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Regarding the arch tops, ever since 1970 the L5ces’ have had the wrong neck set (too high) compared to the earlier ones.
This puts the bridge too high up and makes the whole thing play much stiffer. You can see this easily by looking at the side where the fingerboard meets the body...
Super cool and super cool story!
many of those older amps, especially before the mid-‘50s are lower volume compared with what we expect today. Typically ran on lower b+. that usually makes them sweeter sounding.
anyway, great score and story! Thank you for sharing.
Wow what a masterful spin job:
1) people don’t know what they’re doing/not used to old-style finishes
2) we have have some genuine vintage guitars here that have flaked off the same way, it’s historically accurate!
See, it’s not Gibson’s mistake, it’s yours and if it happens it’s supposed to.
Here’s what’s worked for me:
1) Advice from Carl Verheyen- pluck the b string open, if you feel vibration with your hand cupping the input jack area, chances are it’ll be a good one.
2) on a great guitar, the notes will reinforce themselves as they vibrate. So instead of dying out quick they...
I’ve one by one replaced all the metal parts on the body of my R8 with vintage parts and it’s a big difference.
the new Gibson metal is sharp and harsh sounding Yeesh!
Each time I replaced some it got more mellow, woody and musical.
The modern lightweight aluminum tailpiece is ok though, don’t...
Chrome covers, mid-‘65 and later. As mentioned they’ve been in soldered already.
I would not pay a pre-T price for that and assume it’s t-top.
just noticed the slot screws on the bottom. Very likely later pickups. Pass if you’re looking for pre t.