- Nov 26, 2019
Great work and fine pictures.
Wow..... that looks like amazing work and accompanied even more by your knowledge, discipline in the design/build process. Simply awesome...and beautiful!!@NJDevil
I've been reluctant to say the following, and was gonna do a PM to you but what the heck??? Life is short...I turned 55 about a month ago, so sue me....
Take yourself back to 2006 and 2007 and 2008....
I can remember it like it was almost yesterday....
(que the wavy lines of a flashback)....
[from a pre-recorded Notepad memo for this post].....
Well, to be honest, it isn't a Gibson. I made her.
I couldn't/can't afford a real live Gibson, so I made my own! It was a labor of love that cost me a whole year, and taught me many many things (inlays and binding for example!). I started this project around Labor Day 2007 and finished around Labor Day 2008 (!!)
**I made this Les Paul back in the glory days of 2008**.
All the rage back then was for Doppelgangers- the official name for counterfeit Gibson Les Pauls. At the same time was a strong desire for relic guitars (50s Broadcasters, etc).
Thanks to the MyLesPaul.com, ReRanch.com forums and others, I was able to get plans for a '59 replica. Hand-carved (with scars from a chisel to prove it!) on selected-by-me-maple from a local supplier (to look similar to Jimmy Page's Number 1 '59) and mahogany neck- and body- blanks from StewMac, as well as a pre-slotted rosewood fretboard, I built and assembled my Doppelganger. It is to 1959 spec, using Gibson parts for the ABR-1 (nickel-plated) and Tailpiece (aluminum nickel-plated), jackplate and screws. The Tuners are (now-no-longer-made)Tone Pros Klusson copies (killer, btw). Pickup rings are (VERY hard to get) light-aged CreamTone. I'd never done inlays, but what the hell? eBay got me the 'Gibson' mother-of-pearl and '59-accurate fretboard inlays. A great guy on the ReRanch forum named George made me the "Les Paul model" decal, which I imbedded under clear gloss Watco nitro. All of that was on a eBay-acquired holly veneer (like the original Gibsons) applied over the headstock. That was done in black StewMac nitro and Watco gloss.
**Of note is that I stupidly added a thin shim (on the headstock-stock end) at the last minute prior to gluing the long-tenon neck, back in 2008. I would regret that. The angle was slightly off/shallow, [the bridge could go no lower) and in October of 2019 I laboriously removed the glued-in neck, removed the shim and did a little sanding to get the correct 4.5-degree neck angle. I sweated off about 20 pounds, but it only took about 2 hours start to finish, with some worrisome finish issues, but...
She has Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers, with 50's wiring, and a MojoTone vintage-taper neck volume pot. Tusq nut, and CTS pots where else. Schaller straplocks, for the tone...
Even though it's a Doppelganger, I left enough evidence that she isn't a real live Gibson. The thickness of the body binding, for example, is more reminissent of the 70s perhaps. I have other clues here and there that this isn't a 'real-live-Gibson'. I've let my wife know too, and all of her kids know too, so it should never be sold as anything other than a replica.
That said, I would whole-heartedly stack this guitar up against any Gibson Les Paul for sound and playabilty, fit and finish.
Hey TD,** This may be a non-excitable thread, but I just had to show pride in my Number 1 being finally shot as it really is.
I've tried a Kodak Digital camera ($100 at Walgreens many years ago), I've tried a cell phone, I've tried a smartphone (Apple 7+), but I think I finally got a decent pic of my Les Paul through my Lenovo tablet, bought a year ago.
Kodak digital camera-
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Apple smart phone-
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I think the last one the Lenovo tablet pic, is where my Les Paul is at.
I didn't have to mess with color or contrast or exposure or balance or anything in Photoshop with the Lenovo shot. The shot is just a 60 old-fashioned bulb under a beige lamp shade about 10 feet away, and a LED desk lamp sitting on my computer chair point up towards it.
edited for spelling (!!!)