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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Yes, but not many like this one.


    I got one, probably not THAT one, since it has a brass TRC

  2. #242

    Re: Where are they now...

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    This one's for Big Al.

    Occasionally, a guitar would come through that was hard to let go of. This was one of those.

    LP Deluxe with a nice 2 piece top, in Tobacco Brown Sunburst.

    Built mid '85.

    Where is she now?


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    This one is my favorite.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Another one of my all-time favorites.

    Where oh where can she be?



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    Re: Where are they now...

    This was the only L-5S I ever saw in Nashville.


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    Re: Where are they now...

    Here's a couple of guitars I built that actually had names attached to them
    when I built them. I built this special order re-issue with an original set of (used)
    60's Kluson tuners, and an original (used) PAF in the rhythm position. Anyone know Tim Ward?
    The second one is a Left Hand Flying V '83 with a Supertune Vibrola. It was sold through
    a place called The Fret House to a Thomas Seymour.
    Where are they now?


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    Re: Where are they now...

    @Strings Jr.


    You mentioned earlier in the thread, a couple times, those guitars that were "hard to put down." Anything more specific that really caught your attention or surprised you repeatedly over the years??

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    Re: Where are they now...

    You would think that somebody from LPF would have seen some of these guitars. It's like these guitars dropped off the face of the earth (or went to another country). Great thread.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by deytookerjaabs View Post
    @Strings Jr.


    You mentioned earlier in the thread, a couple times, those guitars that were "hard to put down." Anything more specific that really caught your attention or surprised you repeatedly over the years??
    There were lots of times when something really caught my attention, for example I distinctly remember the first time I plugged in a walnut guitar. The sound was so different and unique. Or how a 335-TD could sound so much different than a Dot. The “hard to put down” guitars were the ones where all the desirable features that players want came together. Nice top, great sound, decent weight, and especially that neck that just melts in your hand. Just like when you go to a music store that has a wall of guitars, but there’s that “one” that you could just play all day.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    I built this one on August 1st, 1985. It's a Spirit II XPL.

    Sporting a gold Supertune and special pickups from Mr. Shaw,
    this was a SWEET sounding guitar.

    Sent this one to Chris Hayes, guitarist for Huey Lewis.

    Anyone out there own one of these?



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    I've owned two of these guitars! Both were awesome, both from 1985 - one was a black custom shop edition with black/gold post dirty fingers pickups and also had the ability to coil tap!

    The other was a white one that I sold to my roommate, it had the two double white Shaw's and he's still got it to this day!
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    Re: Where are they now...

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    This was the only L-5S I ever saw in Nashville.

    What year was that???? MY L5s are '74 and '78, but I think they made them up till the mid 80s. Wonder how many were
    built in Nashville?

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly69 View Post
    What year was that???? MY L5s are '74 and '78, but I think they made them up till the mid 80s. Wonder how many were
    built in Nashville
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    This pic was made in late '84 or early '85. This L5 came to Nashville as a "white-wood" instrument with the rest of the
    work-in-process stuff when Kalamazoo closed. If you'll notice in the rack on the right, there's also a Ripper bass and
    an RD. Both from Kalamazoo. So to answer your question, how many were built in Nashville... one.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    I recently purchased a 1977 BB custom and also own a '78 and '79 both of which are in the 11lb range but the '77 is under 9lbs!. My question to you sir is, have there been in your experience more examples of these customs being under 10 or 9 lbs.?

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by clearmudd View Post
    I recently purchased a 1977 BB custom and also own a '78 and '79 both of which are in the 11lb range but the '77 is under 9lbs!. My question to you sir is, have there been in your experience more examples of these customs being under 10 or 9 lbs.?
    IMO, a late 70's Custom weighing less than 9lbs would be fairly rare.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    IMO, a late 70's Custom weighing less than 9lbs would be fairly rare.
    Thank you sir, I have weighed it on a couple of scales and I get 8 pounds 14 ounces. I would have to believe that the numbers that the Les Paul Custom were produced from that era, that there are a few them around.
    Last edited by clearmudd; 11-14-17 at 07:03 AM.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by zoommutt View Post
    You would think that somebody from LPF would have seen some of these guitars. It's like these guitars dropped off the face of the earth (or went to another country). Great thread.
    Yes, that’s exactly what I thought.

    Maybe someone has seen this one. At first glance it looks like a natural Custom.
    It’s actually finished in a light, Coral. Chrome Bigsby and Grovers. Dual coil taps.
    Pretty sure it was a LP Lite body.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!



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    Re: Where are they now...

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!


    Just one observation, one thing I find with very unique Gibsons guitars made in the 70's/80's which you can't look up in "the book" is that there's a group of folks who love to collect then stash'em but also anyone who tries to trade one in (or sell) will often get the "I don't know how to price this" crazy low ball offers. To the point where I know in the past I've seen clean seen funky one offs go for real cheap on occasion. So cheap that the owners likely don't think twice about the rarity. So, many might be hidden deep in the collection while others might be sitting in Mom's garage.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    GREAT THREAD!!!
    Stop by and get reacquainted with The all NEW Fender Forum

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Can you say BLING?

    My Dad posing with this Custom, hand-carved / hand-painted top LP.

    Where is it now?



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    At the Vatican?

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    Re: Where are they now...

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    At the Vatican?
    No, that's the extremely rare Liberace signature Les Paul.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Awesome thread - Thanks for sharing

    Guitars:
    2015 Gibson True Historic 1960 Les Paul Reissue
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    Re: Where are they now...

    I just noticed the gold Leo Kwan bridge on that Liberace model.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Hey Strings, I see you are post-pancake Gibson. Did you ever hear the reasoning behind the pancake construction? Thanks.
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    'then she made me play games I didn't wanna play...'
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    Fer fux sake! Duane's left and Dickey's right!
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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Triplet View Post
    Hey Strings, I see you are post-pancake Gibson. Did you ever hear the reasoning behind the pancake construction? Thanks.
    Sorry, I don't recall the subject ever being discussed. Thanks.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Been a while since I've posted here, so here we go again.

    This was a special ordered 3 Pickup LP Standard in Alpine White with black binding and black hardware.

    Where is it now?


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    Re: Where are they now...

    Love the Thread thank you for taking time to share these cool photos !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars

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    Re: Where are they now...

    This could indeed be my favorite thread on the internet, period. Says a lot. Please stop in often and keep adding to it all Mr Strings Jr sir!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Hands down the coolest thread I have ever gone through ! I have read every single post in this thread, I dont think I have ever done that !

    I do have a couple for you also I have a candy apple red standard serial no. 80253525 and a Wine red standard serial no. 80201689. By chance did you work on either of those?

    Thanks for the thread keep it up!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by WillyK View Post
    Hands down the coolest thread I have ever gone through ! I have read every single post in this thread, I dont think I have ever done that !

    I do have a couple for you also I have a candy apple red standard serial no. 80253525 and a Wine red standard serial no. 80201689. By chance did you work on either of those?

    Thanks for the thread keep it up!
    Glad you like the thread.

    Two great guitars you have there!

    Sorry, but I didn't have either of your numbers.

    I built several of the 802535xx Standards during the first week of February, including 524
    later in the day on 2/2. I'm sure yours was built in that same time frame. Thanks!!



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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Been a while since I've posted here, so here we go again.

    This was a special ordered 3 Pickup LP Standard in Alpine White with black binding and black hardware.

    Where is it now?

    With a Kahler to boot? Did Steve Clark of Def Leppard order that axe, or simply a well-healed fan of his?

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    Re: Where are they now...

    this thread is a real treat !

  31. #271

    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Glad you like the thread.

    Two great guitars you have there!

    Sorry, but I didn't have either of your numbers.

    I built several of the 802535xx Standards during the first week of February, including 524
    later in the day on 2/2. I'm sure yours was built in that same time frame. Thanks!!


    Thanks for looking for me, Keep this up, best thread on the net !!

  32. #272

    Re: Where are they now...

    Hi - any info out there on this one - dated 11-8-88 in the neck pickup cavity and says Randy Leonard, also RL signatures in other areas - almost a coral color - Serial # 82098569 - any info would be greatly appreciated - Thanks!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by ICTGuitars View Post
    Hi - any info out there on this one - dated 11-8-88 in the neck pickup cavity and says Randy Leonard, also RL signatures in other areas - almost a coral color - Serial # 82098569 - any info would be greatly appreciated - Thanks!
    HEY, WE HAVE A WINNER!!

    Great looking guitar you have there. Yes that's (obviously) one of mine.
    The color is what makes this one special. Very few were made in this color.
    It's actually the same color as the guitar shown in post #255 above, but your pic shows
    the color much better. Looks like the knobs have been changed at some point.
    The originals would have been black speed knobs.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    RL


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    Re: Where are they now...

    Did many 335 Artist models pass through your hands through the years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dothedew View Post
    Did many 335 Artist models pass through your hands through the years?
    Absolutely!

    Actually they're called an ES Artist.
    I have to admit, I never was a fan of the electronics. Besides that they were
    good guitars. I built these four on May 25, 1982.



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    Re: Where are they now...

    Thanks - I have the knobs - I put gold ones on - I guess I better put the others back on - Thank you! Any idea how many coral ones made? Thanks!




    [QUOTE=Strings Jr.;2810820]HEY, WE HAVE A WINNER!!

    Great looking guitar you have there. Yes that's (obviously) one of mine.
    The color is what makes this one special. Very few were made in this color.
    It's actually the same color as the guitar shown in post #255 above, but your pic shows
    the color much better. Looks like the knobs have been changed at some point.
    The originals would have been black speed knobs.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    RL

    Thanks - I have the knobs - I put gold ones on - I guess I better put the others back on - Thank you! Any idea how many coral ones made? Thanks!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Strings, did you ever do any spotlight specials? I have number 83 023 Thanks for all your info, this my fav thread on forum.
    "Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by loduck View Post
    Strings, did you ever do any spotlight specials? I have number 83 023 Thanks for all your info, this my fav thread on forum.
    Sure, remember this?


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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Sure, remember this?

    Thanks Strings. Have to admit my memory ain't what it used to be. I have heard so many rumors surrounding the Spotlights. Like "they weren't a Custom Shop build", the wood was actually "left over from the 50's in the Kalamzoo plant", there might have been "more than 211 built", ......heard all kinds of crazy stuff, ya just never know whats true unless someone that was there speaks it. Thanks for all your great info.
    "Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

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    Randy here is an excerpt from a magazine article on Spotlights. Maybe you could shed some light on questions for the Spotlight owners like me. Very much appreciated, you did beautiful work ! Thanks

    “There are still many unanswered questions. Although the specs do not call for a pickguard, the abundance of examples with cream-colored guard with gold mounting bracket would indicate some were factory installed. Although the specs call for a one-piece mahogany neck, there is at least one with a three-piece laminated mahogany neck that is fatter than most other Spotlights. Some were also made with knob pointers, and the top hat knobs are a different shape than reissue knobs available today. Was Gibson using available parts inventories? Certainly, there is more to learn about the origin of the Spotlight, including how the features and design were decided. Was it really just serendipity?”
    "Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

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