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I saw an old thread where TW had posted this photo - so, photo credit goes to him!
To me - and I think TW agrees - it appears that the sunburst on this guitar was done in "reverse order." The yellow was added over the top of the dark base.
I think this is why the center yellow portion looks...
I just got this old set of 52 P90s from a conversion:
This is a matching set, both from the same guitar:
The cream covers are extremely thin, and incredibly snug-fitting:
The baseplates are definitely a different metal than any other 50s P90s that I have owned and had in my hands...
I just got a set of 53 goldtop P90s in a trade. And this is what I saw:
More photos of the pickups here if you are curious:
I found this old thread on the wood spacers/shims subject...
I know this is the '50s Les Paul section, and I think this is the proper place for this thread :dude:
How would you compare and contrast the merits of a single cutaway '50s Les Paul Special, vs. a '60s small guard SG Standard?
They are relatively comparable in price these days... which is one...
Was the '66+ SG long-heel neck-join design an "improvement" compared to prior years?
Seems like the long-heel design began in 1966 (possibly very late '65?, at the earliest).
I know the long-heel design was tweaked again a couple of years after that... but even at that point, it was still a...
I've seen this now a few times on '50s Les Pauls. Check these out.
What is the significance of an impressed serial number into the heel?
Hendrix's '50s Les Paul Custom:
Another '50s Les Paul Custom:
A '50s Les Paul Junior:
Ok I'll admit.
I'm totally fascinated with Specials.
I've owned quite a few over the years - mostly what you would call player-grade examples, but some really nice, original ones as well.
Right now I own just one - a late 57 or very early 58 (singlecut) with stripped finish but all original...
Full disclosure: I own a '52. And I have owned a few other 52-53s in my lifetime.
But I would say owning a single '52 is hardly trying to corner the market, or pump the price of 52-53s... :)
But I can't help scratching my head: ....
When - if ever - will people truly realize about these guitars?
I'll be watching this one out of pure curiosity.
I find it is pretty rare to see a true auction for one of these go down, as opposed to asking prices and buy-it-now type offerings.
My guess is it won't go anywhere close to what some people...
I've got an early '58 Special and it had black tape around the wire to the jack, visible inside the control cavity:
My initial thinking was that the black tape on my guitar had been added later (was not original from the factory), but then I saw this photo of Mike Slub's '57 Special that he...
For years and years, we all refer to these published shipping total numbers.
But simple question: if the Gibson 1958 through 1960 shipping ledgers disappeared sometime in the 1970s, where did these shipping totals come from?
I have always just assumed (probably same as every other guy) that...
I am hoping to get some clarity on any of these questions - if anyone knows. Thanks!
1. Which years (and/or portions of years) are missing?
2. Exactly when did they go missing? What approximate year did this apparent theft happen? Obviously not an exact date, but an approximate year of the...
I have always been sort of curious about this...
Total of 958 LP Specials shipped in 1958.
How many of them do you think were single cutaway?
Are there any more precise details about exactly when (what month) in 1958 that the double cutaway Specials were first leaving the factory? Were the DC...