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NGPD LP 50s Tribute

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by vangoghsear, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. vangoghsear

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    I've played a few p90 LPs and I think that's their best sound (out of my fingertips at least). Congrats and enjoy it!
     
  3. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    I have the very same instrument...... great fat neck, juicy pickups, with more edge and cut than any humbucker. No fancy binding and finishes, Grovers.......

    And a killer price deal. Hope it works as well for you as it does for me:)
     
  4. vangoghsear

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I'll post some pictures when it comes.
     
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    I've got the same guitar but in Gold Top. Cheap enough to mod without regard to future re-sale... mine looks nothing like the original. I also completely gutted the control circuit board and put in a '50s wiring harness.

    It's always out on the stand within reach and I play it every day... Absolutely LOVE IT! :)
     
  6. studio1087

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    That's beautiful!

    Congratulations. You're going to love it.
     
  7. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    They have had a TON of problems with this Guitar!
    My suggestion: SEND IT DIECTLY TO ME for a couple of years, I'll figure it out for you. :)

    ~ ST
     
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    It's here! Really pleased with it. Sorry String Tree, this one's a winner. I'll post some pictures soon.
     
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    Here we go:

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    and here:

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    Not to highjack the thread, but I wanted to underscore what one poster said about this Les Paul being a good one for modding. I just completed (other than some further tweaking) a Les Paul Studio 50's Tribute that I bought as a blank body on EBay. I had a middle rout cut into the guitar and then installed three of Lindy Fralin's humless P90s (the middle is an alnico under the theory that it would allow me to set the pickup a little lower than the others). I added a roller bridge and, of course, a Bigsby. I'm very pleased with how much quack I can get from the middle-bridge combination!
     

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    nice! :cool:
     
  12. dog fart

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    Cograts Vangoghsear! I only have one question. How did you ever put it down long enough to take a picture, much less two?
     
  13. HotRodSteve

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    Those Les Paul 50's Tributes look like excellent guitars at a very reasonable price. Made in USA too. Congratulations, play the snot out of it!
     
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    It was tough DF, it was tough. Love the feel of the matt finish.
     
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    Excellent choice!
    I'm also an owner, a GT as well as the earlier poster.

    My 1st: LP, P90s and Goldtop; madly in love with all 3.
    I picked mine up at GC/Gibson model yr end blow-out- paid more than you did, but still a great deal.

    It's so fun, an for me, excellent as stock. I considered pickup swaps, vint wiring; but after pretty through research, my take was that the differences were so subtle, subjective and incremental, that for my needs/ability and budget, I stayed stock.

    I anticipated some raised eyebrows on some 'other' enthusiast sites with an LP focus, but to my surprise, they're quite highly regarded. And as time goes by, their reputation grows as powerful, versatile, straight forward and well made rock machines.

    In fact, I'd like to pick up another to baby a bit more, as mine's seen quite a bit of action.
    I'd also have picked up an HSC, because transporting it through a couple Chicago winters in the supplied gig bag has effected the thin finish.

    I don't plan to sell, so non-issue, but I'd like a minty fresh one, prob a burst like yours, to preserve better.

    Congrats, best wishes- and crank it up!

    EDIT: Re: no mods- that Triple pup/Bigsby work is EXCELLENT!
    That's one SERIOUS weapon- really really cool.
     

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    And a close up of the top now:
     

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    That's a nice one too jimchord, even with the weather checking. How did I ever miss this model? I only got the LP jr spcl with the baked/roasted/carbonized/toasted maple fretboard. I keep mine tuned to G for Stones and Black Crowes tunes.
     
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    That looks GREAT D_Schief! And I bet it's a blast to play! :)
    Since this thread seems to be morphing into a 50's Tribute show-n-tell...

    Here's the dealer photo of my guitar from when I ordered it on-line:

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    And here are the mods I performed:
    Wet sanded and buffed out the top
    Installed bone nut
    Installed blank truss rod cover
    Changed tuners to Keystone Grovers
    Gutted the Control Circuit Board and installed a MSSC 50's wiring kit
    Replaced stock 4-conductors P90s with single conductor P90s
    Replaced all the black plastic with cream
    Replaced black reflector knobs with gold top hats and pointers
    Installed cream pickguard
    Shielded the control cavity with copper tape

    And here is what it looks like today:

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    I'm not quite done yet though. Next mod will be to roll the fret board edges. Then I think I'll be done. :)
     
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    Well now; that's a gut-punch to my "mine's fine stock" perspective; that's one dang fine lookin machine- and if I were to commence to tinkerin, that's what's in my mind's eye.

    Excellent work.

    EDIT: just noticed it doesn't look like the standard verbiage on the poker chip- but I can't make it out; care to share?
     
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    Nope, it's stock: "Rhythm" on top and "Treble" on the bottom. I DID see a cool one the other day though... "GTFO" on top and "ST'eff'U" on the bottom. :lol:
     
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