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Old May 31st, 2018, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bavon Calling

Hi, BavonWW here long time Les Paul, and SG player.
Sadly I fell very ill fifteen years ago ended up selling every thing I own inc guitars.
A bit recovered after a few recent operations, but now have LH carpal tunnel problem. Quite bad, hope it will be fixed. Rather than splash out onto a real Gibson to see if I can still play at all, I got myself an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro which is nice.
I'm restricted to a two finger and bit, Django style until hand op. Luckily my father used to make me play Django's tunes with little and ring fingers tied up so I can do that which is a pleasure. Third (ring)finger is slowly coming on song, but cannot bend notes easily especially on the flat Custom fretboard. I'm sniffing around for a copy Deluxe or a Squier telecaster for a bit more fingerboard curvature.
However, Custom is always my main guitar.
I didn't have to hot rod the Epiphone like I did my Gibsons in the early 70s. It has coil taps and phase pot already, no fragile windings to unpick!
Will do a bit of hot-rodding on covers, caps, and wiring. Maybe a set of locking Grovers, better nut, and Bigsby too. Depends on how well I do with my fingers.
I doubt I'll ever get back to heavy jazz gauge strings though. Currently using Super Slinkys, not used to the lack of power and tone; Oh well, that's life..
This site is excellent, glad to find it.
Ok, must go, more finger exercises.
Don't play too hard, God bless Les Paul(and Leo Fender)

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Old May 31st, 2018, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome to this place. Sorry to hear of your medical problems but nice to hear you are back to playing.

Good luck
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Old May 31st, 2018, 10:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome to Gibson Talk. Glad to hear that you are playing again.
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Old June 6th, 2018, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to Gibson-Talk, I am glad you have found us! I wish you the best in your recovery, and I agree that many of the guitars that are being built today are better than some that were built years ago. I might warn you about the Fender scale guitars, since it is a longer scale, there will be more perceived tension in the strings and that might be a hindrance to your fingers. You might look into the Fender Jaguar, which has a 24" scale.
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