Started by The General, January 11, 2014, 12:11:00 PM
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Quote from: The General on March 22, 2014, 03:43:32 PMI call it "The Lie Detector."I haven't tested the audio with a spectrum analyzer, but this guy has, and did a bang up job...http://www.aqdi.com/tonecap.htmTo sum up what is a lot of information there, "The data and sound clips above show clearly that for tone capacitors of close measured capacitance value there is no difference in tone."
Quote from: The General on March 22, 2014, 10:00:33 AMI could've gone a lot deeper into that but I resisted.
Quote from: Camazotz Automat on March 22, 2014, 08:21:27 PMThe General's unintentional pun made into cartoon:
Quote from: Camazotz Automat on March 22, 2014, 11:15:26 PMThis is a dangerous line of thought. I'm also imagining pots that look like Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, and even the lesser known Gummo.
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on March 25, 2014, 09:05:39 PMHi General -- I'm hoping you might be able to give me some info on an early seventies Les Paul I have. It's called the "Les Paul Model," serial #500458, and is smaller and lighter than the Deluxe and Custom. I've asked every guitar player and tech I've ever known, and nobody seems to know when they were made and for how long. I've never seen another one quite like it, so I'm guessing they had a very short run. Any info you have would be most appreciated. Thanks!
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on March 25, 2014, 10:18:48 PMI know what you mean about the serial number. I wasted a few hours trying to track it down. Do you know if we can upload pics from our computers here? If not, I can't post any because I don't have an on-line photo account. Unfortunately, the pickups aren't any help because they're not the originals. I'll look for the numbers on the pots and get back to you tomorrow. Thanks for your help!
Quote from: The General on March 26, 2014, 11:59:33 AMMore info would help narrow it down, but it could be an L.P. XR-II.Although that doesn't make sense with the serial number.Serial number indicates probably '74 or '75 and the XR-II was circa 1980. Might be a weird variation of 'The Paul' or some other such weird 70's thing.Is the back contoured? Are the tuners/bridge original?Does it have a headstock volute?Can you read the pot numbers?
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on March 26, 2014, 12:47:00 PMOkay, the back is not contoured, and I can't find any numbers on the pots. I also looked up volutes and I'm pretty sure it doesn't have one. Hope that helps. Thanks!
Quote from: The General on March 26, 2014, 01:14:32 PMHmm. I'm starting to think that maybe it's a Fender.Just kidding. The closest thing I see to what you got there is a L.P. XR-II.And apparently, they varied a lot. Different pickups, different bridges, etc... Strange that there would be no numbers on the pots, to me that means they are replaced and of lower quality. Although, sometimes the numbers are soldered over... and sometimes the numbers are on the side. Anyway, it's an interesting guitar you have there, and really you gotta realize that Gibson made about 100 versions and variations of the 'Les Paul.' It gets really muddy starting in the 70's, so it can be hard to narrow down one of these more unusual models.
Quote from: guildnavigator on March 31, 2014, 10:39:03 AMThat guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Special (55 reissue) They made this model in 1974, and from 1978-1980Someone took off the pickguard and changed the tuners to Grovers. Looks like a Leo Quan bridge too. The guitar probably came with P-90s and after dropping those humbuckers in, the pickguard no longer fit. (routing this kind of guitar for humbuckers was a popular modification in the 80s)Being that its a wraparound bridge, I'd say it's probably a 74 model.
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on March 31, 2014, 11:35:48 AMThanks, Guild! You've solved a mystery that's perplexed countless guitar players, techs, and luthiers for over thirty-five years! It's definitely the '74, because I got it in a trade in 1977 from a guy who'd picked it up in a trade a few days before, which is why he didn't know anything about its history. The pickguard was missing when I got it, but I've always liked the way it looks without it. I had the Grovers put in (a fairly common practice in my neighborhood back in those days), because the originals slipped a lot, and I also had the bridge replaced at some point because the original was getting kind of rickety. Thanks again!
Quote from: guildnavigator on March 31, 2014, 09:46:54 PMno problem, man. I think it's a really cool guitar BTW.PS, Is that an authentic 1980's Leo Quan Badassâ,,¢ Guitar Bridge? I want one for my junior project, just because it has the word "badass" stamped into it.
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on April 18, 2014, 11:21:14 AMLove this guitar, General! What's it's story?[attachimg=1]
Quote from: The General on April 18, 2014, 11:29:12 AMDiscussed in the podcast, but it's a Gibson Nick Lucas that was just auctioned off by Guernsey's auction house in New York along with a bunch of other guitars... https://www.proxibid.com/asp/catalog.asp?aid=76805&gl=1#1