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My New Old Guitar, Gibson Les Paul Custom
ZakkWylde
Sep 5 2010, 06:38 PM
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Well I sold my Gibson Les Paul Standard to raise the money to get a new Gibson Les Paul Custom but in the end I snatched an old one for a great price. This is my new Gibson Les Paul Custom in Arctic White:


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This one is 13 years old and was played a lot! It was rocked, beaten and heavily played but it sounds INCREDIBLE!
The hardware was changed to black one, there are active EMG pickups in it and Sperzel Locking Tuners (which is exactly how I would have modified a new one).

This guitar sounds better than ANYTHING I have ever heard or played. Warm, tight and heavy with a sustain that lasts for weeks! This baby was made by hand in Nashville and it aged for 13 years - It's incredible how good it sounds.

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Shime
Sep 5 2010, 06:56 PM
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Congratulations and long may you rock with it! So the quest for the perfect guitar & tone is over? smile.gif

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Fre
Sep 5 2010, 07:02 PM
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Wow! Looks really really tight!

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Vaidya
Sep 5 2010, 07:05 PM
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Sexy guitar.How much did it cost you?

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Fran
Sep 5 2010, 07:43 PM
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Really nice guitar. Reminds me of Buckethead's. Congrats! cool.gif

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ZakkWylde
Sep 5 2010, 08:25 PM
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Yeah the quest for ultimate tone is definitely over. It's very unlikey to find something that sounds better than a LPC

QUOTE (Vaidya @ Sep 5 2010, 08:05 PM) *
Sexy guitar.How much did it cost you?


Half of what a new one would cost here in Germany

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Bogdan Radovic
Sep 5 2010, 10:59 PM
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Congratulations on finding the perfect guitar. Its not easy to find one that sounds/feels the best and from your post I got the impression you found THE TONE smile.gif

Have fun rocking on it! smile.gif

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Adrian Figallo
Sep 5 2010, 11:10 PM
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congrats my friend, someday i will get one too!

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Sep 5 2010, 11:36 PM
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Black on white is quite possibly my favorite combination smile.gif So how do the X's compare to the regular 81/85?

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ZakkWylde
Sep 5 2010, 11:43 PM
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The X series sound the same, they just react better to your picking and sound more open - like a passive pickup would do.
They haven't lost their output or their tightness though!

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Todd Simpson
Sep 6 2010, 12:33 AM
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Just a KILLER looking axe. And all tweaked for ripping! How cool is that. I'm a big fan of the 81/85 set, in a les paul body the sustain is just ungodly!

Great to see you in the saturday video chat! I posted a new version of the PROJECT 21 COLLAB, I'd love to hear you take on your new axe! Sorry to bail before the end, lost internet connection. sad.gif Hopped back on and the room filled up for another two hours. It's was a fun guitar day.

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Sep 6 2010, 12:24 PM
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Wow, now that's a cool guitar biggrin.gif

Congratulations mate!

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Sep 6 2010, 02:12 PM
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Congrates

Looks great

Maybe I have to put the EMG to my LP to, what EMG pick up are this?

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ZakkWylde
Sep 6 2010, 03:23 PM
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When I got this one it had a regular EMG 81 in the bridge and an EMG 85 in the neck (the classical EMG setup for thight riffing and smooth soloing). I replaced them with the new X versions of the same pickups. Those feature a diffrent built in preamp that makes the pickups more dynamic and versatile without loosing the typical EMG tone!

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Sep 6 2010, 03:26 PM
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Nice catch! It looks great. I think wood wise in general you're always better off with an older guitar like the one you got smile.gif

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Sep 6 2010, 03:34 PM
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Nice, real nice!

there is definitely something about older Les Paul's, mine is sixteen years old and sounds superb.

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ZakkWylde
Sep 6 2010, 04:08 PM
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Oh my god guys you are going to hate me but I just snatched an Ibanez J custom 7 String for an incredible price with the rest of the money I saved to get a new Les Paul Custom^^
Two Custom shop guitars in one week, both for great prices - I am so lucky (and dead broke by now tongue.gif )

I'll post some pics of the Ibanez when I get it!

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Sep 6 2010, 04:37 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Sep 5 2010, 12:38 PM) *
Well I sold my Gibson Les Paul Standard to raise the money to get a new Gibson Les Paul Custom but in the end I snatched an old one for a great price. This is my new Gibson Les Paul Custom in Arctic White:


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This one is 13 years old and was played a lot! It was rocked, beaten and heavily played but it sounds INCREDIBLE!
The hardware was changed to black one, there are active EMG pickups in it and Sperzel Locking Tuners (which is exactly how I would have modified a new one).

This guitar sounds better than ANYTHING I have ever heard or played. Warm, tight and heavy with a sustain that lasts for weeks! This baby was made by hand in Nashville and it aged for 13 years - It's incredible how good it sounds.

Very Awsome guitar Zakk

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Jasonius
Sep 6 2010, 06:00 PM
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That's a nice LP. Congatulations on the Ibanez too! Are you considering a re-finish on the LP?

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ZakkWylde
Sep 6 2010, 06:33 PM
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QUOTE (Jasonius @ Sep 6 2010, 07:00 PM) *
That's a nice LP. Congatulations on the Ibanez too! Are you considering a re-finish on the LP?


Not as long as the front is looking good! I will be gigging with this guitar so i don't bother with how the backside looks but the white Nitro laquer will start to change color (it already does if you look close at the pics) and once they become to noticable I might get the guitar refinished...

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