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I just got back my fav Les Paul of all time. :banana: I sold this to a friend many moons ago and he was kind enough to relinquish this into my hands again.
I bought the guitar exactly as is. The changes were done a long time ago (perhaps in the early 70's). I only had it refretted and the pickups partially potted.
This started life as a 1956 goldtop. That year was the perfect one for the conversion as it was the first year the LP Standard model had a tuneamatic bridge and tailpiece. So no ugly extra holes in the top to be filled from the wraparound bridge that earlier LP's had. The top is almost one solid piece of maple but there is a join way down around the bridge volume and tone controls. While there is some very cool and unique flame to the top, it does not have the usual matched booktop flame. The top had been refinished. But there is still some of the original gold paint in the pickup and control cavities. The guitar weighs in at a more than reasonable 8.3 lbs. It is also exremely well balanced so ergonomically it is a dream to play. I have to say, I am not a Les Paul fan in general, for my own inability to be able to deal with it's inherent design. But some LP's speak to me....and this one speaks very loudly.
Some very sweet humbuckers ( an original PAF with double white coils in the bridge and an early patent sticker in the neck) were added. Both these have extremely low resistance readings (7.5 bridge and 6.8 neck) but are just screamers with smooth unique tone.
I feel very blessed to be able to get this back and I thought I'd just share with all us Canuck guitar freaks.

Pete





 

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Here is a couple more Pix....
.....P.S. I took these pictures when I last owned it. So that is why there is snow in the background. (not an early winter) :smile:
Also a pic of of me playing it at my gig on Fri. night. I got it back Friday morning and had it all set up and ready to go by the early afternoon.





 

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oh my God. That is fantastic.

IMO we have our next GOTM.

I've been gassing for a conversion for some time now, but I'd have to sell most of my guitars to raise enough cash. Haven't decided to jump at that yet.

Man, a PAF and a sticker patent#? This guitar must sound incredible.

Congrats on getting it back man, you must be very happy.
 

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Nice try on the sleight of hand attempt wrt the snow.....the guitar has been modded (rhythm/treble ring in the photo of you):eek: !!!!

and has been deemed worthless after consulting the experts at the Nigel Tufnel Institute.


:wave::banana: youst yukin (with swedish accent)

What are partially potted pickups, (and no, I'm sorry, never heard of PPP's:D)?

Is that the same conversion you had shown me (the one where the fingerboard has gotten narrow)?

......... I like

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Nice try on the sleight of hand attempt wrt the snow.....the guitar has been modded (rhythm/treble ring in the photo of you):eek: !!!!
and has been deemed worthless after consulting the experts at the Nigel Tufnel Institute.

Well anything that Nigel says.......
Yes the ring was added from another old LP (period correct don't you know)
and as it would have had a ring in the first place.....top marks for reconstructive surgery. Therefore no penalty and the NT Institute has been overuled by the surpervising Guitar's Canada board of nonsense (GCBN).



:wave::banana: youst yukin (with swedish accent)

What are partially potted pickups, (and no, I'm sorry, never heard of PPP's:D)?

PPP's are one in the same as day patient surgery. A hypodermic with hot wax up the crevice. Not a dip, just a squirt.

Is that the same conversion you had shown me (the one where the fingerboard has gotten narrow)?

No...this is another one that I had previous to the narrow necked one.

......... I like

Andy


Thanks Andeye
You have to try it when we get together next.
 

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Oh my...

That is very nice. Is it really that color, or is that the lighting/photography?
It is very close to this. I took these pictures in the late afternoon on a winter's day. So the sun is quite rich and low at that time of year. Makes for very cool looks. This was also pre-digital camera, so the film look has an almost vintage effect by itself. Then I scanned these pix on Thursday when I knew I was getting the guitar back. So that added a certain "je ne sais quoi" No?
I will take some digi pix soon.

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That is a very nice looking guitar. Not a big fan of conversions, especially when they rip off they top and make major structural changes, but this is an excellent example of some wood that better revealed than concealed. I like the fact that it's basically a refin with added pickups and a refret.

Lucky man.
 

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more like some white guy from the Mississauga Delta

Hey !!!!! Watch it !!!!!! No Mississauga here. Pure Scarborough mud. :cool:

Pete (take me to the Knob Hill Hotel and wash me down) Faracaster

Thanks Mario......next time we get together you have to give it a wank.
 

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very nice...... hope it wasn't big $'s to get back......

Well...that is all relative isn't it. I did pay about double what I sold it for about six years ago. But....it does absolutely cure my LP itch and is truely one of the best humbucking guitars I've ever laid hands on. While it was very expensive (to me) in cash and loosing other great guitars to pay for it, it is totally worth it. I think.

Pete
 
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