NG Coming Soon - 70s Univox Gimme U1987 Ebony

Les Paul John

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I was looking over used guitars on the Guitar Center website and saw a Japanese Les Paul copy talked about in here once in a while. I remember seeing one in a local pawn shop here in Maine when I was a young 16 yr old in the mid 80s. I saw it selling for $199 with hard case, don’t know if original case or not, so I said what the heck.

If you don’t know me I do some luthier work so this may be a fun resto. Someone already replaced the pickups and tuners ... to what, who the heck knows.

The guitar ad only had 2 pictures, these are they. I searched Reverb and saw three listed for $400 and up and surprised because usually a bolt on goes for cheaps.

Looks like a piece of binding missing on the back side at the neck joint plus plenty of dings and chips. I’m hoping for a neat fun guitar with 40 yrs of relic. The headstock has chips and dents, doesn’t look like any cracks etc.

Questions I have are easy ones like .... is the truss rod still trussin’ and do I need to do a refret etc.

Anyway, when it arrives I’ll post up the photos and what needs to be done.

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Wow double repeat on the " solid body electric " part
 

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These guitars somehow always get my attention too. That price is right, and if it's a "challenge", all the more fun. You'll have a real player on your hands when it's done.
 

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These guitars somehow always get my attention too. That price is right, and if it's a "challenge", all the more fun. You'll have a real player on your hands when it's done.
I’m hoping for a decent player ... we shall see! The price was right ... it’s 40+ yrs old.
 

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There's a certain "aura" around Japanese Les Paul models
but they were not all created equal...
Some of them a real doozies and not worth much.
Others bring nice features.

$199 is the right price for this bolt-on one but don't expect the Holy Grail of guitars there.
:D
 

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Awesome I love Univox stuff. Looks like real grovers, Bet those are dimarzios! But even the MIJ "counterfeit" Dimarzios out around that time sound pretty good
 

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Sounds like a fun project for you. Be sure to update us as you go. I always enjoy seeing those threads.
Totally took a virtually unseen chance on it ... $200 isn't a lot of money. I'll make it work ... pretty much anything can be fixed.
 

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Awesome I love Univox stuff. Looks like real grovers, Bet those are dimarzios! But even the MIJ "counterfeit" Dimarzios out around that time sound pretty good
I'll know more when I pull the pickups out and have a look see. Interestingly we recently got a white Ibanez that someone had changed the pickups in and there were two DiMarzio Steve Vai models in it. I like it when someone changes the pickups for something good and not some mediocre stuff.

If these pickups are so so I have a Seymour Duncan Pearly gates bridge pickup here that is ironically very reliced naturally.
 
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There's a certain "aura" around Japanese Les Paul models
but they were not all created equal...
Some of them a real doozies and not worth much.
Others bring nice features.

$199 is the right price for this bolt-on one but don't expect the Holy Grail of guitars there.
:D

I'm sure it needs work ... recently bought plenty of fret wire sets should it need it. I'm more interested in the truss rod working properly more than anything else.
 




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