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Thread: Got my Replica!

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    Les Paul Forum Member Ed A's Avatar
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    Got my Replica!

    The two year wait is over and I couldn’t be more stoked. This is a Canadian made replica (telltale shag carpet!)…. I wanted this guitar to be deep cherry (I can always fade it myself but I doubt I will). The pictures do not do it justice at all. The color, flame, aging and overall vibe in person is spectacular. Most importantly, the feel and tone of this thing is everything I could have hoped for. It really sounds just as good as my ’57 conversion which to date is the best sounding LP I’ve owned.

    The best thing about joining this replica club is the opportunity to pick out the flametop and mahogany from many samples I was given to choose from. To see what started as raw blocks of wood hand crafted into a finished instrument using the choices I made is quite exciting to say the least. For many years I had no interest in replicas, instead buying and selling historic R9s. Which are great guitars, but I finally decided to have something built for me personally using materials that Gibson could not possibly provide to me. And I am very happy I did and more than happy with the work of this luthier!

    Some details…. 8 ¼ pounds, starting with very old growth resonant as all hell mahogany! Flitch matched maple with plenty of mineral and ever changing flame depending on the angle. Super dark Brazilian board. All the proper glues in the proper places. Hard and thin nitro and analine dye front and back. Correct inlay material from the original Italian company and nylon 6/6 nut. Gorgeous Bartlett rings. In fact all of the parts are new repros. My ’57 conversion is loaded with all old parts including a killer set of PAFs. My budget right now does not allow me to do that with this replica but I am very happy with the repro parts…. As far as pickups I’ve come full circle with a set up I was using 10-15 years ago. An Ed A Timbucker in the bridge (8.3k) and a Rolph ’57 (7.5k) in the neck. These two pickups sound amazing together.

    I really have this guitar sounding so close to my ’57 conversion. No two guitars sound identical but Ive never had another LP sound so similar to my conversion as this one. Which is a good thing, because I will rotate both guitars for kicks at gigs and I do NOT want them to sound very different from one another. Ive spent a lot of time getting my sound the way I want it for our Allman Brothers tribute band and this guitar will fit right in.

    Sorry for the lengthy text, but I’m stoked!.... I will post some more pix and maybe video and audio when I have some time to record the guitar…



















    Last edited by Ed A; 10-09-15 at 09:46 AM.
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    Re: Got my Replica!

    A few more pictures.....











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    Re: Got my Replica!

    That thing looks KILLER! Let's hear a sound clip!

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    nice top contours w/flatter deck between the pups

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    Congratulations! It looks awesome. The two year wait must have killed you! Glad it turned out so well.

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    DANG
    That looks great
    the faster we go the rounder we get

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    That top is awesome. Congrats.

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    That's absolutely gorgeous Ed... Congrats!

    If it's the builder I'm thinking of, I talked to him last year about one of these. Looking at yours, I regret not pulling the trigger...
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    Re: Got my Replica!

    Looks fantastic - congrats Ed!

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    Ed, that fiddle is absolutely sick!!!
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    Re: Got my Replica!

    Awesome Ed. Looks fantastic. Look forward to hearing the beast.
    Top carves are sexy

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    Beautiful instrument ! No compromise !

    I bet you are so stoked ! Two years !

    How did you determine the serial number ?

    Anxiously awaiting the tone vid ! ( little Statesboro ? )

    I'm a newbie to replicas, can the builder not be named ?

    Ballpark cost ?

    Enjoy ! I know you will ! Did you get a new amp yet ?

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    Re: Got my Replica!

    Congrats - Nice Score Ed - That is a thing of beauty right there

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    Wow, that looks amazing.
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    Re: Got my Replica!

    Hell ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBailey View Post
    Beautiful instrument ! No compromise !

    I bet you are so stoked ! Two years !

    How did you determine the serial number ?

    Anxiously awaiting the tone vid ! ( little Statesboro ? )

    I'm a newbie to replicas, can the builder not be named ?

    Ballpark cost ?

    Enjoy ! I know you will ! Did you get a new amp yet ?

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    Beautiful guitar! Man, congrats!
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    Re: Got my Replica!

    What a beaut.

    Can we have a photo of the front of the headstock.

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    stunning guitar in everyway...well of course we don't know what it sounds like... but I'm sure it sounds killer

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocknRollShakeUp View Post
    stunning guitar in everyway...well of course we don't know what it sounds like... but I'm sure it sounds killer
    I will get some video and/or audio up sometime soon. Played my first gig with it Saturday night and absolutely loved it.
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    Wow. That looks amazing.
    I love the mineral streaks. Very unique look.

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    Where's the front headstock pic? I'm curious!

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    That looks awesome, Ed! And I'm sure in your hands it sounds awesome, too. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveMKentucky View Post
    Where's the front headstock pic? I'm curious!
    That picture was left on the cutting room floor, you will just have to use your imagination!
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    Beautiful Ed! Welcome to the club, I knew it would be worth the wait. Mine blows me away every time I pick it up and it will only get better as it ages! Congrats!!!
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    Hey Ed, tried to e-mail you. Your e-mail address does not work. Yahoo tried to send for 24 hours, but was rejected.

    Any ideas ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBailey View Post
    Hey Ed, tried to e-mail you. Your e-mail address does not work. Yahoo tried to send for 24 hours, but was rejected.

    Any ideas ?
    Hmmmm. That's weird when I click on my name it does show the correct email address which is:
    eda@optonline.net

    Try again.
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    Re: Got my Replica!

    Some more pix.... been a long time since I had a deep cherry top... I was going to fade it but I really like it as it is....













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    KILLER Ed... Enjoy!!!
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    Very cool for sure!
    Game on!

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    Ed, that thing looks killer!
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    Re: Got my Replica!

    I love it, Ed! Congrats!


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    Re: Got my Replica!

    That top is awesome, a beautiful guitar!

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    That's a beautiful guitar!! I'd like to hear some clips, too

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    Thanks guys, really loving this guitar! I will try to get some clips up soon.
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    That is So Sweet great color reminds very much of my original 59 Burst which is long gone
    Nice Job Hats Off to the Builder he has it down cold

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    Really looks fantastic Ed,
    I got my first replica second hand a year ago, and was so stoked with it, I commissioned the builder to build me one of my dream guitars, it's been a year now, and it's getting close, but I got to choose all the woods, and had time to get some good parts together for it.
    The wait is hard, but I know it takes time to get something special built to order.
    Congratulations.
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    Stunning.

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    What a beauty!
    If it sounds good, it is good.

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