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    The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Another Goldtop with incredible wear. Played at Woodstock, although I think the movie didn't show Canned Heat.
    I got to hold this the other day and it is really gnarly!




    While checking old photos of Alan with this Goldtop I am surprised how clean it is in most photos.
    Anybody know how it got so worn later on?
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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    yow ! what a finish
    canned something


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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    It was gnarly back in the day also

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    That's my understanding.
    The old stud anchor holes were obvious under that t-o-m. This angel doesn't show them.
    And, it also had old tailpiece holes on the bottom edge.
    No time to do more than hold it and pick a few notes.
    Felt nice.
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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    NEWS FLASH.........Space Station Astronauts Report Seeing Alan Wilson Goldtop From Space.............

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    LOVE IT THANKS TOM

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Wow! A true road warrior, if ever there was!
    Looks like the board was replaced too

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by goldtop0 View Post
    It was gnarly back in the day also
    Story to follow??
    Game on!

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.




    Strips of wood(Mahogany?) under the tuners..Does it appear to a neck crack?


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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    The Lee Roy Parnell GT should be in there too.

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    New fingerboard obviously, but dayum that Goldy was played hard.
    Top carves are sexy

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by chasenblues View Post


    Strips of wood(Mahogany?) under the tuners..Does it appear to a neck crack?


    Yes, definitely a neck crack [or worse]. Also, very small numbers added to the back of the headstock.
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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Not looking to ruffle feathers or anything here but shouldn't there be "wings" on the headstock or am i just not seeing them?




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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by chasenblues View Post
    Not looking to ruffle feathers or anything here but shouldn't there be "wings" on the headstock or am i just not seeing them?
    No factory serial number either. Probably due to a repair. Replaced head or just a veneer? Considering the fretboard looks to be a replacement, could be that the whole neck got replaced?

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    That looks like the neck was replaced. There is no way a headstock would have edges that sharp. And no wear from leaning the headstock against stuff?

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Does the neck heel look more rounded(and smaller?) than normal.






    Found more pics of it at this site.


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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by chasenblues View Post


    Found more pics of it at this site.


    http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collect...te-canned-heat
    I saw and photo'd this guitar while playing a gig at the museum a week ago.
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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    And in the text:
    "It is also possible that the neck was changed at some early stage of the live of the guitar."

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilko View Post
    And in the text:
    "It is also possible that the neck was changed at some early stage of the live of the guitar."
    Having done a little poking around its seems the guitar has had a hard life bumping around from different people.

    Looks like the front veneer may have been replaced after AW passed..In some pics you can just make out what appear to 2 cracks/lines that would be covered by that tape in the top pic.


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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Very cool .

    About the Mahogany strips...those Schaller tuners have a slightly longer post so the break angle will be less over the Nut. I have taken these off an SG I own for this reason ....and because of the screw location .
    Maybe the strips are there to compensate for these issues ?

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    The logo certainly has changed over it's life.

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Not that it matters, but those wood strips under the keys look rosewood to me.

    Probably Brazilian, so they must add tone.
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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Well based on the newer headstock, looks 70's to me. Heel, binding etc... Cool guitar with great provenance
    Top carves are sexy

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Necro thread apologies...
    Doesn't a musician in Europe own Wilson's GT now ?
    Mass native myself, like Alan.
    TY

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Blood View Post
    Necro thread apologies...
    Doesn't a musician in Europe own Wilson's GT now ?
    Mass native myself, like Alan.
    TY
    A collector in Europe has it. The first post shows a photo I took shortly before I posted that.
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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    It should be a Gibson reneck if I remember correctly... (From Fitos book..)

    And here it is played in the Woodstock Movie.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YkDH2s5eW0

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Walter De Pawuda apparently is the owner now, a Belgian guy.

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Is this that guitar back then?



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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    If thats the Woodstock guitar, then it is in a pretty bad shape! I mean not the blisters and splinters on the top, but the later on 'improvements' are a shame and devalue the whole guitar. Bringing it back to the Woodstock shape, would make it icon guitar.

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Blood View Post
    Walter De Pawuda apparently is the owner now, a Belgian guy.
    I am surprised Luc sold it.
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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by StudioFan View Post
    Very cool .

    About the Mahogany strips...those Schaller tuners have a slightly longer post so the break angle will be less over the Nut. I have taken these off an SG I own for this reason ....and because of the screw location .
    Maybe the strips are there to compensate for these issues ?
    Agreed, Schallers work well mechanically, but not sonically, I had a guitar shop in the 70's-80's, and people would put Schallers on their Fender often, and then wonder why their Stratocaster sounded like a banjo.........Duh !

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    Re: The Alan Wilson Goldtop today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johngonefishin View Post
    and people would put Schallers on their Fender often, and then wonder why their Stratocaster sounded like a banjo.........Duh !

    Yeah, but all of them do..........

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