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    50's conversion

    I don't even think it's a conversion.
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    NVGD: 1956 Les Paul Standard (Formerly the "Poor Man's" One)

    Blacklight can't prove anything in the affirmative (i.e., that it's original finish). It CAN prove the negative, however. In this case, it looks fine. I would look for someone who has handled many old guitars who knows what an original finish should feel and look like. You may have lucked out.
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    NVGD: 1956 Les Paul Standard (Formerly the "Poor Man's" One)

    What makes it a 54?
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    *** 1950's ABR1 Saddles ***

    The supplier benefits far more than consumer.
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    NVGD: 59' Junior - But Really a "Crack Versus Check" Question

    The only thing that is 100% certain... When you're buying it, it's a check. When you go to sell it, it's a crack.
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    NVGD: 59' Junior - But Really a "Crack Versus Check" Question

    Those pics make the heel look more normal. Thanks Nonetheless, you do know that while backlighting can help spot a repair, it can't confirm that something has not been repaired. Virtually every person refinishing guitars knows how to make new nitro glow like old nitro. Having said that, if...
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    NVGD: 59' Junior - But Really a "Crack Versus Check" Question

    For the life of me, I can't tell. Maybe it's the lighting, but the heel looks like it has a "soft" edge. It's not as sharp as this one for example: Any chance that someone could have worked on the heel? (Again, could be the lighting).
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    1960 Les Paul’s

    Late 60 tenons are a bit shorter. But IMO, that's not as significant as the fact that the necks are thinner. Fat neck=fat tone. Skinny neck=bright tone.
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    My first stab at going vintage, help on getting a 58 les paul junior

    Juniors are those guitars that often come up by people who "want to get in the vintage market", and less so by people who actually want to buy a junior for its merits. Like people who jam into a club....not because of the band playing, but because there are lots of people in line. (Let's hope...
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    My first stab at going vintage, help on getting a 58 les paul junior

    I'd say the odds of getting your money back on that are slim. That's dealer pricing, AND top dollar pricing, in a bubble. I could (and hope) I'm wrong. Or maybe you should plan on keeping it for 20+ years.
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    1950's Jr Identification

    The latest date is early '56. In mid-56, the bridge posts moved further from the pickup. Beyond that, I'm not aware of other changes.
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    ABR1 - the real McCoy?

    I noticed the inaccuracies on the very first posting about these. Doesn't mean they're not good, or close enough.
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    Larry Dimarzio 59 Les Paul

    Those pics are all stills from the video.
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    Larry Dimarzio 59 Les Paul

    9 2196
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    Nerdville Tax Shelter?

    The likelihood of him paying the same CG rates on all that stock (as you and I) is next to 0 given the provisions of the tax law he has access to. Having been the recipient of a corporate executive compensation plan, i can assure you there can be alot of "perks" that the average employee...
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    Any inside info regarding the Philly guitar show?

    If it happens, I'll be there.
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    Any inside info regarding the Philly guitar show?

    It's listed on the Phily Guitar Show website. But the convention center website is NOT showing it. I suspect it's not gonna happen.
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    Nerdville Tax Shelter?

    I've heard similar. (Not the part about the "museum", but about the funding sources.) And he's also stated publicly that some of his bigger ticket items were "co-owned". Unlikely that anyone who is "investing" is not paying taxes at some point. This is likely setup in a way that he can...
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    Check out John Sabastian's LP

    It's 9 1352 And the first half of 1960 could have had those knobs.
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    FIRST Gibson Les Paul to be auctioned off. What's the deal?

    You found it!!! It's the first BURST!!

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