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Old 07-29-2012, 05:36 AM
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ZZ Top July 24th Copenhagen - Nice LP Guitar

Here's ZZ Top playing Copenhagen last tuesday.
Interesting LP style guitar Billy plays here.
I love his single p/up guitars.
Can someone figure out what the fretboard reads.
It' DIXIE in the middle, but what's before and after that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...7nH3A3fqU&NR=1
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:13 AM
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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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Old 07-29-2012, 07:41 AM
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Any excuse to check out a ZZT clip is just alright with me.....
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:20 AM
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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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Old 07-29-2012, 08:59 AM
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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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Old 07-29-2012, 09:14 AM
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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.




A family picture.


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Old 07-29-2012, 09:21 AM
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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.

Are these the amps John Fogerty used back in the days too?
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:37 AM
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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.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:54 PM
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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.
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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.
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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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.

Quite possibly true. I can't see Gibson complaining, it is good for business.
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Quite possibly true. I can't see Gibson complaining, it is good for business.

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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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
Wow - that's pretty cool. Those first couple are two amazing looking LP's!
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