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Just bought a Pearl Les Paul Custom

 
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johnnyl
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:45 am    Post subject: Just bought a Pearl Les Paul Custom Reply with quote

Ok, it's a bit dirty and beat up, crappy non-original pickups & case, and it needs a setup badly, but I got it for cheap:






I just LOVE mother of pearl inlays & fret edge binding!






BTW, any clue on what the bridge pickup is?
(Neck is an old Jackson one, didn't have the time to pull them out and have a closer look, just shot the pics and went to work!)




... From what I understand by reading some old topics it should be made in Japan by Matsumoku in the late '70s/early '80s, right?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HNGD!

Pics of the cavities and maybe post could help determining which factory made your Pearl.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!

Will post the cavities pics as soon as I've got the time to shoot them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here they are:




Neck pickup cavity:




Bridge pickup cavity:




Jackson neck pickup:




Mysterious bridge pickup:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, well, well. A dowel tenon and diagonal wire routing. Also no tab routing. A combination I have not seen before, at least not the more well known brands/factories. You can rule out Matsumoku. Might be a more obscure, smaller factory. These features will date it around 1977/78.
Do you have a picture of the control cavity?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Argh!
... No, I don't have any.

Will have to shoot them this evening after work...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here we go (sorry about the crappy phone pics, I was in a hurry and couldn't find the camera ):




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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jacco wrote:
Well, well, well. A dowel tenon and diagonal wire routing.

Is this a bad or a good craftmanship?
Always wanted to find out as much as possible on these guitars.
Found few great posts here on the forum and probably Pearl LPC where Matsumoko made wich later on countinued as CORT guitars.
I recently found this thred and the my PEARL and this CORT realy have a lot of similarities
http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/other-les-pauls/111071-cortez-les-paul-custom.html
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