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El Polifemo
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 3:05 pm    Post subject: LP Standard Reply with quote

10 months ago I bougt this wonderful Les Paul Standard














The quality of the guitar is great in every respect but as I wasn?t quite happy with the look of it, I installed a pair of DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs.



Looks quite nice now
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SUSHI GUY
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What year and model yours is do you know?
Where did you get it from? Japan?
The flame top is veneer or photoflame or real?

Yours looks the coolest I have seen around here.
You must be very happy and lucky to get it.
Congratulations!
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leadguitar_323
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is clearly a photo flame top...

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greco_burst
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, mate, that is a really cool looking top! congratulations!
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SUSHI GUY
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So true even if it's just a photoflame.....
Was the photoflame very popular back then or something?
My 1994 40th anniversary F/J Strat had it for the flamed neck I remember.

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RocknBlues
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, how do you find the DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs?
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januz
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

El Polifemo here, back under a new nick (Forgot my password and my old email adress "is no more"...

The guitar in question is mine and yes it is a photo flame top made in 1996. (Looks quite nice in pics but rather horrible IRL

The guitar is GREAT though especially with the new DiMarzio 36:th PAFs installed.

The guitar is so good that I might try to remove that "photo flame thing" and turn it into a plain top lemon drop or something.
If it would look like something like this when I?m done, I?d be really happy:



(This guitar is a wonderful looking Burny that belongs to MIJvintage)



Ok, back to my guitar.
The question is: How bad looking are these tops underneath the photo flame?
I suppose that there?s a reason for putting this horrible photo flame crap on top of a guitar!


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leadguitar_323
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason is that some think flame tops look better, i don't think this is the case, certainly not for some of us here. Look at the top at different angles and see if you can tell how many pieces the top is made out of. The foto flame could be hiding a multi piece top, but if its 2 piece just remove the foto flame. In my experience there are no 2 plain tops the same at the same time i have seen hundreds of pretty flame tops that look very similar.
I suppose its up to you but if it were me and i liked the guitar tone wise, i would remove the foto flame and if its a multi piece top then its a good candidate for a Gold top.....

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januz
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The top turns out to consist of three pieces so it?ll have to be a Gold Top, IF I go ahead and do this refin.
The guitar sounds and feels great already and removing the poly and refinishing it with thin nitro will make it even better, BUT I?ll be lot?s of work...

We?ll see.
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Axchisler
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgive my ignorance, but how are photo tops made? Is it basically a picture on paper?

In case you're wondering why I'm here, I just bought myself an OGB Goldtop, due to arrive Thursday. I have always loved natural wood too, but couldn't resist this one. A Goldtop is suddenly more appealing to me!
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januz
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Axchisler wrote:
Forgive my ignorance, but how are photo tops made? Is it basically a picture on paper?



It is often the thickness of a sheet of paper and is lacquered- or poly'ed right on to the wood
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Koubayashi
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is also a pain in the bottom to find the right gold lacquer.
Took me ages to find when I refinished another Orville LP Std.
That one however was a two piece

However, how hard it is to find the correct gold laqcuer it is actually harder to make a burst. Takes some serious practise to achieve the skills to apply a good looking burst on a guitar.
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januz
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koubayashi wrote:
It is also a pain in the bottom to find the right gold lacquer.
Took me ages to find when I refinished another Orville LP Std.
That one however was a two piece

However, how hard it is to find the correct gold laqcuer it is actually harder to make a burst. Takes some serious practise to achieve the skills to apply a good looking burst on a guitar.


I?ll leave the guitar as it is.

It feels and sounds great. It also looks quite good on stage when the lights go on
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

januz wrote:


I?ll leave the guitar as it is.

It feels and sounds great. It also looks quite good on stage when the lights go on


THAT, is what is important after all, isn't it?
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januz
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
januz wrote:


I?ll leave the guitar as it is.

It feels and sounds great. It also looks quite good on stage when the lights go on


THAT, is what is important after all, isn't it?


How an instrument sounds and feels is of course THE most important thing, BUT if I had a guitar as beautiful as MIJ vintage?s Burny in the pic above, I somehow would be an even happier man
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