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Nice article in Guitarist on Kossoff's stripped top '59

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Article on Kossoff's stripped '59

Interesting to note that as often seems to be the case, the neck pickup has a higher resistance reading than the bridge. This isn't always the case...but it does seem like it's not all that unusual. Also...slimmer neck than might be expected...which according to Gruhn is also not that unusual in '59s.
 

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Article on Kossoff's stripped '59

Interesting to note that as often seems to be the case, the neck pickup has a higher resistance reading than the bridge. This isn't always the case...but it does seem like it's not all that unusual. Also...slimmer neck than might be expected...which according to Gruhn is also not that unusual in '59s.

As I understand it, Gibson simply selected 2 pickups from the pile and put them in the guitar. If true, the math would suggest that roughly 1/2 of the guitars would have higher output in the neck.
 

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I've heard this as well--and it's certainly ground that's been covered. Still, it's good to see it getting a little more empirical validation.
 
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As I understand it, Gibson simply selected 2 pickups from the pile and put them in the guitar. If true, the math would suggest that roughly 1/2 of the guitars would have higher output in the neck.

Duane Allman's "Darkburst", which was the last Les Paul he bought in June of 1971, had a higher D.C. reading pickup in the neck. Kurt Linhof swapped the neck/bridge pickups before he took it up the Fillmore East and sold it to Duane. Originally the neck was 9.0K and the bridge was 8.3K. Kurt put the 9.0K in the bridge and the 8.3K in the neck..
 
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Fascinating article! Thanks for sharing.

Been thinking of building a stripped burst.. hmmm ��

The article mentions the neck thickness measurements of 20mm at the first fret and 22.5mm at the 12th fret.

For us not using the metric system, 0.78 to .88 which is extremely thin!

Are there any other known 59 bursts with similar neck measurements?
 
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Article on Kossoff's stripped '59

Interesting to note that as often seems to be the case, the neck pickup has a higher resistance reading than the bridge. This isn't always the case...but it does seem like it's not all that unusual. Also...slimmer neck than might be expected...which according to Gruhn is also not that unusual in '59s.
No, and it's also the case with the 'Arthur Ramm' burst, the burst Paul Kossoff had when he died, I believe now owned by 'friedokra'(?). That guitar, from what I've read is not that far from spec, in terms of DCR readings, from what Jimmy Page's 'No1' is.
It's interesting that a guitar Paul Kossoff let go, Bernie Marsden's Beast(?), isn't configured that way, and perhaps informs a little as to what Mr Kossoff was looking for from his Les Pauls.
In terms of the neck, Peter Green said Clapton's 'Beano' had a thinner neck than his, and Page's No1 seems to have a thin neck, but there seems to be different stories of him having had IT shaved, or him having No2 shaved to match No1?
 

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Id love to know the tech details of Kossofs '58 burst used for the first few, albums. Its the one seen in the footage from the epic Granada TV performance. It seems to have an unfaded three toned finish. I believe its the guitar used on Alright Now. Oh, and btw its considered to be haunted.. apparently afaik etc..

Its my understanding that Pages no1 was presented to him with the neck already reshaped to a thinner profile, and that his no 2 was perhaps modified to match the first. Allegedly.
 

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ourmaninthenorth, cheers mate ! Many thanks for putting this up so we can appreciate a band at the hight of their musical prowess. I'll never get tired of watching this performance..
 
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