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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

original 1972this guitar is in 9/10
condition and I bought it new in Australia
It has been in its case under the bed for the last
26 years. has anyone got one like it? The colour is gold all over back,neck,everywhere.Any idea to what its worth would be helpful.More pix are available just e-mail
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   


It's a real beauty! I believe you told me this was a bolt-on neck, correct? In the U.S., I'd guess it would be around $450-500. If it were a setneck, probably closer to $700.

Just curious, tap the top of the guitar all around, but especially at the crest of the arch and right behind the bridge. If you hear a hollow sound in these areas, then the top is laminated (maybe birch) and shaped with some hollows under it, then glued to the mahogony body. If it sounds solid, you've probably got a maple cap, which is certainly more accurate and desireable for a "copy".
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Many thanks for your help John,the guitar has a bolt-on neck and is a hollow top.It weigh`s in at 9lbs.Ihave no intensions to sell it,I have had it to many years to do that. Would it be classed as a"Lawsuit model" thanks again Allan
Aaron Hancock
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Hi guys, I had only seen the early 70's Les Pauls with the rounded neck bottom and the unreliable (in my experiance) oval tuners. Could this be a later than 72 model per chance? If not, what's the deal with the "better" tuners and non rounded neck at the neck joint? Just wondered what you guys knew about that. The tuners look like what I've got on my 77 Wine Red Standard model, and on my 77 artist accoustic.
Shane P
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Hi all, that's a great looking LP copy, it has inspired me to send some pics of my model 2386, pre serial no.74-75 LP copy.1,Front.
I have had it for 1 year paid a bargain Aud$300
Anyone have one like this I'd be curious to find out.
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Aaron,this guitar is just as it was bought,there`s
no serial no ,the only markings are on the plate at the back which says Made in Japan,I bought it when i was 15 and now 43,by the way the tunners
are enclosed.

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Here's the pictures of Shane's setneck LP.

ShanesLPFront Shane'sLPBack
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Hi Shane.
Wow, that's really a stunning beauty! Congrats on that one! Just curious: does this one have a massive top or a "bent in shape" plywood one? Looks like the original PU's are still on. How does the guitar sound?
Greetings, Harry
Shane P
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Hi Harry,
THe guit definately has a hollow cavity under the top.I am not sure but I suspect it may be a ply top, although these photo makes the color look really cheesy, it does have a nice even flametthrough the top.It looks much more natural than this el cheapo digital camera makes it look.

Sound wise it sounds bloody good,I know the term vintage sounding is often overused, but these pickups are certainly that, clean with an almost jazz like sound with a brighter balance.

I think Spiro made earlier comments regarding the fact that there is something about the hollow cavities in these guitars that realy make them them resonate.
He is dead right, a friend has a 77 bolt on LP with a dimarzio super distortion in the bridge and he just gets a killer tone and sustain with a big amp.I think this was probably a lucky accident from Ibanez more than good design and it is interesting to see it Gibson use it on the Joe Perry LP.
It is a joy to play and much lighter than my PF400
I rate the PF 400 higher than this, this second and my 77 custom Agent third in the LP stakes.
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

hi Shane,
That`s a great guitar you`ve got there
well worth the money, when i bought mine there was only the main choice of Black.I think mine was the only gold one I`ve seen. has anyone else seen a gold one? I will try to get a full picture of the back.The neck is different near the top
and the guitar has a flat back 1,i hope it turns out
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Hi Shane!
Wow. that's what I call a stunning beauty. It seems to me that it still has the original pickups, am I right? Does this guitar have a solid top or a "bent in shape" plywood one?
Congratulations for owning this beauty!
Greetings, Harry.
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

There it happened again! Everytime I want to check out further reactions on my question or tribute to a topic my own message doesn't show up, no matter how I try. So I send a new massage and guess what?? There appears also the message from yesterday. So here I am in front of the whole World: Donkey Dude with (again) twice the same message.
Maybe the server isn't working right or is it me doing something wrong???? Sorry for this, guys!!!
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Here's more pictures of Allan's LP Goldtop. Enjoy!
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

I have one exactly like allans:

gold all over
Ibnzfdr (Ibnzfdr)
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 6:34 pm:   

HEY Spiro ,or allan ,
If either you or allan "ever" decide to sell
either of those goldtop LP's please let me know .
I have a 75 "black" and am dying for a second and would love a gold top ! Especially one in as good a shape as yours .
Thanx man

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