1952 LP Goldtop..

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  1. joejazzguitar

    joejazzguitar Silver Supporting Member

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    Check out this '52 GoldTop that came in for "a setup"...

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    DGTCrazy Moderator de Emporio Staff Member

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    Humm....that's been abused. Interesting piece.
     
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    In the right hands that could be reborn again into a fine guitar. But it would cost a boatload of cash. Looks like someone scalloped the fingerboard too. I see they used the finer tools of lutherie on those bridge studs, namely a pocketknife. Sad.....
     
  4. RockDC

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    :thud

    At least it was well loved... It takes a lot of commitment to do that much modding.
     
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    Don A Silver Supporting Member

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    Early Les Pauls were flawed guitars but there are better ways to correct their issues!

    Dig the scalloped fretboard!
     
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    Well that's... umm... unique? Is that the right word? Unique?
     
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    It makes my brain hurt... :facepalm
     
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    WANT!!!! You could get it down to cosmetic issues only and have a great guitar!
     
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    Van Halen Fan?
     
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    Isn't there a special circle of hell for folks who do such things?

    I understand the neck angle thing and the not-being-able-to-palm-mute result, but dang!
     
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    Honestly I love that guitar. These older axes are now being treated as investments, which means they aren't being played. Props to that guitar owner for playing that guitar and leaving it as is. Who knows, maybe it was modded in the 60s when these things weren't over priced and worth a house.

    I support that guy and everything he stands for.
     
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    Kinda like being told that your blind date has a great personality.
     
  14. big mike

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    I'd buy it had I the dough.
    Fill the holes, give it a wrap taile ala 54...love the earlier shallow neck angle.

    Play ti as is, no refin after the repair. Rockit.
     
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    There should be...
     
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    dayn Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I'd buy that in a second.
     
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    ouch... not even a goldtop anymore!
     
  18. joejazzguitar

    joejazzguitar Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm the OP.... the guitar belonged to a seminal 60's rock guitarist.... the person who now owns it would like to have it look not so butchered, so I'll be doing some restoration work....

    Definitely like the idea of converting it into a stoptail, though....
     
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    Seminal or senile?
     
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    Semenal? 'Cause it sure looks like he .....

    That tailpiece is sorta special. There's gotta be some space under it for the pegs to work so there's more wood removed than shows.

    I'm with the "not look so butchered thing. Not really up with, what seems to me anyway, current approach of making it "original" and then aging the finish and all that.

    It is what it is. It's been modded to be played and it was played, and I'll bet it played damned well and sounded good. Dimarzio SD or not. In the right hands it'd scream.
     

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