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    et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.....

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
      I've always liked red Les Pauls. There was a late 70s wine red Deluxe in the first music store I worked in that I really wanted… but I ended up with a Firebrand instead.


      say it isn't so,

      I bought a 76 strat usd from a guy in town here, he took the 300 dollars I gave him and bought at LP firebrand.

      I still have the strat.
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      • #18
        Still my fav

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      • #19
        Originally posted by Mikeo View Post



        say it isn't so,

        I bought a 76 strat usd from a guy in town here, he took the 300 dollars I gave him and bought at LP firebrand.

        I still have the strat.

        I was young and on a really tight budget. It was actually a pretty cool guitar, but I traded it for a Fender. A friend spotted it in a store in Orange County (he could tell it was mine from a sticker I had on it) a couple of years back, but when he went back the next time, it was gone.
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        • #20
          Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post


          I was young and on a really tight budget. It was actually a pretty cool guitar, but I traded it for a Fender. A friend spotted it in a store in Orange County (he could tell it was mine from a sticker I had on it) a couple of years back, but when he went back the next time, it was gone.


          After I graduated from HS, my uncle got me a job working for a construction company . That was in 1980, and after the summer was over I have like gobs of money. I bought a new SG standard that year and the used 76 strat. In 82 I bought my first real Les Paul Standard.

          The cool thing is I still have all of guitars and many others would follow.

          The Les Paul back in 1982 cost over 500 bucks, which was a lot of money back then. I ordered if from a local dealer in my home town that sold Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Marshall, Ampeg gear out of his 2 car garage. He was a go to man for American made music gear in the area.

          Anything I sold I really didn't want. I'm a bit select at what I buy and sell.









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          • #21
            Can't have a LP Tops thread without a Gold Top.

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            • #22
              Originally posted by Mikeo View Post
              After I graduated from HS, my uncle got me a job working for a construction company . That was in 1980, and after the summer was over I have like gobs of money. I bought a new SG standard that year and the used 76 strat. In 82 I bought my first real Les Paul Standard.

              The cool thing is I still have all of guitars and many others would follow.

              The Les Paul back in 1982 cost over 500 bucks, which was a lot of money back then. I ordered if from a local dealer in my home town that sold Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Marshall, Ampeg gear out of his 2 car garage. He was a go to man for American made music gear in the area.

              Anything I sold I really didn't want. I'm a bit select at what I buy and sell.

              We're probably right about the same age, and I have to tell you, it's embarrassing how many guitars and how much gear in general I've gone through. That Firebrand was a classic example. I really do wish I still had it - mainly for sentimental reasons - but as I said, I traded it for a Fender because I went from playing in a rock band to a country-rock band and thought I needed to go with single coils. I used to do that a lot - get something kind of like what I wanted (something I could talk myself into "making do" with - like getting the Firebrand instead of the Deluxe), or trade something I had in on something I thought I needed instead.

              You blow through a lot of gear - not to mention a lot of money - that way. Eventually I wised up. Now I get what I really want right from the start - even if it means I have to save up a bit to get it. And I hardly ever sell gear. I still give some away from time to time to friends, family and other deserving souls, but I won't trade in something to get something else. It makes a lot more sense to be selective.

              The one upside is that I've had a lot of experience with a lot of different gear - and that has been helpful in terms of doing gear reviews.
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              • #23
                Originally posted by Ratae Corieltauvorum View Post
                Some years back we had a very epic thread about a blacktop Les Paul...many of you will remember

                Gibson have been make some boldish decisions lately about some of their top colour, both solid and transparent over figure.

                I'm a lifelong fan of the cherry red 335, but I'd love to see a 335 with a cherry top and and a nice caramel back.

                Wine red is another one I like, but they generally tend to be the same on the back....so I did a bit of digging around, and aftre cleaning up with a box of strong tissues thought I'd throw this out there.


                I could definitely give that guitar a cuddle.

                The side and back color remind me of this Classic I bought a while ago.

                (Finally I got an LP with coil split with this one - and they sound good split - yay!]


                And I agree that when they are all wine red, they sort of lose some of the potential to make that color look a bit more stunning. But even with binding, this would probably look better. I bought this one when Gibby was blowing out their first run of Robo's. Hmmm, this reminds me, I've got a spare LP Custom B/W/B/W/B pickguard kicking around I should see if it woud work on this critter for a hair more visual vibe. (would be better if I had an angle pic, but this is all I have in the can at the moment)

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                • WRGKMC
                  WRGKMC commented
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                  Ooh man, I can take just about any color besides light pastels. Fender was into those allot. A sea green Gibson is like Fingernails on a chalkboard to me, it makes my eyes bleed to look at it.

                  Of course that's just my taste. I've had bad luck with Green items. I was about 3 years old and got into my dads paint can and decided to paint some lawn furniture and the cat in that color. It followed me around too cause I had two major accidents in green cars. I figure I better not push my luck and just stick to dealing with green cash and make sure I didn't hang onto it too long. That seemed to work out pretty good considering I spend extra cash on gear all the time.

                  I'm sure its a great guitar though.
                  Last edited by WRGKMC; 08-05-2016, 02:18 PM.

                • GAS Man
                  GAS Man commented
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                  Thanks Ratae!

                  And regarding W's comment, if I were only to have 1 LP, I'd agree that Seafoam Green would be a ways away from my top choice, but I like the way this one stands out. It's a happy LP that tries not to take itself too seriously. LOL ;^) But I've bought and still have plenty of golds (3), red, amber flamed, ice tea flamed, vintage burst, black/ebony (4), faded HC burst, Natural Mahogany, Vintage Mahogany, Midnight, Autumn Burst and an Alpine White; one for my son, so what was left? Seafoam! :-)

                  But yeah, stay away from green if it brings you that much bad mojo. Although, I've also found the Inverness Green to fire up my GAS jets too.
                  Last edited by GAS Man; 08-05-2016, 03:20 PM.

                • WRGKMC
                  WRGKMC commented
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                  My buddy had an early 60's Paul with a quilted pink. I don't think it came that way and was likely somebody's refinish job. It sounded good and all. I used to do his fret work for him on that one and other then the color, it was a real player. He liked it so who am I to say what colors are good for someone.

                  Blues and purples are my favorites either, but I'm actually building a guitar with a body made of Purple Heart. If it does show off its purple color as it should I'll just have to learn to like it. At least its a natural color.

              • #24
                I was on the 'upgrade' path for a quite a while when I started out. My first decent electric guitar had a 'Mansfield' name on it and it was a Goldtop Les Paul copy - I really learned a lot with that guitar. When I was in college I had a summer job and walked into a music store where the guy sold me a 'real' Gibson. It was the early '70s and Gibson had come out with a line of really awful cheap SGs. After struggling with the SG for a while and seeing a movie about Jimi Hendrix I decided to get a Stratocaster.

                Every step of the way, my current guitar became expendable in the quest to upgrade. I was a victim of brand name marketing and only found out years later that Mansfield was a name an importer was putting on Ibanez guitars. The Goldtop I had in high school was actually a pre-lawsuit Ibanez and I couldn't wait to trade it for a second rate SG.

                When I met my wife, she wouldn't let me trade my '68 335 for a really nice Yamaha MSG/Image solidbody. She knew I really liked the Yamaha so, in an effort to save the 335, she took it back to the store and started making payments on the Yamaha. I don't know if she cured me of GAS or made it worse because now I have lots of guitars.
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                • #25
                  i love mine,sorry i have no better pick, no good lightening and no good camera in the rehearsal room, but its a nice figured maple top


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                  • Ratae Corieltauvorum
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                    There's always room in the world for difference, and a LP with a maple fretboard comes high on the validity scale.

                    Bursts eh? We all love em, but owning one is hard, cause if you look, within a day or two you'll find one with a subtle difference that you prefer to yours...ie, it's that search for the perfect burst, three times I thought I had the one, only to start drooling over another. It's why I love me Goldies

                  • t_e_l_e
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                    i'm not into bursts at all, to me 3 tone sunburst is the worst, altough some burst lp look great.
                    but i love wood, and any see through color to a nice wood grain is always great....

                    this lp is special, a half year before the purchase i saw the exact same guitar as righty, and thought they never made any lefty of this. ebay proofed me wrong and i had to pull the trigger on this. since this purchase (almost over 11 years ago now) my initial GAS for a black lp custom never reapeared

                • #26
                  Gas Man - I love that LP! I bet it's even nicer to look at in person. I had a green solid maple body Ibanez (RX model I think)and it was sweet. It was a lot darker green but the grain looked great thru it.

                  I am not a huge burst/flame/quilt fan unless it's with certain colors but I prefer plain tops. I honestly do not like the bright clown bursts. I don't like Strats with it at all. I do like those 2 tone LP with a nice solid color top and light back,to me it makes the top pop. I remember that thread,may still be in my subscritions.

                  Got this one a couple days ago,burst is light on it which is the way I prefer them


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                  • Phil O'Keefe
                    Phil O'Keefe commented
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                    Very nice twisty!

                  • billybilly
                    billybilly commented
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                    I really like that, what model is it?

                  • twisty571
                    twisty571 commented
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                    Thanks guys,it's a 1 year GC/MF run for 2015. Gibson LP Special Ex Pro,very nice guitar and I really liked it so I traded my SG for a JCM800 but also missed my SG after I did it & I had a chance to trade it for an SG Std & did so I am still happy
                    Last edited by twisty571; 11-21-2016, 01:31 AM.

                • #27
                  Originally posted by WRGKMC View Post
                  This is my 40th anniversary model I bought new back in 1991. There were only 300 made and its value has already doubled.
                  Its a semi translucent ebony black finish and has an ebony fret board Its a heavy MF**R at 11lbs too.

                  Black is a very difficult color to keep clean. Any finger smudges show up when light is reflected off it and black doesn't age as well as other colors do. I had enough money to buy just about any guitar I wanted. I really wanted a Firebird but the new ones I tried were junk. I tried a bunch of Paul's, Customs, Standards. This one had the best wood tone when I put my ear to the body. It does look sweet with the cream and gold though.


                  This color combo is inspiring me, love it! White pickups on the black looks great.
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                  • #28
                    Conversely, I like my all gold Les Paul Standard. I have a 52 with the patent pending tailpiece and a '56 all gold Standard.

                    I do remember the thread. That was a really nice repair by Maeni (sp).

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                    • #29
                      ^^^ Gorgeous flame!
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                      - George Carlin

                      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                      • #30
                        Call me weird, but I like the top and back to be more balanced in color. You can't see much of it here, but the back color on my Les Paul closely matches the burst edge. On my Carvin, it's a blue burst with a black edge joining a black back. I do however love the Jackson Phil Collen model with the light wood back and the brightly colored quilt top.
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                        • Ratae Corieltauvorum
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                          It's the only reason why I don't own an R9.....I cannot do with that cherry red back n sides on almost every guitar they turn out with gorgeous tops on, but that just don't go with the back n sides.

                          However now they are selling a line called "True Historic".....the actual red backs are gone :-)

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