Monthly Guitar/ November

2009 Gibson Les Paul R7 VOS Goldtop

Gibson Custom Shop R7 VOS

If I had to choose the best sounding Les Pauls of my selection, this axe would be on second place. Built in 2009, it got the 2009 historic specs including the `50s wiring.

Typical 1957 fat neck

Weight:  8,87 Lbs/ 4,02 kg

2009 historic specs:

  1. Bridge: Non-wire ABR
    Nut: Correct nut material
    Switch Nut: Correct number of ridges; much closer to vintage specs
    Poker Chip: Thin, and much closer to vintage
    Pots: Upgraded
    Back Control & Switch Plates: Proper material
    Back Control Plate: Correct location/orientation
    TRC: Period correct Truss rod cover
    Tailpiece & Knob Positions
    Overall body thickness is the same, but mahogany is slightly thicker and maple is slightly thinner
    Fingerboard thickness is more accurate (thinner than it was previously)
    the radius on the edge of the body backside is sharper
    Pickguard shape more accurate
    Maple “window” in cutaway is smaller
    The jackhole is now 1″ diameter (was smaller)
    The overall body shape is more accurate
  2. 50´s wiring is a cool thing and introduced in 2009 for the Custom Shop Models. What is 50´s wiring?

This wiring was used in the first Les Pauls until the end of the fifties.

What’s the difference between Gibson 50’s vs. Modern Wiring?

 50’s Wiring

  • when turning down the Volume more heights are remaining
  • a turn of the Tone also affects the Volume
  • Example: Turning guitar´s volume to eight ( as indicated by pointer washer!) tone cleans up for wonderful crunchy sounds or soloing. Fully turned on you got an enormous amount of volume for solo guitar
  • Turning down the tone pot around to 4/5 you achieve affects sound and volume.
  • Joe Bonamassa sound and 50´s wiring

Gary Moore performing “Evil Love” using the volume knob ( 3:50 – 4:50)

My 2009 R7
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Monthly Guitar October: Schon NS-Deluxe

Neal “Schon” guitar by Larrivee

One of my “vintage” guitars. Bought in 1988 @Musik Produktiv Nuremberg, after listening to Neal´s solo cd “Late Nite” to promote his guitar line, I had to buy one. And really all the guitar tones on that superb cd can easily be achieved with that axe. A very versatile guitar: from Les Paul/ Strat tone to Tele twang.
All Original (with exception of the vibrato unit)
#107 of 500 (Stamped in the last fret)
These were produced between 1987 and 1991
24 5/8 Scale
22 Fret (Frets are in Very Good Condition and smooth/no sharp edges)
Neck through body construction
Maple and Alder Wings
Maple Neck

Ebony Fretboard
Binding on Neck & Headstock (No Damage to Binding)
“Schon” Pickups by PJ Marx (PJ Marx was an Engineer and President of Laney Amps, in the 80’s he designed some pickups that were endorsed by several musicians)
5-way Switch
1-Tone 1- Volume Knob /push pull in Tone knob
Original Floyd Rose Licensed Tremolo with Non-original Tremolo Bar/ Now it´s got a Schaller one.

Overall mint condition for it’s age, it is signed by Neal Schon, while I met him in Augsburg on 6/ 26 2011.

Heavily used on many “Klopstock” and some “Wired” gigs. Great axe and easy to play with a special unique sound.

One of his originals in California.
My setup in the late 80s

Neal Schon 1986 with NS guitar, soloing starts around 3:10.

Monthly Guitar/ September Fender PM-2 Paramount Parlor Deluxe

Fender PM-2 Deluxe Paramount Parlor is my favorite acoustic guitar. Love the small body sized guitar. And it sounds amazing to be heard on some tunes on my cd “On Scrambled tunes”. All the specs here:

Parlor corpus shape,, massive Sitka spruce top, massive Indian Rosewood back and sides, Ebony fingerboard, Mahogany neck (C-shape), bone nut and saddle

The PM-2 acoustic is equipped with a Fishman and Fender designed PM preamp specifically voiced to the shape of parlor acoustic guitar, responding to playing dynamics and bringing out the most subtle tonal nuances. Sitting flush with the side of the guitar, its smaller footprint offers maximum control in a discreet design.

Complete with tuner, frequency (bass, master volume and treble) and phase controls, this collaboration in preamp design not only offers versatile ways to fine-tune your tone, but also imparts an elegant retro look reminiscent of vintage radio knobs.

The Paramount Series (started in 2015) are designed with elements of classic ’60s Fender models, including checkerboard purfling and rosette, pickguard shape, and abalone and mother-of-pearl ‘Concert Tone’ fingerboard inlays on the Deluxe models. Even with this art deco look, The Paramount Series acoustic guitars still retain their footing in modern design.

Monthly Guitar: August 2019 / Gibson Les Paul VOS R8

After buying my first R9 I saw this one on BTM Guitars Nuremberg´s website and fell in love. An amazing axe with the VOS treatement and a bit heavier than my R9. The neck is a typical chunky one ´58. In Hugo For Sale I used it very often.


Back wood: Solid mahogany, no weight relief

Top: Plain Top

Fingerboard rosewood

Neck: 1 piece, with long neck tenon

Profile: 58 rounded

Pickups: Burstbucker 1 (R) 2(T)

Hardware : Nickel

Bridge ABR-1 Aluminium stopbar

Earl Grey @Aub/ Still Got The Blues (Spitalkeller)

What a great evening it was: a great venue, great folks and a fantastic promoter. From the first song to the encores the audience attentively listened to the music and wittty anecdotes about the Les Paul guitar. Thank you all!

Earl Grey´s lineup was (from left to right)

Conny Martin (Les Paul/ Vocals)) Xaver Hauck (drums) Stefan Gerhard (Vocals/ Bass)

Guitars used:

Gibson R8 Lemonburst nicknamed “Gary Moore” Fender Original ´50s Stratocaster White Blonde and Gibson BFG Gary Moore

Some more photos…….

Amps used with Deeflexx- Sound System

Fender Blues Junior IV and Koch Jupiter