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I'm interested in a used Gold Top Les Paul with P90's. School me.

Catoogie

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I've been thinking of getting a used Gold Top Les Paul with P-90s. I see they make/made a '56 RI, a '54 RI with a Stop tailpiece and a '52 RI with a trapeze.

I will most likely put a Bigsby on it and I think I would like one that is chambered. Any suggestions? Also, can you school me on the differences between the stop and Tune-O-Matic bridges?
 

straightblues

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I assume that you are interested in the Gibsons.

The R6 has a tune a matic bridge
The R4 has a wrap tail
The R2 has a trapeze tailpiece.

The R4's carry a lot of mistique. They are simple and are said to be very toneful. The folks that play R4's are very vocal about their love for them. I played several R4's and R6's. I ended up buying an R6 because it was the best sounding out of the guitars I was able to play. They all have big necks.

I have only seen 1 R2. I think they only just started showing up in the past couple of months.

If you are patient, you will find a used R4 or R6 in the 1,700 to $2,000 range. Most you see are listed at about $2,100.

If you are going to put a bigsby, I guess it doesn't matter which on you choose.
 
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If you must have a bigsby your choice is made: R6. Unless you employ ther old dog-bone bigsby bridge base like Carl Perkins.
 

dspblues

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Get an Edwards or Tokai.. Great guitars. If you hack it and put a Bigsby on it... you won't lose at much in the value of the guitar.
 

frisco kid

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R6 all the way...had mine doweled then a slight nitro refin over them to make it look factory. I've got bone colored P90 covers coming from Fatboy in the UK to complete the look of David Gilmore's Goldtop from Island Jam fame.

 
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bluesjuke

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Get an R6, which you've already been told it's the obvious choice.

I wouldn't worry about value.
You're already buying used and there is a market for Bigsby's on Goldtops out there, not my preference but a lot of guys like them on the LP.

No Bigsby on my R6 but it's one of my all time favorites.
Then you can get an R4 to go with it (obligatory TGP GAS provocation but it would be nice).
 

StanG

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I've got a Tokai-mij, poly finish got it new in 2003? It is not light, but not heavy, and the neck is not thin, but not huge. If that helps. It is a very nice guitar.
 
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If you could find a good deal on one, you could get a Les Paul deluxe and swap the minis for p90s. Though I am not sure it would be much less than a r6.
 

mike6m

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A CR6 just went up for sale in the emporium. I have no connection, but thought it was strange that it happened on the same day that people were talking about how rare they are.
 

bluesjuke

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I guess one could have been special ordered but I have never heard of a CR6 either.
Gibson would have had to been willing and there was a long stretch where they would not do a lot of things on request.
 




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