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Gibson Custom Shop 1968 LPC Reissue vs. the REAL THING

RandyGoldtop

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I can’t speak to the 2018 and newer. However, I have a 2007 68RI and my Uncle had a 68 LPC from the very early 70’s until about 8 years ago. My take on them:

Neck profile, weight and top carve were very similar. Tone was miles apart. His sounded just like John Fogerty’s 68. Mine has 57 Classics and sounds good, but different. The neck pickups are close, but his on the bridge pickup was almost Strat like. Mine on the bridge had more balls and growl.
His had the original fret less wonder frets. Mine are medium jumbos. I prefer mine, but they aren’t historically accurate. The real 68 had witch hat knobs. Mine has the bell knobs with pointers.


I have a 2015 ES LP Custom 3 pickup black beauty that came stock with the MHS pickups. The bridge pickup on that guitar sounds like his 68, but it feels nothing like a 68. 50’s neck and it’s obviously much lighter. I like the way the RI plays better. My back likes the ES.
 

Shelkonnery

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What about their headstock angles?
The '68 Reissues supposedly have a 14 degree angle headstock, don't they?
(Rather than the usual 17 degrees)
 
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Mine also came new with Grovers vs the original Schallers in 68.
The 1968 (And the next few years) didn´t have Schallers. They had Kluson wafflebacks. Some claim that the wafflebacks lasted all the way until 1975. I have however owned two 1974 Customs (20 th anniversary inlay is a sure sign it´s a 1974), that originally came with Schallers. All later 70s Customs I´ve seen had Schallers, so I believe that Schallers were standart from 1974 onwards. But I´ve seen earlier 70s Customs with Grover Rotomatics. The timeline clearly is, Kluson wafflebacks 1968-1972?) , Grover Rotomatic (1972?-1973?) and finally Schaller in 1974 and later.
 
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What about their headstock angles?
The '68 Reissues supposedly have a 14 degree angle headstock, don't they?
(Rather than the usual 17 degrees)
From 1965 until the early eighties, 14 degree angle was standart on all the models I have knowledge on. I can´t say for certain that the weirdos, like Maruader and S-1 were the same. But all Les Paul certainly were 14 degrees. So yes, a 1968 should have a 14 degree headstock. However with Gibsons blatant disregard for correctness in reissues, I would check before buying, if it is important to you. I would personally prefer a 17 degree angle, like the fifties and the current guitars, whether it´s correct or not. With the 1968 reissue being introduced so long ago (Late eighties if I rember correctly), I would not be surprised if they´re not all the same.
 

Shelkonnery

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From 1965 until the early eighties, 14 degree angle was standart on all the models I have knowledge on. I can´t say for certain that the weirdos, like Maruader and S-1 were the same. But all Les Paul certainly were 14 degrees. So yes, a 1968 should have a 14 degree headstock. However with Gibsons blatant disregard for correctness in reissues, I would check before buying, if it is important to you. I would personally prefer a 17 degree angle, like the fifties and the current guitars, whether it´s correct or not. With the 1968 reissue being introduced so long ago (Late eighties if I rember correctly), I would not be surprised if they´re not all the same.
Thanks, Lars! I had no idea the 14 degree angle was in production that long.
 

aladdinsane

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Hey guys. Sorry, I'm just seeing this. I kept checking back and there were no replies for a while.

Looks like the newer reissues are the 14 degree headstock.

I'm wondering if these newer ones (from 2018 on) are closer to the original pickups, since they have the 68 custombuckers. I've always wanted a 68 or early 69, but I'm starting to wonder if the newer custom shop models are just as good as the originals.
 

Wilko

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build quality will be very similar. Pickups very similar. The T-Tops the originals came with are the same 7.6k-ish pickup that went all the way through the stamped base T-Tops from the mid 70s. Yes, the same pickups that everyone hates. I love them.

I am one of the cursed who loves the old wood feel that only comes from old wood. I had owned several 1968 standards, but never the custom. The old has something special. Most people can't feel it. Knowing that, the reissue '68s that i've played (none after about 2005) are excellent guitars.
 

RandyGoldtop

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The 1968 (And the next few years) didn´t have Schallers. They had Kluson wafflebacks. Some claim that the wafflebacks lasted all the way until 1975. I have however owned two 1974 Customs (20 th anniversary inlay is a sure sign it´s a 1974), that originally came with Schallers. All later 70s Customs I´ve seen had Schallers, so I believe that Schallers were standart from 1974 onwards. But I´ve seen earlier 70s Customs with Grover Rotomatics. The timeline clearly is, Kluson wafflebacks 1968-1972?) , Grover Rotomatic (1972?-1973?) and finally Schaller in 1974 and later.
 
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The 1968 (And the next few years) didn´t have Schallers. They had Kluson wafflebacks. Some claim that the wafflebacks lasted all the way until 1975. I have however owned two 1974 Customs (20 th anniversary inlay is a sure sign it´s a 1974), that originally came with Schallers. All later 70s Customs I´ve seen had Schallers, so I believe that Schallers were standart from 1974 onwards. But I´ve seen earlier 70s Customs with Grover Rotomatics. The timeline clearly is, Kluson wafflebacks 1968-1972?) , Grover Rotomatic (1972?-1973?) and finally Schaller in 1974 and later.
Rather than edit my earlier post, I thought it better to reply to it.
I have just seen a white 1974/20th anniversary listed for sale locally with Kluson wafflebacks. It is obvious that the guitar never had Schallers, and the front of the headstock shows no signs of the instrument ever having had Grover rotomatics.
So clearly the 20th anniversary, was available BOTH with Kluson wafflebacks AND Schaller M6. I still think my timeline of tuners from post #5 is in general correct, but there obviously are exceptions.
 
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