I finally broke down and bought a LP

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  1. SteveVHT

    SteveVHT Member

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    I've never been a LP fan till I played a Class 5....
    But the problem was that they always looked the same for the most part.
    I started searching for a few different models to use in the studio, and narrowed it down to either a Historic 1960, Elegant w/ a slim 60's neck or a Class 5.
    Low and behold, I found a LP right up my alley...
    A 2006 Class 5 AAAAA Quilt in transparent black...
    I'll have it in about a week or so, and I can't wait to get her....
    For many years, I wanted to like LP's, and never could... So I wound up building one from scratch. It came out great, but it was a boat anchor....
    I will soon modify my hand made one, and lighten it up and do a different top on it.....
    So here's a few pics of the new one I just got.....and a few pics of the one I built a few years ago...
    I hope I love it, and hope it plays as nice at it looks....
    The bridge and tailpiece are getting changed out to a Tonepros and Tone Tail wraparound...
    And the hideous knobs will be mirrored gibson speed knobs...
    Figured I'd share...
    Steve
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    The one I built...
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    Class 5 and Elegant, my favorite Gibsons!!
    Although in the end .. I went with a J Nunis Traditional.
     
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    Nope...
    The one I got is just under 8 lbs...
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  4. rbisherw

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    THere is nothing like a good Gibson Les Paul.
    A lot of folks bitch and moan about Gibson QC, however Gibson still does turn out great guitars.
    That is beautiful, enjoy your new Lester.
     
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    Man, I've always loved trans-black on a quilt top & that Class 5 is a total looker. I think I saw your post over on the LPF about it too. That color with that incredible top looks so fluid & deep. Excellent choice! :)
     
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    The '5' is sweet, Steve, but I'm blown away by the one you built. Very clean and elegant. How's she sound? AC
     
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    wow steve....that quilt trans black top looks awesome! I ordered a Suhr std today with a quilt.trans top.
     
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    Wow - that thing looks freakin awesome. Not a big fan of opaque black guitars, but that trans black on that quilt rules. Congratulations!!!

    Looks like a little Tiki face right in back of the tail piece.

    What's the difference between a Class 5 and a regular Standard or Historic? Is it a 5A top that designates it, or does it share Historic type build components?

    Steve E
     
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    Nice Steve. Gotta wonder why they would put those knobs on it, they really look out of place..
     
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    Thanks man.....I grew up with a father that was a master woodworker, so I learned real young...LOL I just wish I had more time to do more.
    The guitar plays and sounds like a dream. I went back and forth between hums and Phat Cat P90's, but I am sticking with a JB and Pearly gates, and it sounds amazing...
    Steve
     
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    LOL
    I know...
    Everything black and chrome, and some idiot says....Lets put gold knobs on it...LOL
    The Ghetto knobs to go with my gold teefus...:D
    Steve
     
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    That's one of the things I loved about the top...almost like an alien praying mantis head...LOL

    The class 5 has a long neck tenon, 1pc neck, weight releived mahogany body,etc...
    Here's the specs on the class 5...
    http://www.gibsoncustom.com/flash/products/lespauls/class5quilt/Class5QuiltTop.html
     
  13. bRoWn-SoUnD

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    Steve!!! The LP you built is killer!!! Make me one :D
     
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    Damn, that top looks alive! Great score.
     
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    I like the one you built more. :)

    Jim
     
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    How did the Phat Cats sound in the solid body? I have them in my Newport and I love them. I'm curious about how they would sound in a solid body.
     
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    I want to build another one, but my own creation this time. It was great practice since I never did a set neck before.
    If I had the time and facilities, I'd build alot more....
    Hell, I can't even find anyone with a dovetail jointer so I can build a few head cases and cabinets...LOL
    Thanks for the kind words......
    And I still want that McNaught Orion in Rattlesnake you had...:D Your guitar inspired my newest Suhr.....
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    Thanks man...
    I love the simplicity of it compared to alot of my guitars. It's a pure tone monster, and killer player. I just have a real soft spot for gray/black quilts..
    As I said in the above post...Brownsounds McNaught made me start seeking beautiful gray quilts...One day I will find and own THIS guitar.....
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    I'm still pissed I missed this one....
     
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    I loved them, especially with the heavy mahogany. They were powerful, but still kept that P90 twang to them. The sound of them both on is liquid and thick. I've never used them in any other solidbody, so I can't say other than in my guitar....
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    Wow Steve!!! Nice Suhr!!!! Yes gray-black quilts are my thing, and that Orion was the **** :D Man you should have jumped on that one bro :p
     

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