Gibson Les Paul – London Fog

Spring cleaning at Château PGC!  Time to get rid of the winter dust and look what I found underneath: not one but two Gibson Les Paul Traditional London Fog guitars! Nothing traditional about these. These guitars were manufactured by Gibson in 2009. In fact it are leftovers from the Gibson Les Paul Dark Fire product line destined for the Japanese market. The Dark Fire was probably the nicer version of the robot guitars that were put on the market by Gibson. The LP DF was equipped with the robot tuners and a piezo pickup system. It came in a white case and a lot of batteries and cables. I assume it was not much of a success as they had some bodies left to throw them on the market as a Les Paul Traditional London Fog. gibson-dark-fire I am not a fan of hi-tech guitars, like most guitar players I am very conservative when it comes to changing a proven design. Plug and play for me, I hate guitars that come with a manual.  In 2009 I found three London Fogs in the UK (Where else but in London?) and brought them home.  I must say! I love these guitars!

The LF is a stripped Dark Fire.  These guitars have a beautiful flamed top, ebony fretboard, black binding carbon inlays. The headstock on the asymmetrical neck carries the old fashioned “flowerpot” design inlay.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0922.JPG

The electronics are fairly simple and just how I like them. A Burstbucker Pro pup in the bridge and carbon covered P90 at the neck.

The playability is excellent. The guitar is very lightweight and very resonant due to the empty cavities and routings where the dark Fire electronics used to be. Under the bridge and the saddle you can still find the cavity for the piezo wiring.

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The color is hard to capture in a pic, it changes from “greenish” over “salmonish” to “goldish”!  The earliest one comes with strap lock buttons while the youngest of these sisters has the skinny Gibson strap buttons factory installed.  After all, not bad for a left over Gibson. I love them!

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Stay tuned for more! Anyone interested in one of these will soon find a link to my Reverb page here.

Cheers!

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Wham Bam! I am … Boracho! (Fender CS)

Every now and then we do a “warehouse” find at Château PGC!  Ladies and gents… I present you the Fender Cabronita Boracho Bass! Bought it in 2012, used it in 2013 and somehow it got lost in my ever growing stash of gear. Guitar Acquisition Syndrome, you know… it is not a very social disease!IMG_7928.jpg

This baby triggered my old Trace Elliot bass stack and made my trousers flap on stage. The old bellbottom flares got ripped by the lows of the Boracho.

The Trace is my favorite bass amp. It was once used in the backline of Wham and it shows many marks and scars of traveling the world, throwing around in stadiums and sliding of stage ramps. However the beer bottle marks are put there by me and not George Michael!IMG_1081.jpeg

If the amp is the voice then this bass guitar must be “the balls”: The Fender Cabronita Boracho. “Boracho” is Spanish slang for “drunk man”, in my case a very appropriate name.

The Boracho comes from the Fender Custom Shop and is a truly great high-quality instrument. Only a limited number of these basses were produced and it is very unique in esthetics and sounding.  The black nitro finish is relic’d to perfection and looks very authentic. The chunky one-piece quartersawn maple neck with 20 medium jumbo frets has a custom U-profile and black dot inlays, a 7.25” fingerboard radius and the cool headstock shape of a vintage Precision/Tele bass.

IMG_7930.jpgThis instrument sounds incredible, has great intonation and sings out rich harmonics. The Boracho has a lightweight reverse Jazzmaster body and one TV Jones Thunderblade pickup with a volume and a tone control. I am a huge fan of TV Jones pups and this Thunderblade is LOUD! Overwound coils for slightly more “growl” than a P-bass. The pickup is right in the sweet spot, the guys from the Fender Custom Shop got it bang on.

The unbelievably light and reversed Jazzmaster  body made this instrument a bit top-heavy. A fat neck and a recessed upper body gave it the feel the bass was out of balance. I moved the upper strap button to the neck pocket and there… problem solved!

IMG_7929.jpgI put this bass up for adoption! Anyone looking for a cool bass guitar? With this one you will be likely the only one on the block with one of these. Very limited and crafted at the Fender Custom Shop.  It has an “as new” condition. This bass comes with the original oversized hardshell case, case candy, certificate, tags, CS strap and cable and straplocks.  The bass has been taken immaculate care of and is in excellent condition.  Anyone interested can contact me via email or messenger.

Neck: Custom “U” Shape
No. of Frets: 20 Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Neck Material: 1 Piece Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Width at Nut: 1.5″ (38.1 mm)
Scale Length: 34″ (86.36 cm)
Pickup: TV Jones Thunderblade pickup

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