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What's your craziest or plain dumbest Historic story ?

jimijam33

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Right, and also per the post I made


That wasn't claimed, quoting myself: "And Gibson ain't correct on that detail anyway as the originals used urea formaldehyde."

The point ADP and I are making is the most current and accurate Historics to date are not period correct on what could be seen as a fairly major point. In spirit modern hide glue is better than titebond, sure.

Somewhat agree about doing a Makeover, it's hard to justify on balance. If you feel the whole experience will really improve an otherwise great guitar, awesome. I'm not of that mindset. It's about cosmetics (big deal considering what was covered up), feel, and getting the neck dialed in. Also worth noting, the resale of HM guitars holds and could increase an older/used guitar as they're a brand unto themselves, so it's not like setting your money on fire or anything if you're not totally jazzed about the end product.
For myself - to spend a lot of money on a cosmetic makeover isn't justified (with a small change in tone - possibly). As for resale value on a Makeover- time will tell.
A stock 90's historic Les Paul is reselling more than the original price (and they don't even sound that good). Go figure..
 

fatneck

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20 years ago a local guy was trying to sell his beat up Les Paul to the local music stores for $1000. They all thought it was a Classic Plus and passed. One of them gave the seller my number and I bought it asap. It was one of the first Historic R9's made from 1993. I sold it on ebay and someone from here bought it. Later on, I was looking at a guitar coffee table book and recognized the guitar. Then I saw a 1993 poster of Gibson's new Historic line and there it was again. I never would have sold it if I knew all that....

One that I regret now but honestly never considered at the time..... I walked into a Sam Ash store and there was a Rossington Les Paul on the security desk with no case and no employees to be found. I walked around the store with it and eventually someone told me it was $1999. I actually laughed. The Grovers with extra tuner holes were over the line I thought. Hard pass!

Woops....
 

El Gringo

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Not a Historic , but a wonderful Les Paul Reissue from around 1985. Changed my amp from Marshall to high gain Engl Straight amp and Les Paul´s pickups produced lot of feebacks. So I swapped the Original pickups for Bartolini pickups. The great tone/ sound was gone. Later I swapped the guitar for a Neal Schon Signature Reverse Custom. Today I could cry cause of letting her go. What a fine guitar it was.....
Wow , what a beauty that 1985 Reissue is !
 

El Gringo

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Not a particularly crazy story, but about 6 years ago I went to the Ohio Winter Guitar Show. A nearby car accident had taken a power pole so the hall had no electricity (nor did the building have windows), so everyone had to walk around using their cellphone flashlights to see anything.

I came a across a 2007 Chambered CR8 that I really liked, but I decided to pass just because I had too many guitars already. A week later I couldn't get the guitar out of my head so I called the show organizer to ask for the name of the person that had reserved that table. I got the name, called the owner of the guitar, and made arrangements to take another look at it. His job was driving a Snap-On truck around to auto repair shops in the Ohio area so I met him at the truck in a nearby town. It was the first time and I imagine the last time I ever bought a Les Paul off of a Snap-On tool truck.

This Les Paul looked and sounded great and I enjoyed for several years, but then I was in one of my "I have too many guitars" moods, so I ended up selling it.

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Looking at this photo makes me wish I had it back. LOL
She is a looker for sure ! Ice Tea finish ?
 

El Gringo

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I guess it's crazy that I didn't pick up one of the 2018 Brazilian R9's that Dave's Guitar had in stock (for quite a while). Still bitterly regret that one.
I got very lucky as in dumb stupid luck that I snagged 2 - 2018 Braz board R9's . O 46487_Gibson_Custom_59_Les_PauL_Brazilian_98405_1_787x_progressive - Copy.jpg ne is my avatar Les Paul , and the other one is an Ice Tea R9 that popped up on a Friday afternoon just before 3 pm on Labor Day Weekend that really spoke to me like in a force field pull . So I get home around 3:30pm made the call to the shop and the owner says to me that this one won't last the weekend . To which I replied that I know as I purchased her over the phone right then and there . The Ice Tea Burst just came out of the box screaming and rocking and just flat out rocks . Totally impulsive purchase that paid off big time . The Lemon Burst which is my avatar photo I stalked her from when she popped up on the shops website from April when I first found her to early August when I had the funds and called on the phone and purchased her .
 

jb_abides

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I got very lucky as in dumb stupid luck that I snagged 2 - 2018 Braz board R9's . View attachment 19370

Score! Well worth the plunge. I never saw any southpaw 2018 Brazilians, sadly.

I have to say, on looks, I am enthralled with this one, over your Lemon. Perfect top, what I call vintage-y, with not overdone flames and mineral streaks. Bravo!
 

El Gringo

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Score! Well worth the plunge. I never saw any southpaw 2018 Brazilians, sadly.

I have to say, on looks, I am enthralled with this one, over your Lemon. Perfect top, what I call vintage-y, with not overdone flames and mineral streaks. Bravo!
That was my exact thought when I first laid eyes on her that fateful Friday before Labor day , was the " vintage -y " look . Then my goodness never did I have one that the tone just jumped out at me in this way .
 

Gridlock

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I owned a mint condition R7 Goldtop and a mint condition R8 Bourbon Burst both that I loved. Sold them for for guitars that I don’t even remember what I traded. Just plain dumb.
 
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rialcnis

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The second dumbest thing I ever did was get this absurd idea to attach sitar like sympathetic strings on my original 1952 les Paul....and drilled a little hole. Lucky I realized it was stupid, before I did any further drilling....this was in 1966.
 
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Seeker of Rock

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I have one since new. At the time they were a revelation: mahogany neck, flamed bookmatched top, reasonable PAF facsimile , thin cutaway binding. I remember the first time I clapped eyes on it, I was breathless. I recently had a refret, and the luthier to the stars remembered it on the wall more than 40 years on.

It's the best LP I've owned ( including a 58 TV Special ) but not the best I've played. That honor goes to a magical, beat up 57 Goldtop with a chrome Plymouth Sattelite badge glued to the top.

It came into its own when I changed the pots and caps, 300k was not cutting it. That's the guitar that I'll usually show up last with, if I'm in a recurring situation because once they hear it, they don't want to hear anything else.

Compared to a modern reissue it's 57 kinds of wrong but I love mine.
Watched your vid with the 9 001 and the different dates of parts, historic digs in the cavity, your knowledge of it, and playing it in different pup settings, different OD settings on the amp. Te salut! Don Trogladyte
 
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