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    Les Paul Forum Member J.D.'s Avatar
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    Re: Where are they now...

    Great foresight to photograph all these guitars. You clearly are proud of your work and the Gibson brand. I love seeing these posts.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    How about these?


    [IMG][/IMG]
    No whammy bars?
    No custom inlay?
    No maple fretboard?
    No bling (ala Nashville Now)?
    No synth/active electronics?
    No third pickup?
    No explorer headstock?


    I'm almost disappointed.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by brandtkronholm View Post
    No whammy bars?
    No custom inlay?
    No maple fretboard?
    No bling (ala Nashville Now)?
    No synth/active electronics?
    No third pickup?
    No explorer headstock?


    I'm almost disappointed.
    HaHa

    Yes, it's true. Some of the guitars I built were actually stock.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Love your work, thank you !


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    Re: Where are they now...

    Could you have built my blonde 76 Byrdland ?
    He was a sonic disaster, thinking hours of practice would make up for stock pickups, poorly carved top and The wrong glue !

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by AA00475Bassman View Post
    Could you have built my blonde 76 Byrdland ?
    No sir. I started working at the Nashville plant in December '77.

    The natural Byrdland is one of my all-time favorite Gibson guitars. Congrats!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    How about these?


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    Damn! I couldn't hold up 2 of those at once. I'd be too weak in the knees...

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Such great history here @stringsjr. Thanks for documenting it and sharing it so kindly. Amazing!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    This is surely one of the coolest threads I've ever read on a guitar forum

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sergio View Post
    This is surely one of the coolest threads I've ever read on a guitar forum
    Thanks guys!
    Some say I should write a book, but who has time for that?
    Much more fun sharing here on the LPF.

    Here's one to close out the year.
    Hope everyone has a fantastic 2017

    Single P90 Customs aren't that rare nowadays,
    but they were in the 80's.

    This is the only one I've ever seen with the
    tone control in the Rhythm Tone position.

    Where is it now?


    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Thanks guys!
    Some say I should write a book, but who has time for that?
    Much more fun sharing here on the LPF.
    Hehe indeed. Sent you a pm

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Patiently awaiting the next installment of "Where are they now" brought to you by AT&T, Coca-Cola, and Guitar Nerds International...

    Seriously, bring it!

    Please?
    "In Heaven all the interesting people are missing."

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Did you have a hand in building any '83 Les Paul Customs?

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Thanks guys!
    Some say I should write a book, but who has time for that?
    Much more fun sharing here on the LPF.

    Here's one to close out the year.
    Hope everyone has a fantastic 2017

    Single P90 Customs aren't that rare nowadays,
    but they were in the 80's.

    This is the only one I've ever seen with the
    tone control in the Rhythm Tone position.

    Where is it now?


    [IMG][/IMG]
    I'll take that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanD View Post
    Patiently awaiting the next installment of "Where are they now" brought to you by AT&T, Coca-Cola, and Guitar Nerds International...

    Seriously, bring it!

    Please?
    Sorry for the wait. Playing in three different bands, doing guitar repairs, and
    holding down the day job has kept me busy lately. Nevertheless, I must
    satisfy my esteemed sponsors

    After reading the post "How my Fool SG was built from a 63 SG Jr."
    I thought I would post these. Pretty sure they were painted by the same guy,
    Jim O'Connor back in the 80's. Besides the amazing artwork, these Customs
    featured a master tone control, coil tap, and no body binding.
    Where are they now?


    The Cowgirl (my personal favorite)


    [IMG][/IMG]


    My Dad with the Blue Lady


    [IMG][/IMG]


    Catwoman


    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Re: Where are they now...

    I've just found this here in Germany (not mine) but maybe been built by you?

    https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-...786544-74-1044

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by nickza View Post
    Did you have a hand in building any '83 Les Paul Customs?
    Yes sir! There were days when I built nothing but Customs.

    You must be the proud owner of one of those gems!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Yes sir! There were days when I built nothing but Customs.

    You must be the proud owner of one of those gems!?!
    I am, I have a black custom serial: 82653509


    one of your creations?

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by nickza View Post
    I am, I have a black custom serial: 82653509


    one of your creations?
    Sorry, I don't have that number.

    FWIW, I did find 82653508. Built on 10/11/1983.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Sorry, I don't have that number.

    FWIW, I did find 82653508. Built on 10/11/1983.
    One away,close! thanks for looking

  21. #181
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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Where are they now?

    I know where this guy is.

    He's on the Les Paul FORUM



    [IMG][/IMG]
    Ran across this brochure today. Gonna look good hanging in my music room.



    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Ran across this brochure today. Gonna look good hanging in my music room.



    [IMG][/IMG]
    Was just on a big Cars bender..this really hit the spot!

    Thank you Elliot for some truly beautiful music.
    It's a Dean fest!

    RIP Benjamin Orr.
     photo norlin_logo.jpg

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Nugent has a thin body LP with a Byrdland scale neck, the stop tailpiece is extended down about 6" (like a trapeze tailpiece), an uncovered regular humbucker in the bridge and an EMG in the neck. Iirc, it was made in '87.

    Did if you make it?
    Last edited by TAC; 01-24-17 at 07:52 AM.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Nugent has a thin body LP with a Byrdland scale neck, the stop tailpiece is extended down about 6" (like a trapeze tailpiece), an uncovered regular humbucker in the bridge and an EMG in the neck. Iirc, it was made in '87.

    Did if you make it?
    Sorry, didn't see anything for Uncle Ted in my records.

    But while I was browsing, I saw a few of the NAMM guitars I built.
    Since the Winter NAMM show ended a few days ago, I thought I would
    share some of these that were shown in the early 80's. Where are they now?


    • A white V-83 with black and silver pinstripes
    • A Pearl White Explorer with a "Blue Splash"
    • and a Copper Explorer 83



    [IMG][/IMG]

    • Explorer 83 with a Kahler vibrola, finished in Violet and Wine.



    [IMG][/IMG]


    • And these Explorers that were going to a show in Dallas, early '84.



    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Too bad! Would have been cool if you had been the guy who made it!

    "Did if you make it?" Stupid auto word/spell on my iPad. Lol.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Here's a couple more of the Jim O'Connor Customs.

    Where are they now?


    [IMG][/IMG]


    And last but not least, who's the lucky guy that ended up with this ONE of a kind?



    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Re: Where are they now...

    I just stumbled onto this thread now and was happy to see this pic. I actually own Chris Hayes' old blue Spirit II XPL prototype. I'm a longtime fan of Huey Lewis and the News and snapped it up about seven years ago on eBay. Chris Hayes was even kind enough to check out the auction listing/serial numbers and confirm it was legit for me.

    Would love to hear/see anything you might know about this guitar!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/502814...7623938537005/





    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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    Re: Where are they now...

    Looks like you found one in the wild Strings! That's pretty cool. Hopefully more will find this thread and claim their guitars!
    "In Heaven all the interesting people are missing."

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Fantastic thread, thanks so much for your contributions!

    Did any lefty guitars pass thru your hands, including anything for EE?


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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Thanks guys!
    Some say I should write a book, but who has time for that?
    Much more fun sharing here on the LPF.

    Here's one to close out the year.
    Hope everyone has a fantastic 2017

    Single P90 Customs aren't that rare nowadays,
    but they were in the 80's.

    This is the only one I've ever seen with the
    tone control in the Rhythm Tone position.

    Where is it now?


    [IMG][/IMG]
    I think that this is my favorite, so far. Very cool!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by DanD View Post
    Looks like you found one in the wild Strings! That's pretty cool. Hopefully more will find this thread and claim their guitars!
    Actually Dan, that's not one of mine.
    The "Originally Posted by Strings Jr." quote came from post #133 of this thread.

    After an email correspondence with Mr. Strife, I did more research and have a theory.
    The Julian date on his guitar is 014 of '85. The Julian dates for ALL the guitars I have
    listed for Chris Hayes are in the 190~196 range, one of which is shown in post #15 of this thread.
    However, I found this entry in my ledger.

    [IMG][/IMG]

    Looks like there was more than one prototype made early in the year. One of them was sent to Chris.
    Evidently, he liked it and ordered more. Here's more history on the gold one in my pic. My initials are
    in the vibrola cavity. http://www.hueylewisandthenews.com/f...p?topic=5603.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb_abides View Post
    Fantastic thread, thanks so much for your contributions!

    Did any lefty guitars pass thru your hands, including anything for EE?

    Thanks, and yes, I built many lefties over the years.
    LP's, SG's, 335's, even a Lucille or two.
    I don't recall anything specifically for EE though.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    That top on the gold one in the link is sweet.

    I'm sure one of yours will surface eventually!

    Any idea of where those hand painted 'woman' guitars went? I swear I'd seen two or three of those before. The only place I could (foggily) remember would be Thoroughbred Music in Tampa. They used to carry a decent number of custom Gibson and Fender guitars.
    "In Heaven all the interesting people are missing."

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    Re: Where are they now...

    For my buddy Edwin Wilson. I remember when he got hired at Gibson.
    We quickly became friends because I could tell he had a real passion
    for guitars, and cared about doing quality work. Sad to hear that after
    30+ years of dedicated service, he is no longer with the company.

    Anyone recognize this Custom from the Greg Rich era?




    [IMG][/IMG]


    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Fun thread! Thanks, Randy, for doing all this! Did you build any of the Les Paul Artist guitars? I have an '81 I just picked up.

    Sean

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Thanks again for creating one of the best guitar threads to ever pop up on the 'net!

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by deytookerjaabs View Post
    Thanks again for creating one of the best guitar threads to ever pop up on the 'net!
    I second that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodspoint View Post
    Fun thread! Thanks, Randy, for doing all this! Did you build any of the Les Paul Artist guitars? I have an '81 I just picked up.

    Sean
    Yes, I did build some of those. They were nice guitars.
    I wasn't a big fan of the electronics though.

    Here's one with an '81 serial number built on January 21st, 1982. #2 for the day.

    Oh and look, I built a 335 Dot Prototype that day too


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    Re: Where are they now...

    Very cool! Mine is 80621524. I guess it would be a little earlier than the Artist on your list.

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    Re: Where are they now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Oh, I loved my Leo's. Thanks for bringing them up. It gives me an excuse to look back through my ledger to check serial numbers and dates. Each time I do I find something I missed before, like "hey there's another Spotlight I missed, or there's another Korina Explorer I missed".

    Your Leo WAS an early one. Built in Kalamazoo. The Nashville built Leo's started with serial number L1 0300. I built that one on December 22nd, 1982.
    The highest serial number I built was L1 0461 on October 10th, 1983. So maybe safe to say around 200 were built in Nashville?? I have 48 serial numbers recorded that I built, including L1 0414 which is the only one I have listed as having an Antique Sunburst finish. Where is she now...

    Thanks!

    RL
    Would you be responsible for my Leo #0336?

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