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Sjofar
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:39 am    Post subject: LS85 Goldtop Reply with quote

Hi, this is my Goldtop (LS85 / 2009).

Adjustments:
- new knobs
- Schaller saddle bridge (I needed more range cause I'm using Gibson LP9 strings (09-42))
- Schaller straplocks
- Gotoh locking tuners
- Gibson Historic 59 truss rod cover.

I'm thinking of replacing the pickups with some Gibson Classic 57's.

By the way: has replacing the pots any use when I always have them at 10 (full power) ?





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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice guitar...Nice photos !!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Real nice...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've asked myself why the trussrod cover on Tokai LS165S has changed ?

It is not a "bell" or "Diamond" like...

Look :

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/tokaigakki/products/premium/ls165s.html
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mhoyoux wrote:
I've asked myself why the trussrod cover on Tokai LS165S has changed ?

It is not a "bell" or "Diamond" like...

Look :

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/tokaigakki/products/premium/ls165s.html


Been that way for quite some time.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
mhoyoux wrote:
I've asked myself why the trussrod cover on Tokai LS165S has changed ?

It is not a "bell" or "Diamond" like...

Look :

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/tokaigakki/products/premium/ls165s.html


Been that way for quite some time.


Yes ????? since what year change has occurred?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen a couple as early as late 1998, but 1999 may have been the actual change date to an arch shaped TRC ,
for Japan domestic models at least.
The "made in Japan" ink stamp followed in late 2002, 2003.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reborn Old wrote:
I've seen a couple as early as late 1998, but 1999 may have been the actual change date to an arch shaped TRC ,
for Japan domestic models at least.
The "made in Japan" ink stamp followed in late 2002, 2003.


Wouls it be possible to find one but with the serial number "erased"...Ornot stamped ?!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi guys,

I think he's already put the Historic '59 TRC on it. The thick white layer gives it away.
I wouldn't bother with locking tuners, it's a Les Paul for God's sake. If you're having tuning issues, use 10-46 guage strings and stretch the strings 30 mins prior to playing and at 10 minute intervals. Always tune up to a pitch - never down unless you drop below the pitch and then tune up to it. BTW the heavier strings will give more volume and better tone. You could even turn down to 8.
If you really want to go Gibson on it, CTS pots, Sprague capacitors (Bumblebee, Black Beauty or Orange Drop) and Burstbucker pickups( #1 N and #3 B )will create a real '57 tone. Do not use Burstbucker Pro.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having sold more than a few dozen of these LS85/92 models, and watched top pros gigging and recording with them, there's only two changes I would make.
Put in a pair of MK2s and a switchcraft pickup switch.

IMO
No need for locking tuners...if the guitars not staying in tune then your nut needs some minor tweaking/filing.
I can't imagine using anything less than 10-46 on a Les Paul.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can vouch for 10-46s...they sound well balanced on a Love Rock....anything lighter just doesn't feel right...
I'm gigging regularly in this hot English summer...I change my strings regularly and I'll normally restring a couple of days before a gig and just play the new strings in a bit at home...
Never have any tuning problems in the heat of a gig...can often play the set without having to retune at all...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments, guys (I assume...).

The locking tuners are so.........easy!
Should be standard on a guitar.

Ofcourse the historic 59 TRC is on the guitar, no big secret there.

I'm going to switch to Gibson LPS strings (09-46), what was good for Les Paul is good for me!

I'm in doubt about Classic 57s or Burstbuckers.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it. Always been attracted to LP Gold Tops!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest upgrades:

Switchcraft toggle switch & output jack
Nickel output jack plate
Sprague orange drops

What do you suggest: Gibson Classic 57(+), Gibson Burstbuckers or Dimarzio 36th Anniversary humbuckers
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard great things about Bare Knuckle Pickups.

Very tempted myself to buy a set of Stormy Mondays.

Did the truss rod cover fit in the standard screw holes?
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