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  1. I think what some people over look is Jimmy's sound. Jimmy is playing quite well in '75. It really is a continuation of '73. Jimmy's amps were modified before the '75 tour to have more output. This made the sound more clean and less overdriven. So he is missing some of the crunch he had with stock marshalls. Jimmy's speed and fluidity are still there, but with a cleaner sound. As any of you that play guitar know, distortion and overdrive covers alot of mistakes. Cleaner sounds can make it sound like you are tripping over yourself. Real clankity sounding and not as smooth and compressed. Jimmy's sound '75 onward is my least favorite tone of his.
  2. I guess I should have titled this thread "Is Jimmy's #1 a '58 or '59, discuss." Any word on whether or not there is some documentation of Joe Walsh playing the guitar?
  3. Just to clarify, that is not the only difference between years. Up through 1958 and even early 1959 the neck profile was large. Sometime in 1959 Gibson thinned the profile a little. And then in mid 1960, they thinned the neck profile down even more. My source is a book called Beauty of the Burst. As well as the fact that Gibson Historic Les Paul neck profiles reflect the year it was modeled after and I have owned several. '58's are big, '59's are smaller, and '60's are thin.
  4. They are both 1959's. Look at the RAH video in 1970. Jimmy removed the bridge pickup cover. The pickup is a 'double white' in color. Double whites were used starting in mid 1959 due to a lack of black colored plastic by the manufacturer. Later when that pickup failed in Australia 1972, Jimmy put in a 1970's T top pickup with a crome cover. You will notice that the crome cover is much more shiney than the neck nickel cover and you can see this in photos for the rest of the 70's. He changed the bridge pickup again sometime in the late '80s to an all black pickup. Presumably a 1950's PAF. The #2 that was used in 1975 had both covers removed reveiling double white PAF pickups which confirms it is a 1959. This guitar was used for Kashmir, sometimes OTHAFA and as a spare.
  5. The one with Zebra's was made for Jimmy in the early '90's by the Gibson Custom Shop. It was used as a back up on the Unledded show. He played it for "Thank You."
  6. I read in a magazine article a few years back, probably Guitar World, that Jimmy did purchase it for $500 from Joe and that was straight from Jimmy's mouth. It is also interesting to note that the neck was shaved before Jimmy had it. Joe probably didn't like the thin neck profile and said, "here have this one Jimmy!" Most Les Paul aficionados prefer a fatter neck profile. I am obsessed with Les Pauls and Jimmy. You guys are right that all of these articles contradict themselves about whether or not it's a '58 or '59. Most of that stems from a 1980's article with Jimmy's guitar tech at the time. That article is loaded with wrong info. All of the recent articles, mostly to do with the Jimmy Page Custom Shop Replica have stated that it is indeed a 1959. Let's keep looking for picts with Joe using Jimmy's #1!
  7. I don't know if I'm putting this question in the right spot, but here goes. Does anyone know if Joe Walsh used the 1959 Les Paul he gave/sold to Jimmy on record or live with the James Gang before he gave it to Jimmy? It would be interesting to hear how the guitar sounded in Joe's hands before it made it's way to Jimmy's.
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