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Terrible Ted Nugent 'Guitar Lesson' with Burst Content

TAC

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Curious as to how red the '59 was decades ago?

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I honestly can't say I've ever really took great notice of it. Yes, I know that sounds stupid. Lol.

But it it's certainly not very deep or very wide.

This is is the best close up pic of it --- and it loses a bit of resolution because of Photobucket.

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That isn't a seam. Ted carved it with his Bowie knife.
 

TAC

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Vic's new book may have a "then vs now" pic of Ted holding both the '58 and '59.

There is one online of him from the '80s with both bursts but the recent pic has never been online. And I'm not putting it online. ;)

But Vic was given it --- hopefully it makes it into BB3.
 

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Wow - look at the shape of those rings. They've seen some shrinkage...or something.
 

Doc Sausage

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Hi,

I've lurked through here often and this morn just happened to notice this thread so I thought I'd register and comment. Anyone who posts on a couple of other forums may have seen me post the same info there.

I look after Ted's collection guitar collection (I'm not his touring tech) and have been doing pre and post tour work on them for past few years.

Yes, I'm the guy who recorded that FB Live posted by the OP. ;)

Any questions about his '58 and '59 Les Pauls? I can probably answer them. He's posted lots of info about his guitars (which I've provided to him) on his FB page so there's no issue with me giving out details here.

I've actually played his '58 and '59 more than Ted the past few years. Lol.

Vic DaPra's new book will have some good pics of them both.

Good to see you here, TAC. Great to get information from (almost) the horse's mouth. Not that Ted EVER needed anyone to speak for him! But I suspect you know that first hand.:eek:la Thanks for posting.
 

TAC

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Thanks. Any questions about his gear or any specific guitsr -- ask away!
 

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He likes witch hat knobs.

Ive never asked but I'm guessing it's because it's easier to turn the pots on and off really quickly --- I'll admit I find that to be the case for me with witch hats

He's always manipulating his volume pots on his Byrdlands because if you don't the guitar will scream with feedback at the volume and gain he uses. The stock Gibson bell knobs just aren't as easy to hit with your pinky finger really quickly. The extra meat of the witch hat makes it much easier.

So I would guess he just wanted continuity between his LPs and Byrdlands.

Yes, I've searched his storage for the originals. Nope, I haven't found them. He's had the '58 and '59 since 1981 (iirc) so no doubt they are long gone.

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Speaking of witch hats!:spabout
Good to see you here too!
 

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Lol.

Figured I could offer some insight here too. ;)

Notice how two of the knobs only have a "T" instead of the entire word "tone".

I wonder why?
 

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Good Lord, that sunburst Byrdland sounds unreal. It has so much more character that the 'burst.

So true Holger, my thoughts exactly; it has a unique kind of "sizzle", clarity, "openess" with a very distinct attack that sounds different & just great to me, and fits Ted's playing perfectly.
Ted puts out some killer playing in that video, such great right hand technic that makes for fantastic rythm riffs.

Thanks TAC for all the insights and welcome to the forum!
I'd be curious to know more info on the amp/effect rig that Ted was playing in that video?
 

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Lol.

Figured I could offer some insight here too. ;)

Notice how two of the knobs only have a "T" instead of the entire word "tone".

I wonder why?

Well, due to the pointed dished center, I'd say they weren't Gibson issue.
Only the bridge one seem Gibson to me, the neck appears to be a Fender amp knob, and the bottom two are ???.

Actaully cooler that way..sheer utility driven.:salude

But if a Gibson one (or more!) is ever needed, I gotcha covered!
 

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Well, due to the pointed dished center, I'd say they weren't Gibson issue.
Only the bridge one seem Gibson to me, the neck appears to be a Fender amp knob, and the bottom two are ???.

Actaully cooler that way..sheer utility driven.:salude

But if a Gibson one (or more!) is ever needed, I gotcha covered!

Fender knobs! Yes, that would make sense since he was using Fender amps way back then! No doubt there were a few Fender knobs laying around from all those Twins he had.
 

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I'd be curious to know more info on the amp/effect rig that Ted was playing in that video?

Well, that vid was from before my days of being around him. At the time that vid was recorded I still believed in Santa Claus and played with Tonka trucks. Lol.

But it from what I've learned over the years they were Fender Twins (no he doesn't have any anymore) and he used to dime all the knobs so it was deafingly loud on stage.

I once stood on his amp cabs in their storage area while searching for something and I started laughing --- I looked down at him and asked how the hell he jumped from this high while playing a Byrdland. Lol.

That's Byrdland #9 in that vid --- a 1966, still all-stock Byrdland. Oddly enough, its serial number is very, very close to mine and the two guitars feel identical (usually all Byrdland necks feel ever so slightly different but these were obviously made very close to each other) It's seen on the cover of his first solo album from 1975. He played a few times last summer while on tour otherwise it was often last seen in 2011 opening up most shows.
 

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The shape of those knobs does look like Fender amp knobs to me, even if the lettering does not quite match the one(s) I see on my old 64-69 Twins & Deluxes (but there were different styles/batches with subtile differences even between my amps so I could imagine those were again another style).

Thanks TAC, just to be sure there is no misunderstanding, I was talking about the recent initial video from the OP, where I can see some "kustom" head amp and several? blackstar cabs in the room?
 

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The shape of those knobs does look like Fender amp knobs to me, even if the lettering does not quite match the one(s) I see on my old 64-69 Twins & Deluxes (but there were different styles/batches with subtile differences even between my amps so I could imagine those were again another style).

Thanks TAC, just to be sure there is no misunderstanding, I was talking about the recent initial video from the OP, where I can see some "kustom" head amp and several? blackstar cabs in the room?

Sorry --- I thought you were referring to the vid from 1976.

The Kustom head is a 100 watt head -- supposedly tweaked for him though I have no idea what's different between it and a regular Kustom head.

The Blackstar amp is an IDCore --- 100 watt iirc (maybe a bit more?). Two were custom made for him to run in stereo together for concerts. That one was just a regular retail version (I think). He's always open to trying new amps and simply tried the Blackstsr and liked its sound.

For the FB Live vid we just ran him into a stereo pedal and then split the signal to both the amps.

For stage use he uses a Boss Chorus, a Boss Delay (DD3 iirc) a MXR Phase 90 and a Dunlop Wah. I don't think the chorus pedal gets used too often. He hits the delay during parts of the Stranglehold solo and the Phase 90 sometimes when he's ending a song with a big finale.

That sunburst Byrd is #15 -- a 1966. It's still completely stock too (other than the bridge base being pinned and a Gretsch strap knob added to the toggle switch). He's used it quite a bit the past 9-10 years. It's the Byrd seen during the opening few songs in his 5000th concert DVD.

I forget what the pickups measured --- 7.2K or so iirc.
 

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Good stuff TAC!

Slightly off topic, but I know Ted is a TRIJICON fan (I have pic of him staring down a GLOCK with our sights on it at my desk), I have worked there 20 years, if he would ever like to take a tour of our facilities, I could DEFINITELY arrange that, if you could pass that on to him. :D

I think he'd REALLY dig our trophy rooms!!
 

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Will do! I was actually near there last year. I stopped in at the Superstroke head office since I was so close by just to tell them how much I liked their putter grips.
 
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