Les Paul ''El Torres'' brand

tcherieleloup

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Any of you ever heard of those very nice Les Paul copies. I found one in music store, the owner was asking $250 for it. Was very neglected, with a cracked neck (but very reparable), missing pots, broken nut. I finally got it for $90 and took it to my luthier friend who restored it totally for $150.

That guitar is simply amazing in tone and look, for less than $250.

Anyways... any one of you who have some info to share about El Torres will be welcome.
 

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Triple bound fret edge binding, nice!
 

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Yeah!! Hard wood mahogany neck and body... my luthier friend (used to work for Liberatore, in Montreal) told me I was really lucky getting that one for so cheap. I was very pleased with the bolt on neck, but honestly, after comparing to my other Les Pauls (including both the genuine Gibson Trad and Custom I own), I think the bolt-on neck adds punch to the tone of that one.

Here are pics of my collection
 

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Incredible:fingersx:, I bought exactly the same "El Torres" Les Paul White in Montreal in 1979 when I was 16. I still have that guitar (In France).
 

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all that work for a burrito at El Torrito
 

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Cool Stoopa!!!! Looks like we're the only 2 lucky guys, on the entire planet, to own that amazing instrument...

By the way, demeure-tu en France maintenant? Moi je suis toujours à Montréal. Enchanté de faire ta connaissance.
 

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after all that time, still no one knows about this guitar? I guess it must be a really one of a kind...
 

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Mine came from a local pawnshop here in Ottawa. Owner said the seller originally bought it in Montreal. I assume the shop bought them from a Japanese distributor and had that name put on them. Trying to determine factory origins is pretty close to impossible, unless someone can find a former employee to verify. I imagine there are many more LP guitars that look the same or similar with equally non-descript names. I had mine gone over by a tech. Other than still having a plastic nut and the reemergence of a bulge in the first fret abalone (plastic) fret marker, it’s a lovely guitar - though as time goes on, a bit heavy for my taste. Two slabs of mahogany and not sure what for the top, can do that.
 


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