Should I Double-Cream It....?

MiniB

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Sounds dirty!

Anyway, I've always wanted to do double-cream pickups on a Les Paul. But for me it has to be a certain finish.....like a lemon burst or something not so Cherry or Iced Tea. I like to call it a Lemon or Orange Creamsicle.

I've got this Wildwood Select USA Les Paul Standard 50's coming in, on which there's the 'Unbrst' finish that Gibson normally only puts on the 60's-necked versions. Essentially looks like what they've called 'Light Burst' for years now, but perhaps lighter and less contrast.





So I Photoshopped some double-creams on it as well as an aged hardware/pick guard and poker chip (I think off of one of :jb: 's guitars) to see how it would look like.........and I think I'm going to go with it.





And here with aged covers, also not too shabby.....



I'll see if in person the burst pattern is as light and less-contrasty as it is in this photo. If not, I may stay with covers. But if I do go with creams, gotta figure which ones to get.
 
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Aesthetically, I like both the stock look and the double creams. That said, you’ve not even received the guitar yet. Get it, live with it for a long while, then decide. It’s entirely possible it’ll sound magical stock. Just my 2 cents.

BTW, what a perfect top.....and love the color. Congrats!
 

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Aesthetically, I like both the stock look and the double creams. That said, you’ve not even received the guitar yet. Get it, live with it for a long while, then decide. It’s entirely possible it’ll sound magical stock. Just my 2 cents.

BTW, what a perfect top.....and love the color. Congrats!
Oh, if it doesn't play nicely, I'm sending it back right away before I do anything to it. Got a 48-hr approval period. But I hate shiny new covers and hardware on anything, so those will be changed out one way or another, even if I keep same pickups. Did the same recently on an ES-335 received....love the pickups and how the pots work so stayed with them just changed covers and aged the hardware a bit.

If I want to go with double-creams, I might try a set of Dimarzio 36th Anniv. PAF's. Inexpensive and decent sounding. I probably won't get too finicky about boutique pickups et al on this one. Just looking to make it a solid working/gigging axe.
 
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Some people hate open coils, some people prefer them. Some people think dbl cream is too cliche or too DiMarzio.

I like any and all.

If you've always wanted a double cream guitar, they go well with that finish.
 

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That's what Im hoping. I always like double-creams on certain LP's because it's as if it's a bit of a 'hot rod', and that's okay with this model because it doesn't have to be all vintage-accurate like on a Historic....although of course a lot of guys have exposed coils on Historics as well.

I was actually looking to pick up a Goldtop USA Std. But then I stumbled across this one and the wheels started turning.
 

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Nice looking guitar, uncovered pickups have never appealed much to me but it does look pretty good in your mock-up. I like the aged look most though.
 

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Do whatever you think looks best, that way you’ll play it more.
 

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Nice looking guitar, uncovered pickups have never appealed much to me but it does look pretty good in your mock-up. I like the aged look most though.
Aged covers is always my go-to, but it'd be cool to have one that's uncovered. But yeah for me it's got to work with a certain kind of finish.
 

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I like the aged pickup covers on that particular guitar. Hope it's a good one!!!
 

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porque no los dos?

two doublecreams, Dimarzio PAF just like you wanted (I prefer the classic rock set, myself, but love Dimarzio). Cover just the neck pickup, a la early Page before that travesty Reissue with the dbl blk
 

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Thats a beautiful one you have coming...and looks really cool with the aged covers too
 

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Count me in on the one of each (nickel neck, double cream bridge) team. Serious Jimmy Page vibes, especially in that finish.
 

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I see you’re also planning on to wrapping. It seems this guitar is going to get lots of playing time. That’s awesome.
 

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Covers
Cream bridge covered neck
black bridge covered neck
Double creams
Double blacks

All would look good.
 

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I see you’re also planning on to wrapping. It seems this guitar is going to get lots of playing time. That’s awesome.
That's just the aged hardware I photoshopped in, but I'll see what the bridge height is like. That'll be what determines for me whether I top wrap or not.
 

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Aesthetically, I like both the stock look and the double creams. That said, you’ve not even received the guitar yet. Get it, live with it for a long while, then decide. It’s entirely possible it’ll sound magical stock. Just my 2 cents.

BTW, what a perfect top.....and love the color. Congrats!
Agreed.
Not a huge fan of the aged covers.
Basically, I think aged covers look out of place unless it's a complete package... all of the hardware comparably aged, and the finish dulled, like a VOS.
IMHO, aged covers look as out of place on a new Original Series as oxidized mag wheels on a new Mustang.
I wanted to change up my Original 60s with speed knobs, and being unsure, I ordered both vintage amber and standard gold.
The amber just didn't look right on the pristine new body. Regular gold looks just right.


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