Pre-NGD: 1974 Les Paul Custom Alpine White

KS 5150

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Starting to age the brass poker chip & waiting on the engraved pickguard to arrive....wish me luck!
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All that's left of the transformation into Randy's is putting on gold Grover tuners if you haven't yet, then you've got Randy's Les Paul right there.

I'm GASing for a 74 as well, but I'm not coughing up enough money for one yet.
 

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All that's left of the transformation into Randy's is putting on gold Grover tuners if you haven't yet, then you've got Randy's Les Paul right there.

I'm GASing for a 74 as well, but I'm not coughing up enough money for one yet.
I don't want to route to change the tuners. So that will be a feature that will be a bit inaccurate. I do have some more work to sand the pickguard a bit, as the reproduction I got isn't the same size or shape as an actual '74. I didn't want to engrave the original, as I'm saving all of the original parts. But I'm happy with the progress so far :) If you are considering a real '74, especially in white, I'd look into it sooner than later. I've noticed the prices have taken a bit of a jump lately.

p.s. I checked under the truss rod cover, and mine is a non 20th anniversary '74, just like Randy's. The way to determine is that a '74 has a mahogany neck, whereas a '75 has maple. Mine is definitely mahogany :thumbs:
 
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^ The maple neck didn't come in until quite a way through the year.....so a good portion of 75 actually had mahogany necks, plus every other feature of the 70-74 period.
 

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^ The maple neck didn't come in until quite a way through the year.....so a good portion of 75 actually had mahogany necks, plus every other feature of the 70-74 period.
I managed to get a look at the pot dates, & they look to be late '73, so a '75 seems unlikely.
 

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Yes, pot dates are a way better way of determining the age of a guitar in this period by comparison to supposed spec change times.
 


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