was done...

    After picking up my 2005 Faded and my unplayed 1989 Black Beauty the past few months, I told myself I was done buying guitars for a while. Right? Well, this 2002 Standard popped up this morning, the guy only plays acoustic in his church band and bought this in 2003 on an impulse buy, hardly...
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    A special NGD: '89 Black Beauty, UNPLAYED, Scorpions connection.

    I just picked up this '89 Black Beauty which has been sitting in the case since new. Here's the story: The Scorpions gave this beauty to their road manager, Mr. Dave Davis, as a gift in 1989. He doesn't play guitar so it sat in the case all these years. He brought it into my friends music store...
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    FS: Gibson Custom Shop CS-356 FS. Flame top, excellent condition.

    I have for sale a beautiful Gibson Custom Shop CS-356 guitar. I am the second owner and purchased it from the original owner, who was a collector and only played it a few times. It has never been gigged and has never left my house. The only thing I changed on it was the tuners. I swapped out...
  16. leofender55

    2005 Faded upgrade suggestion?

    I posted a pic of my newly acquired 2005 Standard Faded a few weeks back. These are truly unique LP's and I'm in the process of taking care of a few issues. Had the frets dressed, replaced the damaged bridge with a TonePros and general cleaning up. It came with one cheapo tuning peg, so I'm...
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    NGD... 2005 Standard Faded w/nice flame top

    2005 Standard Faded, Honeyburst with IMO very nice flames not often seen on Fadeds. I missed out on getting it off ebay but his buyer flaked on him so I ended up getting it for $200 less than his BIN. Weight is 8.8 lbs and it has a 50's neck profile. I've wanted a Flame Top and also a Faded, so...
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    Broken Headstock

    Anyone have a Les Paul with a broken & repaired headstock that they want to show or comment on? I got a great deal a while back from my local GC on a real nice Standard in Desertburst that someone dropped at the store and broke the headstock off of. They had someone do a repair on it, which is...
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    Darkback?

    Hey Folks, I've been looking around the Net for information on Darkback Les Paul's. A few years back I went looking for a second Lester so I could leave my G0 at home for the local jams (things sometimes get "active"). Got a deal on a great Standard in Desertburst with a darkback. There doesn't...


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