NGD: 1986 Les Paul Studio

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ricorico Frets: 993
edited February 12 in Guitar
As some of you may be aware, I have been looking for an older Studio for a while and this grabbed my attention on eBay last week and I put in a cash offer and picked it up the same day.

It's a 1986 Les Paul Studio in ebony with a rosewood 'board and a lovely thicker neck profile. The body is a touch thinner than my Standard and has a lovely weight to it. It will be off for a refret for bigger wire so it plays more like my number one. I haven't whipped the pickups out yet - any ideas what they should be? I'll probably put in some Mules as well. Also needs a metal jack plate and i'll put an aluminium tailpiece on it too. It's been well played and it's nicely worn in (which is why i'm not keen on new guitars generally) but needs just a bit of fettling to get to my tastes. Quick and dirty pics:






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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 1037
    From a position of profound ignorance I think the pickups in the 80s and 90s ones are 490R and 498T but I could be very wrong, It rings bells with what was on the spec for mine, though (late 90s, and seen more violence than yours, ir would appear!)
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3808
    490R/498T set would be normal.
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2577
    That looks lovely.

    I would suggest playing it for a period before deciding what 'your taste' is. It just might be that you find something that works for and inspires you. If not you still have the option to change things up and will hear the difference if you do. If you change Pickups then pots and caps makes sense at the same time (or even before).


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  • ricorico Frets: 993
    ESBlonde said:
    That looks lovely.

    I would suggest playing it for a period before deciding what 'your taste' is. It just might be that you find something that works for and inspires you. If not you still have the option to change things up and will hear the difference if you do. If you change Pickups then pots and caps makes sense at the same time (or even before).


    Thanks for the comment and I agree with your points. However, I have been through similar 'journeys' with other LPs and I know that the mods/pickup choices just work for me.
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  • 19791979 Frets: 58
    Looks very cool, good buy chap
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  • gusman2xgusman2x Frets: 628
    Still want a 90s studio with HBs. Ideally the white one. HNGD. 
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  • KeikoKeiko Frets: 13
    I didn't know they made them this early. What was the first year of production and when did they stop using the dot inlays? Are the 80's guitars better than 90's versions in some way?
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  • ricorico Frets: 993
    Keiko said:
    I didn't know they made them this early. What was the first year of production and when did they stop using the dot inlays? Are the 80's guitars better than 90's versions in some way?
    1983 was the first year of production. The use of dots and usual inlays seems to be pretty random, as does the use of rosewood and ebony boards.
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  • sgosdensgosden Frets: 720

    nah that's rubbish ... definitely should have bought my one instead, even if it doesn't have inlays .. ;)

    happy NGD, love the look of one with genuine wear on it!


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  • brucegillbrucegill Frets: 74
    edited February 14
    Lusted after these as a kid when the first came out. Always wanted a wine red one but was so out of my price range. Nice buy! Enjoy
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5023
    rico said:
    Keiko said:
    I didn't know they made them this early. What was the first year of production and when did they stop using the dot inlays? Are the 80's guitars better than 90's versions in some way?
    1983 was the first year of production. The use of dots and usual inlays seems to be pretty random, as does the use of rosewood and ebony boards.
    recall early examples had a deeper body, but changed to a thinner spec but can't recall when

    It was common for spec's to change almost on an adhoc basis, so chances are it would have been based on some 'reject' woods for more expensive models like a Std or Custom  - Ebony or rosewood - Gig bag or case - Dot or trap inlays - Chrome or gold hardware

    Recall some early models had an alder body ? - Trying to recall when I last saw one and again some early models might have had Tim Shaw p/ups but again I can't recall last time I saw one that was equipped with them - Due to values of TS p/ups I dare say any/many would have now been raided
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