Crazy story about a Les Paul I just bought

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  1. Beng2040

    Beng2040 Supporting Member

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    I just picked up a 1980 LP standard in Sunburst. I already own a 1980 Goldtop and love it, but wanted something a little more worn to gig with (my goldtop is immaculate). So I found one I liked and got it for a great price. It looks awesome, but better yet, it sounds and plays way better than my goldtop.

    So the interesting part happened when I checked the serial number. I looked up the date and found out it's birthday was 10-21-80. I thought that date sounded familiar, so I checked the Goldtop again....same exact date! Pretty crazy since it was totally unplanned, but what's even weirder is that the two are consecutive serial numbers! I found my Goldtop's brother without even trying! Anyone else ever have this happen to them (totally by chance)? I feel like that date must have some sort of significance. Or maybe I should just play the lottery. :)
     
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    Congrats! It was meant to be...
     
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    I'll say it so no one else has to.

    Pics or it's fake.
     
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    Okay, I'll post em later tonight, though I usually don't post serial numbers. I guess I have to in this case to keep my credibility.

    Problem is, I kinda want to sell the goldtop now since the new one sounds much better to my ears. But I have a hard time breaking up the pair. And I really don't need two LPs. Suggestions?
     
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    Loan it to me indefinitely.
     
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    After busting my balls about pics!!!;) :beer
     
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    Then you'd have a great reason to not post serial numbers. I'm just trying to do you a favor.
     
  8. Beng2040

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    :rotflmaoYou're cracking me up!!!
     
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    Honestly I think that's just an awesome story and want to drag it out, with more info. Did you get them from the same place and how long apart?
     
  10. Beng2040

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    I bought them both off the Bay, over a year apart (different sellers). Good deals on both of them, too, but the new one is the hands-down winner, even though it's damn near 11 lbs!

    I wasn't necessarily even looking for another 1980, but found this one and it was the right price and color. I promise to post pics to legitimize this story. I wouldn't lead you on...:D
     
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    Very cool story ..
     
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    I would think it would be difficult to find two consecutive serial numbers in the same store on the same day from the same shipment, let alone in as widely disparate situations as you describe. So, yeah. Play the lottery <grin>
     
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    Cool story. What's most interesting to me concerns the tone of the two guitars versus the amount they have probably been played based on wear. The goldtop is 'immaculate' which probably means it has been pampered and played very little, and the sunburst made on the same day is 'a little more worn' and sounds better! Does playing a guitar more make it sound better, or did the sunburst just sound better from day one?
     
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    What a cool coincidence!
     
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    You can't seperate the siblings now!
     
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    That is so very awesome! To reply to the question about whether playing a guitar makes it sound better, it makes sense that it would; I don't remember who did the research, but it was found that when an instrument vibrates under normal playing conditions, there is splintering of the wood fibers on the microscopic level. This is referred to by most people as "breaking in." I can tell you that my Heritage H150s broke in the more they got played, and sound better every month by a little bit; it's not my imagination, it's much like speaker break-in.

    There is also the thought that guitars are like your pets, and when to pay attention to them and love them, they respond in their own way. I kinda like that one.

    rooster.
     
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    Great story.........................looking forward to some pics of the brothers!
     
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    I remember reading an old interview with Tommy Shaw and the same thing happened to him. He had a Les Paul that he absolutely loved. He was worried about anything happening to it so he had his guitar tech constantly looking for a backup that played the same.

    One day his tech brought one to Tommy and said he found it at a shop and was sure Tommy would like it.
    Tommy plugged it in and LOVED it. He was amazed at how similar it was to his original Les Paul. He took a look at the serial number and it was the next consecutive number.
     
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    It sounds like a classic case of harmonic convergence. Did you happen to notice harmonized angelic voices or see any heavenly lights directed towards it when you opened the case? [​IMG]
     

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