My New Best Friend

I just sat in front of the TV, noodling without an amp. Just connecting with the new kid in town.

I love the nickel hardware and I love the trapezoid inlays.

I love the grain on the maple cap. It’s not really enough to call it a flame, I don’t think, but it is freakin’ groovy.

None of my other Gibsons have the little knob position pointer thingies. I can’t remember if my poor, stolen Les Paul Deluxe had them or not.

The back is a different color than my ‘78 Custom. I like the lighter shade this has.

I adore the 50’s style tuning pegs. I think my much missed Deluxe had those. My Custom didn’t (I changed the tuners on the Custom in 2006, I think, and I have no clue if the ones we took off were original or not.

I’m happy to see the poker chip. My SG came with one but it wasn’t installed. I haven’t put it on because it’s a royal pain in the ass to do.

You can’t see it in the picture (I tried and failed) but it’s definitely a two piece cap. My eyes could clearly see where they join.

Like I said, I have a new best friend. What a killer birthday present, right?

Guitar Specs

This is going to be a guitar nerd post. You’ve been warned.

Here are the specs for my new guitar. Most of this is obvious just by looking at it. I’m mostly concerned with saving the pick ups, the frets, the nut, the wood in the body and the fretboard, and the tuners.

Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s

Body Shape – Les Paul
Body Material – Mahogany
Top – Maple
Weight Relief – None
Finish – Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Material – Mahogany
Profile – Vintage 50s
Scale Length – 24.75″ / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material – Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius – 12″
Number Of Frets – 22
Frets – Medium Jumbo
Nut Material – Graph Tech
Nut Width – 1.69″ / 43.05mm
End of Board Width – 2.26″ / 57.4mm
Inlays – Acrylic Trapezoids

Finish – Nickel
Bridge – ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece – Aluminum Stop Bar
Tuning Machines – Vintage Deluxe w/ Keystone Buttons
Pickguard – Cream
Control Knobs – Gold Top Hats w/ Pointers
Switch Tip – Amber
Switchwasher – Cream
Jack Plate Cover – Cream

Neck Pickup – Burstbucker 1
Bridge Pickup – Burstbucker 2
Controls – 2 Volumes, 2 Tones & Toggle Switch (Hand-wired with Orange Drop Capacitors)

While I’m at it, let’s save off the specs from my SG too. They are still available on the Gibson website under legacy models.

2018 Gibson SG Standard

Wood Species – Mahogany
Finish – Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Material – Mahogany
Neck Profile – Slim Taper
Scale Length – 24.75″
Fingerboard Material – Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius – 12″
Number of Frets – 22

Finish – Chrome
Bridge – Aluminum Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece – Aluminum Stop Bar
Tuning Machines – Locking Kidneys
Pick Guard – Black 4-ply
Control Knobs – Black Top Hats
Switch Tip – Black
Switch Washer – Black (not mounted)

Neck Pickup – 61R
Bridge Pickup – 61T
Controls – 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch

Best Birthday Ever

My wife got me a birthday present yesterday. Something so far above and beyond the call of duty that I was literally speechless.

It’s a brand spanking new Gibson Les Paul Standard 50’s (tobacco burst). The one with the big chunky neck that after one day I already love more than words can express.

I spent about an hour and a half to two hours just noodling and then recording some parts. My finger tips are killing me, and they are pitch black from the lacquer rubbing off. It’s so friggin’ cool I can’t get over it. What a kick ass birthday present. I had no idea. None. Zero. I am shocked and awed and very thankful.

What a way to kick off my 50’s! Let’s get the band together so I can show it off! Awesome!