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    Les Paul Forum Member Strings Jr.'s Avatar
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    Like Father, Like Son

    One day in the fall of 1977, Gibson-Nashville received a piece of maple that was wide enough on one end to produce four one-piece top Les Pauls. The first top was run through the production process, and the guitar was routed for mini-humbuckers. After buffing and neck prep, management hung the guitar on the wall in the Manufacturing Office, where it was held. The other three tops were mated to a body, then stashed under a workbench. My Dad started to work for Gibson in 1975, and by now was ready to buy a Les Paul. He had seen the Deluxe hanging in the office and loved it, but he wanted one with regular humbuckers. So he contacted his buddy in the back of the plant that had the other three bodies, and promptly picked the one he wanted for his Les Paul. With such a special top, he wanted the rest of the guitar to be just as special. So he hand-picked an ebony fingerboard, and three pieces of curly maple for the neck. When his guitar was neck fit, the serial number was 39 days after the one-piece top Deluxe was made. I started at Gibson in December ’77 and my first job was installing tuners. My Dad gave me strict orders to make sure his Standard got drilled for the custom Schaller tuners when it came through. So I did. As soon as my probationary period was over, it was time for me to buy a Les Paul. The other two one-piece bodies were gone, (a friend of mine got one of them, I don’t know who got the other) so I inquired about buying the Deluxe on the wall in the office. After some discussions, they let me buy it.
    My Dad passed away in 2012. My wish is for these two guitars to remain together as a set, and be passed down through many generations, with tops that came from the same tree.





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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Your stories are always awesome, and this one all the more touching. Well done, to you and Strings Sr. Cool that Sr went for full 'buckers! Those are mighty fine looking guitars. Best wishes to keep them together as you wish, and thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Cool story! Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Thank you for sharing... great story and great memory for sure. Beautiful guitars!
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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Outstanding post, thank you

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Cool story!

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Two gorgeous Les Pauls!!
    Pauls to the walls!

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    I was wondering about serial# difference when I saw this guitar the first time!
    A treasure for many generations!

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Awesome story and the connection between Father and Son is most awesome . I wish I could see the photos but as I can't I can imagine how good they look .

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Awsome guitars! Great story & memories!

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Great thread and beautiful LP:s!

    I especially like the one with mini's!
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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    That maple is outstanding!

    I work with maple every day,all day. For dozens of years --- never seen any grain patterns as nice as those. Ever.

    Very,very impressive! ---

    ( ATTN! - Dorky wood guy observation if you don't mind. The shading is almost as light as spalted without the "bubbles".)

    Wow.
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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

    @SpencerD, this pic shows a slightly different angle. Is that bubbles I see?



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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Those are both beautiful guitars and that's such a great story. Thank you for sharing!

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Beautiful guitars and an even more beautiful story. May they be together forever.

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Hey Randy, absolutely spectacular naturals only surpassed by the sentiment. Thanks for all the info.
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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

    @SpencerD, this pic shows a slightly different angle. Is that bubbles I see?



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    Holy freaking shit man!

    EDIT --- Those guitars are far beyond super excellent
    Last edited by SpencerD; 05-08-19 at 07:04 PM.
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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

    @SpencerD, this pic shows a slightly different angle. Is that bubbles I see?



    Dayum!! But, no, those are probably not the bubbles, those are birdseyes.

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Brad View Post
    I was wondering about serial# difference when I saw this guitar the first time!
    A treasure for many generations!
    Is the serial# Dec 7th 1981
    The 40th anniversary of Pearl Harbor?

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Brad View Post
    Is the serial# Dec 7th 1981
    The 40th anniversary of Pearl Harbor?
    Both have '77 serial numbers.

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    I've always been a pick guard guy, but I think I could make an exception here.

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    Re: Like Father, Like Son

    Both special & beautiful instruments.....congrats!

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