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'58 CME Les Paul CS Reissue - '59 Carmelita specs

Micktobora

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Hi all. This is my first post on this forum so I hope I'm posting this in the right place!
I recently bought a secondhand CME Custom shop Les Paul with 'Carmelita' 59 specs. She was made in November 2018, has the slightly underwound (10 - 15%) Custombucker A3 pickups which as opposed to the 'regular' CS Gibsons, the pickups are potted, apart from that they are exactly the same, at least what I've gathered and what CME told me when i called them last week. Its a great sounding Les Paul and is very well finished, (apart from bleeding from the aniline dye bleeding slightly into the binding, neck and body.)

Id be very interested to see what opinions are out there on these CME Les Pauls, their sound, finish quality etc etc. I have a '73 LP Custom (Norlin) and the CME CS Les Paul to my ears, sounds way better and more authentic LP tone - reminiscent of the era which it is supposed to reflect. I also have a '93 USA Les Paul with Seymour Duncan Antiquities with a Callaham bridge - that sounds so very close to the CME '58 Custom Shop.

Your opinions on the above would be much appreciated.
 

fred dons

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Well it is christmas so People might be busy otherwise :)

But congratulations, i heard good things about this run, i have the European version from Session.de and i love mine
 

Micktobora

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Thanks Fred. Appreciate the reply! Best of luck mate. (Not much response on this one!)
 

Micktobora

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Sure..! Here's a couple..
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chrimer

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Month later but...I have a 2017 CME Standard. Low Wind Custombucker S. TH Spec. Scarface neck carve. Carmelita top carve (I think). I like it A LOT.
Finish is thin. Has faded quite a bit. Mine had the binding bleed but that's really faded away lately.
Looks nice. Sounds even better. I played a ton of Custom Shop Historic's before landing on this one. At the time leading up to these Gibson was changing spec quite a bit and I kept holding off hoping to get a more accurate to vintage LP. I stopped by CME while on a business trip and this run of CME's finally did me in. I played a bunch that were all great and this one checked all the boxes for me. Done and done. It hasn't been back in the case since.

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54/59

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Month later but...I have a 2017 CME Standard. Low Wind Custombucker S. TH Spec. Scarface neck carve. Carmelita top carve (I think). I like it A LOT.
Finish is thin. Has faded quite a bit. Mine had the binding bleed but that's really faded away lately.
Looks nice. Sounds even better. I played a ton of Custom Shop Historic's before landing on this one. At the time leading up to these Gibson was changing spec quite a bit and I kept holding off hoping to get a more accurate to vintage LP. I stopped by CME while on a business trip and this run of CME's finally did me in. I played a bunch that were all great and this one checked all the boxes for me. Done and done. It hasn't been back in the case since.

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That top looks fantastic!
 

ZZ Not

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That looks great ! I like everything about it and I especially like the dark fingerboard. Congratulations, enjoy it.
 

Micktobora

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Month later but...I have a 2017 CME Standard. Low Wind Custombucker S. TH Spec. Scarface neck carve. Carmelita top carve (I think). I like it A LOT.
Finish is thin. Has faded quite a bit. Mine had the binding bleed but that's really faded away lately.
Looks nice. Sounds even better. I played a ton of Custom Shop Historic's before landing on this one. At the time leading up to these Gibson was changing spec quite a bit and I kept holding off hoping to get a more accurate to vintage LP. I stopped by CME while on a business trip and this run of CME's finally did me in. I played a bunch that were all great and this one checked all the boxes for me. Done and done. It hasn't been back in the case since.

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Thats is a beautiful LP! My 2018 CME (Carmelita top Carve and neck) looks similar to yours but yours just beats mine on the flame top.. better bookmatching.
Do you find the top wrap improves the 'slinkiness' when playing? I may try that one. My bridge pickup was about 2.5 to 3mm from the bottom of the strings and it sounded slightly weak compared to my other PAF style pickups in my other Les Pauls so i raised it slightly, only a half turn on the top end only to bring it a tad under 2mm between the top of the pu screw and the bottom of the top E string - and it has vastly improved the sound and output. How is yours setup? Be interesting to know having the same slightly underwound Custom Buckers 'S' as mine. (Pics of mine have dissapeared for some weird reason!? )
 

chrimer

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As far as the top. It’s all about the angle. The flame definitely has shimmer and movement and can almost completely disappear.
My setup was great from CME but I don’t have spec. I’ve made plenty of adjustments though since then. Mostly just raising and lowering pickups to taste while noodling. I have a few sets of WIZZ and an old set of Seth Lovers. The custom buckers have stayed in because I haven’t felt like I’m missing anything that I can’t easily find with a small adjustment.
 

Micktobora

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As far as the top. It’s all about the angle. The flame definitely has shimmer and movement and can almost completely disappear.
My setup was great from CME but I don’t have spec. I’ve made plenty of adjustments though since then. Mostly just raising and lowering pickups to taste while noodling. I have a few sets of WIZZ and an old set of Seth Lovers. The custom buckers have stayed in because I haven’t felt like I’m missing anything that I can’t easily find with a small adjustment.
That is interesting. Their certainly great reissues. Just out of curiosity, what height have you set your Custom Bucker 's' particularly for the bridge. As l mentioned, my bridge pu is slightly under 2mm from the top of the screws...slightly (half a screw turn), closer than how CME set em up.
 
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