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NGD - 2020 Les Paul Special

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Wallaby, Aug 27, 2020.

  1. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I've watched these from afar for a while, and suddenly I had signs that the universe wanted me to have it

    It's a 2020 Les Paul Special, TV Yellow, brand-new.

    I spent quality time with it yesterday going over it, opening it up, verifying everything works ( they do ), and getting it set up. I'm avoiding perfecting the nut slot heights for now while I'm in the returns period from the vendor, but they're not bad as they are now, just a tad high.

    I especially like the big, beefy neck, and the frets are actually pretty good. I was able to set relief at .005" and buzz-free capo'd action of 1/16" at the 17th fret. I think I can get it a bit lower with some experimentation.

    The P-90's sound really good to me - kind of like one of my Telecasters but girthier and grittier, I like that a LOT!

    I've really only found one flaw really, and it's minor - one of the two bridge P90 mounting plate screws is angled in. That can be corrected easily, but like I said, it's minor.

    The modest intonation abilities of the wraparound bridge are a little troubling, and I've been reading all about them to learn more. I was able to get the high E intonation nicely, but the low E is still not quite long enough. As you can see in the photos I've adjusted it about as long as possible. Maybe I'm missing something?

    I put the P90's at 1/16th bass and treble and adjusted from there without playing with the pole screws. This Les Paul can cluck!

    If I keep the guitar I'm going to rewire it. I appreciate that they didn't use a PCB, and it works and that's what counts. But it could be better.

    I assume the fretboard is dyed rosewood, since my fingertips got dirty after playing. Hopefully that will stop soon.

    I hope you enjoy the photos!

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  2. Middleman

    Middleman Friend of Leo's

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    Players guitar. Get to playing. Congrats.
     
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  3. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    That's a beauty!

    Can you say more, Wallaby, about why and how you want to rewire it? Just curious....
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    What a beauty. If these had a 60s slim taper neck, I'd own one too.
     
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    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Really REALLY nice Guitar!!!
    All the right features.
    Hope you got a sweet deal.
    - stan
     
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    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Congrats! If this came in Pelham Blue I'd be all over it :)
     
  7. Wallaby

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    Oh, I'd pull the pots and meter them, and potentially replace them with Mojotone "Vintage Taper" 500k CTS pots. I'd stay with standard wiring but use .022 and .015 caps for the bridge and neck tone controls, respectively.

    I'd replace the wiring in the cavity with cloth-insulated push-back wire, and replace the floppy insulated ground circuit with 18ga bus wire. I'd redo the run to the toggle switch from the volume pots and the run from the toggle switch to the output jack with braided shield Gavitt wire.

    Wire lengths would be appropriate, shrink-tube would be employed where needed, and solder joints would be admirable :)

    I'd also install dial pointers under the knobs while I'm at it.

    It's usable and functional as it is now, I'm just being picky.

     
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    Happy to see a hint of woodgrain there. All the previous pics I'd seen suggested it was just banana yellow, but it isn't.

    Damn, this post might cost me money.
     
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    Classic, that is a RnR machine ... Congrats!
     
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    Congratulations, fine looking special.
     
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    Nice! Throw some lemon oil on that fretboard asap!
     
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    Man, that is stunning. Beautiful guitar, congrats. Great pics.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    About 3 years ago, Gibson CS made them in Pelham Blue for $4,500 :eek:. For some reason they were discontinued. Hmmm... I can't imagine why.
     
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    I saw that in a quick search..no thanks, I'd rather refinish one of these instead if I ever come across a used one :)
     
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    Congrats. Nice looking guitar. You can always get a compensated or adjustable tailpiece for that.
     
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    That's purty. I've always thought that TV yellow is the proper color for that model. Classic.
     
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    Me too, it's not as translucent as I've seen with other finishes, but definitely not opaque.

    I *think* it's a 1-piece body - I'm not totally sure but when looking at the -end-pin area I can't find the joins.

    This surprises me, I expected a 2- or 3-piece body.

     
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    I've had mine for a month. We had a 2 hour practice yesterday. First time in 6 months. I started with the SG, went to the JazzMaster, and finished up with the Special.

    Sounded great. No need for any changes. Pickups, pots, frets, neck, tuners,and set up were perfect.

    Deluxe Reverb at 3 with ZenDrive.
     
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    I just got an Epi '66 SG and LOVE it!
    ( it's a 2018 Epi SG Pro/ coil-taps)

    Hoping ( next year) to get the Pelham Blue SG Special ( P-90's) or the Epi LP Special, which like OP's, is beautiful and looks like a blast to play.

    Either around $400, but not now!
    ( restraint!!)
     
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    Coolio!
     
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