Closet LP Custom

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  1. retro

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    So I was at a friend's house and I know he used to play a long time ago and when it comes up in conversation he goes to a closet with a ladder and pulls down an old and beat up dusty Gibson case out of his closet...

    I opened it up and this is what was inside.

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    I played it for about a half hour and I have to say it's really really nice...it's a little weird thinking how old those strings are.

    Then he says I can use it ;)...

    Not sure how old it is...he said he played in the 70's.

    Guess I'll have to do a little looking to try to figure out how old it is.
     
  2. 1959burst

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    well giving a serial number would:jo help.........................:AOK
     
  3. retro

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    It's not stamped.

    Whatever was there is not legible.



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  4. 1959burst

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    definately 70's with the volute.........;) most likely around 75 /76:)
     
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    Yeah the volute, logo and amp knobs seem to put her birth sometime during my youth...
     
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    Did you restring it? How does it play? How does it sound?

    What about the frets? Worn, or gently used?

    The hardware has seen better days. Whoever played it had some caustic sweat going on. The body and finish seem to be in pretty good shape.

    Overall, nice find IMHO. I love Customs!
     
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    How much does that sucker weigh??? Definitely looks like a mid 70's norlin. I had a 77 that was real similar, and it was 12 lbs.
     
  8. todd richman

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    I would guess it is early 70's right after the volute came into being. The witch hat knobs are holdovers from the late '60's Custom and this guitar looks to have an ABR-1 not a Nashville bridge which makes it pre-76. ALso, the cutaway is "normal" unlike the very late ('78) seventies LP's.
     
  9. pullagnm

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    I have one identical to yours. Mine is a '77. It has the volute, and the dot is missing over the "i" in Gibson. On mine you have to angle it in the sun just to see the serial number. It's very hard to see, but it's there.
     
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    not early 70's.............75 to 77 as it has the decal ser#;)
     
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    That sounds right but when did Nashville bridges start? That looks like an ABR-1, it is thinner and has the screws for intonation on top. The non-dotted I also seems right for '75-'77.
     
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    Those old gold plating jobs were like that- didn't need to be caustic sweat or even any sort of abuse- the gold just did that.
     
  13. retro

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    I just played it and took the pic's and left her there. I am going to pick her up Sunday and re-string and do any set up. Then I'll get a chance to plug her in and look at the pups, hdwe., wiring and weight, etc.

    A decal would seem likely. Don't know if it would have been inked. Will look closer.
    Based on everything mid seventies seems right.

    My impression mostly was how nice the neck felt in my hand. Really nice. The action is super low. The frets seemed good actually.
    No fret outs or buzz. While I didn't weigh the guitar it did not feel heavy.
    But it did feel like a player.

    One of the nicer Paul's I've had the pleasure of playing lately.

    Cvansickle normally I haven't liked Customs that much but this one has changed my mind already.
     

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