What Gibson guitar fits in this case?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by JDB2, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. eclecticsynergy

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    Out of curiosity, what's the inside depth? If it isn't a bit deep for the SG, it won't be deep enough for an LP Standard.

    Of course, the best way to check the fit is to try one...
     
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    Same as my '77 LP case.

    CP.
     
  3. JDB2

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    Agree - but I don't have easy access to a Les Paul, so I did the next best thing. I made a scale paper replica of a Les Paul and tried it in the mystery case:

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    The conclusion? I think it fits, at least closely enough to believe it is a standard Les Paul case. Both the upper and lower bouts and the entire bottom edge of the paper guitar rest firmly against the case padding. The fit is far from snug as a glove, but it isn't that different from some images I've found of vintage Les Pauls in their original vintage cases. Modern cases seem to fit a lot more closely.

    Maybe that's exactly what I'm seeing.

    However, based on the loose-ish fit I still can't rule out that the case could have been for a Les Paul Recording/Professional/Personal. Anyone out there familiar enough with the fit of a 70s Les Paul in a 70s case to know that my paper replica fits the same way?
     
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    it seems like es339 size
     
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    Pretty sure the case is from the 1970s though.

    Looking at my pictures more closely, I think the shape is wrong to fit the standard Les Paul. The "shoulders" of the paper cutout sit too low in the case. As others above have suggested, the case is probably from a Les Paul Recording (or similarly-shaped Professional or Personal). Those guitars seem to be similar in width to a standard Les Paul but are "taller" - so that the shoulders sit higher in the case.

    I wish I could find a template or really detailed measurements for a Les Paul Recording.
     
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    got a LP a few years ago and it wiggled in the case..got the epi es339 and it fit right to the sides .. got lucky cause i needed a case for es339.
     
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    L6
     
  8. JDB2

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    Maybe, but here is an L6 case and to me it looks wider than mine:

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    OK, now I found a picture of a Les Paul Recording, did my best to rescale the image to match the picture of my empty case, and then copied it in. Looks like a pretty close fit to me (assuming I scaled it right):

    RECORDING LES PAUL IN CASE.jpg

    Certainly a better fit than my paper cut out of a standard Les Paul:

    PAPER CUTOUT LES PAUL IN CASE.jpg

    I'm thinking maybe those who said Les Paul Recording are on target . . .
     
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    They all do, if you put them through the chipper...
     
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    Here's my '74 Deluxe in its original case:

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    And here's the same guitar alongside a '70 Professional:

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    It's worth pointing out the Professional and Personal are not the same guitar as the more common Recording model. They have a much bigger body with a mahogany cap and we're only made for a short period, possibly because even in an era when people didn't bay an eyelid at 12lb Les Paul Customs those things were seriously heavy. The one in the photo is over 15.5lb! The Recording is significantly smaller and not far off a standard LP in shape.
     
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    the Recording is 1/2” larger in its width and length than is a Les Paul Standard or Custom. The Personal and Professional are 1/2” larger in the width and length compared to the Recording model. The Professional, Personal and Recording all have mahogany carved tops. The Recording has the ‘pancake’ body....mahogany slabs with a maple laminate sandwiched in between those pieces of mahogany. I am thinking that the Professional and Personal May be built with pancake bodies, too....but I cannot say that as fact.
    Dimensions...
    Professional and Personal
    14” wide x 18 1/4” long x 2” deep
    Recording
    13 1/2” x 17 3/4” x 1 3/4”

    Les Paul Standard
    13” x 17 3/8” x 2”
     
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    Wow, between the white finish, gold hardware, and purple lining, that’s beautiful.
     
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    Thanks! I will put those measurements to good use and try to figure out whether the case fits one of those models . . .
     
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    Anybody got the length and width measurements of a Gibson L6 handy??
     
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    The body is 131/2” wide according to the Gruhn/Carterbook.....no length given.
     
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    The L6S, and the L5S for that matter are wider than a Les Paul.
     
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    Had one like that for a Les Paul Custom. Came with the guitar that I bought 2nd hand in the late 80s. Every time I pulled the guitar out of the case it was out of tune but never lost tune when I played it. Turns out the case design would move one of the tuners when I closed it up.
     
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    My first thought was S-1 or Maurader..
     
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    Wally, does your book have dimensions for the S-1 or Marauder?
     
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