New Gibson Bucket list Guitar Day!

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I've been drooling over these since I first laid my peepers on them!

This past weekend, my other guitardist finished paying me for my LPJ. So I had money burning a hole in my pocket.

Ended up at the music store in Prescott today just goofing around and saw this. I had to add 4 bills on top of the 1k I had in my pocket, but .... I'm happy with it!

As I understand it, Gibson makes like 500 or so of these BFGs (Barely Finished Guitars) one time every 10 years or something like that. This one is a brand new 2018 model. Hasn't been molested at all.

It's very First molestation was captured by my phone today.


 

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First impressions:
1. It's pretty lightweight for a Lester.
2. Round round round neck, it seems narrow at the throat.
3. Pickups seem bright and sassy, I'll have to look up what's even in this.
4. No fret markers is no big deal for me, I don't look at the face anyhow. But I'm sure it will bother a lot of LP fans.
5. It's comfy, and I adore the scalloped face! That's kind of what makes it special.
6. Feels like wood.... Not much finish on this whatsoever.... I'm not going to get splinters, but it feels like I bought it at Home Depot in the lumber dept.
7. Tunes very solid!
8. Might change out all the hardware to black, that's my thoughts so far.
 
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Congrats great looking LP
I had no idea what a BFG was
Thanks for sharing your newest addition.
Cheers
Mitch

Stolen from MyLesPaul.com:

A couple of weeks ago Don (here on the forum) emailed Gibson to ask about what BFG stood for and here is the reply:

Hello,

Thanks for writing!! The proper meaning is Bad F Guitar.

Best regards,

Vincent Wynne
Gibson Customer Service
1-800-4GIBSON
[email protected]
 

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I had one of the originals. Bought sight unseen (loved the red finish) I cannot say anything nice about it, it did give me splinters and the edges of the body and frets were so sharp I got cuts on my forearms and fingers. It was probably the biggest POS I've ever owned. And it had a flatback skinny 60s neck.

So I'm guessing yours is WAY better than mine. Looks like they may have changed some things- mine had a killswitch where the pup selector was, and one of the tone controls positions had the pup selector. Originals had a Burstbucker 3, and typical production P90 of the time period. Also wooden knobs and black hardware

Glad you are digging it- I always loved the looks of the top.

An original as I had

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I'm a bit of a guitar snob and want older designs with a twist.

Here goes..............

I want these:

 

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Question for ya:
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What's with the soldering iron holes melted into one of the V knobs?
Is it just for turning gription, easier to find w/o looking, or is it a push/ pull?
 

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Question for ya:
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What's with the soldering iron holes melted into one of the V knobs?
Is it just for turning gription, easier to find w/o looking, or is it a push/ pull?
Dime made it popular, but ya it makes the slick sides have more traction. We call them traction knobs.
I like to just do it to the volume knob, I don't ever use any of the others.
 

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Dime made it popular, but ya it makes the slick sides have more traction. We call them traction knobs.
I like to just do it to the volume knob, I don't ever use any of the others.
Cool, I did a similar thing on the tone knob for my LPJ.
It's a p/p coil tap, and the smooth sides were hard to pull out.
I spun it on a torques bit in a drill and filed a groove for an O-ring.

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Did you... remove.... the pickguard.... again? :run:
You're going to give Vin heart palpitations.
HNGD!
LP with attitude! :D
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I should box all my brand new pickguards up and mail them to Vin.
I hate pickguards!

And seriously, why did they put one on this guitar? What the hell is it protecting???
Would it need to be there to keep me from Scratching the face?!? Ha ha ha....
 

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First impressions:
1. It's pretty lightweight for a Lester.
2. Round round round neck, it seems narrow at the throat.
3. Pickups seem bright and sassy, I'll have to look up what's even in this.
4. No fret markers is no big deal for me, I don't look at the face anyhow. But I'm sure it will bother a lot of LP fans.
5. It's comfy, and I adore the scalloped face! That's kind of what makes it special.
6. Feels like wood.... Not much finish on this whatsoever.... I'm not going to get splinters, but it feels like I bought it at Home Depot in the lumber dept.
7. Tunes very solid!
8. Might change out all the hardware to black, that's my thoughts so far.
Congrats on a fine new Gibson Les Paul !!!!!!!! It doesn't matter what others think , as if this plays well , and has the sound and tone and stays in tune -then this is a home run . Love your Home Depot analogy as that is funny . Now Rock this Lester and have a blast :headbanger:
 

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I should box all my brand new pickguards up and mail them to Vin.
I hate pickguards!

And seriously, why did they put one on this guitar? What the hell is it protecting???
Would it need to be there to keep me from Scratching the face?!? Ha ha ha....
You and me brother as I detest pickguards . Plus and major plus is if you drill for a pickguard it will cause tone to leak out , and you don't want that now do you ?
 

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