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Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:31 pm

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2011, ebony board (last year offered by Gib?), stop tail.. rare exclusive edition w ebony board and hard case. Will report back. Immaculate.
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Naked Ape » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:45 pm

Very cool! Can't wait to hear how you like it. :woot:
Yes, last year of Ebony. :(

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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby GuitFiddle » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:18 am

A P90 junior is a thing of sonic beauty.
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Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:12 pm

Yeah--I went for this one owing to the increased build quality... the MSRP on this model is over well over two grand and they usually sold for somewhere between $1200-1400.

This is the precise model-- "Les Paul Jr. Special Exclusive"-- http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric ... usive.aspx

I love the ebony board, to give a little more bite on the front end of the P90's (NOT 100 stacks), I actually find the lack of binding attractive combined with the dark board and the rich finish (these are not the cheapo satin finishes)... it's sort of Carvin/LP Studio esque. And it also comes with a full on hard case.

I'm not expecting it to exceed that monster Hagstrom with 25.5" scale (which better performs the function of sharpening the wicked throaty midrange of a proper P90), which is like a Special or a 1956 Standard or Custom on steroids... frankly I like the Hag P90's better too.. but the LP Special is my favorite Les Paul, and this great incarnation with the ebony board of a Custom, and a full on TOM bridge w stop tail to allow string gauge flexibility... it's pretty much the ultimate single cut Special as far as my tastes go, and it fills the blank in my arsenal for a 24.75 P90 loaded axe.

(Not to mention the guy, a professional guitarist w a huge arsenal-- his last Reverb purchase was a $25,000 57 Tele-- he bought it from the original owner who just sold it as a "Junior Special," which in their usual incarnation usually sell 200-400 bucks cheaper than this limited higher end "Exclusive" edition. The guy asked 775 and I offered 700, and I accepted the counter of $725. GREAT score for this rare modeln in this near mint condition.

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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:02 pm

Oh yeah! Another thing that this model has going for it: the neck profile is neither late fifties baseball bat nor 60's slim. It's kind of a meeting ground between the two:

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The neck on the Les Paul Jr Special Exclusive is carved to Gibson’s popular “slim taper” profile, which offers a blend of speed and comfort. This neck shape is an outstanding marriage between the rounded ’50s profile and super-slim early ’60s profile.
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby colossal » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:12 pm

That is a really sweet guitar and at a killer price. Great score Doc!

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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby spudmunkey » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:40 pm

That has some nice mojo. It's actually pretty inspiring. most LPs leave me cold, but I can imagine picking that up, and I know exactly the type of music I'd jam on it. :)

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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:20 pm

Thanks guys. Based on tracking projections I should have it on friday.

Here's a deal from 2 years ago for the exact model in TV yellow:
https://reverb.com/item/275701-gibson-l ... -exclusive

from 9 months ago (in heritage cherry):
https://reverb.com/item/2389594-2011-gi ... -fretboard

2-300 above my price. The guy has so many expensive guitars he just didn't seem to care much to look into what he actually had. He thought it was a rosewood board, but the model # in the case candy shot is the giveaway (as well as the lack of binding).

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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Doug » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:37 am

That's a nifty fiddle! I love a good Les Paul.
On another note, are you still planning your white Limba CS?

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Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:39 am

I definitely will, and when I do I would like it to be a main gigging guitar. But I probably won't start gigging until midsummer so I have some time. As the school year is winding down on the music schools here in NYC, I'm going to start recruiting a new band, five or six pieces... I've got about a double album of new material in my SC now.

I should have it ordered within the next six months I think.
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Postby ElfDude » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:32 am

Is it here yet? ;)
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:42 am

Project receipt by EOD tomorrow.

Was rolling through Indiana as of this morning.
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:13 am

Here it is in the wild, sitting next to his late 50's Tele. My seller did a family shot one year ago on FB. Such a beautiful color when done right over a vertically figured piece of mahog ("Heritage Cherry" of course).. it won't be the first guitar I own where the wood color out at the edge contrasts with the mass of the main body, and almost looks like a detachable piece (yes I'm speaking of you, my beautiful 150K):

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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby arahobob » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:04 pm

Doctor Turn wrote:Oh yeah! Another thing that this model has going for it: the neck profile is neither late fifties baseball bat nor 60's slim. It's kind of a meeting ground between the two:

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The neck on the Les Paul Jr Special Exclusive is carved to Gibson’s popular “slim taper” profile, which offers a blend of speed and comfort. This neck shape is an outstanding marriage between the rounded ’50s profile and super-slim early ’60s profile.



That's cool - I've never been a fan of that LPJr. baseball bat neck at all!
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby colossal » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:38 pm

Oh man, that Tele. :drool:

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Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:24 pm

colossal wrote:Oh man, that Tele. :drool:

I originally was going to ask which one, but I'm guessing you mean the 57. I love them both--I have to ask him what year that cherry is.

Teles are probably the guitar I'm most knowledge-weak on, (in terms of the Big Name Classics anyhow) since I didn't like the look of them since I was a kid. Nor the twangy sound.. but I'm coming around on that. I think I mentioned elsewhere here I've been obsessing on all the things I closed my mind to when younger.

I've been playing them a lot lately and have been craving one even more than a Strat (which I miss since I sold a real beaut). I'd like to grab a decent all-purpose Tele over the next 12 months.. doesn't have to be a collector's item or rare, just a good example of your standard tele.

I saw a vintage clip of the Police playing Next To You or something live on TV, and Summers was just murdering it on his blonde tele...
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:30 pm

Tracking sez:

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6:10 pm Arrived at FedEx location KEASBEY, NJ
1:55 am In transit GREENFIELD, IN


It's right across the bridge!!! Tomorrow I'll be feeling mighty Special, junior!
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby colossal » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:04 am

Hi Doc,

Yes, I meant the blond Tele! I might be driven to kill a man for it :o

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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:07 am

I know. That thing is sick.

The Special is right behind me in the box. It's been thru a lot of temp changes on the way here so I'm letting it warm up before popping it open.
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1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
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Re: Unique Les Paul Special ("Jr. Special Exclusive) coming in..

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:50 am

Some quick and dirty shots--

The selector 3-way ring popped off and the switch fell into the cavity during the cross country ride, and the bridge P90 popped up off the spring screws. Had to screw these back in... I'm at work so nothing is in a permanent state.. but it's a beautiful Special indeed.

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It's got some rather pretty mahog under the finish, and the guitar just looks Quintessential Les Paul Special (You can see the pressure marks on my arm where I was leaning on a desk edge while using a philips head screwdriver). :mrgreen:
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1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
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