ZZ Top July 24th Copenhagen - Nice LP Guitar

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  1. RV52

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    Cool guitar and it looks like it says "Drink Dixie Beer" on the fretboard (better views around 10:30 to 10:45). Note in his Gearhead book from a few years back there is a Les Paul with "Drink Mamba Beer".
     
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    Any excuse to check out a ZZT clip is just alright with me.....
     
  4. Franktone

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    It looks like he is running a Gibson mini humbucker in that guitar from what I can see in that video.
     
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    Big Al, yes you're right with the Mamba Beer, just checked it in his R+R Gearhead book.

    Not so long ago Gibson did a special run of a single HB/pickup Les Paul.
    But alas. they changed the control knobs placement.
    Instead of the LP Jr. placement as on Billy's they went for a slant angle.
    Call me silly, but that was the dealbreaker for me.

    Franktone, I'm still wondering if it's a mini HB or if my eyes are fooling me.
     
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    Notice the cabs in the background?

    Back around 1973 just before Tres Hombres came out ZZ Top came to my little town.

    They had matching bass and guitar Kustom amps with the vinyl tuck and roll.

    Seemed like there were three cabs each and the middle with the amp head had steer horns on them.

    I haven't ever been able to find pictures of those rigs.

    This picture is sort of what I remember.

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    A family picture.


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  7. RV52

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    Are these the amps John Fogerty used back in the days too?
     
  8. B Money

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    that single pickup Les Paul is probably a Bolin.

    http://www.bolinguitars.com/index.html

    The Rev gets a lot of his stuff made by them, the pinstriping looks familiar I swear I've seen a pic of that guitar somewhere.
     
  9. Franktone

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    At around 10:30 you can slightly make out the name on the headstock as Gibson and even slightly the gold lettering of Les Paul.
     
  10. Drowned Rabbit

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    I could be wrong, but I think Bolin has been known to put the "Gibson" name on some of the guitars he builds for Billy.
     
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    Quite possibly true. I can't see Gibson complaining, it is good for business.
     
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    I agree. Generally, it's only forum-junkies who are aware of it, so Gibson probably figures it's not hurting their sales. I think I also read that one of the reasons that Billy Gibbons likes Bolin to make his guitars (besides the fact that Bolin is a world-class builder) is because, that way, he can have them all chambered extensively. I guess he likes 'em super-light. But I'm not positive about that either.
     
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    I saw a rig rundown where Billy's Guitar tech picks up a one of the Les Pauls by edge like it was a dinner plate - crazy light - even chambered necks.

    Check it out here at about 1:50

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6DrxfrbbF8
     
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    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Thanks for the post. I love his tone, I don't care what he's playing through (referring to the rig, not the guitar). And Frank's not wearing sunglasses.
     
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    Wow - that's pretty cool. Those first couple are two amazing looking LP's!
     
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    I like how the headstock has "Gibbons" done using the Gibson font. From a short distance away, you can't tell the difference.
     
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    I noticed that, too. It seems that what they did is just use two existing control locations, the volume control from the rhythm pickup, and the tone control position from the lead pickup. I wonder if they did that to make it easier for them, and also allow the addition of other controls if someone wanted them?
     
  18. RV52

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    Exactly.
    I was thinking about a solution like putting a selector switch (coil split or whatever) in the position
    of the tone-control/lead pickup and then ad a tone control in the usual position of the rhythm pickup's tone-control.
    But finally I wasn't willing to mess around with a guitar that did not cost just a bargain.

    A forum member (can't remember his name) had a guitar like that with the right control placements
    (like on Billy's) built by german master luthier Jorg Tandler.
     
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    If you haven't seen this, they explain almost everything about the Reverend's rig:

     
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