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A Pictorial review of every burst Joe B. has ever played on stage...

skhan007

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Holy crap, I think I have a crush on Faye!! Can someone post more info/pics?

Very cool pics, guys!!
 

kharrison

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I just saw Joe in Jax and to my ears the Skinner Burst sounded better than Claw hands down.
 

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Kerry... I agree Jim's Goldtop was a great guitar.. I passed on it due to its very strange patina but it certainly sounded awesome. The Claw is a killer guitar and within the range of the great ones I have played. Kinda like comparing sequential serial number 1972 Ferrari Daytona GTs at this point.
Merry Christmas gang!! Thank you Mike, Charlie and Tom for cleaning up the joint in 2014:dude:

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johnct3

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You guys can judge me if you want...but that blackburst is damn sexy....You know what they say..."Once you go black, you never go back"
 

JC_blues

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What about this one ?

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j45

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Kinda like comparing sequential serial number 1972 Ferrari Daytona GTs at this point.

Lol.... so true... not a one of 'em is going to stop a great driver from getting the job done... Personal touch and feel is such a huge thing, too. I know a fellow down here that gets a tone that is just thrilling to listen to. When I pick up that guitar on his personal rig, I might as well be holding a stack of firewood.

I don't think I've played much more than maybe 25-30 bursts over the years so it's still hard for me to judge. My burst (9 0636) was a really great guitar but not my best paf Les Paul for my tastes. Some things about Sandy has always made it my favorite burst ever, odd thing to say because I've never even plugged it in. But personal favorite guitars I've owned were just as musical and as fun to play unplugged as amped. Just wondering what you thought about Tom Wittrock's Sandy.
 

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Great Thread Charlie!
Joe & Mike, that must have been such a great ride and fantastic experience to have been able to play and compare so many of those unique guitars, wish you to live that dream for many more years to come! :salude
 

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Ok Joe and Mike....I'm calling y'all out. I know at least one of you anal vintage homos kept count. How many exactly have been played on stage. Give up the goods!:dude:
 

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My burst (9 0636) was a really great guitar but not my best paf Les Paul for my tastes.

Hey Kerry! It is good to you around!

I still have 9-0636 and it is a great guitar. I changed out the tuners for a new set of Klusons, otherwise it would drift out of tune. The bridge pickup is a hot bitch with about 9.25. It drives like a wild dog with its ass on fire! Thanks for steering me towards this guitar a few years back.

Here she is on the exam table of world renowned Burst Gynecologist, Dr. Hickey.

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-Tom
 

j45

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Hey Kerry! It is good to you around!

I still have 9-0636 and it is a great guitar. I changed out the tuners for a new set of Klusons, otherwise it would drift out of tune. The bridge pickup is a hot bitch with about 9.25. It drives like a wild dog with its ass on fire! Thanks for steering me towards this guitar a few years back.

Here she is on the exam table of world renowned Burst Gynecologist, Dr. Hickey.

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-Tom

Wow, seeing it like this is tough and beginning to miss it. It's such a beautiful, well played, well broken in, and comfortable feeling burst...that's what I loved most about it. There is misconception I think Vic DaPra was recently addressing here about the "typical" weight of bursts... That most bursts he owned are in the 9 lb. and over category and debunking Jay Scotts "rule of eights" (or something like that) myth. 9 0636 is probably right in the average range of most I've played but was still a heavy guitar for me, personally....being more used to 6-7 lb. Tele's. When I would grab a PAF Les Paul to take out and play I would always reach for my GT conversion, maybe the main reason being the idea of having it on my shoulder for 3-4 hours. I don't thing 9 0636 is heavy at all when compared to other bursts, probably average but for me, it was a heavy guitar compared to my regular players.

I don't want to open a can of worms about 9 0636 but the fact it was judged by many burst gurus to be a very early factory refin...maybe top and headstock only....still doesn't have me convinced. ...really only because of the lack of the sikscreen which could have easily disappeared during a buffing or something. I was never convinced that finish was not original and no one was able to give a "definite" conclusion. It's definitely an original Gibson finish, blacklights perfectly and the REAL wear and tear is only what you see on a 50-60 year old guitar. There's just nothing there to show any evidence of refin anywhere to my eye...routes, nothing...maybe an ancient overspray at some point but the honest look everywhere is indisputable. ... It was the simple fact the "Les Paul" silkscreen was missing that led to much speculation about the finish. Have you gotten any other feedback on that. I'm not going back in time and give names but there were a handful of highly regarded burst notables who felt it was original...yet no one could explain the missing silkscreen. Anyway you look at it....you absolutely stole that guitar, it had sat at one of the big dealers on consignment by new owner while at a much higher price when the market was in turmoil and you moved at just the right time in the market. I wish I would have had the money at that moment because I would have surely bought it at the price he sold it.
 

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Any other pics/details on this beauty??

Beauty is right. Faye is everywhere...just search! She used to sit right at the top headline photo of every LPF page and for years and was the burst that would always grab my attention first when I would sign on. .
 

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Kerry, I forget what it weighs. Just a tad over 9 lbs. from my recollection. I don't think I could stand for 3-4 hours with any Les Paul on my shoulder without a couple of Percocet. I sit most of the time, but I haven't played out in 25 years.

I have heard basically the same feedback that you heard. I forget if Mike Hickey gave me his thoughts on it. I know George Gruhn believes it to be a very early 60's refin. I don't know for sure, but a couple things make me think this is true.

The color of the yellow doesn't look to me like the color they used in the 50's. It has a bit of an orange tint.

The lack of the silkscreen, but as you say, many things could account for that.

The lack of fading. There are no shadows under the pickguard or poker chip.

The stamped serial number impressed into the wood as seen from factory returns at that era.

The ground wires between the pots are yellow shielded, which I believe was also common in the early 60's.

If it is a refin, it was done when the guitar was only a few years old. It is a great guitar with all correct era parts. It's a beater Burst or as I like to call it, a battle axe. :dude: that is one of the great things about this guitar. If I ding it, I don't flat-line.
 
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