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    Studio gem series

    Anyone has kept a picture from Gibson showing all 4/5 finishes of the LES PAUL STUDIO GEM SERIES ?

    If not, please post pics of your Gem studio !

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    Re: Studio gem series

    I used to own this emerald green one...

    I am left with these two crappy pics of it... unfortunately...

    ...has been nice guitar with quite a fat neck...

    for my R9 it had go...







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    Re: Studio gem series

    I had a '96 in Topaz. I put in some more modern 500k pots and a pair of Duncan P90s and gigged that sucker for several years. Those mid-'90s Les Pauls were some damn-good guitars. Mine had a really nice neck - very comfortable. Sometimes I regret selling it, but I don't gig these days so I'm gradually thinning the old herd... but these are good guitars, and I wouldn't necessarily be beyond picking up another some day in the future if a killer deal crossed my path...


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    Quote Originally Posted by pit_s_xroad View Post
    I used to own this emerald green one...

    I am left with these two crappy pics of it... unfortunately...

    ...has been nice guitar with quite a fat neck...

    for my R9 it had go...







    PIT...
    What a good looking guitar!
    I love that color.

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    yessir I can Boogie!









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    Quote Originally Posted by Daan View Post
    yessir I can Boogie!



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    Re: Studio gem series

    I'm buying one tomorrow

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    yo iam 53yr.s young , when i wuzz 17 i worked at a real ''gas-station'' the wrench's that worked there all in there 20's rode 1200 shovel-heads harley's so instead of buyin sum piece of shit 750 Honda for a forth of the price i went about mowin yards pumpin gas an asked every question i could about learnin about what i could afford .. U wat a LP just do it , sumtimes a Man has to hide sum money , nuttin wrong there ya just got to play it cool ... had my 67 el.glide for 26yrs. then i traded it up for a 55panhead the year Mom let me lose... know FIND YOUR LP $$$$$$$$$$

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    Re: Studio gem series

    Quote Originally Posted by hutman777 View Post
    yo iam 53yr.s young , when i wuzz 17 i worked at a real ''gas-station'' the wrench's that worked there all in there 20's rode 1200 shovel-heads harley's so instead of buyin sum piece of shit 750 Honda for a forth of the price i went about mowin yards pumpin gas an asked every question i could about learnin about what i could afford .. U wat a LP just do it , sumtimes a Man has to hide sum money , nuttin wrong there ya just got to play it cool ... had my 67 el.glide for 26yrs. then i traded it up for a 55panhead the year Mom let me lose... know FIND YOUR LP $$$$$$$$$$




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    Quote Originally Posted by hutman777 View Post
    yo iam 53yr.s young , when i wuzz 17 i worked at a real ''gas-station'' the wrench's that worked there all in there 20's rode 1200 shovel-heads harley's so instead of buyin sum piece of shit 750 Honda for a forth of the price i went about mowin yards pumpin gas an asked every question i could about learnin about what i could afford .. U wat a LP just do it , sumtimes a Man has to hide sum money , nuttin wrong there ya just got to play it cool ... had my 67 el.glide for 26yrs. then i traded it up for a 55panhead the year Mom let me lose... know FIND YOUR LP $$$$$$$$$$


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    ...I've always thought that a good Les Paul should sound like Jimmy Page's Telecaster.

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    I like Hondas.

    "So I let the poison go, 'cause baby I always know it'll be there for me"

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    Re: Studio gem series

    Always wanted one of these since I saw a new one in my local music shop. Never seen another one in person. Would love an emerald or saphire one. Have a black '97 Studio and that's a great guitar, just something very right about it. Am looking for a P-90 Gibson at the moment, and if I see one of these it may be coming home with me. If I ever see another one.

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    Re: Studio gem series

    I sold this guitar a while back (sacrificed for an R9 that I couldn't afford, but bought any way). I sure miss the way it looked and sounded. But I don't miss the playing action so much. I am spoiled to my R8 & R9 guitars. They really feel right for me.






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    Re: Studio gem series

    I own quite a few Les Pauls Standard, Classics etc - and unlike a lot of people who have posted I still have my Gem - everyone should have at least one P-90 guitar and this is the only one I own.. They are a great sounding guitar - big neck though not as nice as the 60's neck of my Standard, Classic and SG, on saying that it does have a beautiful action and fretboard. I have never played a regular studio with humbuckers as the appealing thing with the gem was the P-90s.



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    Quote Originally Posted by reverbbb View Post
    I sold this guitar a while back (sacrificed for an R9 that I couldn't afford, but bought any way). I sure miss the way it looked and sounded. But I don't miss the playing action so much. I am spoiled to my R8 & R9 guitars. They really feel right for me.



    Its a beautiful guitar, but i can see the action in the photos, it looks insanely high, like a good half inch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taftmcintosh View Post
    Its a beautiful guitar, but i can see the action in the photos, it looks insanely high, like a good half inch.
    Don't worry about that action - Like any good guitar it can be adjusted. Who knows maybe he has set it up for slide, or maybe it is just the angle of the photo that makes it look a little high.

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    Re: Studio gem series

    Quote Originally Posted by jubelo View Post
    What a good looking guitar!
    I love that color.
    yeah... if I wouldnt have wanted my R9 it'll be still in my house... it played like butter, perfect action, everything...

    btw:
    it had some kind of story connected to it... it was brought by some strange guy to my friend's guitar-shop for selling. My friend got told that the guitar actually belongs to another guy who didnt pay the rent for the rehearsal room for quite a few months. So he simply grabbed this guitar and other stuff out of the cellar to sell it and to get his money. Well, I was ready to buy it, when the police showed up asking my friend to hand over this guitar. The owner in the meantime has sued the other guy ripping him off. The guitar ended up in the archives of the police for another year or so until all law-things are settled. Then all of a sudden obviously all things have been sorted out and it was brought back to my friend's shop, who was kinda happy, since he already had paid the money to the "ripper" and was afraid having paid money and ending up with no guitar... he was a very small store, so it hurt his finances notable. Now I bought it...

    PIT...

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    Re: Studio gem series

    Studio/54 Conversion...This is a well-played '96 that I gold-topped, added binding, SD Vintage P-90's, and a Gotoh aluminium stop tail to. Love the chuncky necks on these. One of my favorite guitars to play.
    Last edited by L"G" King; 06-09-08 at 04:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L"G" King View Post
    Studio/54 Conversion...This is a well-played '96 that I gold-topped, added binding, SD Vintage P-90's, and a Gotoh aluminium stop tale to. Love the chuncky necks on these. One of my favorite guitars to play.

    wheuw this originally was a GEM? Where can I add binding? :P It looks killer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taftmcintosh View Post
    Its a beautiful guitar, but i can see the action in the photos, it looks insanely high, like a good half inch.
    The high action was not what bothered me. The tuning keys were yuk. That guitar would not stay in tune for six bars of a song it seemed. I have better tuners, but I never installed them because they were not gold plated. I think that if I had swapped out tuners (and I had not bought the R9), then I would still have that guitar. Blue is my favorite color. I have 8 other blue guitars. This one fit in very nicely.

    As far as the action goes, I have a PRS that has the lowest action of any guitar that I have ever owned. Even my '75 LP Custom was low, but the PRS takes the cake. No buzz at all. But I dislike buzz and fret out in a big way. So I don't mind having high action. However, the picture is deceiving. There is no way the action was a 1/2 inch. It was more like 1/8 inch - which is still substantially high for most folks.



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    " to either cut down on beer ,or the kids new gear....its a big decision in a town called malice .. "

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    Re: Studio gem series

    Fantastic guitars! 96 Sapphire here!
    Last edited by sickboy79; 06-09-08 at 02:23 PM.
    P90 LPs, LPs, Gretschs, Teles, James Trussart, Matchless and vintage Fender Bassman junkie!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_02Std View Post
    Am looking for a P-90 Gibson at the moment, and if I see one of these it may be coming home with me. If I ever see another one.

    Like this one ?







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    The UV finish is what bothers me, other than that it's a Les Paul!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiana Erick View Post
    The UV finish is what bothers me, other than that it's a Les Paul!
    UV finish? What's that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reverbbb View Post
    The high action was not what bothered me. The tuning keys were yuk. That guitar would not stay in tune for six bars of a song it seemed. I have better tuners, but I never installed them because they were not gold plated. I think that if I had swapped out tuners (and I had not bought the R9), then I would still have that guitar. Blue is my favorite color. I have 8 other blue guitars. This one fit in very nicely.

    As far as the action goes, I have a PRS that has the lowest action of any guitar that I have ever owned. Even my '75 LP Custom was low, but the PRS takes the cake. No buzz at all. But I dislike buzz and fret out in a big way. So I don't mind having high action. However, the picture is deceiving. There is no way the action was a 1/2 inch. It was more like 1/8 inch - which is still substantially high for most folks.
    You were saying in your post that you didnt miss the playing action all that much. Pictures of a players action can definitely be deceiving, i actually play with high action myself on several of my guitars.

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    Re: Studio gem series

    I have noticed that my headstock (pitch) angle is definately steeper than my '85 LPC. If the LPC is 14 degrees, the GEM is 15 or more (don't know how to acurately measure)...anybody else notice this on their GEM's...?

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    Re: Studio gem series

    double post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by taftmcintosh View Post
    You were saying in your post that you didnt miss the playing action all that much. Pictures of a players action can definitely be deceiving, i actually play with high action myself on several of my guitars.
    Yeah, you are right. I am typing from both sides of my mouth.

    I guess in my first post I meant "playing action" to mean playing time or just time in my hands. The neck felt good, the frets were fairly large for a LP (which I like) and the action (height) was about where I liked it, though I could get along with lower action and no buzz. But the number one problem was the tuners. The loose tuning caused me to avoid that guitar. Hence, it got less playing 'action' (time).



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    Quote Originally Posted by pit_s_xroad View Post
    yeah... if I wouldnt have wanted my R9 it'll be still in my house... it played like butter, perfect action, everything...

    btw:
    it had some kind of story connected to it... it was brought by some strange guy to my friend's guitar-shop for selling. My friend got told that the guitar actually belongs to another guy who didnt pay the rent for the rehearsal room for quite a few months. So he simply grabbed this guitar and other stuff out of the cellar to sell it and to get his money. Well, I was ready to buy it, when the police showed up asking my friend to hand over this guitar. The owner in the meantime has sued the other guy ripping him off. The guitar ended up in the archives of the police for another year or so until all law-things are settled. Then all of a sudden obviously all things have been sorted out and it was brought back to my friend's shop, who was kinda happy, since he already had paid the money to the "ripper" and was afraid having paid money and ending up with no guitar... he was a very small store, so it hurt his finances notable. Now I bought it...

    PIT...
    Wow, that was quite the story.
    I'll bet that guitar had some great mojo.
    I would have done almost everything just to keep that Lovely Gem LP.

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    Re: Studio gem series

    Is Amethyst kind of purple?
    Bought at a price.

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    It's VERY purple. I had an Amethyst and I loved the way it looked and sounded - the Purple Paul of Power!!! Definitely a big fat honk tone. But unlike what I'm seeing here, to me the neck was too thin. Broke my heart to sell it, but my stubby little sausages couldn't fit on the fingerboard. These are, by far one of the best (and least known) deals on a great LP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino_k View Post
    It's VERY purple. I had an Amethyst and I loved the way it looked and sounded - the Purple Paul of Power!!! Definitely a big fat honk tone. But unlike what I'm seeing here, to me the neck was too thin. Broke my heart to sell it, but my stubby little sausages couldn't fit on the fingerboard. These are, by far one of the best (and least known) deals on a great LP!

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    If you ever come across a Gem - do not hesitate and buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jubelo View Post
    Wow, that was quite the story.
    I'll bet that guitar had some great mojo.
    I would have done almost everything just to keep that Lovely Gem LP.

    yeah it had... but if you can't have both (R9 and GEM) a decision had
    to be made... I wanted the R9 desperately so I did almost eveything to
    get the R9...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schtang View Post
    If you ever come across a Gem - do not hesitate and buy it.
    Did that Yesterday !

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    Re: Studio gem series

    YES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffc View Post
    Did that Yesterday !
    well done - They just sound better as they age, a very sweet guitar. Now don't be tempted to sell that for a 56 re-issue with P-90s or deluxe - not worth it - the gem is the equal if not better than the R6 and deluxe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schtang View Post
    well done - They just sound better as they age, a very sweet guitar. Now don't be tempted to sell that for a 56 re-issue with P-90s or deluxe - not worth it - the gem is the equal if not better than the R6 and deluxe.
    Great then ! Of course I considered a 56 ri, but for half the price, I've read that this was a great bang for the buck.

    I was on the verge of buying a blue Firebird VII, but the dealer was asking more then I was willing to pay. So no deal.

    Why( ) at this moment I thought to myself, maybe I should try to find one of these GEM 'Ive read about 2 years ago . In the past I was never able to find...Everytime I tried to find one, there was none available. I eventualy stopped looking for one.

    This time I took 2 clicks ;

    First stop GBASE. Nothing there. Second stop Gruhn ; Bingo !

    Considering how rare these are, I thought That it was a sign ( ), I had to buy it.

    Can't wait to get it home

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