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NGD Les Paul Goldtop (pictures added)

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I couldn't resist this one here:

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Nice! That's the LP to get IMHO: light-ish, affordable, and P90's. What's not to like? Congrats, Mike!

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Beautiful. Those 2011 tributes were the best, IMO. Wish I would have grabbed one when they were easier to come by and the exchange rate was better. Congrats, it's a beaut.

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Beautiful. Those 2011 tributes were the best, IMO. Wish I would have grabbed one when they were easier to come by and the exchange rate was better. Congrats, it's a beaut.

– built4speed

I've got a 2011 in honey burst that I picked up on Kijiji locally. They seem to pop up fairly frequently here (I'm in St. Thomas, ON--near London). I was assuming you're a Canadian because of your comment about the exchange rate.

I like mine a lot, but had trouble with tuning. I ended up replacing the nut and the tuners (as well as the pickups--Lollars--and bridge, and I added a B3! But my constant tinkering is probably more of a personal psychological issue ). They are nice and light, and I think those Gibson p90's sound good.

To the original poster: enjoy your new guitar!

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Congratulations! These are great guitars.

I had a 2011 50s Tribute I sold to my brother. It was also a great guitar! The neck on the 50s Tribute felt great and I love that they are heavily chambered like a Duo Jet. I only sold it because it covered very similar sonic ground as my Duo Jet and I wanted to get something with a different P90 voice. I ended up finding a 2011 Epiphone Casino 1961 Reissue that came with Gibson P90s that I'm really happy with.

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I think mine is an 09. I buffed it up and did the faux binding thing. It looks like yours is already there. It doesn't play any better but my #1 was a '71 Deluxe GT for years and it was just weird to look down at a dull guitar with no binding. I gig mine often and it's very satisfying to plink unplugged at home.

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I've got a 2011 in honey burst that I picked up on Kijiji locally. They seem to pop up fairly frequently here (I'm in St. Thomas, ON--near London). I was assuming you're a Canadian because of your comment about the exchange rate.

I like mine a lot, but had trouble with tuning. I ended up replacing the nut and the tuners (as well as the pickups--Lollars--and bridge, and I added a B3! But my constant tinkering is probably more of a personal psychological issue ). They are nice and light, and I think those Gibson p90's sound good.

To the original poster: enjoy your new guitar!

– reverb11

You assumed correctly, I'm Canadian, but I live out in the Prairies. It's rare that one of these shows up in local classifieds.

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I've got a 50s one as well. Very nice job and the price was unbeatable.

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I almost pulled the trigger on one back in '11 for a '50s tribute but put it on hold when I bought a 5126 from a GDP member, then a Gibson Firebird in '12 and then a great deal on an Edwards LP92 with P90s.

I might switch the P90s out though on the Edwards......currently equipped with hot Lollars and can produce a lot of the same tone as the Gibby Firebird.

Those Tributes are great guitars though. Congrats and enjoy!!!

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I have a 50s Tribute that I'm currently converting to a 50s style Goldtop. I will post when finished.

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Beautiful. Those 2011 tributes were the best, IMO. Wish I would have grabbed one when they were easier to come by and the exchange rate was better. Congrats, it's a beaut.

– built4speed

What happened after 2011? Beautiful guitar by the way.

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Yeah...not sure... Mine is a 2012 and it's got a baked maple board.

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What happened after 2011? Beautiful guitar by the way.

– Jopapa

Just don't look as nice, IMO. The tops on the 2016 60's tributes look good, but the satin black back and sides with no binding look weird. Petty, I know.

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Damn that's cool, and it looks like a pretty wide neck ... 1 3/4'?

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Congrats! I think gold tops look great. I could never understand though why the 50's tribute had humbuckers and the 60's tribute had P90's.

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Thanks all! I did a first attempt to set it up and it's better but I'm not quite there yet. It's got a fresh set of strings .010 Ernie Balls I had lying around. The guitar came with .010's so I figured to try that first. I usually play .011's and eventually will switch to those I guess.

I can see a B3 Bigsby in it's future.

The pickups have been swapped by the previous owner for (cheap) Tonerider P90's which I need to tweak further to get the string to string balanced out a bit. I'll see how these work out but different pups is an option.

The neck is 4,2 cm at the nut.

Fun little guitar!

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Just don't look as nice, IMO. The tops on the 2016 60's tributes look good, but the satin black back and sides with no binding look weird. Petty, I know.

– built4speed

Thanks for the explanation. It's not petty, it's passion.

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Mike2000.

Here's mine with the B3. The pickups are a Fralin in the neck, and a Lollar in the bridge. I left the posts in, which isn't so pretty--but it does serve as my ground because post touches the Bigsby...

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I am running the same set up although I changed out the P 90s for Thorn staple pick ups.

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Ive got the same Goldtop, Its a bare bones no frills guitar that gets the job done, and that job would be down and gritty Punk N Roll. No bigsby no binding no Gloss no pedals,,just a small tube amp and it sings. Played some Sex Pistols on it with just the amp,and those P-90's sounded exactly just like the way Steve Jones does it,well,,,maybe not.(yeah I know he doesnt use P-90's), but it did play with ease as the neck had a natural feel in my hands and the pickups are easy to dial in the right sound . I'm leaving it the way it is.Great guitar for the money.

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Congrats. Those first generation Tributes w/ the light backs were really outstanding especially at that pricepoint. IMO the Goldtops look the nicest (and were the hardest to get) with the light 'bursts second. Like most Gibsons with unbound fretboards, the Tributes I tried out in shops generally needed the fret ends filed and the nut slots lowered but that is really minor stuff. I played one that had been gone over by a good luthier (fret ends attended to and the nut slots) and it was just one of the best feeling, playing and sounding guitars I ever laid my hands on. FYI, the nut width is typical Gibson 1.689" but they look and feel a little wider because of the no binding.

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I am running the same set up although I changed out the P 90s for Thorn staple pick ups.

– spike

What do you think of those pickups? I've been curious about them for a while...


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