Gibson guys I need your eyes, please

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by Tsjackson, May 2, 2021.

  1. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    The open book outline of the headstock is crooked. Like said earlier they probably cut it to make it look like the old Gibson headstock. Based on that alone, I’d say do what thou will with the guitar. It’s already devalued.
     
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  2. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    I will feel far more comfortable practicing refinishing on it when that inevitably comes to pass haha
     
  3. WillyDaC50

    WillyDaC50 Strat-Talk Member

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    I've been playing Gibson since the 60's and nearly everything I own is that old. No expert on anything, but I (like anyone that plays I suspect) am a chronic shopper. No chance it was a Kalamazoo guitar in 98. Looks to me like for whatever reason the truss cover was replaced. I'd be willing to bet it originally had a truss cover that said "The Paul". Other than that, all the Gibson's I looked at in the late 90's had really lousy finish work, and that guitar, with the exception of the truss cover, looks unmolested. I don't think that the trapeze will hurt it any. Check how thick the body is compared to another LP. It's probably just a bit thinner. Just my 2 cents. The "dater" post is crazy. The Kalamazoo factory had been closed for some time.
     
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  4. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    I’ve emailed some photos to someone at Gibson just to get a full spec sheet (hopefully) of how it was originally made, pickups, hardware etc ive got no idea how specific they can be but the guy sounded more than happy to help
     
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    Why are we even talking about this "parts Paul" guitar? That's what it is. Its been taken apart and put back together so many times, I would hide it in my garage. (under my car). Maybe get lucky and run over it. Glenn Glenn.
     
  6. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    We can’t all afford to do that, and I’d always assumed that unlike fender a set neck guitar with new innards wouldn’t be a partscaster? Loads of Gibson guys swap bridges, pickups, tuners, pots, jacks and plastics. I’m sure as far as they’re concerned it’s still the same Gibson they bought.
     
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    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    Genuinely interested if a set neck guitar can be a partscaster if the neck and body are still attached
     
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    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    But they dang sure work without hacking up your guitar and the guitar can be returned to stock form in minutes. I use the original Les Trem bought from Stew-Mac back in the day.:thumb::whistling:
    LPDC.jpg Pair of Epi SG's.jpg Purple Paul 2.jpg couple of hamers.jpg
     
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  9. Lewbypls

    Lewbypls Strat-O-Master

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    drp146 Strat-Talker

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    "The Paul" is an underrated guitar that really plays well. My brother has one and I've played it enough to know. So not awful if it was one. His is the first edition though, from the late 70's.
     
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  11. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    That’s kind of D’s take on the old Stetsbar.
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Other than that tail piece it’s all original.
     
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    I assume it works for light simmers and not dive bombs
     
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    I agree, a Duesenberg fits well and can be removed without trace too......a bonus.

    I have them installed on all my Les Paul’s and Epi Dot.

    A suggestion: saw off the threaded bit on a Strat tremolo arm and use that arm instead of the one supplied. Much better in my view.
     
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    Oh, forgot to mention. The Duesenberg tremolo works better in my view that Stets bars. I have both.
     
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    Need to get around to buying one in the future.
     
  17. crankit

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    I guess I'm from the old school. Where I like to keep things origanal. I guess to keep up the value and historic class. I wouldn't drop a dodge engine in a 66 corvett. Later , Crankit. STP60986.JPG STP60987 (1).JPG STP60988 (1).JPG
     
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  18. myredstrat

    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    "original"
    yet you show an Alvin Lee Es335 with no decals and the Bigsby removed. Is that yours?
    to me the only thing wrong with the OPs guitar is that ugly trapeze tail piece, but each to his or her own.
    Like the song says "if it makes you happy"
     
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    I think you need to study up on the Alvin Lee ES335. Mine is the 2007. In 2007 Gibson Custom shop made 40 in red, 40 in ebony without stickers (posted). These were promos for Guitar Center, Sweetwater, and AMS. My decals are in the case. Limited or un limited, the Bigsby was not on the first 3 runs of Alvin Lee signatures. Check it out, call Gibson. I have. f u Crankit.
     
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