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  • Not the usual-standard-classic Custom model right? Any story of that one?

    Well......I play in a tribute to the Cult and Billy Duffy plays a Les Paul Custom that he copied from Mick Ronson ( David Bowie). Mick took an Ebony Les Paul Custom and had the top stripped of paint, claiming is sounded better - it certainly looks cooler!


    I've had an Epiphone version for sometime ( see my avatar) and wanted the genuine article. I was considering getting a an Ebony one and getting it stripped but then I saw this advertised. I was/am nervous its a fake as it was cheap ( £1600) and the serial number didn't tie up ( 6 digits). After some research, this is OK because it apparently Les Pauls in the 70's did have 6 digit codes. I also checked with Gibbo rep and seems ok...


    So, I believe its an Ebony Les Paul from circa 76 which at some point someone copied Mick Ronsons, including the control knobs etc... :)


    ....and it plays and sounds pretty good, so I.m happy..... and sits nice next to The White Falcon :)

  • Mick took an Ebony Les Paul Custom and had the top stripped of paint, claiming is sounded better - it certainly looks cooler!

    this reminded me of the Les Paul Bill Bartlett (Ram Jam) plays in the "Black Betty" video - it started out as a Gold Top, but when the finish deteriorated & turned green he removed it and was disappointed to find a very plain piece of wood.
    This is of course done on purpose, if the wood doesn't look nice, it gets a opaque coat of paint - conversely, nobody would hide a beautiful maple top under paint (simply because it increases the guitars worth).

    this is not directed at you V8guitar ;) I just noticed a few people here and there stripping paint from guitars and being suprised by what they found. (80's Yamaha SG owner here - I removed the clown burst and gave it an oil & was finish 30 years ago - plain but beautiful and it sounds just wonderful.)

    One last thing, figured maple has no tonal advantage over plain maple - the exception being Birdseye maple (it's not really just a look, it's very dense knots in the wood), that actually can create dead spots on the fretboard, but that's more likely/pronounced on basses.

  • this reminded me of the Les Paul Bill Bartlett (Ram Jam) plays in the "Black Betty" video - it started out as a Gold Top, but when the finish deteriorated & turned green he removed it and was disappointed to find a very plain piece of wood.
    This is of course done on purpose, if the wood doesn't look nice, it gets a opaque coat of paint - conversely, nobody would hide a beautiful maple top under paint (simply because it increases the guitars worth).

    this is not directed at you V8guitar ;) I just noticed a few people here and there stripping paint from guitars and being suprised by what they found. (80's Yamaha SG owner here - I removed the clown burst and gave it an oil & was finish 30 years ago - plain but beautiful and it sounds just wonderful.)

    One last thing, figured maple has no tonal advantage over plain maple - the exception being Birdseye maple (it's not really just a look, it's very dense knots in the wood), that actually can create dead spots on the fretboard, but that's more likely/pronounced on basses.

    I didn;t know that about Bill!


    This was the main risk with stripping a Les Paul - what is underneath...very expensive mistake possibly. I have no interest in stripping guitars in general, only needed


    BTW I'm also an SG owner ( SG1500), I love it. I've put EMG's in it and removed the pickguard but wouldn't strip it though ;)

  • I think what DonPetersen is trying to say is:


    Whoa, Black Betty (Bam-ba-lam)
    Whoa, Black Betty (Bam-ba-lam)

    V8 got a Gib'

    The damn thing got strip'd

    Whoa, Black Betty (Bam-ba-laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam)


    8):thumbup:

    The more you find what Kemper can do then the harder you try to find what it cannot do -- like make a good cup of Frappuccino.

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  • New arrival last week. After a bit of TLC adjusting the truss rod and setting the trem correctly then tweaking action and intonation it is playing like a dream. Some uneven frets so will level and dress them next time I change strings to get it absolutely tip top.


    This is quite probably THE most comfortable neck I have EVER played. It is just amazing!!!


    Tone for days too.


  • New arrival last week. After a bit of TLC adjusting the truss rod and setting the trem correctly then tweaking action and intonation it is playing like a dream. Some uneven frets so will level and dress them next time I change strings to get it absolutely tip top.


    This is quite probably THE most comfortable neck I have EVER played. It is just amazing!!!


    Tone for days too.

    I think the musicman guitars are so underated. I have been on the look out for a Purple axis for years. I have a Sterling version which is pretty good, but having played an axis, you can tell the difference.


    Good choice my friend!

  • Absolutely!


    The Axis is lovely and purple is always a good choice 😁


    I have set up the trem on the Luke to factory spec with a minor 3rd upward bend in the G string. It stays in tune as well as anything I have tried. At least as good as the PRS or Parker Fly terms.


    Still trying to get used to the 4+2 headstock. Keep tuning the B string when I mean to adjust the G 🤦🏻‍♂️ but I really like it visually so I'm sure I'll get used to it.

  • Picked this beauty up for around $500 usd in excellent condition ! Gibson Tribute goldtop 2017T. Even came with all documentation and gig bag. Rarely is it a benefit to be a lefty but the guy could not move this due to it being a lefty and 2hrs away from any large population. Luckily I had to go there for work and snagged it.

  • Picked this beauty up for around $500 usd in excellent condition ! Gibson Tribute goldtop 2017T. Even came with all documentation and gig bag. Rarely is it a benefit to be a lefty but the guy could not move this due to it being a lefty and 2hrs away from any large population. Luckily I had to go there for work and snagged it.

    If you want to get rid of it, just say it :D


    Really pretty guitar and what a bargain! I'm kind of jealous right now...