Monthly Guitar June 2019

2006 Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop R9 VOS Washed Cherry

One of my best sounding and looking Les Pauls. Great flame top. Bought back in 2006 @ Guitar Point, Maintal. After watching Joe Bonamassa in Aschaffenburg playing a Custom Shop Les Paul I had to buy one. And Guitar Point had a large selection of  Gibson Custom Shop Les Pauls. So I could select mine from ten Les Pauls then. On my way home I stopped several times to look after the guitar.

2006 was the first year the VOS (Vintage Original Specs) guitar line was introduced. The VOS guitars are lightly aged. Guitars finish is no gloss, and the hardware aged. By the way all my Custom Shop Les Pauls are VOS models. I don´t like the gloss finish. More in the video clip below.

Body: Carved AAAAA figured maple

Back wood: Solid mahogany, no weight relief

Fingerboard rosewood

Neck: 1 piece, with long neck tenon ( greatest difference to USA Standard Les Paul)

Profile: 59 rounded

Pickups: Burstbucker 1 (R) 2(T)

Hardware : Nickel

Bridge ABR-1 Aluminium stopbar

The guitar got a  great vintage tone, very dry sounding. It´s getting better by year. Real vintage bleeding and fading.


Let´s jam.

Alle Fotos von Siegfried Schmid (ssch_photo)

Yannick Steinborn (Bass)
Basil-Al Bayati
Oliver Tuschinski (Gesang)
Peter Schwinn

Monthly Guitar/ May 2019

2009 Gibson Les Paul BFG Gary Moore Signature

Introduced in 2009 with thin satin Lemon Burst finish. Mine is 2009 built. Gibson ended them some years ago. And it´s on the way to get very rare and sought after. It is similar to the BFG model except two 60s knobs and one 50s knob. It has got a P 90 and a Bursbucker 3 bridge pickup. It´s really featherweight with the chambered mahogany body and acoustically really loud guitar. The body enormously resonates resulting in a lively ringing electric tone What I like is that chunky neck with 22 medium -jumbo frets, a baseball bat. This guitar sounds absolutely awesome. Listen to the vids.

Gibson Gary Moore BFG Advertisement

It’s no coincidence that Gibson USA’s Gary Moore Signature Les Paul guitar is a BFG – perhaps the mightiest and most extreme Les Paul to ever leave a Gibson factory. The Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG takes the raw, unrefined power of Gibson’s classic BFG and matches it with the look of Moore’s personal and legendary Les Paul Standards from the late 1950s, resulting in a beautifully radical Les Paul that certainly embodies Moore’s iconic status among the world’s finest guitarists.
With satin nitrocellulose finish, the Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG is a stripped-down Les Paul, with no body or neck binding. This model has an uncovered Zebra Burstbucker 3 humbucker in the bridge, with a single-coil P-90 in the neck, all controlled by two top hat style volume controls and one tone knob. The traditional toggle switch has been wired to act as a kill switch, and a smaller toggle pickup selector switch in the place of the missing tone knob controls pickup selection. The mahogany body is chambered for weight relief and the unbound fingerboard is rosewood without position marker inlays (although there are probably side dots).

Monthly Guitar/ April Schon Custom Reverse Signature Guitar

Schon Reverse Custom 1988 Red

A rare axe and a real beauty:

Schon Custom Reverse 1988, only 50 Reverse Customs made in the world! Bought @ Musik Produktiv Germany in 1989. Neal Schon designed a signature guitar line first made by Jackson (1985?), later by Larrivée (1986). Production ended in the early `90s. I saw different Reverse Custom ones in the web: a blue, yellow and a two tone sunburst one, but not a red one like mine. Maybe this guitar is unique.There were different models – the NS Deluxe models ( I got a polar white one, which you will see in one of the next monthly guitar edition) in a more  futuristic design with a “Ferrari” tailpiece and the second line the Reverse models. There were some cheap Reverse models with bolt on necks, the Reverse Custom models were Schon´s premium product line.

Body and neck

Dark and smooth ebony fretboard, three piece maple neck trough body construction,  alder wings, deep carved AAAAA book matched flame maple top, light weight, round D neck profile, easy access neck heel (later used again for the Gibson NS Les Paul Signature!)


2 single coils, one humbucker with no poles with white Schon script (by PJ Marx),

Five way switch, volume and tone knob, no push-pull circuit in the knobs


Black original licensed Floyd Rose Bridge replaced for a better black Schaller Floyd Rose

Black Schaller tuning maschines

Neal Schon´s son Miles Schon played on the Schon Reverse Custom while he spent some times at our home back in 2007. The guitar got an amazing sound. The single coils are excellent and very warm sounding. I prefer the neck pickup and the combination of neck and middle pickup. The humbucker is great for heavy sounds. Listen to this great guitar in the vids.

„Little Tune“

Music cmartin, recorded with Tascam DP32/Samsung Mobile/ Deeflex H!1 Edition/ Sennheiser E609 Silver/ Fender Blues Junior IV clean/ Fender American Original ´50s Stratocaster

Monthly Guitar / March

photo cmartin

March Edition

1982 Gold Top 30th Anniversary

This is by far my oldest axe. Bought in 1983 and heavily used throughout the years. This serial (82 to 83) was together with the Heritage series (1980) the start of really good  Gibson guitars in the terrible Norlin era. Instead of the Custom Shop models this reissue doesn´t have a long neck tenon and the tone/volume knobs are not historically correct. It´s my heaviest guitar (10.3 lbs.). A special hum shield is to be found in the cavity on the backside. Mine is now aged by years to be seen on the photos. The neck isn´t a chunky one, the frets are wide. Only thing I swapped are the pick ups for custom shop burstbuckers 2 and 3. One of the original pick ups is in America; but that´s another story to be told.

Body and Hardware       single cutaway, deep carved maple top, mahogany back ( non chambered/ no weight relief, tune-o-matic brigdge with spring retainer, uniform-depth binding in cutaway

Neck     three piece mahogany neck, pearl trapezoid inlays, 30th Anniversary engraved on inlay at  19th fret, nickel-plated hardware, serial number with A-, B- or C-prefix followed by three digits

The old Lifton case aged by use, the original tags and a guitar review by German „Fachblatt