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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Redhood1979 View Post
    Can we keep this thread alive?


    We sure can...here's another one from my archives...



    Last edited by zhivago; 12-19-18 at 07:10 AM.
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    zhivago,

    Love the thread! Interesting side note, REALLY looks like the late 60's cases are identical other than the texture of the vinyl and the lack of the name plate. Same latches too.

    Were the 50's one's "Lifton" brand?

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CPM55 View Post
    Don't all of those modifications that Les made on his '54 remind you of the finished product of the Jimmy Page Black Beauty...can't remember if Les was still with us when that JP BB came out but it seems as though that would be a true Les Paul Custom that the man himself would have loved...except for perhaps the weight as I imagine that most are likely in the 9-10# plus range. Anyone else notice this? Quiet a few of the greats did modify their Black Beauties, like Page and Fripp for example...although the king of tinkering seems to have been Les himself (rivaled perhaps by Eddie Van Halen).
    I don't think he would have liked the 3PU setup on the JPPBB. I've seen photos the early SG Customs with the middle pickup removed.

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by moonweasel View Post
    zhivago,

    Love the thread! Interesting side note, REALLY looks like the late 60's cases are identical other than the texture of the vinyl and the lack of the name plate. Same latches too.

    Were the 50's one's "Lifton" brand?


    They really do look very alike...my case has no Lifton badge inside...not sure if none of the Custom cases had one...I can't remember of any picture of a case that had one, actually.

    My case is actually in pretty beat condition, so it is in storage...I use a Proform case
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Here's Marc Bolan with a Custom





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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Here's a '57 from my archives







    Last edited by zhivago; 12-19-18 at 07:14 AM.
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Absolutely LOVING this thread...

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Great Thread! LPs don't come any better than '54s IMHO.
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Thanks guys!

    I have a few more pics to post in the near future
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post
    Thanks guys!

    I have a few more pics to post in the near future
    Looking forward to it...

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post
    this thread also needs some Les...


    Yeah... I had to save that picture... Being that I was born in '61, it would be reasonable to say that I can't pass it off as my own, but I WILL be printing it, framing it and hanging it in my home studio...

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Still haven't heard a good reason why they dropped the Alnico... love to pick up another Lester with one. Routing out another model to fit an aftermarket one seems rather daunting.
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Here is a '57 from my archives...











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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Four more guitars from my archives...unknown years...







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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Here's a 1955 with a bigsby

    Check out the black "dogbone" base...









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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post
    Here's a 1955 with a bigsby

    Check out the black "dogbone" base...
    is that from larkstreet?

    spectacular

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    I think it was Lark Street, yes...not sure if it is still for sale...I save pics on my hard drive all the time and often forget where they are from
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Some more Les and Mary...













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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    double post, sorry
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    And another '56...





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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    George Gruhn talks about the alnico Custom...



    And a comparison between the two versions of the Custom, again by George Gruhn...

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post
    George Gruhn talks about the alnico Custom...



    And a comparison between the two versions of the Custom, again by George Gruhn...

    Is he able to play them a bit at least or only make a profit from them?
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    George is an acoustic guitar guy...he definitely plays...he also talks very, very slowly! heheh!
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Here is a '56 that has been on sale at Elderly for many years...priced pretty high on consignment...weighs 8.2 lbs















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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread









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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Great pictures z, thanks for sharing!


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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    My pleasure!

    I have quite a few more to post in the future, so this thread will stay alive and act as a reference point for others
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    A forum friend came over to our band room here in Vienna yesterday and what did he drag in? A 55 Custom.

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by hoss View Post
    A forum friend came over to our band room here in Vienna yesterday and what did he drag in? A 55 Custom.
    awesome!!! did you get to play it?
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Today was a good day...pulled out the '56 and jammed along to some Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

    Last edited by zhivago; 12-19-18 at 07:33 AM.
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post
    awesome!!! did you get to play it?
    Yes!

    You have a Klon???

    98% original, with a very good refret (frets not too large but no fretless wonder).

    I don't want to spoil his introduction and would like him to post the pics.
    Maybe one little pic...

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by hoss View Post
    Yes!

    You have a Klon???

    98% original, with a very good refret (frets not too large but no fretless wonder).

    I don't want to spoil his introduction and would like him to post the pics.
    Maybe one little pic...



    sounds like it was a killer guitar...I hope that he will join and post more pics soon!

    A re-fret literally transformed mine...can't recommend it enough

    Yes, I have had a Klon for many years...in fact I sold my first one a few years ago, and had to buy another one...it is that important in my setup. If I could only have one pedal, it would be a Klon!

    I love effects in general, my Echoczar is my other pride and joy...hard to find, but incredible with the Klon...I am incredibly lucky to own this gear...hard work and luck...a great combination!
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Yes, the friend will post in due time. Need to make more hi-rez photos.

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Hellrot View Post
    Yes, the friend will post in due time. Need to make more hi-rez photos.

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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Hellrot View Post
    Yes, the friend will post in due time. Need to make more hi-rez photos.
    woohoo!!

    can't wait!!
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Attack of the Bigsbys!!









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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Hi folks,
    Let me just say,what fantastic guitars everyone
    Has on this tread! Also,I am in the market for one!!!
    a reissue! Does anyone have one for sale? Very very
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Ok, so finally some photos of my '55 Beauty. Enjoy!





















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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Woohooo!!!

    what a fiddle!

    What's the story on it?
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