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    Les Paul Forum Member Bob Womack's Avatar
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    One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    Andrew Latimer, leader of Brit Prog band Camel has played a Burny for decades. Before that he played a '70s LP. They've just released a video, Live at Royal Albert Hall, and Andrew played a Gibson LP again. Here is a song from the video:



    This is a very unique LP - lots of changes but the basics make me wonder if it started live as a Strings & Things LP.

    Spotting features:
    Small headstock
    No Les Paul Screen Print
    Inlayed Sparrow near trussrod cover
    Kluson keys
    Old Deluxe trussrod cover with browned "Deluxe" script
    Crown inlay at first fret!
    Frets over binding

    Nicely flamed two-piece maple cap
    No screw hole for pickguard and no pickguard
    Wide binding in cutaway
    Pancake body
    Apparent mahogany neck (dark color)
    Full-sized humbuckers
    Nickel hardware
    Knurled rubber-ring volume knob on neck pickup knob

    * The knurled rubber-ring volume knob travels to whatever LP he plays so that he can do volume swells.

    What do you think? Strings & Things LP with a few newer touches?

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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    Oh shit.

    Now you've done it.

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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    Big fan of Andy, and Camel. I've always thought that Les Paul was a highly modded early 70's Deluxe. I saw them popping up alot in the 70's. Everything from retops to veneers. I suspect a new fingerboard and reshaped dowelled headstock, shaved volute, rather than replacement neck. Suspect, I don't know.

    Strings & Things did do mods back then and may have done this, but it is most certainly not the Gibson made S&T 1959 70's reissue.
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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    Big fan of Andy, and Camel. I've always thought that Les Paul was a highly modded early 70's Deluxe. I saw them popping up alot in the 70's. Everything from retops to veneers. I suspect a new fingerboard and reshaped dowelled headstock, shaved volute, rather than replacement neck. Suspect, I don't know.

    Strings & Things did do mods back then and may have done this, but it is most certainly not the Gibson made S&T 1959 70's reissue.
    Thanks! He did play a '70s LP back in the early '70s and '80s. You'll probably like the new video. Though he's fighting arthritis in his hands, Andy puts in the best performance I've seen from him in years. He and the band are in high spirits and the new keyboardist, Pete Jones, is fantastic.

    Bob
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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Womack View Post
    Thanks! He did play a '70s LP back in the early '70s and '80s. You'll probably like the new video. Though he's fighting arthritis in his hands, Andy puts in the best performance I've seen from him in years. He and the band are in high spirits and the new keyboardist, Pete Jones, is fantastic.

    Bob

    Agreed! Thanks for posting that-

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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    That was awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    What the heck is that guitar?

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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    At about 6:40 you can see the pancake construction
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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    Block logo
    amazing center-seamed top
    pancake body
    small headstock
    wide cutaway binding
    bird inlay!

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    Re: One for Big Al: Strings & Things plus?

    I got an answer from a guy named Bill Richardson on Facebook:

    I have told most all the gear back storys in a bunch of posts. No probs answering stuff but my time with Andy was only from 99 to 2002. The RAH Lp was his old cherry burst color LP Deluxe he had his old pal Roger Giffin put a whole new maple flame top on it and re-profile the neck depth like he did on Jimmy Pages #1 to a 1960 depth and also cut the 72 head-stock down to a 59 size and re-cut new tuner holes. When I met Andy as the Dust cd was about to go out we rebuilt the guts and we called in a favor from Seymour Duncan ( Huge fan of Andy's!) to pot and install new/old pickup covers on a early 60s set of PAT# Gibson's post 63 made Andy had in his collection. It seems those are still in the RAH vid LP. That Lp has the fender TBX tone control in it also. The Burny I sold him has one installed also. That guitar was 8 and 1/2 LBs and had a Duncan JB in the bridge and a Duncan 59 in the neck. The white knob is from one of my old fender amps. He liked the feel and a .01 treble bleed cap on the pots. We put that red Strat together in one day in my garage but that's another story. )
    So it is the Cherryburst from Pressure Points but dressed up rather nicely!

    Bob
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