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greg1948
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Oct 12th, 2017 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just swapped a Gibson LP Special for a 2012 LP "goldtop". I don't know much about this model. It's pretty basic, with no binding and painted logo (vs inlaid). The finish is satin.

But the color is very dark gold, more leaning towards copper. Most goldtops I've seen are much paler gold. I've done a bit of research on line, so this reddish color is not unheard of.

It's a nice player, with great action, although the fretboard does not meet the neck smoothly. I can feel the slight seam where the fretboard meets the neck.

The original neck pu was a mini-HB, but the previous owner had a Gibson P90 added. I'm not sure I'll keep that in, though it does sound good.

I'm not sure if this will be a keeper. The color bothers me. I really want a goldtop to be gold! And that seam is a bit annoying. The only reason I swapped the Special is that I hardly ever played it.

http://www.fenderforum.com/userphotos/index.html?recid=83586

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 10:18 PM, Oct 12th, 2017)

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Oct 12th, 2017 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think they called these "Studio 60's Tribute" models. They are quite copper in color. Nothing gold about them. It may be the other way around on the PUs, the P90 may be stock and the mini HB may be the swap.

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Oct 12th, 2017 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

‘50s Trib I think. Stock with P90s.

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Oct 12th, 2017 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like it.

Good, solid and no frills.

My only change would be to switch the pickups around with the mini-hum in the neck and put a Lindy Fralin 5% overwound P90 in the bridge.

That's a pretty killer combo.

Heck, if you don't like the finish, find a good shop that will spray gold bass boat flake.

That ought a do it !






greg1948
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Oct 12th, 2017 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a Studio '70's Tribute model. Mini-HB's, no body/neck binding, "gold" maple top, maple neck, black body.

Saw hundreds of photos, but none looks like mine. Maybe the paint department mixed up a batch of off-color paint. But I'm getting to like the unique look of the guitar.

I'm getting the stock mini from the friend, but I will probably live with the P90 before I put it in. Kind of like the combination. Now if there were only a way to make that annoying seam go away without refinishing the whole neck.

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Oct 13th, 2017 03:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a similar LP: a '50s Tribute with P90s.

I do know the 'gold' color contains copper or bronze powder because the top edge where my arm rests is taking on a greenish tint from verdigris forming on the metal particles in the finish.

And here's the really goofy thing about gold tops: there really is no "true" gold top color. If you examine a bunch of them from the 1950s onward, you will discover quite a range of colors. Some look like gold, some are brassy, some are more faded/silvery, some are reddish, and some are greenish. Variety is the spice of life :o)

You can fill that annoying little speed bump that runs along the fingerboard glue joint. The way to do it is use spray nitro lacquer: mask off the high edge and apply several coats of clear nitro to build up the finish. After the finish cures for at least three weeks, you scrape and wet-sand it level. This is a meticulous operation because you don't want to scrape/sand onto the elevated portion of the wood. It's a slow process. But it is doable if you're patient and take your time.

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Oct 13th, 2017 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've (almost) restored my 50's trib goldtop back to stock, save the Kent Armstrong pickups. I had a set of Duncan Antiquity Minihums in there, then a Bigsby/Vibramate/Roller bridge. The 50's has a painted faux binding, plus the smokey see-thru plate in back. And a bigger neck than the 60's/70's tribs.

Yeah, mine does not have the copper like look, but the finish is less than impressive. I have polished mine a bit and it looks a little more natural. I've toyed with the idea of a refin, but without real binding, I dunno.

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Oct 13th, 2017 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It would be a cinch to add binding if you wanted to.

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Oct 13th, 2017 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It would be a cinch to add binding if you wanted to."

Yeah, for Peegoo maybe. Not for this claw hammering polack, lol.

woody
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Oct 13th, 2017 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Claw Hammering Polacks.

Great band name.

LHW

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Oct 13th, 2017 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Greg is correct. It's a 70's Tribute. I have the same guitar in a left handed sunburst, and love it!

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Oct 13th, 2017 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For reference/comparison

Here's my 50's Trib

greg1948
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Oct 17th, 2017 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The photo I first uploaded was not accurate in the color. It came out even more coppery than the real thing. So I took the guitar outside in natural light and now it looks less red and brighter as well.

Not as readily apparent, but with the use of auto compound, paste wax and a lot of elbow-grease, I turned the dull, satin finish into a glossy one. Not polyurethane shiny, but it has a nice glow now.

I'm going to put the stock mini-HB back in. The P90 sounds great with clean tones, but add some gain and the noise becomes objectionable.

Gold top revisited

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 01:07 PM, Oct 17th, 2017)

LHW

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Oct 19th, 2017 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love the "dirty fingers" mini-HBs in mine!
Beautiful guitar, by the way!

greg1948
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Oct 20th, 2017 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, LHW. When I first got the guitar home, I had some "swapper remorse." That dull satin finish really took away from it's appearance. But now that I'm really taking a shine to it. LOL. The lack of binding doesn't really bother me. Since I'm a "clawhammer" type, I won't be attempting to add it. I'm no Peegoo!

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