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  • NGD: 1977 Aria Pro II LC-550 (Les Paul Custom)

    Some years ago I owned an LC-500 and loved it. I sold all my gear at one point and have sorely missed it ever since. I honestly never thought I'd have a chance to get another one. Then I happened upon an LC-550, which is the exact same guitar but with gold hardware instead of chrome. The Wilkes Barre, PA Music-Go-Round had it for sale for just $400. Being that I knew what it was, I grabbed it quick...real quick.

    I brought it home and changed a bunch of stock parts to mirror Ronnie Younkins' from Kix 1971 LPC (his guitar has been my favorite Les Paul since I was a kid).

    1. Replaced all gold hardware with chrome (down to the screws).
    2. Replaced the stock Aria Pro Alnico V pickups with an old Gibson 490R/498T set.
    3. Put on strap locks.
    4. Replaced the plastic input jack plate with a nickel one.
    5. Replaced pickup rings and poker chip (black to cream).
    6. Replaced the knobs (black speed knobs to gold top hat with silver inserts).

    I then dropped it off with Doug at DWard Guitars to get the rosewood fretboard ebonized (dye it black and then seal in the color with oil), cut the nut so that 11's don't bind, and a setup.

    This guitar is flat out awesome. It was made in 1977 (with the "made for export" headstock design) to almost exact 1974 LPC specs (differences are lack of open book cut in the headstock, double arrowhead inlay instead of split diamond, wide binding at the cutaway instead of thin binding, and maple neck instead of mahogany).

    .8" at the 1st fret
    .96" at the 12th fret
    1 11/16" bone nut
    Maple neck
    Mahogany pancake body w/solid Maple cap
    Long tenon
    ABR-1 bridge

    Weight: 9 lbs

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    Last edited by cliffenstein; 11-09-2017, 04:40 PM.
    1977 Aria Pro II LC-550 (Les Paul Custom)
    1990 Sebring LPJ Special
    1993 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    2012 Recording King RAJ-122
    Peavey Windsor amp head
    Marshall JCM 2000 DSL100 amp head
    Marshall JCM 800 1960a cab
    Marshall JCM 800 1982a cab

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    • #3
      that looks really nice for a lawsuit guitar and for its age in pretty damn good condition, my '75 gibson lpc shows more its age

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      • #4
        Originally posted by t_e_l_e View Post
        that looks really nice for a lawsuit guitar and for its age in pretty damn good condition, my '75 gibson lpc shows more its age
        The wood, pots, toggle, input jack and back control cavities are all that remains of the original guitar.
        1977 Aria Pro II LC-550 (Les Paul Custom)
        1990 Sebring LPJ Special
        1993 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
        2012 Recording King RAJ-122
        Peavey Windsor amp head
        Marshall JCM 2000 DSL100 amp head
        Marshall JCM 800 1960a cab
        Marshall JCM 800 1982a cab

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cliffenstein View Post

          The wood, pots, toggle, input jack and back control cavities are all that remains of the original guitar.
          i mean the finish, the binding and the inlays, especially at the headstock, most lp custom of the age 40+ like mine show hairline cracks in the finish, in the headstock plate and the inlays, its normal for the age and nothing to worry about, but your lawsuit does not show such signs, thats why i commented it
          something like this:

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          • Freeman Keller
            Freeman Keller commented
            Editing a comment
            Cracks are part of a lacquer finish. Your red guitar is finished in nitro, it will crack. Sorry 'bout that.

          • Phil O'Keefe
            Phil O'Keefe commented
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            The more it's exposed to extremes of temperature, or rapid temperature changes (guitar case left in a cold guitar trunk for two or three hours brought into a warm room and opened up right away, etc.), the more likely the nitrocellulose lacquer will check and crack.

            Checking still happens here, but it actually seems to be a bit less common and severe on guitars that have spent their lifetimes in Southern California due to the milder weather.

          • t_e_l_e
            t_e_l_e commented
            Editing a comment
            as its not a structural issue and just on the surface, IMHO its a nice touch of patina

            i like it when instruments age and show some wear of their usage. yeah i try to be careful and avoid scratches and stuff, but i'm not too anal about it

        • #6
          That's a beauty, HNGD!

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          • #7
            Originally posted by t_e_l_e View Post

            i mean the finish, the binding and the inlays, especially at the headstock, most lp custom of the age 40+ like mine show hairline cracks in the finish, in the headstock plate and the inlays, its normal for the age and nothing to worry about, but your lawsuit does not show such signs, thats why i commented it
            something like this:


            Ah yes...that would be because this has a poly finish, not a nitro one. Plus, the previous owner REALLY took care of this thing. There's not a crack anywhere to be found.
            1977 Aria Pro II LC-550 (Les Paul Custom)
            1990 Sebring LPJ Special
            1993 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
            2012 Recording King RAJ-122
            Peavey Windsor amp head
            Marshall JCM 2000 DSL100 amp head
            Marshall JCM 800 1960a cab
            Marshall JCM 800 1982a cab

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            • #8
              Lovely axe.

              I really like the Aria Pro II post law suit shape for LP too. Really nice axes.
              Ant the Les Paul Lover!

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              • #9
                I guess I have a bit of a problem with the "Les Paul Custom" t/r cover on a copy. Its a nice guitar but its not a Les Paul and its not a Custom.

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Freeman Keller View Post
                  its not a Les Paul and its not a Custom.

                  Cool, man.
                  Last edited by cliffenstein; 11-09-2017, 08:50 PM.
                  1977 Aria Pro II LC-550 (Les Paul Custom)
                  1990 Sebring LPJ Special
                  1993 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
                  2012 Recording King RAJ-122
                  Peavey Windsor amp head
                  Marshall JCM 2000 DSL100 amp head
                  Marshall JCM 800 1960a cab
                  Marshall JCM 800 1982a cab

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                  • #11
                    Maybe add an "s"? as in "Less Paul"? or make your own "More or Les Paul"?
                    I was kicked out of music class for passing notes...
                    Tuned out, turned in and dropped off

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by cliffenstein View Post


                      Ah yes...that would be because this has a poly finish, not a nitro one. Plus, the previous owner REALLY took care of this thing. There's not a crack anywhere to be found.
                      that explains a lot, still a very nice guitar

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                      • #13
                        That's friggin cool!
                        '79 Strat Hardtail
                        Carvin SC90 flametop
                        97 Gibby LP Std. 'burst
                        Heritage 575
                        Peavey TL-6
                        MIJ Blue Flower Tele MIJ Pink Paisley Strat
                        Carvin Bolt-T Swamp Ash
                        Hohner Steinberger
                        73' Rick 4001 Fireglo
                        Larrivee D-09
                        Agile Doubleneck
                        Some handmade Paracho flamenco guitar
                        Seagull S12+.

                        Amps:
                        Legend 30
                        Billm Blues Jr.
                        Mesa Nomad 45
                        Ampeg J12-T
                        Homebrew 1 1/2 watt tube sucker

                        Lotsa modded pedals.

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                        • #14
                          Nice Aria Pro II - it looks like it's in really good shape for its age!
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                          • #15
                            Shes a beaut, especially with that stack. Bet it sounds bad a_ _

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