Gibson Les Paul Historic Select

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  1. BoogieEngineer

    BoogieEngineer Member

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    I’m watching this Les Paul 1954 reissue listed as Historic Select. The serial number starts with HS4. This is the first time I’ve come across this Les Paul model. Are they the same as the normal Historic R4? They seem to come from the Gibson Custom Shop.
     
  2. Tim Plains

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    HS means it's a 54 RI but with a different spec(s), usually a Custom order, could be something minor like a different finish or slimmer neck.
     
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  3. BoogieEngineer

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    Right it’s in Pelham Blue so there we go. Thanks for your reply. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it has a mini humbucker in the neck position. I like both pickups to be soap bars. I suppose I can swap the pickup but that’s an extra.
     
  4. Bossanova

    Bossanova Silver Supporting Member

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    I fully support blue R4s..!
     
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    It’s quite a looker, very handsome.
     
  6. big mike

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    Pelum blue with mini's would be pretty badass for me.
    But yeah something about an R4 soap...blue with black plastics would be gorgeous.
     
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    Every time I see that blue / black plastics combo (which looks great) I wonder how blue / creme would look...
     
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    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    I've seen it both ways and prefer black. But who knows.
    I look at my goldtop P90 kauer and everyonce in awhile think I should switch to black.
    Then I leave it alone. LOL
     
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    R4's are all great guitars, irrespective of trim/color; simplicity is their signature: their strings are anchored on one end by a steel stop bar, and on the other by the nut. Virtually every other part of the guitar works in support of that arrangement. Depending on what you're looking for, they might just be as good as it can get.
     
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    Bossanova Silver Supporting Member

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    Like this...
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    YES!
    I think I like that better than the black plastics!
     
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  12. BoogieEngineer

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    It looks exactly like that with the neck mini humbucker. I’m very tempted. Might go check it out this weekend.

    I have a Les Paul Jr DC with the stop bar no bridge and I notice the snappy response and percussive bass quality and I really like that.
     

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