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54 custom or 56 goldtop RI, help?

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sparkle**

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54 custom or 56 goldtop RI, help?

Are they similiar or very different?

I am looking for a LP with the p-90 config.
 
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fantom1

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Goldtop has a maple cap with 2 P90s

54 Custom has an all mahogany body with 1 Alnico (neck) and 1 P90 (bridge)
 
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kamakaziclone

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dem two

different animals. feel different, sound different I have both.

54 reissue - more sustain
56 custom - tunamatic
 

rbuse

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I am biased toward the 56 RI only because the 54RI custom that I owned and all that I have played have been over 10lbs. and I dislike heavy guitars. Most 56's seem to be @9lbs. or less. The 54 custom is a wonderful sounding guitar though and a great value if weight isn't an issue with you. Good luck with whichever you decide on. You can't go wrong with either.
 

Hammertone

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I also have both - different aminals indeed

rbuse said:
I am biased toward the 56 RI only because the 54RI custom that I owned and all that I have played have been over 10lbs. and I dislike heavy guitars. Most 56's seem to be @9lbs. or less. The 54 custom is a wonderful sounding guitar though and a great value if weight isn't an issue with you. Good luck with whichever you decide on. You can't go wrong with either.

Timeout for some weigh-in info? My '54 Custom RI is a '94 and weighs 8 3/4 pounds. I've also noticed some heavy ones but believe that there is probably a weight spread. Anyone else have weight stats on their '54 Custom RI's?

- Hammertone
 
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Goldtop Dude

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That's rare, Hamertone!
The 54' custom I had was a bit heavy, as were all that I have played so far.
Also the 54' BBs have many time's a more flat or dull tone. I know there are some KILLER 54' BBs out there, just have not ever found one myself.

So I would go for the R6 over the R4 custom.

Btw I do think the 54 custom is the best looking LP!

Good luck on your project.:dude
 

rio45

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Mine's on the heavier side too (although I haven't weighed it so I can't give you exact figures), but mine has a Bigsby and I suspect that's part of the reason.

Hammertone, are you from Steeltown in Canada (affectionately known as "the Hammer" to many of its current and former residents)? I was born & raised there many many years ago...
 

Gold Tone

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I'll be picking up a 54 or 57 BB at some point.................but NOT before Gibson starts building them correctly .........1 piece mahogany body NOT 2.
 

Gannet

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Given that they already (I believe) have a hard time getting enough light mahogany for Historics, somehow I doubt that's ever gonna happen. Custom Shop one-off, maybe.
 

Gold Tone

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Gannet said:
Given that they already (I believe) have a hard time getting enough light mahogany for Historics, somehow I doubt that's ever gonna happen. Custom Shop one-off, maybe.

Makes sense - didn't think of that.............hope it is still possible at some point though.
 

LyleGorch

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Old post, but how did this turn from gold top to black beauty.
What i want to know is the difference between the GT’s.
 

Gold Tone

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Read the OP post again

Nothing changed. 54 Custom (Black Beauty) vs 56 Gold Top (standard) was the inquiry…20 years ago!
 

LyleGorch

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I stand corrected.
2 completely different guitars.
3 just interested in the 54RI GT
 
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