Nash NGLP 60’s Gibson Les Paul Red Sparkle
Serial Number: 02880630 #243
Finish: Cherry Sunburst
Top: Figured Maple
Neck: Mahogany, thin 60s profile
Pickups: Dimarzio Bluesbucker neck humbucker, Dimarzio Air Norton bridge humbucker
Electronics: Tone knob 0-8 normal, 9-10 coil tap.
Specifications and Information from the Nash Guitars website:
These are real Gibson guitars that I purchase with the intention of doing a complete make over. There are a few models that make good candidates for this, depending on the final color (plain, flame or gold top). The faded standards, the classic standards and classic plus standards are all possibilities as a starting piece as long as they are in NOS condition when they land.
First step is to completely disassemble and separate the parts that will be aged and re-used, from the parts that we reject and replace. The “keeper” parts are then aged.
The finish, which is sometimes rather thick, is stripped off down to the bare wood. At this point some get stains applied, if required to get the desired color. Then the guitar gets re-finished in 100% nitrocellulose lacquer, keeping it as thin as possible to enable superior resonance. We do a variety of takes on the lemon, cherry, faded, un-burst, plain and gold top looks.
After curing, the guitar gets the complete aging treatment and is then frets are re-worked and dressed to our specs, then we are ready for re-assembly.
The pickups are replaced with what many of you may balk at as there are so many opinions about Les Paul pickups and tone out there. As always, I simply build a guitar that I would use and leave it at that. So, in my arsenal of personal guitars, my favorite and most versatile LP setup is using a DiMarzio Bluesbucker in the Neck and a DiMarzio Air Norton in the Bridge.
Both pickups are wired using a standard tone control that works in a very special way. Between 0-9 it is a standard control. From 9-10 it acts as a switch to shut off pone of the coils. On the neck pickup you get amazing strat like tones and from the bridge you can get a biting tele sound. Mixing both together with one or both tapped gives you another batch of great tones, including a strat like quack. Coil taps with no push pull pots!
The Air Norton give you bigger output and rich harmonics without going over the top into the tone spectrum of faceless, modern, high output sound that so many specialized humbuckers are susceptible to. These pickups have a lower string pull and a much higher sensitivity to your dynamics and playing style.