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Oldskoolrob

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Just watching some old videos - Les and Mary have the jacks on the front - was this done for some reason or are they prototypes?
 

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Not "prototypes". Just early production LPs l, that Les modified.

As far as the top-mounted jack goes, I think Les probably felt it was easier, to plug in from the top?
 

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Lester and Mary almost always played LP GTs with many custom parts.
 

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Look at that belly carve on Mary's GT. Fantastic.
 

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Those are DeArmond pickups -like in a Gretsch. They have magnetic pole-pieces like a strat, but screws to adjust their height. Very clear and 'HiFi' single coil pickups.



But WTF is up with the bar of round stock bridge on Les'! Hard to believe there was a time before the tune-o-matic!!
 

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Mary has an unbound and Lester has only 3 holes on front for control cavity. They had to play them per the contract but never played them stock in the beginning! These weren't just altered but Gibson delivered them to Les with cavity holes where ever he wanted and his has no jack plate on the lower bout side in the "there's no place like home" tube that the OP Oldskoolrob posted But Mary's does have 2 jacks and 1 unused side plate and jack?
 
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But my point is that Lester's GT has no side lower boute jack and plugs on front whith his body only having 3 front holes drilled while Mary's "unbound" has an unused lower side boute jack and another on front where the tone knob is missing.
 

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I might try this.
A master vol/tone setup would give you less loading when you have both pickups on. That position always sounds a little dull to me, and that would help.
maybe part of why ol les did it.
 

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Regarding the different knobs, I remember Barney Kessel said he put chicken head knobs on his guitar so could tell the level without having to look.
 


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