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Les Paul Vs SG [Four Awesome Guitars, Four Classic Amps]

Published 27 Jan 2023

What’s your favourite – Les Paul or SG?

Welcome to the show! It’s with some surprise when we say that – despite an embarrassment of lovely electronical guitars – TPS has been devoid of a dual-humbucker Gibson SG to date.
Now then, Mick is in search of just such a beast and thanks to a bit of chance and the generosity of Gibson, we’ve been able to borrow a flippin’ unbelievable Murphy Lab ’64 SG Standard with Maestro Vibrola. Woop!
So let’s do this – two seriously lovely Les Pauls, one jaw-dropping SG and one genuine vintage 1961 Les Paul Junior… played through a genuine ’50s Fender Tweed, a ’60s AC30, reissue Plexi Marshall and a bit of ’80s Boogie gloriousness.

• What does R8 and R7 mean?
It’s an unofficial short name for Gibson Custom [Shop] 1958 and 1957 Les Paul models respectively. Full guitar details and names below. R9 would be a 1959 reissue. R0 is a 1960.

• How are the amps set?
- The 1953 Fender Pro-Amp is fully cranked. It’s 18 watts, ish (not 12 like Mick said).
- The 1961 Vox AC30 is in the Brilliant channel, volume at 2 o’clock
- The reissue Marshall 1987x has the channels jumped. High treble at 6, Normal at 5. The Fulltone Tube Tape echo is in the effects loop. It was too kerrrayyzzee in the front.
- The Boogie power amp is set to volume 3 in both channels. High power mode.

Enjoy the show!

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Pedals used in this video
• Tru-Fi Zozo Fuzz

• Fulltone Tube Tape Echo
No longer available new

Mick’s board…
• Schmidt-Array SA-550 XDM

• Latent Lemon Audio Hurts

• Crazy Tube Circuits Super Conductor

• Mythos Argo
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer [this one is a Keeley mod from 2014]
UK & Europe:

• Kingsley Juggler V3

• TC Electronic SCF Gold
UK & Europe:

• Free The Tone FF-1Y Future Factory
UK & Europe:

• JAM Pedals Harmonious Monk
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Chase Bliss Audio CXM1978 Reverb
UK & Europe:

TheGigRig G3 Atom

Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
1:27 What are we doing today?
2:18 A real 1953 Fender Pro-Amp?
3:25 Today’s guitars
5:15 Dan’s R8 and Mick’s R7 Les Pauls
7:28 The Murphy Lab SG
8:40 Volumes down to 3, then 6
10:40 Bridge pickups at 7
13:45 Bridge pickups, Fender Pro cranked
15:30 1961 Vox AC30
17:30 Vox clean?
20:53 Both SGs kicking the AC30
22:15 Marshall, tape echo, fuzz!
28:13 More Marshall with Dan
31:80 Mesa Stereo Power Amp etc
32:50 Clean tones with reverb
34:30 Huge dynamic range
38:28 Mick pushing the blues
41:23 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this video
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard [2002]. It has OX4 Humbuckers - Dan’s video here:

• Gibson Custom True Historic 1957 Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy Aged. It has Gibson Custombuckers - no video yet

• Gibson Custom Murphy Lab 1964 SG Standard with Maestro Vibrola Light Aged. It has Gibson Custombuckers - no specific video yet

• 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior [all original] - Dan’s video here:

Amps in this video
• 1953 Fender Pro-Amp with Jensen P15N speaker (huge thanks to Dan Thomas)
• 1961 Vox AC30 with Vox Alnico Blue speakers
• Mid-1990s reissue Marshall 1987x with 1960AX cab / Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
• Late ’80s/early ’90s Mesa 50:50 Stereo Power Amp & 212 Cabinet with EVM12L speakers

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