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Neck angle of early Les Paul model...

Tragg

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I interviewed Les several years ago and he stated that the first Les Paul guitar that Gibson sent him had a flat top. Is it possible that Gibson arrived at a relatively shallow neck angle with a flat topped solid in mind (like a Special) and that they neglected to correct this when they built the production guitar with an arched top? I'm not a luthier, so I could be way off the mark here but I have often wondered...
 

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I interviewed Les several years ago and he stated that the first Les Paul guitar that Gibson sent him had a flat top. Is it possible that Gibson arrived at a relatively shallow neck angle with a flat topped solid in mind (like a Special) and that they neglected to correct this when they built the production guitar with an arched top? I'm not a luthier, so I could be way off the mark here but I have often wondered...
For what did you interview Les for? Interesting theory. Wonder what would have come after if someone had the idea then for the Glazer/mojo axe type bridge replacement.
 

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For what did you interview Les for? Interesting theory. Wonder what would have come after if someone had the idea then for the Glazer/mojo axe type bridge replacement.

The interview with Les was for a UK guitar magazine. We spoke for two hours. In his book 'Gibson Electrics The Classic Years' Andre Duchossoir states: "Before the archtop was decided, half a dozen flat-top prototypes were delivered for testing to Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1951."
 

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Can anyone confirm whether the neck angle of the Special is the same or similar to that of the first Les Paul model?
 

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The neck angle on a '52-53 trapeze-tail goldtop is shallower than a mid-to-late '50s Special neck angle.
 
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