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68 Reissue.... It just followed me home

LesterP

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As much as I like all Les Pauls, I've always had a thing for Customs. I have always owned at least one black custom.
How can you fight all that binding, let alone pearl block inlays and split diamond headstocks.

But there was something missing in a black guitar. I can't see any wood grain... UNTIL NOW :)

Courtesy of our own Mark at Marks Guitar Loft. (Great guy, great shop) I picked up a 2002, 68 Flametop Reissue Custom.

The guitar sounds great, plays like butter, and looks far better than this picture. It's fairly heavy, though not much different than most other 68 reissues I've tried. The neck is huge, but somehow feels very nice. I've always liked bigger necks anyhow so this was an actual selling point. The only upgrade I'm going to make is an aluminum tailpiece. Not sure if it has Burstbuckers or 57's. I'll pull the front pickup sometime. (I know some of these guitars had Burstbuckers in 2002.)
The biggest surprise was the combination of sustain and resonance this thing has. I always thought heavier guitars had better sustain, at the expense of warmth. Well, I was wrong. This is a very warm sounding Custom with violin like sustain.


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I was trying to compare the sound of this guitar to some of my favorite records. Doesn't really sound like Zeppelin, but does sound very much like early Gary Moore. I can live with that :):):)
 

HHB

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nice Custom! I've got the ebony version ( no wood showing ) and love it , the neck is addictive
 

hoss

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HHB said:
nice Custom! I've got the ebony version ( no wood showing ) and love it , the neck is addictive
These guitars have the best neck/fret combination I can imagine.
My black one shows heavy quarter sawn grain all over the top and mild flame through the paint in the area under the pickguard. The top is center seam. I don't know if they make all the bodies first and then decide what's going to be which guitar.
 

92118

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HHB said:
nice Custom! I've got the ebony version ( no wood showing ) and love it , the neck is addictive
What are the necks like? Thick or thin?
 

LesterP

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The necks tend to be fairly large on the 68' reissues (which I like). One thing though, they feel very comfortable. The only problem I could see is that someone with small hands might have a tough time.
Back in the 80's I favored skinny necks myself, and I have big hands. These days, skinny necks tend to feel like toothpicks. My hand position seems much better with a bigger neck, plus, I never cramp up when ripping out a Mahavishnu or Eric Johnson song.

The big thing I've found, especially when I was teaching guitar, is that most people are used to whatever their playing. Many people are simply used to a smaller neck than what's currently on the 68' reissues.
 

Zhangliqun

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I'm a Custom-lovin' fool. Don't currently own one, but hope to rectify that in a year or so. (But it MUST be black...with the exception of a properly flamey dark-burst...)
 

Progrocker111

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Dallas said:
Well done! I prefer a Custom over a Standard. :bh
Me too! Mine is 2002 black, best rock and hardrock machine i have ever heard and played. Very resonant guitar with incredible sustain and punchy sound. Sounds killer with old Hiwatts!
 
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tubaman5150

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I just picked up my new '68 Custom reissue in firemist and its the best guitar I ever played. I also just finished putting Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz pickups in. I'll try and post some mp3's of it later.

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LesterP

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That's a nice guitar Tubaman5150. My favorite pickups are JB and Jazz. That's what I have in my 74' Black Custom.

Firemist looks fantastic. Great color.
 

hoss

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tubaman5150 said:
I just picked up my new '68 Custom reissue in firemist and its the best guitar I ever played. I also just finished putting Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz pickups in. I'll try and post some mp3's of it later.

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And you got the same bed sheets I have!

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hoss

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tubaman5150 said:
:dude HA! Great minds think alike. Great looking Custom too. I love the zebra coils.
Wagner Crossroads
I didn't like the 3-ply pickguard and the silver top knobs and orange switch tip on a black guitar so I made it all black.
 
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