NGD! Old Les Paul copy

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Troubleandahalf, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Troubleandahalf

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    Prowling the pawns today and it took about two seconds to realize I'd better bring it in for a better look.

    I know just enough about the Japanese LP lawsuit guitars to sound foolish, but that's what I think or hoped it is.

    Here's what I know -
    It's got that real patina
    The workmanship is excellent, especially the binding.
    The bridge has been replaced
    It has a zero fret, and a nut I think someone added that?
    The pick guard is missing
    It's got the real Gibson headstock
    I will pull the pickups tomorrow when I clean it up (gently) the screws look old
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    Otherwise I leave it up to you - what did I buy? And I like never do this, but today I did!
     
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    More pics. There is a sticker from Aquarius Music in Houston on the back of the headstock IMG_20190315_204317043.jpg IMG_20190315_204317043.jpg IMG_20190315_203849976.jpg
     

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    If you like it and it sounds good and plays well then you did good my friend.
    Can't help you with the manufacturer though.
     
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    I'm loving the plywood sandwich!
     
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    I had the exact same headstockshape and sticker on my hondo. My guess would be a hondo.
     
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    Good morning too all who view, and an extra special howdy to the commenters.

    Day 2, electric check. Neck pickup - functional, both volume and tone.
    Bridge pickup - not functional.
    That's the next immediate thing to sort out, since everything else is in fine shape.
    Anyways that's when I went back to my pictures of the cavity. I hadn't been able to discern any markings but then I zoomed in and I found a dating on a pot of - 1971. Cool, cool.
    Also the Bridge (which I had thought replaced) had markings too as seen in the photo. There is brass under the coating.
    Got the gunk off and it's really a nice looking piece. Rich colors Screenshot_20190316-144746.png IMG_20190316_131408754_HDR.jpg IMG_20190316_143144474.jpg IMG_20190316_135106398.jpg
     
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    Old MIJ Plywood Wonder. Lots of them had zero frets.
    Some of these old plywood guitars sound good, some sound like crap.
    Pickups could be real HB's, lots of these guitars had single coil pickups with dual alnico bar magnets stuffed into a HB pickup housing. Some were decent.
    Good deal on the replacement bridge.
    Hope it turns out okay for you, if not, Hope you can unload it for what you got in it if not a bit more. Good luck.
     
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    IMG_20190317_130303638.jpg The bad news is a tone pot is bad. Which is also good news because both pickups work, and sound great
    They are indeed single coils in humbucker clothes.
    I'm keeping this thing for a while. That means I'm going to replace all the pots and the switch.
    I have to intonate it next. And it's terrible getting old I can't quite see of all the strings rest on the zero fret. But the D and G are wonky out of tune at like Fret 2 and I don't like the cut of the nut to my eye, as it were.
    Still no clue as to identifying except sofar as the suggestion above. It's a fun mystery machine at the moment.
     
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    Like, if they were going for a custom where's the diamond on the headstock? This thing has a story for sure. I'd love to figure it out, but it's makers left very, very few clues and no markings.
     
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