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    New Pickups in my Les Paul copy-with pictures & history

    Well, after a couple of years or so, I finally got the new pickups in it, and the work is now done on it--(Other than if I add a new headstock logo--it won't be an actual brand--I do have some ideas for it--and possibly a different poker chip.) I had it set up as well, and it plays and sounds better than it ever did.
    This guitar will be dedicated to open G tuning, for slide and open G playing.
    Now I have no excuse not to learn open G and slide better.

    Here's what it looked like when I got it-


    More to come...
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    What is the brand?
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    It's a Granada--which is the name used for guitars sold through Canadian music schools.
    I don't know how affiliated the schools were, but some of them were. Mine had the school name on a sticker on the headstock, but the sticker came off years ago.
    They were made by Matsumoku in Japan--they're similar to Arias of the same time.
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    Here's how it's looked for most of its existence.
    First I removed the pickguard as I didn't like the colour, it didn't match the other plastic, and it covered the grain.
    Plus, in a school of students with the same guitars, it helped mine stand out.

    A little while later I removed the pickup covers, and the guitar sounded louder, so they stayed off.
    Over time the machine heads were replaced as some of the original ones broke.
    I also replaced the strap knobs---first when one came out just before I was supposed to play in front of people, and then more recently I replaced those ones with black ones in keeping with the new look I wanted. (They are also bigger knobs--so they work better.)

    I also like speed knobs, so the witch hats came off in favour of speed knobs.
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    What colour is it supposed to be? It looks real neat.
    James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One careful owner View Post
    What colour is it supposed to be? It looks real neat.
    You mean the pickguard?
    Well the plastic on it when I got it was cream, but there were three colours of cream on this guitar--the poker chip and binding matched the guitar, the pickup rings were okay, but the pickguard was off, it didn't fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    You mean the pickguard?
    Well the plastic on it when I got it was cream, but there were three colours of cream on this guitar--the poker chip and binding matched the guitar, the pickup rings were okay, but the pickguard was off, it didn't fit.
    The body - I can't see colour properly. White or off sand or?
    James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One careful owner View Post
    The body - I can't see colour properly. White or off sand or?
    It's basically a blonde type finish. There's a slight colouring to bring out the grain.
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    very cool- now you need coil tap!

    BTW what is that amp in picture 1???

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post

    BTW what is that amp in picture 1???
    It's a Garnet Stencil amp--branded for the music school I went to.
    It's solidstate, the bass amp I got later was a tube one.
    Also a Garnet.

    They're actually pretty good amps--especially for what they sold for.
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