NGD Goldtop edition

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  1. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    This just arrived today via UPS - on time - from the Gibson Demo Shop on reverb. It's a factory Mod, rather than a demo. There are no signs of use at all. There is an almost imperceptible repaired crack about 1.25" long extending from the lower cavity screw that stops before the edge. I knew it was there when I ordered it - and upon first inspection couldn't find it. We have named it the $900 crack in my family. I'm guessing that's why Gibson decided to mod it.

    The mods are black plastics as you can see, an MHS humbucker in the bridge and an alnico 3 pup in the neck. I love the look - it looks like a Goldtop modernized. And if I want it to look traditional, cream trim is under $100. I love the sound of the MHS pup - rich, bright, and detailed. The blend sounds great, and the Alnico 3 is deep, a bit dark, and crisp. I also like that they are factory mods - it's stamped MOD on the back of the headstock and they are Gibson original - rather than random changes that I decided to make.

    Here she is - I'm thrilled - it's exceeded my expectations. The blurry pic at the end is me trying to show the crack, but it's hard to see.

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  2. TXOldRedRocker

    TXOldRedRocker Lech-rechaun Gold Supporting Member

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    Really nice guitar! I saw that one in the Demo Shop. I have one that looks very similar and love it.
    Play the hell out of it!
     
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    fitz288 Well-Known Yinzer Gold Supporting Member

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    LP gold top is on my wish list.
    Good thing you found that one before I did!
    Congrats and HNGD!
     
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    Kutt Well-Known Member

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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    AlvisX Garage Guerrilla Gold Supporting Member

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    Pretty soon it'll look like mine .......

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    Sapient   Silver Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Tender is the night. Looking fantastic! I have a gold Custom Classic kinda like that. Kinda very much like that.

    Congrats!

    :woot:
     
  8. GregM

    GregM Well-Known Member

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    Awesome score!
    Hngd!
    And still it continues to rain LPs!
    Don't let you know who know, because life isn't fair!
     
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    fat_lenny Well-Known Member

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    No need to ditch the black plastics on that thing, it looks great.

    I take it the crack is just in the finish?
     
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    JJ119 Well-Known Member

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    HNGD!!

    Congratulations!!
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    can you define "soon" please?
     
  12. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    HNGTD
    Beautiful LP and as Tex said play the hell out of it..
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    matttornado Well-Known Member

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    Very nice guitar. Congrats!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Gold brother all the way congrats! Reminds me of the Bonamassa goldtop. :yesway:
     
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    lespaul339 Well-Known Member

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    Sweet Goldtop! Congrats!
     
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    :cheers:
    Congrats!
     
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    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The crack actually goes all the way to top of the output jack hole on the inside of the wiring cavity - on the outside, it's just on the surface of the back and only shows as a very slight finish crack when held at an angle to the light. Gibson states it was repaired and there's no gap on the inside of the cavity - just a line. Saved me $900 vs. MAP, so being a thrifty New Englander, I'm pretty happy.
     
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    BlueX Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    HNGD! Goldtop is never wrong, it looks great. I agree with previous, no need to change the black plastics. Stylish and modern look, and will stand out among siblings.
    How will you spend the $ 900 you saved on that almost invisible crack?
     
  19. StrummerJoe

    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    How cool is it when something meets and then exceeds expectations? WAY COOL!
    :rock:

    ^^^An OUSTANDING question!^^^
     
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    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Damn - don't need any gear just yet. New snow blower would be nice though. The smart move would be something for the wife.
     
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