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UB Ed 30 Dec 02 - 02:10 PM
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Subject: Gibson Les Paul
From: UB Ed
Date: 30 Dec 02 - 02:10 PM

Jed's thread on Guitar Center made me think of this:

While in the store, my friend was trying the less expensive Les Paul Juniors. They had a number to compare and we found the "best" of the lot. What was different for me was the guitar would make no sound when switched to the middle position (both pickups on) with the volume of one of the two pickups off. I initially thought that was a defect.

I was having a bit of CRS that day so I couldn't swear my '76 Custom didn't do the same thing (which I later discovered was correct; in the middle position, it would still sound with one pickup volume off). I asked the sales guy at Guitar Center after playing one of their Customs and his response was "of course it doesn't sound with one off."

Of course my guitar doesn;t do this.

What's changed or is my Les Paul broken?


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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 30 Dec 02 - 02:30 PM

It's not broken, it's just wired to do that. I believe that it is probably wired in 'series' which puts both 'pots' into action... It is a simple fix... But, make sure you don't want it the way it is... I do think it would probably be more versital with 0-100% of each pick-up reastatable...ttr

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: UB Ed
Date: 30 Dec 02 - 03:17 PM

Oh I don't want to change a thing! Its just I got to thinking after this kid told me they were supposed to be that way. My guitar has not been rewired since the factory, so I guess something's different at Gibson?

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: UB Ed
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 03:02 PM

Don't fall off the page!

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: CraigS
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 11:11 PM

I may be very naive, but all the LP Juniors I've ever seen have only one pick-up - I think you talking LP Specials!
Whatever has happened to the guitar in the store is not how the factory intended it. You may be right to avoid it, but I have been sick for 30 years that I passed up an Epiphone Sheraton ca. 1966 because one pickup was not performing properly. I've got to say that LP juniors/specials are very overpriced, but a good one is a good thing to have. If it plays right and sounds right and it's what you want, buy it and either work out what's strange about it or pay someone else to do it. The man in the store reminds me of the caption to a Kliban cartoon - "But of course, Dublische Torte make you sick, sir -Dublische Torte SUPPOSED to make you sick!"

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 07:41 PM

You can have a no less than one in one thousand chance at winning an autographed Gibson Les Paul by purchasing a $25 raffle ticket. Here's the info:

Gibson Les Paul raffle
The holder of a single lucky raffle ticket will own something that for many guitar aficionados is simply beyond the imagination: a beautiful 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard that's signed by none other than the artist himself.

The raffle is a fundraiser for the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Caitlin Merie Hurrey, who was nine years old and in the fourth grade at Huntingtown Elementary School in Maryland when she died in an automobile accident on October 31, 1995. The fund, which honors Caitlin's love of music and education, supports four scholarships annually.

"Caitlin was a talented young musician who loved to play in her elementary school band, sing in the school and church youth choir, and she was very active in the young theatre group at her school as well," remembers her father, Earl Hurrey, who is deputy executive director for business development of Reston, Virginia-based MENC: The National Association for Music Education. "Even though she was only nine when she died, Caitlin had already decided she wanted to be a music teacher when she grew up."

Hurrey, who calls the autographed Les Paul "one of my most prized possessions," is raffling the guitar this year to mark what would have been Caitlin's 21st birthday. He hopes to raise $25,000 for the scholarship fund by selling 1,000 raffle tickets for $25 each.

"I'd like to raffle this guitar rather then auction it because I would
like all guitar players, regardless of income, to have the opportunity to win it," Hurrey explains. "It will be a very special guitar for a deserving guitar player, and Caitlin would have wanted it that way."

The guitar, a Heritage Cherry Sunburst design with a Fifties-style neck, is autographed on its pickguard. It was given to Hurrey by Gibson president Henry Juskiewicz just months after Les Paul's 90th birthday concert, which took place in June 2005 at Carnegie Hall in New York. "I had mentioned to Henry that I had been taking guitar lessons as a lifelong dream," Hurrey recalls, "and that attending the concert gave me great incentive to work even harder at learning to play the guitar. Shortly after our conversation, I received the guitar as a gift from Henry. He said, 'If you're going to learn guitar, you might as well learn on the best guitar in the world."

The instrument, which has never been played, is currently housed in a decorative display case on a wall in Hurrey's home.

The Caitlin Fund was approved by MENC as part of MENC's Fund for the Advancement of Music Education. It's a 501(c) (3) charitable fund that supports the greater good of music education. All donations to the Caitlin Fund are 100% tax deductible.

Contest rules and regulations

1. All proceeds from the raffle of the Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar (autographed by Les Paul) will benefit the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Memorial Scholarship Fund.

2. The number of raffle tickets sold will not exceed 1,000. Once 1,000 tickets have been sold, the raffle will be closed and a single winner will be selected.

3. Tickets cost $25 each, with a maximum of four (4) per address.

4. Your cancelled check will serve as your receipt.

5. Employees of MENC and their families members are ineligible.

6. To enter, send a check for $25 for each raffle ticket, made payable to the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Scholarship Fund. All entries should include a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with entrant's name, address, telephone number(s) and e-mail address.

7. Entries should be mailed to Caitlin Merie Hurrey Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o In Tune Partners LLC, 55 Larry's Lane, Pleasantville, NY 10570.

8. The winning ticket will be selected and certified by the independent accounting firm of Bisselle, Meade Company LLP.

9. Once the winning ticket is selected, the winner will be notified, and the autographed Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar (and display case) will be shipped. All other raffle participants will be notified via e-mail that the winning ticket has been selected.

10. Any entries received once 1,000 raffle tickets are sold will have their checks returned via their self-addressed stamped envelope.

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: Peace
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 07:47 PM

Picture of the guitar.

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: bankley
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 09:38 PM

nice... and for a fine cause.. I have some Les Paul stories..

    I once had a '52 Gold Top with a floating (trapeze) tail-piece, soap bar pick-ups. Paid next to nothing, customized it, changed the shitty bridge, stripped the gold paint.. but did it ever howl.. of course it was ruined as a collectible, they can sell for tens of 1000s today. I heard of one recently going for $200K to a Japanese collector. So I traded it for a cheap Gibson 12 string flat top. Kum-bye-ya... I was young. That's okay, later on I got a '68 Black Beauty Custom in NYC for $350. It was smashed up in the early 90's. Ran over by the equipment trailer, twice! The good news is that it's has been lovingly restored and I'm just waiting for Joe to do the frets. I think we're going for the Book of records on the longest guitar repair. 16 years. but soon, soon.... and I promise to be more careful

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: Peace
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 09:44 PM

My first electric was a Fender Telecaster. That was back in 1962. I traded it straight across for a Framus Guitar--a name I'm sure y'all have heard of. It was an acoustic. Anyway, I don't know what a 1962 Telecaster would go for today, and I don't want to, but likely more than enough for a bus ride and a cuppa coffee.

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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 02:31 AM

Well yeah, but a Framus would still be capable of a tough game of field hockey or laCrosse after all these years. And how many guitars can say that? Tough as nails they were so they did have that going for them......if nothing else..................


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Subject: RE: Gibson Les Paul
From: bankley
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 08:17 AM

True... I have a 50's Framus lap steel, another next-to-nothing deal. Once I cleaned the pots/controls and changed strings it sounded just fine... Funny, in the 60's, instruments from the 50's weren't that old or rare... I guess we all get that way..., the ones that aren't too smashed up!! and Mister Lester Paul aka Rhubarb Red is still going !...

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