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    Les Paul Forum Member sws1's Avatar
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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Quote Originally Posted by Fried okra View Post
    Maybe someone can mic there 59 headstock. What the Kossoff reads is as follows:
    78mm Top Most Width
    65mm Middle Narrowist Width
    68mm lower Width
    15mm thick
    I got

    76mm at the top (albeit with worn corners)
    66mm middle
    70mm at the bottom
    Thickness tapers from 16mm to 15mm

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    I got

    76mm at the top (albeit with worn corners)
    66mm middle
    70mm at the bottom
    Thickness tapers from 16mm to 15mm
    Not bad at all then. Thanks for your numbers Scott.
    Last edited by Fried okra; Today at 00:00. Reason: No reason, just felt like making it look like I edited it.



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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Bad ass thread! Thanks Okra!!

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Quote Originally Posted by JBLPplayer View Post
    You should take that Bonamassa sticker off that case!!
    Great photos ..!!
    Joe B
    maybe your strings , too LOL

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Quote Originally Posted by Fried okra View Post
    Two theories. One the neck was grafted with a scarf repair and the damaged headstock was refurbished by Sam Li. Second theory (more of what I think), Li grafted a scarf joint (obviously) and completely crafted a new headstock, while salvaging the Gibson logo. JD may be on to something with the lack of top holes above the grovers, unless Li filled them in upon repair. I am going to further investigate this as well as measure the Headstock, due to the fact it seems a bit narrower.
    I guess you have already read this (from a 1976 GP interview with Koss):

    "I’m also using a Les Paul Standard with a sunburst finish; I think it’s about a ’57. It had it’s neck broken once, on the last gig with Free. It went up about twenty feet and came down on its neck. I thought that was it, but I saw a guy in London named Sam Lee (sic) who does beautiful work, and he put it back together. It broke at the 5th fret, and he rebuilt everything up from there up, including the tuning head. The only other thing I’ve done is add Grover machine heads on."

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    If this isn't cool I don't know what is.............so much history in that guitar!...........in that case!,with everything! Think of all the incredible music that was made with that guitar. WOW! Very cool photos of one of the most amazing guitars on this planet!

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Quote Originally Posted by BURSTGANG View Post
    If this isn't cool I don't know what is.............so much history in that guitar!...........in that case!,with everything! Think of all the incredible music that was made with that guitar. WOW! Very cool photos of one of the most amazing guitars on this planet!
    That IS true! But there is a deal going down on Nebulon 5 right now which would blow THIS away!....
    Renderit, You have an interesting perspective and your posts aren't boring...
    Ren, all in all, I'm giving you a C- today's posts...
    Most of what you write with regards to my posts is cryptic nonsensical gibberish like this. I would prefer if you actually added something to the conversation but hey, I haven't walked in your shoes. So being as nice as possible: I look at your posts as if I was dealing with an eccentric cousin who comes to visit unannounced.

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    (Continuing from the other R9 thread!..)

    IMG_7843.jpg

    I can't help but notice the washer under the truss rod nut; I assume that was needed to straighten out the neck from all the years of drying? After all the gigs and history it's been through, all it needs is a washer to straighten it back out...i've seen too many examples of historics where the neck goes belly up from too much relief, truss rod washer or not...gibson must have been drying the wood a little differently back then.

    About the pickups, do you ever wonder what they would sound like with the higher reading in the bridge?

    Also does this mean "the bishop" finally gets the refret?

    Congrats again!

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Quote Originally Posted by JBLPplayer View Post
    You should take that Bonamassa sticker off that case!!
    Great photos ..!!
    Joe B
    On the contrary. Kossoff is a legend and was a great player but Bonamassa is probably the best guitarist ever played that guitar
    Last edited by Highway Star; 11-10-17 at 11:37 PM.
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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    First, my sincere congratulations and kudos to Fried Okra. I've been an ardent (ok, completely obsessed) fan of Free for over 30 years. The various Kossoff 'Bursts and other guitars were always a fascination, in addition to the incredible music he left us. Thank you so much for the close-up photos. Seeing them today renders me speechless. Thank you...

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Killer!!!... Thanks for the pix... wow!
    Climb down off the hilltop... Get back in the race.
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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    l someone is selling a Tom Murphy replica if this on ebay... not mine not affilitated

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gibson-Le...0?roken=cUgayN

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Thanks for sharing these awesome pics of this cool piece of history! As we say in gearhead world "no scar, no story".

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Fantastic pics! I have a whole new appreciation for, “that song!” And JB on the case, icing on the cake!
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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Quote Originally Posted by Highway Star View Post
    On the contrary. Kossoff is a legend and was a great player but Bonamassa is probably the best guitarist ever played that guitar
    A compliment, (given that you are no doubt a JB appreciator) ... Although my guess is that JB feels himself that he is, (relatively speaking) 'standing on the shoulders of giants'.

    OP ... Congrats regarding acquiring this special guitar.


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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Great photos - thank you for taking the time to post them.
    Otherwise known as Grant.

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Really have enjoyed this window you might not get a look into ! Thank you for posting .
    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: Kossoff Up Close

    Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing
    Paul was a big influence for me when starting to play the guitar, I remember playing those old Free songs for hours again & again to learn from his phrasing & vibrato; I can only try to imagine what a treat it must be to actually hold & play that very guitar.

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    Re: Kossoff Up Close

    Congrats, wonderful stuff. I'm also pleased to see mention of Sam Li confirming he was a real person. I knew Sam and saw him regularly in the early 70's and all the BS urban myth stories in various "Greenie" threads , even claims about his very existence made my blood boil.

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