Billy Corgan’s first great tearing of the script led to a bold and ambitious album that put the guitars up front and loud. It costs nothing and so long and you note the starting points, the magnets can be returned to their original positions. Lovely Les Paul Junior double cut style guitar. Used & Vintage Guitars At The Music Zoo Buy Les Paul online now from The Music Zoo! With its what I refer to as creamburst finish and dual necks, it's bound to draw positive attention. Loaded in the Collector’s Choice with a full set of Alpha pots, the volume and tone controls become wildly interactive and when the volume is around five, rolling back the tone introduces a mid-scoop that actually enhances clarity. We specialise in vintage, rare, and used guitars, basses, amps and effects pedals from player to investment grade. Our three test bed guitars – a Gibson Custom Collector’s Choice #26 Whitford Burst, our work-in-progress Greco conversion and a 1954 Goldtop. It was lightly played before being stored away for the past few decades. By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. $499.00. It’s safe to assume this is true of many of the caps that have resided undisturbed in vintage Les Pauls for decades, so if a cap no longer reads close to vintage spec 0.022uF, it may not matter. or Best Offer . Pot resistance is 488k. If you want a bit more brightness, use the higher value pots as volume controls and use the others for tone. C $159.34 shipping. This mirrors our findings when we installed a set of vintage PAFs in a Greco in the past. Vintage USA Pro Shop PSV100 3AFD Paradise Amber Flame Top Guitar W/COA & Bag "ONE of A KIND" $899.00 SOLD. From Japan. A year on from her debut EP, we caught up with the genre-agnostic guitarist to talk luck, lockdowns and the challenges of being a non-touring musician. Greco LP Custom Type Vintage Electric Guitar Made in japan Cherry Sunburst 3.9kg. This is a nice-sounding capacitor that measures bang on 0.022uF, but the tone control’s usable range becomes limited with this in circuit. Condition is "Used". This rare full size humbucker Gibson Les Paul Standard with Mahogany neck was made in Gibson's original Kalamazoo factory. New Instruments Added Daily View Latest Arrivals close. $699.00. C $2,356.38. If you’re looking for vintage response, this potentiometer is possibly the least authentic choice. $2,099.00. We buy, sell and trade. We test the hypothesis by swapping the original wrapover tailpiece and studs from the 1954 Goldtop onto our Greco and putting the Greco’s Faber aluminium tailpiece onto the Gibson. Les Paul Standard 50s. C $181.66. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. Free shipping. Bonamassa explicitly states, “What people don’t realise about old Gibsons is a significant part of the sound is not in the pickups, but in the pots”. The actual resistance value is 508k and resistance remains significantly lower until five, whereupon it conforms to the vintage curve until three before drifting lower. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. It has 32-bars and it’s a mess, but it’s interesting. Pre-Owned. Padding, packing and protection – how to ensure your prized guitars stay safe in a big move. Best Match. View Latest Arrivals We hear a softening of the treble, which leads to a more vocal midrange and a compressed warmth. Cutting to the chase, the Greco conversion with vintage P-90s installed sounds virtually indistinguishable from the bona fide 1954 Gibson Goldtop. Was: Previous Price C $527.91 15% off. Condition is New. We soon noticed the bridge pickup was set far lower than usual, but the pole screws were jacked high above the covers to compensate. The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. The differences don’t really jump out at you and we find it takes a period of careful listening and experimentation to zone in on what each capacitor does. Some use foam rubber for its springiness, but we prefer wood shims. Sprague Hyrel ‘Vitamin Q’ This NOS cap is supposedly a paper/oil type and since it’s only rated at 200 volts, it’s relatively small. Between 10 and nine, resistance hardly changes, then the taper follows the vintage line, albeit at a higher resistance, until it joins the curve at five and remains quite close from five to one. Testing two of these, we get measurements of 509k and 533k. Announced with the catchphrase “Vintage for All,” the Limited Edition model is Epiphone's stunning – and affordable – recreation of the celebrated LP. Saying that vintage Les Paul controls ‘just work’ would be a touch simplistic, so let’s be specific. You could even buy one at a time as funds allow. Measuring just 10mm, the short shaft means the Alpha pots we tested should be fine in SGs, Juniors, Vs and so forth, but cannot be installed in some Les Paul-type guitars. Notice the standard L-4 type tailpiece and the multi-pole modified neck pickup. Solidbody Electric Guitar Maple Top Mahogany Body Mahogany Neck Rosewood Fingerboard Trapezoid Inlays 24 3/4" Scale Length 12" $1,599.00. The Danelectro 12/6 Doubleneck Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar for sale with Gig Bag deserves the limelight. However, vintage guitars are not just limited to these three makers. This involves taking the actual value of the potentiometers and then plotting their tapers on graph paper based on resistance readings taken at 10 intervals corresponding to the markings on a Les Paul control knob. C $103.12. 2014. By and large, these activities merely serve to make things worse. With the electrics eliminated, these differences can only be attributed to the wood, the bridges and tailpieces or a combination of both. Less surprisingly, it has already sold out. $679.00. 3 Finish Options . The majority of us will never be able to afford a genuine 50s Les Paul and it’s all too easy to spend our time gazing wistfully at vintage pictures, reading every article and hanging out on forums. Vintage and Rare Guitars is a vintage guitar shop located in Bath, UK. C $194.60 shipping. The set-up procedures we discussed in relation to PAFs also apply to P-90s, however adjusting height can be tricky. It’s the simplest mod to try with both vintage and repro pickups. From Ukraine +C $105.63 shipping. At the other end, the wire goes straight into the capacitor body. Antique Vintage Burst. Vintage V130 Les Paul Junior Style Guitar. Long shaft versions are available from Axesrus, but we can’t vouch for the taper at the time of writing. I love late 80's Les pauls . It features a Mahogany body, 50's neck profile, one dogear P-90 PRO™ single-coil pickup, single volume and single tone controls, a Lightning Bar wrap around bridge, and Epiphone Deluxe Vintage tuners. From 50's masterpieces to modern day workhorses Carter Vintage always has a large selection of vintage and used Les Paul guitars in stock. Email Address * Password * Register; 625 8th Ave. S Nashville, TN 37203 Call Us 615 915-1851 // BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. No trades Favourite. Vintage PAFs and P-90s (and accurate replicas) tend to be very microphonic so many of the guitar’s unplugged tonal characteristics make it to the amp, and they have treble to spare. $599.00. 11 QUEEN STREET, BATH, UK - VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT | CALL: 01225 463777 | EMAIL: ENQUIRIES@VINTAGEANDRAREGUITARS.COM (0) Search. As expected, the value has drifted upwards – to 0.036uF in this case. 1-48 of 488 Results. If you listen carefully you can hear this with regular 500k pots and 0.022uF caps, but we suspect an upwards drift in actual cap value might accentuate the effect. The centre frequency even appears to change slightly depending on the volume and tone settings. With the pickups set low relative to the strings, you get a darker and more mellow tone but it may lack bite, aggression and output. To find out, we’re measuring a selection of popular replacement potentiometers. After a decade working on Nashville’s Music Row, Cobb decided to head back to Georgia to pen Keep ’Em On They Toes. 4 S 7 p o Y n 8 s o 6 r e d 8 M 5 F. Fernandes TEJ guitar japan Telecaster 80's vintage in mint condition. List View. To hear the guitarist Les Paul tell it, he was the man responsible for his namesake, pushing his prototype on Gibson executives as early as 1940. 3 bids. Gibson SG JR 1968 Original Vintage Killer 68 Tone Monster! © 2020 Guitar.com is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. This guitar is in beautiful condition considering it’s age with only a few cosmetic blemishes. Hirsute humbuckers modelled on the PAFs in Pearly Gates, the ZZ Top man’s legendary 1959 Les Paul, Billy Corgan and company return with escalation the name of the game, but despite the classic line-up, this is not 1995…. or Best Offer. On Sale On Sale Vintage V100 3BB Boulevard Black Guitar W/Gold Hardware & 3 Humbucker … Dropdown trigger. Vintage Les Paul enthusiasts can get pretty obsessive about tone capacitors and serious money changes hands for original – and sometimes not so original – Bumble Bees. CTS Audio This is the most commonly used replacement potentiometer and it’s fitted in many high-end guitars. If you increase the pot’s resistance by 10k or even 100k you will get a bit of extra brightness. Once the vintage ABR-1 is in situ in our CC Les Paul, the tonal differences are clearly audible. $649.00 $549.00 In Stock. So, the tone acts as both a treble roll-off and a rudimentary parametric equalizer – depending on how the controls are set. Buy with confiden. Other than that, 1968 goldtops look and are constructed just like 1956 LP goldtops (except the weight of these guitars tends to be much heavier than the 1956 models). Collector’s choice bridges are describes as ‘zinc’, but again we suspect the composition may be slightly different. There’s no point in throwing in endless sets of high-quality pickups in an aimless search for a specific sound. Therefore, hardware is an important factor in the Les Paul tone equation, and your options are to buy vintage parts or find replacements that sound like vintage ones. Les Paul Muse. Hardware: P90 pickup with UC450-1 pickup cover. My Wishlist My Cart 0. By taking the more traditional approach to the neck pickup, you can swing it so the neck is just as bright, or even brighter than the bridge. The 533k pot is an almost perfect match for our vintage average from one to 10. The same can be said for nylon nuts and if you do notice sonic differences compared to bone or other materials, you’ll only hear them when you play open strings. Our time spent with the Duggie Lock Les Paul was illuminating from a tonal perspective. Let’s be clear about potentiometers. All the vintage ones will have drifted so far out of spec, it would be misleading if we told you to buy a specific type or value. Many would regard the sonic characteristics of the Faber tailpiece as superior, but it’s less ‘vintage’ and vocal sounding, and it doesn’t sustain quite so well. And if you don’t want to go down that route, contrary to what some people might claim, the pole screws can still be used to even up string-to-string balance. However, it’s not a massive change and the most crucial factor is the way they respond. From United States. Even so, the guitar sounds clear and feels like it has a slightly higher output. We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. Rare Vintage Gibson G3 Grabber 4-String Electric Bass Guitar. Vintage Encore LP Style Electric Guitar Project! If you have no intention of using your controls below the 10 setting, don’t bother changing a thing. C $257.52. 14 watchers. However not all Bumble Bees were created equal, and although it’s widely assumed they were paper/oil types, the manufacturing process changed and many are more modern-style Mylar capacitors. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. Granted this isn’t cheap compared to even the best replicas, but as a magic bullet solution for vintage Les Paul tone, a set of vintage P-90s may end up saving you a lot of effort, time and money. The balance of the guitar changes with heavier tuners and you may notice changes in transient attack, but it’s hardly a make or break issue. Login. Shop. If you’re ordering from a boutique maker, you can no doubt discuss your requirements and allow the experts to guide you. He attributes a “nice clean, clear open sound” to the smooth taper of vintage pots working with lower output pickups and military-grade wire and capacitors. We’ve always found vintage Gibsons a bit softer in the treble and woodier in the mids than even the best reissues. Les Paul Axcess Custom Figured Top w/ Ebony Fingerboard Gloss. With the tone fully up the guitar is chimey and smooth, and when rolled back low string definition is retained because the very lowest frequencies are attenuated along with the treble. 7 Finish Options . Even so, the guitar retains brightness and with the tone rolled back to half way, note definition is better than the Hyrel. In fact, it could be beneficial. Attention turns to P-90s and we count ourselves lucky to have a genuine 1953 set to test in our Greco. When people think of guitars, they often think of Gibson, Les Paul, or Fender. The actual resistance is 488k, which is higher than the lowest vintage pot reading, and it has a nice smooth feel. This guitar is heavy. If you would like to have one built let us know. Playability is good, nice simple stripped back guitar. In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. Trying this approach with our own Monty’s loaded Greco LP Standard copy, we were astonished to discover how close we could get to the tone. C $448.72. Your guitar, if vintage, was made between 1961 and 1969. All; Auction; Buy It Now; Sort: Best Match. If you can get those bases covered, you may wish to research the tones associated with different grades of alnico and decide whether you want early-style P-90s with A3 or late 50s-style with A5. We have a great selection of guitar gear available in our Used & Vintage Guitars product collection. The actual resistance values vary from a low of 462k to a high of 600k with an average of 537.5k. Shop. You would probably benefit from having a professional take a look at your guitar. All four vintage pots also read between 1k and 2k with the control knobs set to one and they are all logarithmic rather than linear. It still shows some resistance at one and although resistance drifts very slightly above and below the vintage average, the taper shape actually conforms closely to the vintage taper. Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand. So how does this relate to pickups? Slacken off the baseplate screws very slightly until the magnets will slide with a little bit of encouragement. Although Norm’s vintage guitars are the main attraction, he also carries an impressive collection of basses, amps, accessories, and clothing. Having had the opportunity to load vintage P-90s and PAFs into a couple of 80s Grecos, there’s no denying that copies can sound almost exactly like the real thing. We find moderate roll off quite clear and vocal with a wah-like narrow ‘Q’ and a hint of vintage quackiness. Pre-Owned. Things start getting a bit muffled around 4.5 and with the tone control rolled fully back, the lows get woofy. Well-known guitar makers include Gibson, Les Paul, who worked closely with Gibson, and Fender. The clear winner is the 533k Bare Knuckle with the Alpha a very close runner up. Consequently, attention focuses on bridges and tailpieces and we conduct our primary listening tests with the guitars unplugged. Alternatively, you can get proactive about it. All the action happens in the midrange and once you get the hang of balancing pickup and pole screw heights, you can shift the midrange tonal characteristic and almost re-voice a pickup to your taste. In the case of PAF replicas, the coils will be slightly mismatched. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. Over the decades, this can actually cause the magnets to move apart, and this changes the shape of the magnetic field. The strings on both guitars are identical sets of Ernie Ball Pure Nickel 0.010s. Reading 0.023uF, words like plummy, rounded, smoky and balanced spring to mind. Upgraded to Wilkinson tuners. C $3,699.00. At the very least your P-90 or PAF replicas will need to have suitable alnico magnets, steel parts with low carbon content, plain enamel magnet wire and no wax potting. or Best Offer. These two brands have been around for a very long time, and many vintage finds come from these two companies. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Interesting Custom shop passport switch cover for Gibson guitar USA. This item: Epiphone ELPVVWCH Les Paul Special VE Electric Guitar, Vintage Walnut CDN$259.00. Moving over to the Collector’s Choice LP, we swap the bridge for an ABR-1 taken from a 1961 ES-330. Of course the wood matters, but so long as your Les Paul has a non-chambered mahogany body with a solid maple cap, a rosewood fingerboard and a glued in mahogany neck, the fundamentals are in place. A fantastic tonal contrast can be achieved, and the middle setting will also now have an audible phasiness with slightly hollow mids for a great third tonal option. The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! This area could benefit from more research. Prices for vintage PAFs have skyrocketed and you need to be careful because some replicas are scarily indistinguishable from real ones and sadly, there are a few dishonest sellers out there. 3 Finish Options . Get creative, be prepared to compromise and you may find yourself very pleasantly surprised with the results. close, 625 8th Ave. S Nashville, TN 37203 New Instruments Added Daily Built in China, this guitar features a plain maple top on a mahogany solidbody with ultra modern weight relief, … In the meantime, we’ll continue our investigations in the hope of finding repro hardware with authentically vintage tonal characteristics. Most 1968 Les Pauls use Sprague "black beauty" tone capacitors, but also some use the SG-era brown disc capacitors. A couple of small dings but overall condition is good. ON SALE. It has survived in amazing condition and is free of modifications, repairs, or issues of any kind. Try moving them a millimetre or so at a time and you may hear how the beefy midrange roar begins to take on a vintage quackiness. We average out the readings from the four vintage pots and draw a response curve (see p66). In Stock. It’s hard to say which capacitor produces the most authentically vintage results – or indeed if that’s the most desirable and usable outcome anyway. Pre-Owned. With the tone on 10 there’s sparkle aplenty, and when you roll back you get a sax-like honk that continues to a smooth jazziness. See more ideas about hondo, guitar, electric guitar. From 2020 with love: the best guitars, amps, pedals and accessories of the year. $1,499.00. If you like to use your guitar controls for tone shaping, or think you might enjoy learning to do so, a pot change is recommended. Skip to content. While Burst obsessives are busy chasing bees, you can find old Astrons like the ones in the 1960 LP for less than £10. The capacitors are wired to a rotary switch and hooked up to our Collector’s Choice model fitted with Monty’s PAF replicas. In last month’s in-depth look at the 1960 Les Paul Standard formerly owned by Doug Lock and Luther Grosvenor, we made the bold claim that anyone can enjoy something unnervingly close to vintage Les Paul tone by combining the right pickups, hardware and electronics with a suitable body.