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post Jun 24 2005, 10:45 AM

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what the heck is a Falcon???

The only memorable guitar that Dave Grohl has was the see-through plexi glass strat style guitar.
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post Jul 6 2005, 05:11 PM

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There are a BOATload of Les Paul models, ranging from the classic 60's Les Paul which we all know and love, to Double cutaways (looks KINDA like a Gibson SG with less "devil" horns), the junior models (kinda like cut down version), specials (which replaced the junior), right up to the Customs, which like Pix said, is the Creme De La Creme of Les Pauls....

But based on the 3 you mentioned, I'll briefly explain them.

The "Standard" model is the basis on which all the Les Pauls were designed after. They use the standard Gibson pick-ups, standard wood, standard finish and the standard headstock. This is normally the Les Paul that everyone associate with.

The "Customs", before 2004, were built using the highest quality materials. It started off the first run as the "Black Beauty", which was pure black and gold hardware... and later, slowly evolved into the custom that we know. Last time, before 2004, you could buy Customs directly from shops, which were pre-made before hand. But after 2004, they ONLY sell the 2005 customs DIRECT from Gibson, which means you have to place an order with Gibson, and they will craft one to your specs, hence the term "Custom". The most famous weilder of the Les Paul Custom? (You all know THIS was coming), Zakk Wylde. His first guitar has been a Les Paul custom, and up to today, still using Customs.

"Juniors" were the budget models, before Gibson owned Epiphone. These were cut down versions of the Les Pauls. For example, you only had 1 pick-up, only had 1 tone/volume knob and used cheaper woods. However, because of their unique design, many professional players began to fall in love with the sound... Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day recently shifted to the Juniors. However, the Juniors are now part of the Gibson USA custom line, meaning that they are considered Vintage and comes at a high price, from what I'm told. Epiphone now makes Les Paul specials, which is basically the same as the Juniors, except with even MORE cost effective prices.

ANy mistakes/comments, please let me know. I'm just writting whatever I know off memory. Not doing legitimate research on this.
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post Sep 14 2005, 10:01 PM

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Just reading through this one again.....
The 2 volume and 2 tone knobs that controls the individual pickups can be VERY useful. I still find it hard to go back to 2 or 3 way knobs like on the Strat.

I like to roll down the volume of the pick-up that I'm NOT using (Say I'm playing using the Bridge pick up, and I roll down the volume for the Neck pickup to 0). So, what I esstentially get, is a Kill-Off switch! When I want total silence, I just switch it to the Neck pick-up and voila! No more sound!
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post Sep 15 2005, 11:06 AM

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If you watch Ozzy's Live at Budokan, you can see Zakk performing this feat during Crazy Train.

Really easy to do and quite impressive.
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post Sep 15 2005, 02:09 PM

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Yeah. Only Gibson style selector switches works best. But of course, the thing can snap off quite easily. Happened to me twice.
Once was just the plastic knob broke, and then the second time, the whole switch broke.
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post Sep 15 2005, 09:45 PM

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No. But hopefully, will be getting a Bullseye Epi when I'm in the US next year.
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post Mar 2 2006, 02:32 PM

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Please post your questions here: http://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=164815&st=520

And welcome to the club......
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post Apr 22 2008, 12:04 AM

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Ok.... I think you got a few terms mixed up. Hang on while I try to Explain.....

An Acoustic guitar, is a guitar that doesn't require a separate amplifier to produce sound and does so naturally. It's further divided into 2 main categories:
Folk Guitar:
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And the Classical Guitar:
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And Electric guitar, is a guitar that requires amplification (ie: Connected to a speaker) to re-produce sound...

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Again, I'm putting this in simplest terms.


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post Apr 22 2008, 08:37 AM

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Yup. I would start off with Folk Acoustic as well.
It strengthens your fingers and your chords will be better in the future.

 

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