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About the 2015 Gibson True Historic 1957 Les Paul Custom

TM1

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Why having to pay Bob Taylor for Ebony is just, uh.. So Un-Henry-like..
 

renderit

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DIJU get one? ISIT yours? WHYAIN'T there more pictures? Now?
 

ufboy73

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does ebony usually have 'spots' when you hold it in a certain light at some angles?
 

Cream Fan

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Is the body all mahogany or does it have a maple top? The Gibson Custom web site is curiously omitting this particular spec.
 

Cream Fan

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That's great to hear, as they don't go into that at all on the site, at least they don't on the page I visited. So, I assume the channel from the switch to the control cavity is round like the 50s ones?

The only thing I'm curious about is why they're not offering it as a 3-pickup model.
 

renderit

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MORE PICTURES! NOW! Looks delicious. Have you licked it? Does it taste like licorice? At 8 lbs 1 ounce does resonate nicely? Sound is harsher/softer/similar to a regular 57? Spill it dude! Somebody get the lights, battery and bamboo. He's gonna make us work to get the inside on this puppy!
 

DMartini

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wizard, any plans to put the correct Wafflebacks on it?

at least you don't have to fill & drill :biggrin:
 

class5lp

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I thnk they nailed the yellowed binding. Dude that thing looks like a real vintage custom. Simply marvelous.
 

The Boz 56

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Beautiful! Wouldn't the Kluson Supers with the plastic keystone tips be more historically correct?

edit: just saw where someone asked that my bad
 

The Boz 56

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Keep it stock and play it! The more you play the less you will mod! If you spend the time and effort it takes chasing tone on playing and learning new stuff you'll be better off. No matter what you'll look great playing that thing it's damn sexy lol.

I have some Gold Kluson Supers, and I have some Uncle Lou tips, so the wheels are spinning. It's an easy, reversible mod. I like the feel of the metal ones though when doing quick tuning adjustments on the fly. These tuners are really nice. The posts don't wiggle much at all, unlike the regular ones. I've got to decide how far I should go to make it more like the real thing.

For instance, mods that I could do -
1) New pickguard from MojoAxe with correct radii
2) Unpotted Pickups from Throbak or someone with Alnico 2,4 or 5 magnets
3) Gold Kluson Supers/Uncle Lou Tips
4) Try to get a TRC made that is slightly more accurate
5) Change Thumbwheels to Faber gold brass ones
6) Replace the last two inlays with MOP that are more similar in thickness

One could argue with Gibson providing the more realistic finish, and hide glue, I'm left with the easy stuff, and I should do it. The old me went down that route on a lot of Historics, and when I sold them all down to 1, the only one I kept was one that I had kept stock...and boy did I take a bath on the irreversibly modded ones (even something as simple as better inlays hurt the value of the guitar).

I really like the way this guitar sounds and plays, and nothing will change it's a 2015 guitar, not a 1957 one, and I know that. As is, it is a stellar example of what Gibson is doing right now, this date in history.
 
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