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

    It was a long, long, long time ago... One guy named Joe "Alnico" Parish was walking through the sandy land of Texas. He was very thirsty and had to find shelter from the terrible sand storm he had encountered.

    While looking for an adequate place to hide, he knocked into a guitar shop. Small, family shop. Was very curious what's inside. Stepped in. Silence. Only a bunch of guitars hanging in terrible dissorder on the walls. Looks like it's been a while, since the last customer came here.

    A strange noise started to come out from the far right corner of the shop... like someone was pulling strings... he stepped into the small door... an old man was playing with her... with HER!!!

    Joe had never seen such a beauty in his life. All Joe's romances were with some "girls next door" in his remote village on the South-East of the state: plain and simple.

    Now THAT girl was giving him goose pimples and got his mojo risin'.

    Wow, I gotta have her! I GOT TO HAVE HER IMMEDIATELY!!!





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    Woohooo!!!

    what a fiddle!

    What's the story on it?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hellrot View Post
    It was a long, long, long time ago... One guy named Joe "Alnico" Parish was walking through the sandy land of Texas. He was very thirsty and had to find shelter from the terrible sand storm he had encountered.

    While looking for an adequate place to hide, he knocked into a guitar shop. Small, family shop. Was very curious what's inside. Stepped in. Silence. Only a bunch of guitars hanging in terrible dissorder on the walls. Looks like it's been a while, since the last customer came here.

    A strange noise started to come out from the far right corner of the shop... like someone was pulling strings... he stepped into the small door... an old man was playing with her... with HER!!!

    Joe had never seen such a beauty in his life. All Joe's romances were with some "girls next door" in his remote village on the South-East of the state: plain and simple.

    Now THAT girl was giving him goose pimples and got his mojo risin'.

    Wow, I gotta have her! I GOT TO HAVE HER IMMEDIATELY!!!

    Sounds like it was destiny!!
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    I bought Steve Earle's "The Low Highway" on vinyl yesterday...an excellent album, and the inner sleeve shows Steve playing a 50s Alnico Custom!

    I snapped some pics for everyone to see:







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

    Here is another 1956...









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

    Bonus image for the Easter weekend...Les in 1955

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

    Here is my 56 with original bigsby and dogbone bridge.


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

    What an awesome guitar!!!

    When did you get it?
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    I bought it in ca 2006-2007, so i paid alot for it, but its an amazing guitar and 100% original.
    Got it more or less out of the trunk of a car at the Guitar center parking lot on Sunset in LA.
    Sold by a guy that was smart enough to sell all his "Rockstar guitars", as he called them, at the height of the market.
    He had a few bursts and other cool guitars, he probably should have kept the burst though...

    Have been agonizing over doing that refret or not....

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

    Quote Originally Posted by API View Post
    I bought it in ca 2006-2007, so i paid alot for it, but its an amazing guitar and 100% original.
    Got it more or less out of the trunk of a car at the Guitar center parking lot on Sunset in LA.
    Sold by a guy that was smart enough to sell all his "Rockstar guitars", as he called them, at the height of the market.
    He had a few bursts and other cool guitars, he probably should have kept the burst though...

    Have been agonizing over doing that refret or not....

    very cool!

    I would definitely re-fret...I played mine for about a week with the original frets (I was waiting for my slot at the luthier's), and when I got it back it had been transformed.

    Before it felt a bit like having a flat-ish tire (although chording was a breeze), afterwards it felt super-charged
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Black Beauty alert!

    I was flicking through a book of mine on Country music, and noticed a Custom on the Grand Ole Opry!

    The year was 1955...



    and close-up, it looks like it has a bigsby

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

    Here is a 1953...











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

    ..continued...









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  13. #133

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

    Very early Les Paul Custom have shorter hadstock than later ones.

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

    Yes, i should get mine refretted as well, played a few that were and its a night and day difference to the better.
    Do you know if all customs had the R/T pokerchip?
    Mine does not ever seemed to have one, but it could of course have been removed early on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by API View Post
    Yes, i should get mine refretted as well, played a few that were and its a night and day difference to the better.
    Do you know if all customs had the R/T pokerchip?
    Mine does not ever seemed to have one, but it could of course have been removed early on.

    I think they all had the poker chip, but to be honest, I like the look without one a lot
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by poor man's burst View Post
    Very early Les Paul Custom have shorter hadstock than later ones.

    It is a weird one...wasn't there an early one on the other LP forum a while back that also had the shorter headstock? (or at least a shorter-looking headstock!)
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Thanks for the great photos everyone. I'm really enjoying them.
    Otherwise known as Grant.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post
    It is a weird one...wasn't there an early one on the other LP forum a while back that also had the shorter headstock? (or at least a shorter-looking headstock!)
    I don't now about this one, but you can check on these two '54 :
    http://www.gbase.com/gear/gibson-les...uty-1954-black
    http://www.gbase.com/gear/gibson-les...m-1954-black-1

    The trussrod cover touches the nut and its upper screw sits above the E strings tuner posts, between the two lower triangles of the split diamond inlay. Compare to the headstock pic on post 124 where the TRC sits about 1/8" above the nut and its upper screw almost in line with the E strings tuner posts and doesnt touch the split diamond inlay.

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

    I see what you are saying...how strange that these guitars were like that
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Here is another one from my archives...no serial number known, but by the knobs I'd guess '55/'56/'57...

    This one has been played a lot...lots of divots on the fretboard



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

    Here's another from 1956...this one is 19 serial numbers away from mine















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

    continued...













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

    Here is another one from my archives...





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

    Wow - great thread - thanks!
    When did Gibson start installing humbuckers on Customs, was that '58?
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Many thanks!

    PAFs came sometime in '57
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    ​#bestneckpickupinthehistoryoflife
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    A closer look at the "Staple" pickup...






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

    What a photo...I just had to include it in this thread...

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

    This thread caught my eye because my favorite guitar player is probably the most famous player of this guitar of all the players that have been mentioned here so far except for Les Paul the man, himself. Every other player who has been mentioned isn't really known for this guitar although apparently those players have played this guitar and owned as well.

    I don't understand why this player has not been mentioned so far. Maybe he has and I missed it but I didn't see him mentioned. I'd say Franny Beecher is of all the people who played this model guitar is the most famous of the players playing this guitar. Maybe not the most famous player in the lot as a whole but for this guitar he is the most well known (save for Les Paul the man) yet no one mentioned him? Why is that?


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

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePolecats View Post
    Why is that?
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    Here is some Franny Beecher, just for you...







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

    Another 1953 model with no serial...





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

    Here's a rare sight...two '56 guitars with consecutive serial numbers





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

    Hi,

    Here are some pics of my B4. It's a '98.
    Let me know if it's only reserved for 50's Black beauties, and I'll delete my post.
    Otherwise, enjoy the pics ;)










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

    This all original 55 came in to me on consignment a few weeks ago. I had it advertised in the Dealers Classifieds and I tried to ignore it and stay away but I made the fatal mistake of taking it home with me last week. So I worked a deal out with the owner and I took it down from sale. It's totally stock and still retains it's original 'fretless wonder' frets. Bill Puplett has offered to sympathetically refret it for me with small wire but with more height to make it easier to play. Will hopefully get round to it in a few weeks.




















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    Wow Its All Fantastic A Great History Lesson On a Superb Model Les Paul
    Never Seen Hendrix With One Till Now Excellent I Feel Like I am Watching
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Mine is 2 serials from this one that Gil has:

    http://www.gbase.com/gear/gibson-les...m-1955-black-4
    "Nice case" ~ Joe Bonamassa

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

    Quote Originally Posted by richard henry View Post
    Mine is 2 serials from this one that Gil has:

    http://www.gbase.com/gear/gibson-les...m-1955-black-4

    Wow Richard that BB is in excellent condition!!!

    Excellent score


    I actually also have pics of # 510008 in my archives
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Congrats, Richard! What a magnificent instrument. Thank you for the wonderful photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post

    I actually also have pics of # 510008 in my archives
    Wow. From where? Please send what you've got to me at rickhenry68@gmail.com
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    Re: Beauty of The Black Beauty - The "Alnico" Custom thread

    Quote Originally Posted by richard henry View Post
    Wow. From where? Please send what you've got to me at rickhenry68@gmail.com
    Email sent
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