FS: Gibson Les Paul Studio 2009 Alpine White Modded - SOLD
With my newly obtained Gibson SG Standard which I'm more suited to, it is time to sell my 2009 alpine white Gibson Les Paul Studio. I only need one guitar, and need the cash to make up for buying the SG, so No Trades. It's a shame, as while I am not as comfortable as playing Les Pauls, this one sounds nice, if I was in a far better state financially, then I would keep it, this one I liked better than the two Les Paul Standards I used to own.
I'm going to start by saying, this is very much a players guitar, so all those who want something pristine to keep locked away most of the time, this won't interest you at all.
This is quite different in terms of how or where it came about from. I purchased it pretty much blank from one of those US sellers on eBay who just sell Gibson bodies with no hardware in them, ready for you to fit what you want and how you want it. So basically a project guitar.
-Mahogany body with arched maple top
-Thick gloss finish
What was done/fitted:
-Gold Gibson tuners, jack plate, bridge and tailpiece
-Black Gibson speed knobs and pickup rings
-3 way black/gold toggle switch and surround is an aftermarket one purchased from one of those eBay UK sellers, it does its job fine
-Neck pickup is a gold covered Tonerider Alnico IV Classic - sounds rather good
-Bridge pickup is a gold covered Gibson Super Humbucker (tarback) from the 70's - After not having much luck selling it on it's own I decided to give it a go in here and it went with it great, the heavier ceramic magnet combined with the not so high output makes it nice, punchy and controlled.
-Dimarzio 500k long shaft pots - Really nice pots, basically a CTS pot that Dimarzio customise to have a more dynamic taper on, I find 10 has a great solo tone, while I can roll it back to 7-8 for a nice rhythm
-Mojo 0.022uf PIO capacitors
Also includes the black Gibson pickguard and its screws/fittings, I preferred how it looked without it. Nice Epiphone softcase included as well.
The guitar with all this does sound real good, nice chunky and deep. Has been fully setup by Chris Sheldon at RealTimeMusic in Chesterfield for 10-46's. Currently strung with Ernie Ball strings.
However being a players guitar as I mentioned before, it does have some things I should mention. As you can see from the pictures, it has had a repaired headstock break from whoever had it as a fully assembled guitar before me. It holds up fine and has caused no problems with strings and everything fitted. Also, someone repainted the rear of the neck up to the headstock and foolishly made it so it covered the serial number, you can still see it, but it is very faint. Because of this the neck didn't feel as smooth, cleaning it up using a deep guitar cleaner then a lighter normal one has helped this, however I then applied a light rubbing of some sandpaper down the back of the neck which has helped noticably. You may want to apply some more even to the point where it is just the bare smooth wood showing.
The body while the pictures don't capture it too well has started to age to a nice cream color. There is also a small chip at the bottom shown in the picture. Oddly despite all of this, the body doesn't seem to have any massive scratches or anything and looks rather good and shiny (although I have just cleaned it, and it is white! ). It has the original truss rod cover, however it is chipped at the top where the screw hole is, it'll still fit over, just it is more loose at the top. I replaced it with a plain white one which I think makes it look nice.
To make up as best I can I have included some extras with it. Included is the following:
-Glow in the dark truss rod cover
-A brand new genuine Gibson jackplate in black
-Fitted with black straplocks and includes a genuine Gibson strap that is like new
-2x K40Y-9 PIO capacitors 0.022uf (10mm x 36mm) - I was going to use these in this guitar, but thought they would be too big, however given the way the guitar is now wired then they may fit if you fancied it, if not you could most likely find a use for these in another guitar
-Boston String Maintainance tool
Pricewise I know I have got to give a figure. It does have the ebony board, has upgraded hardware most of it gold, straplocks, some extras and is excellent sounding, however again the repainted neck and headstock repair do have an effect which I understand, as well as only including a softcase. After looking, the cheapest brand new one I found is £800, with the last like new one on eBay I saw going for £700 (although that was a while ago last time I looked). So from that I hope £500 posted would be fair.
Payment by PayPal Gift or Cheque.
Last edited by HoratioCaine; 26th January 2013 at 06:26 PM.