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  1. #33


    Join Date: Jun 2010
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    ME: Ibanez RGs
    MA: Cordoba Custom Flamenco
    MB: Ibanez SRs
    Rig: 5153 / Kemper

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    as I finally picked it up from my tech after a nice refurbish. Obligatory red curtain NGD pic.



    I ended up deciding to keep the guitar as is. The only mods I added were gold Schaller straplocks. I didn't want to put cliplocks on this one. Sonically I said it was dark in tone but that was when I plugged into an amp I've since forgotten. It's still dark through my 5153 but it's much more bearable and adjustable.

    Compared to my comfort zone RGs, this puts up a lot of fight, which I like in a Les Paul. There are 2 things that I'm still trying to adjust to. First, the frets are smaller than my usual jumbos and possibly the originals worn down a bit so bending and fast runs require a bit of an adjustment. Second, the neck joint. It's the most blocky bolt on joint I own to the point that it jabs into my palm if I go full aggro. I'm getting flashbacks on my first RG copy with a similar joint. This one takes more time but I'm willing to bear it because these are minor gripes.

    All said and done, the thing roars like a beast. All the sustain in the world is worth the slight upper fret discomfort. I can nail that one note on Parisienne Walkways without the aid of a boost or even turning the gain right up. The 59/Custom pair have aged pretty well and I'll probably hang on to them for some time before planning a change. Definitely a fun alternative to my chestnuts.

    It's no real Gibson but who cares. It's got the look and sound. Plus I scored a Gibson case for half price due to a previous disgruntled customer.


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  3. #34


    Join Date: Jun 2010
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    ME: Ibanez RGs
    MA: Cordoba Custom Flamenco
    MB: Ibanez SRs
    Rig: 5153 / Kemper

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    So I changed the pickups to a pair of gold BKP Mules.





    Going a completely different turn with the Mules, which isn't far off from the 59/Custom it had prior but somewhat balances in between the 2. Either way I like the look better and the guitar still sounds great.

  4. #35


    Join Date: Aug 2009
    Location: South Jersey
    ME: Fender Telecasters
    MA: Emerald X20 Artisan
    MB: STR LS-648
    Rig: Mk IVa / Hartke HyDrive 2

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    That is sweet, looks fantastic
    "Oh, those jazz guys are just making that stuff up!" - Homer J. Simpson

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  6. #36


    Join Date: Nov 2014
    Location: Norman, OK
    ME: Gibson Les Paul
    Rig: Mesa/Boogie Lonestar

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChainOfThought View Post
    Oh God don't put a pick guard on that thing. Do anything you else you want but for the love of all things holy don't put a pick guard on it.
    That's a smoking guitar. And I agree... don't put a pickguard on it. That top is worth seeing.

    Nice choice on the Mules.
    All I can ask is that I suck a little less each time I pick up my guitar...

  7. #37


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Woodbridge, VA
    ME: KxK ProtoVii-7
    MA: Martin D-28
    Rig: Mesa/Boobies Stiletto

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    Get black speed knobs. The LP Custom look is black plastics: pickguard, poker chip, and knobs.

  8. #38


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: PRS
    Rig: JCM800

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    Get black speed knobs. The LP Custom look is black plastics: pickguard, poker chip, and knobs.
    He's not wrong.
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  9. #39


    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Glasgow - Scotland
    ME: Suhr M5
    MB: Squire Jazz
    Rig: Mesa Mk V + Axe FX II

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Definitely put a pickguard on that thing. Doesn't look like a LP without one.
    Just noticed this blasphemy. Do not grandad this guitar!

  10. #40


    Join Date: Jun 2010
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    ME: Ibanez RGs
    MA: Cordoba Custom Flamenco
    MB: Ibanez SRs
    Rig: 5153 / Kemper

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    Get black speed knobs. The LP Custom look is black plastics: pickguard, poker chip, and knobs.
    Yeah, the black speed knobs is the next mod. My tech and I discussed some ideas to either go the custom look or leave the knobs and change the pickup rings and poker chip to cream for a traditional aesthetic.

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