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.
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.
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.
Good Lord, that sunburst Byrdland sounds unreal. It has so much more character that the 'burst.
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!
I'd be curious to know more info on the amp/effect rig that Ted was playing in that video?
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?