Caution: Goldtop Porn!

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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby leftyguitarman » Sun May 10, 2009 10:42 pm

texas blues wrote:Just yesterday I played a Clownburst...


Clownburst. :lol: I like that one.

Sheb Whitebred wrote:I lost my jones for a Les Paul years ago (too damn heavy)


Have you played any of the more recent LPs? Most of them these days are chambered so they aren't that heavy. My Epi is heavier than most Gibson I've ever played because it isn't chambered. I love the weight of the LP. All that weight provides that fat, fat tone which is good.

Damn this thread... I want a fricken Goldtop, bad.
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby goldbrick » Mon May 11, 2009 12:15 am

Its not the weight of the guitar that gives it the tone--its the quality of the wood.

The reason Gibson drills the new Les Pauls is because the current crop of mahogany is full of minerals and is too heavy so they reduce the weight and make it more resonant by drilling it. The old wood was better quality hence the resonance

A boat anchor heavy with brass nut does not equal fat tone--its just more guitar voodoo bullcrap--like heavy Lps are good but heavy strats are bad ???

Good wood is the key
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby rustyslide » Mon May 11, 2009 12:32 am

The goldtop looks great!

I really don't like the look of clownbursts - much prefer the darker red sunbursts.
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby grady » Mon May 11, 2009 2:10 am

The dark Vintage Sunburst is by far my favorite of the LP Standard finishes.
I've seen some that were better than others.

I love the TV Yellow on my LP Special however, an Ebony LP Custom with Gold Hardware would be my ultimate choice in a Les Paul.
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby bignick » Mon May 11, 2009 2:11 am

Same here...tobacco sunburst for me all the way.

I'm not a big gold-top fan but I'm glad you found her for the price you did. I love a good guitar story.
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby texas blues » Mon May 11, 2009 2:50 am

leftyguitarman wrote:
texas blues wrote:Just yesterday I played a Clownburst...


Clownburst. :lol: I like that one.

Sheb Whitebred wrote:I lost my jones for a Les Paul years ago (too damn heavy)


Have you played any of the more recent LPs? Most of them these days are chambered so they aren't that heavy. My Epi is heavier than most Gibson I've ever played because it isn't chambered. I love the weight of the LP. All that weight provides that fat, fat tone which is good.

Damn this thread... I want a fricken Goldtop, bad.


Lefty, the term "Clownburst" came from bursts that were poorly sprayed and the red didn't blend with rest of the body but had more of a deep thick line of red. They look exactly that....clownish. Even if you have never seen one, when you do you will recognize it in a second.

I gotta' say, I love the feel and sound of good Gibson guitars but I also dig alot of others. Fenders, Gretches, off brands..you name it. There's lots that are damn fine. There's lots of vintage instruments and many are the shizzet and worth the money invested, but in my opinion there is nothing, and I mean nothing like a Les Paul when it all comes together right. Sure there are some boners and you have to pick through them but thats with all guitars.
The Norlin era of LP's was not the best but still many great guitars came from those years. Mine was one of them with my LP Pro. To be sure also, there is one guitar that defines all guitars, and while Fender and others have their respective representatives, there is nothing on the planet that can touch the '59 Les Paul. That year everything came together. The wood. The pickups. The electronics. The flame. Everything! I'll never be able to own one outside of winning the powerball lottery but one can dream of coming close.

Cheers, TB.
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby grady » Mon May 11, 2009 3:33 am

I agree about the '59 LP. I've played a bunch of them.
I can't help but wonder about how the new Pearly Gates model
will sound.
A lot of people talk about the extra long neck tenon (my LP has that).
In fact, my LP will probably end up with a guitar synth pickup on it by the end of the week.
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby rustyslide » Mon May 11, 2009 2:23 pm

My '82 Greco has a long neck tenon.
I'm quite curious as to how one would tell the difference between tenon lengths through a cranked Marshall and a full band, though. :mrgreen:
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Re: Caution: Goldtop Porn!

Postby felixq78 » Sat May 16, 2009 5:39 pm

Yup. They certainly kick arse.
I have an Historic '56, virtually the same (P-90s etc) except for the Tune-O-Matic bridge which was a big innovation in '56. The Tune-O-Matic is a better bet than the Stop-Bar; It allows for individual string intonation which is a good idea if you want to play in tune with different string gauges. I don't use a standard set of strings >> 0052 to 0011 and without the Tune o Matic bridge it would be impossible to keep the intonation right.
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