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raven999
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:29 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Added a new wench to the family:















1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom 25/50 Anniversary:
Solid (no sandwich) 'Hog body
5 piece flamed Maple and Ebony neck
Mother of Pearl, and Abalone inlays
Ebony fretboard, split block inlays
Gold plated Schaller "Gibson" tuners and Truss Rod
Silver plated tuner buttons and post anchors
Series VII "tarback" humbuckers w/coil-tap
Brass Nut

And it is one heavy bitch! I love it!

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1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom 25/50 Anniversary
1987 Ultra V
1988 Ultra V
1989 Ultra V
1984/85 X100B head
1988 V4X12C
1996 Gibson Les Paul Studio with P-90's
(?) Carvin VL100 head
(?) Carvin VL4X12C
(?) Carvin VT50 head
(?) Carvin VT4X10
(?) Carvin VL2X12 cab
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ROCKCRUE1
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:45 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Man that's gorgeous.... wait. Didn't you swear off Gibbys?
Either way, pretty.... Cool

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raven999
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:46 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks, it is beautiful, when the folks in Kalamazoo wanted to, they could really knock 'em out of the park. I did sort of, none of the new stuff, from say 1990 on. Too many short cuts and flat out lies. This one is heavy as hell, and the TP-6 takes some getting used to, but it sings like no day tommorow...

All together:

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The goods:
1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom 25/50 Anniversary
1987 Ultra V
1988 Ultra V
1989 Ultra V
1984/85 X100B head
1988 V4X12C
1996 Gibson Les Paul Studio with P-90's
(?) Carvin VL100 head
(?) Carvin VL4X12C
(?) Carvin VT50 head
(?) Carvin VT4X10
(?) Carvin VL2X12 cab
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Brian D
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:43 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Nice! Congrats!

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ElfDude
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:05 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Lucky!!!

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Frankie_G
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:40 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Great guitar! I have a 1976 Les Paul Custom.

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raven999
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:34 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks guys, these were the guitars I started out on, so it's like an old friend...that gained weight, Laugh Hard I'm thinking of an Artisan, or 56 Custom or RI, if I can't scrounge an original

Frankie G, those are both a pair of sweeties.

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The goods:
1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom 25/50 Anniversary
1987 Ultra V
1988 Ultra V
1989 Ultra V
1984/85 X100B head
1988 V4X12C
1996 Gibson Les Paul Studio with P-90's
(?) Carvin VL100 head
(?) Carvin VL4X12C
(?) Carvin VT50 head
(?) Carvin VT4X10
(?) Carvin VL2X12 cab
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Frankie_G
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:12 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks man. Very Happy Your 25/50 is a very special guitar, that neck is beautiful.
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raven999
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:44 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

For a guitar that's been a "player" all it's life, it's in amazing shape. The tone on this one is so unlike any Les Paul I've owned, about a dozen or so over the years. A large part of that is the Tar-backs, and nut, I've never liked brass nuts, always switched them for graphite or bone, but I can't quite bring myself to do it...yet? And these "Tar-backs" are a Jazz players wet dream. Back in the day, they were pretty unpopular,they're NOT "bad" pups, but except for a lot of Fusion guys, most people that played these, often switched out.

The neck-pup on this one was, but I was able to find an original. This thing rings out brightly...with authority! Punk! Catch the harmonics just right, and the neighbors thought I was the church bell across the street Laugh Hard Plus, it still has all the thickness you'd expect.

All in all, it's a really great instrument, it may not be THE best I've ever owned, but the only one better took the Custom Shop 3 times to get right, just goes to show, the "old ways" are STILL the best Yeah!

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The goods:
1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom 25/50 Anniversary
1987 Ultra V
1988 Ultra V
1989 Ultra V
1984/85 X100B head
1988 V4X12C
1996 Gibson Les Paul Studio with P-90's
(?) Carvin VL100 head
(?) Carvin VL4X12C
(?) Carvin VT50 head
(?) Carvin VT4X10
(?) Carvin VL2X12 cab
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Tricky1
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:43 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Beautiful guitar.
I am a minimalists for sure. but that I could be proud of.
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Frankie_G
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:43 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

My 76 is an old workhorse as well, lord knows how many songs and gigs have been played on this guitar. On mine the headstock diamond and body binding is yellow and aged but the fret marker blocks are just as bright as can be.

I have only had this guitar 2 years, I got it from a friend who had never played it the 15 years he owned it, back in 2000 I polished the frets, oiled the fretboard and put new strings on it. I begged him to sell it to me then and he wouldn't. At the time I owned a 1995 cherry sunburst Les Paul Standard that was a great guitar and a 1977 black Les Paul Custom that was a case queen.

As things go my buddy finally sold me the 1976 LP Custom a couple of years ago, he had gotten it from a musician friend of his who I didn't know. Man if these old Gibby's could talk they could tell us some great stories. Cool



raven999 wrote:
For a guitar that's been a "player" all it's life, it's in amazing shape. The tone on this one is so unlike any Les Paul I've owned, about a dozen or so over the years. A large part of that is the Tar-backs, and nut, I've never liked brass nuts, always switched them for graphite or bone, but I can't quite bring myself to do it...yet? And these "Tar-backs" are a Jazz players wet dream. Back in the day, they were pretty unpopular,they're NOT "bad" pups, but except for a lot of Fusion guys, most people that played these, often switched out.

The neck-pup on this one was, but I was able to find an original. This thing rings out brightly...with authority! Punk! Catch the harmonics just right, and the neighbors thought I was the church bell across the street Laugh Hard Plus, it still has all the thickness you'd expect.

All in all, it's a really great instrument, it may not be THE best I've ever owned, but the only one better took the Custom Shop 3 times to get right, just goes to show, the "old ways" are STILL the best Yeah!
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Frankie_G
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:50 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Check out my (i) is not dotted. Smile







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raven999
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:51 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

It looks really close to mine, as far as basic construction goes, I can't tell if it's a "sandwich body" or not, but it looks like a 3 piece Maple neck?
My binding has that same aged look to it, the inlays look brand new, but it needs a good cleaning and re-polishing of the clear coat, especially where my forearm rests at the lower Bass bout, it's been worn and dulled by years of playing.

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The goods:
1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom 25/50 Anniversary
1987 Ultra V
1988 Ultra V
1989 Ultra V
1984/85 X100B head
1988 V4X12C
1996 Gibson Les Paul Studio with P-90's
(?) Carvin VL100 head
(?) Carvin VL4X12C
(?) Carvin VT50 head
(?) Carvin VT4X10
(?) Carvin VL2X12 cab
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:59 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

The neck is a 3 piece and the body is a sandwich body. T-Top original pickups with the covers removed (I wish I had those covers). 10 pounds on the digital scales.
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raven999
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:09 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I remember back in the day people hated the sandwich bodies, but compared to todays models, they're fantastic. Still no luck finding another pre-81 that i want, but I got nothin but time...

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1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom 25/50 Anniversary
1987 Ultra V
1988 Ultra V
1989 Ultra V
1984/85 X100B head
1988 V4X12C
1996 Gibson Les Paul Studio with P-90's
(?) Carvin VL100 head
(?) Carvin VL4X12C
(?) Carvin VT50 head
(?) Carvin VT4X10
(?) Carvin VL2X12 cab
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mge80
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:25 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Frankie_G wrote:
Check out my (i) is not dotted. Smile


Yeah. My brother had a watch like that. I believe it was a Rulex. Razz

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