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Old 05-08-2014, 12:01 PM   #21
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The GIBSON version of this (it's an M III ) is still a bit uggerly, but it's a set neck, and it's a really good guitar. 24 frets, 25.5" scale, jumbo frets. I think they just reissued it, in fact, but because Gibson has its head up its ass when it comes to reissues, they've left stuff off the new one that made it cool as an original.

In its inimitable style, Gibson issued this "super strat"(ish) burner guitar pretty much at the end of burnerdom 80's rock, so it didn't sell well. In addition, it wasn't the right brand name (and/or the Gibson Customer was so horrified that they, too, covered their eyes and ran), so it didn't sell well. There's actually a Les Paul M III out there (and a Studio Lite M III) with the three pickups and same control setup.

About that control setup. That's a lot of what's very cool about this guitar. See that miniswitch between the knobs? That selects HOW the five-way will work. In one position, the humbuckers are all in single-coil mode and the guitar works exactly like a strat. Hit the miniswitch and the five-way now works in an entirely different way,with all humbuckers in full humbucking mode. The first three positions are bridge only, bridge plus neck and neck only (not necessarily in that order). The fourth position is (I'm trying to access specific brain cells here that have long since been pickled by drugs, sex and rock and roll) a "special position" with, as I recall, both HB pickups selected, but a rolled-off bass on the neck pickup. The final position is OFF. A kill switch, in effect, so that you can set the guitar down, walk away, leave everything else on and it won't be vibrating the plaster off the walls when you return. In any case, you can use the guitar essentially as an LP or as a strat, depending on how you set the miniswitch. Very cool.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:53 PM   #22
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i think you've said that before, and i think i've said this before, but that's a pretty cool control setup there
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:50 PM   #23
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okay i'll fess up. it's my buddy's first guitar. like some of you he's had more than he can remember since then but always kept this one.

and i knew you guys kept hush on the epi headstock.

but i told him to send it to me and i'd mess with it. he doesn't care what i do to it, he knows he'll get something cool back. i still haven't decided what finish it may come down to what i find in a auto parts store.

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The GIBSON version of this (it's an M III ) .... Very cool.

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hey what's the string spacing? or should i message parwui?

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Old 05-09-2014, 01:08 PM   #24
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:03 PM   #25
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You seen those newer ford focuses? I've ever seen them in bright green or bright orange. Do it in orange and it will look badass.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:07 PM   #26
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Gotta love how the guitar looks like shit, but the headstock has been cleaned apart from where the strings are.

Hope you make something out of it though, it could look badass. HNGD!
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:39 AM   #27
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Orange would be cool, straight orange tint (go to a spray painter/panel shop to get a mix) with a tiny little bit of metallic. Black speed knobs and a new chrome mini switch for the single coil/humbuck swap thingo, new 5 way with the black knob to suit the speed knobs, and maybe something like a floyd... or some other really cool trem that Ive never even imagined before. Id even pay money for something like that... If the paint is done wel and has had the living shit buffed out of it it should look stunning.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:53 AM   #28
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bright orange was a very close second choice for color. the gibson re-issues come in that color so it was decided to go a different more "traditional" bolt on color.

Shoreline Gold it is, with matching headstock. jorge wants a satin finish though, no gloss anywhere on the guitar. hey i'm cool with that, a lot easier than layering thirty-eleven coats of lacquer on there.

headstock decal, it was an inside joke but we're going with it anyway. the guitar looks like a sancho.
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the bridge spacing is ****ing ****ity **** not. it's 2 1/16 for the post centers, so i'll probably fill and re-drill for a hard tail he wants now... argh.

up for consideration is filling the center single coil route and just going HH or H/P-Rail. could fill the toggle hole or put in a kill switch. that's all still being deliberated.

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Old 05-10-2014, 07:30 PM   #29
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poplar body less a lot of crap finish. i've confirmed it was rustoleum silver over the thick poly red. horrible stuff.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:01 PM   #30
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What about putting something else in that singlecoil slot like a Sustainer...or a chromatic tuner?

Or just some LEDs?
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What about putting something else in that singlecoil slot like a Sustainer...or a chromatic tuner?

Or just some LEDs?


Sustainers don't work in the middle position.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:49 PM   #32
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Sustainers don't work in the middle position.

Ah, yeah- forgot that.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:37 PM   #34
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Whoever molested that guitar clearly belongs in the rehab. Here's hoping that you can bring it back from its shame and degradation.
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poplar body less a lot of crap finish. i've confirmed it was rustoleum silver over the thick poly red. horrible stuff.

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Old 05-11-2014, 12:14 AM   #36
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yeah we should get this moved at this point.

got the pup surrounds, output jack mount and some other stuff ordered.
cheapo gfs stuff.

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Old 05-15-2014, 01:04 PM   #37
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Thank god Dr. Greg got this bad boy before it was too late.






Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:45 PM   #38
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thanks alan, i got most of the parts in, he ordered two p-rails for her which haven't arrived yet.

i have to start chiseling out a block to fill the single coil route. i may even use a chisel just so this post is accurate.

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Picture 2 P-rails.
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