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NGD: 1959 Les Paul VOS Dirty Lemon Burst

jb_abides

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Mercy that's a great looking top, perfect tinge of dirt in the lemon, great flame, some grain and unique mineral marks to boot.

And that you picked it by playing many and bonding, well done!

Nice pics too. Congrats and enjoy! ?
 

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Mercy that's a great looking top, perfect tinge of dirt in the lemon, great flame, some grain and unique mineral marks to boot.

And that you picked it by playing many and bonding, well done!

Nice pics too. Congrats and enjoy! ?
Thanks. My local shop has a ton of custom shop LP's to choose from. If you are within striking distance of Cleveland Ohio check out https://www.guitarriot.com/

They are in a transition location right now so the showroom is small and if you can let them know the serial numbers you are interested in they will pull them out and have them ready. I can say I've known the owner for (OMFG) 30 years he/they are honest.

I've had this guitar for 2 weeks now and outside of the bridge pickup being intermittently faulty (Gibson already sending a replacement) it is perfect.
 

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That is sweet! Love the top! not a fan of pinstripe flames i prefer the more quilted wavy flames like yours has!?
that top smokes my 2018 Historic, MIne looks like "Lazarus" at least that what many have said?
 

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Beautiful Killer New Les Paul Day . What a Lemonburst Beauty ! Can I ask you about the Bridge pickup and what is up with it ?
As a single note or chord decays there is static introduced. High, medium, low gain, or clean does not increase or decrease the static.
The very last thing was to swap out the pickup with a known good one. I did and it fixed it.

Gibson was extremely easy to deal with. All I did was send an email describing the problem, how I troubleshooted the issue, how I resolved it, and my receipt. Within 24 hours they emailed and said they were sending a new custombucker with an aged cover and I will see it in 2 weeks. No hassle at all. I put a BB2 that came out of a 2020 USA 50s standard for the time being. That pickup sounds really good, much better than I remember.

Troubleshooting....
  • I cleaned the pots (a couple were a tiny bit scratchy but certainly not dirty to my standards).
  • I shielded the cavity covers with copper tape and grounded them to the ground wire in each cavity respectively. I even had ground continuity on the cover screws themselves. I did this thinking maybe static electricity was jumping off my shirt and onto the guitar.
  • Re-flowed all solder on the switch, pots, and output jack. The joints looked good and shiny and had/have continuity.
  • In the control cavity, I grounded the output jack braid to a pot to ground it there (even though it is still grounded at the switch itself) just to make sure everything is tied together.
  • Tried different cables.
  • Tried different amps.
  • Tried a Bluetooth headphone amp (Boss Waza) eliminating the house power as a source.
  • Tried different locations in my house in case there is something environmental causing EMI.
  • When it happens I have moved the guitar and my body (along all axis) to see if the static was caused by EMI.
 
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As a single note or chord decays there is static introduced. High, medium, low gain, or clean does not increase or decrease the static.
The very last thing was to swap out the pickup with a known good one. I did and it fixed it.

Gibson was extremely easy to deal with. All I did was send an email describing the problem, how I troubleshooted the issue, how I resolved it, and my receipt. Within 24 hours they emailed and said they were sending a new custombucker aged cover and I will see it in 2 weeks. No hassle at all. I put a BB2 that came out of a 2020 USA 50s standard for the time being. That pickup sounds really good, much better than I remember.

Troubleshooting....
  • I cleaned the pots (a couple were a tiny bit scratchy but certainly not really dirty to my standards).
  • I shielded the cavity covers with copper tape and grounded them to the ground wire in each cavity respectively. I had ground continuity on the cover screws themselves. I did this thinking maybe static electricity is jumping off my shirt and onto the guitar.
  • Re-flowed all solder on the switch, pots, and output jack. The joints looked good and shiny and had/have continuity.
  • In the control cavity, I grounded the shield braid to a pot to ground it there (even though it is still grounded at the switch itself) just to make sure everything is tied together.
  • Tried different cables.
  • Tried different amps.
  • Tried a Bluetooth headphone amp (Boss Waza) eliminating the house power as a source.
  • Tried different locations in my house in case there is something environmental causing electro-magnetic interference.
  • When it happens I have moved the guitar and my body (along all axis) to see if the static was caused by EMI.
Very impressive and Bravo for doing your due dilligence and getting this sorted out so quickly and efficently . My Compliments and best wishes in Rocking out !
 

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Very impressive and Bravo for doing your due dilligence and getting this sorted out so quickly and efficently . My Compliments and best wishes in Rocking out !
Thank you. I realized decades ago that if I could learn how to set up guitars, work on the electronics, and learn how to solve issues myself as they come up I could save money by not having a tech on the road. I've had the same luthier for the last 30 years and he knows when I show up with a guitar something is truly wrong. These days it would be almost exclusively acoustic guitars. Neck resets, refrets, and things like that I trust a real luthier to sort out.
 
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Axis2000

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I was able to play a slew of these and this was the best sounding and playing of the bunch. It weighs exactly 8 pounds too. View attachment 24476

For the record I don't know a lot about bursts R9's etc. I thought the tops were supposed to be book-matched but looking at the picture above (2nd pic in the original post) the grain visible certainly is not book-matched but the flame at the right angle kind of does.

Can anyone elaborate or is this normal? I've only had two other les pauls over the years, a 1978 wine red custom and a 2020 USA 50s standard which that top looks book-matched flame-wise and grain-wise.
 

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For the record I don't know a lot about bursts R9's etc. I thought the tops were supposed to be book-matched but looking at the picture above (2nd pic in the original post) the grain visible certainly is not book-matched but the flame at the right angle kind of does.

Can anyone elaborate or is this normal? I've only had two other les pauls over the years, a 1978 wine red custom and a 2020 USA 50s standard which that top looks book-matched flame-wise and grain-wise.

Book-match is obviously opening the split panel like a book, Les Pauls (particular when a reissue emulates the vintage) is typically Split-match where they slide the panels next to one another instead of folding them open.
 

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Book-match is obviously opening the split panel like a book, Les Pauls (particular when a reissue emulates the vintage) is typically Split-match where they slide the panels next to one another instead of folding them open.
Thanks!
 
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