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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

First of all I'd like to thank Axl Rose for introducing Bucket to Les Paul's. Without him, this guitar would never have existed.

Finally after nearly a 6 month wait I picked up my Buckethead signature yesterday. Due to a major stuff up regarding customs, it's been sitting in a brokers warehouse for the last 7 days.

Within 5 minutes of unpacking the guitar I broke the high E string and my locking tuner jammed > All fixed now, but that was the last thing I needed after waiting 6 months lol.

The first thing I've noticed is that the 27" scale is perfectly fine, and I don't have huge hands. If no one told me it was a larger scale and larger body I don't think I would have noticed the difference. That said, because of the higher tension strings it just feels easier to play than a standard scale for some reason.

Acoustically, the tone is amazing - the guitar resonates big time. I can even hear elements of Bucket's tone without plugging it in.

From what I can tell, the fit and finish is very good to excellent, certainly much better than I was expecting.

The intonation was out on 5 out of the 6 strings, but because it's a 24fret guitar setting the intonation was a snap. (check note at 24th fret, if flat shorten the string, if sharp lengthen the string)

I'm loving the blank fretboard, I've wanted one for years and it's just as good as I imagined.





Size comparison with an Ibanez RG;


Merlin approves;


The tone has a sweetness unlike any Les Paul's (or any electric guitar) I've played before. This is no doubt due to the 27" scale, you can really feel and hear the extra attack of the notes when you pick a string. The notes just seem to jump off the fretboard. I need to buy a new amp to do this guitar justice, the POD X3 and my practice amp are not worthy!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 11:41 PM
 
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

wow it looks huge next to the JC !

Really sweet axe man.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-01-2010, 12:44 AM
 
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

so what do the joystick buttons do?

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so what do the joystick buttons do?

rich
They short the signal so when they're pressed the guitar is silent. Check out the start of this video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38X-MXOB014
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

How much you sell cat for? I will buy. You ship to USA?
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How much you sell cat for? I will buy. You ship to USA?
ahahahaha

He's not for sale.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-01-2010, 03:23 AM
 
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

Wow it looks massive! I also looks massively beautiful! How does it play? Please post some sound clips!

Also congratulations on this beauty!
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-01-2010, 04:28 AM
 
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Sounds like your just as pleased with it as I am with mine! Excellent!!
Agree 100% about the playability. This thing through my Dual Rec Vintage channel absolutely nail B's tone!!

Here's a pic which shows just how big this thing is next to my LP Custom VOS.

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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

a nice but huge guitar ! congrats !

is it set BEADGB like a baritone ?
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a nice but huge guitar ! congrats !

is it set BEADGB like a baritone ?
No, I play in standard tuning. Don't know about Mc Murray am sure he will chip in.
Don't wanna hi-jack his thread too much! LOL!
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The tone has a sweetness unlike any Les Paul's (or any electric guitar) I've played before. This is no doubt due to the 27" scale, you can really feel and hear the extra attack of the notes when you pick a string. The notes just seem to jump off the fretboard. I need to buy a new amp to do this guitar justice, the POD X3 and my practice amp are not worthy!
Nice to see you're on here too! If you're thinking of a new amp & can go the big Bucks I would seriously take a look at the new Dual Rec Multi Watt.
Absolutely awesome! Even sounds good at low volume!

If you can't go the Big Bucks have a look at the Carvin X100B IV. I have both & they both pair really well with the Guitar IMO.

The X100B also switches down to 25 watts whilst still using all 4 power tubes so also sounds great at bedroom level.

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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-09-2010, 03:32 AM
 
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

Dude... that Custom VOS... Damn, its so sexy.
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

How are those pickups in THAT guitar...??? As the mass is a bit different, and the wiring obviously, just wondering how the stock sound is.....
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-13-2010, 12:31 AM
 
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

Not really my bag, but looks really cool. Congrats!
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-13-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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Re: Buckethead Signature Les Paul - First Impressions

What are the 2 big red buttons for? And also the smaller red button/switch?
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