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Gear Vault #1 – ’96 Gibson LP Standard

Gear Vault #1 – ’96 Gibson LP Standard

May 5, 2012

A few days ago I posted up the first review, and was stoked with the response – thanks to all the readers on the site, on Facebook – I’m working on Twitter and G+ integration as well for you social mediaphiles.

Gear Vault #1! 

I dipped randomly into the murky depths of my Photobucket account, and came out with this:

My first real Gibson Les Paul!!

I was so fucking excited to get this thing. I believe the year was 2006 – the background in my guitar photos usually reminds me of where I was living at the time, and in 2006 I was in my second year of uni, living at a shitty flat with some of my bandmates at the time. Later on, shit got real, and everyone turned douchetastic, with crazy flatmate carnage ending in a fight with the police getting called… but that’s a story for another time.

I got this off a guy I knew on an online guitar forum, and was so excited to own my first Gibson LP (used by so many of my guitar heroes that it wasn’t funny), that I neglected to observe one very basic thing – did you see it?

The “Les Paul” silkscreen that should be on the headstock? It isn’t fucking there.

Holy crap!!! I didn’t even realise until I proudly posted pictures on the net, and people were all like, hey dude, what’s up with that fucked up headstock.

Luckily, it wasn’t a fake – just some sort of weird refinish job. Or so I hoped!

Looking back now – it had a dodgy headstock, but by God (or insert deity of choice), it was a Les Paul. It had a good weight to it, played well, and sounded like beefy LP goodness.

Now, I’ve played a fair number of Gibsons since then, and now I can tell whether a guitar is a dog or not – but with this one, I honestly can’t remember (it was a long time ago and I was pretty green), but it doesn’t matter. It was my first Les Paul, the first “true” connection I had to the guys I’d spent hours trying to emulate. Put that shit up vertically on your knee and slap a tophat on, and away you go.

When was the first time you got an “iconic” guitar that you were super stoked about? What was it?



  1. Cam says:

    My first one like that was a 1988 Fender ’57 Reissue Strat in Candy Apple Red. I loved it but kind of modded it to death and had to have it put out of it’s misery.

    1. thesamurai says:

      Oh, so this isn’t the “legendary” Strat? What did you do to it?

  2. AYP says:

    My very first Gibson was a LP Custom in cherry sunburst, for some strange reason the pickup surrounds were warped and the binding was missing on certain parts of the fretboard. But just like you, I was so stoked to have a Gibson in my hand that the little imperfections didn’t bother me. It looked and sounded like it should in the end so that was all that mattered.

    1. thesamurai says:

      Man that’s awesome. I really LOVE Customs. Unfortunately I never bonded with the last LP Custom I had, because when I received it I discovered that it had severely worn frets (like, there were huge V-shaped divots in some frets, almost level with the fretboard) which the seller had not disclosed. I had it refretted by Adrian @ Ash Customworks but I think the whole debacle just soured it for me a little.

  3. Percy Ottershaw says:

    Yep – sadly some people are so avid for $ that they will not admit/disclose faults (like dear ol ‘stenche’), but the comforting thought is they probably get done in the exact same way thanks to their tightarsedness (allways going for the cheapest thing). The thing to focus on is the instrument – you got a LP Custom (waht you wanted) and fretwork/refretting is a normal part of guitar costs! Probably that guitar form waht you say was not for you but who knows with the next.

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