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Gibson Les Paul Special

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by TeleBrew, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. bossaddict

    bossaddict Tele-Meister

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    Reposting due to the Photobucket debacle. This is my '57 Special (also with MojoAxe bridge)...

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  2. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    Apr 10, 2014
    WellingtonNZ
    I was looking at a Gibson 50s Tribute and it looked very similar to a Special. What’s the difference?
     
  3. BadTranslate

    BadTranslate Tele-Meister

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    Aug 13, 2006
    pdx
    1957 with original case. :)

     
  4. bossaddict

    bossaddict Tele-Meister

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    The Tribute would have a carved maple top, no neck binding, TOM bridge with stop tail (some modern Specials have this as well), and chambered/weight-relieved mahogany.
     
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  5. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    Apr 10, 2014
    WellingtonNZ
    Thanks. My Special has no neck binding, but has TOM bridge and stop tail. I didn’t notice the carved top on the Tribute pic and didn’t know about the weight relief. So just body differences. I like the look of the Tribute. I will add it to the list!
     
  6. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
    los angeles
    Can someone please explain why this LP special "custom" is $4K! Are you kidding me?

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LPSPDC11123

    It doesn't even have neck binding. All of you guys' above guitars are cooler than this one.

    Also, that tailpiece/bridge...I guess there is no intonation adjustment other than what is built into the angle?

    I just don't understand why this guitar is priced like this? Just because it has been kissed by the Custom Shop???
     
  7. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    Athens-GREECE
    Look again CAREFULLY and you will see that it does.

    Yes that's the beauty of ALL classic Les Paul Specials worth their salt.Plenty of intonation capability if you know what you are doing and of course plenty of replacement bridges that offer you more detailed intonation ability if you so desire. The sonic qualities of a simple wrap around bridge are amazing .
     
  8. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
    los angeles
    ok I see the binding now.
    But still, $4K?

    For $4K wouldn't you expect it to already have a fully intonatable bridge?

    Maybe the gold is 14K!
     
  9. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    Apr 10, 2014
    WellingtonNZ
    It must be ‘vintage’.
     
  10. BadTranslate

    BadTranslate Tele-Meister

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    Aug 13, 2006
    pdx
    I didn't know Gibson was doing reissues of the Special in the 1970s. Very cool guitars! :)









     
  11. BadTranslate

    BadTranslate Tele-Meister

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    Check out the 4! butterscotch Custom Shop Teles in the background! :cool:

     
  12. BadTranslate

    BadTranslate Tele-Meister

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    Aug 13, 2006
    pdx
    Gibson 2018 Limited Edition Les Paul Special DC Electric Guitar (with Case), TV Yellow

    $1,399 brand new online in the USA. This is the real price of the guitar brand new.
    List price: $2,329.00

    Gibson 2018 LE Les Paul Special DC
    An iconic rock'n'roll guitar, the Gibson 2018 Limited Edition Les Paul Special Double Cutaway model combines vintage looks and tones with uncompromising performance. The mahogany body's double-cutaway styling yields superb access to the top of the Slim Taper neck and rosewood fingerboard, while the nickel wraparound bridge enhances the sustain and rich tone these guitars are famous for. Featuring the Gibson historic script logo on the headstock and two powerful P-90 soapbar pickups, this guitar delivers extremely big and well-rounded tones in vintage style.

    Specs
    Series: Gibson Model Year 2018
    Body Style: Double Cutaway
    Body Wood: Mahogany
    Weight relief: None
    Binding: None
    Neck: Mahogany
    Neck profile: Slim Taper
    Nut width: 1.695"
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Scale length: 24.75"
    Number of frets: 22
    Nut: Tektoid
    Inlay: Acrylic Dot
    Binding: None
    Bridge: Wraparound
    Knobs: Black Top Hats
    Tuners: White Button
    Plating: Nickel
    Neck pickup: P-90 Soapbar
    Bridge pickup: P-90 Soapbar
    Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 1 Toggle

    Features: What it does for you:

    P-90 pickups --- Bright and clear; strong mids, great lows
    Slim taper neck --- '60s style slim profile; Comfortable design
    Mahogany body --- Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
    Mahogany neck --- Great sustain, strength, and warm tone

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  13. BadTranslate

    BadTranslate Tele-Meister

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    Aug 13, 2006
    pdx
    Gibson doesn't say how many of these 2018's they are making. Just that they are a "Limited Edition".

    The 2018 Special LE / Limited Edition has a '60s Slim Taper neck profile.
    The 2018 Les Paul Jr LE / Limited Edition has a Rounded '50s profile.
     
  14. BadTranslate

    BadTranslate Tele-Meister

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    Aug 13, 2006
    pdx
    The 2018 Limited Edition Special, Junior and SG Jr ship with a brown hardshell case (HSC) that says 'GIBSON'. No lock on the case.

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  15. 3CardMonty

    3CardMonty TDPRI Member

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    Jul 13, 2015
    South Jersey
    I just traded a G&L ASAT Tribute for a 2015 Les Paul Special. I'm taking off the G-Force tuners though. They already broke one string on me. I love the grittiness of the P90's. I also love the wider nut width. It's the exact same width as an acoustic that I love, so it doesn't bother me one bit. I replaced the knobs with Speed Dial knobs that I had leftover from an Austin LP Clone. IMG_5634.JPG
     
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  16. 3CardMonty

    3CardMonty TDPRI Member

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    Jul 13, 2015
    South Jersey
    Thanks. I'm loving it. Much lighter than my Epiphone LP Trad II Pro.
     
  17. 3CardMonty

    3CardMonty TDPRI Member

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    Jul 13, 2015
    South Jersey
    G-Force Tuners came off very easily. I see people selling them on EBay. I guess there's a market for them. IDK why??!! IMG_5704.JPG
     
  18. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    My latest (file pic)...2016 LP Special Plus



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