2009 Gibson “Dusk Tiger”

25 Sep 2009 Gibson “Dusk Tiger”

What. Sorry? Didn’t hear you well. What is it? You think it’s horrible looking? I hear you. I know. Most of the interwebz find this item horrible looking. But don’t mind me, I’m a freak of nature: I LOVE how it looks. And how it feels. And how it plays.

I think contemporary Gibson production is doing really good things. There, I said it. Kill me now.

Jokes apart, this guitar is really unique. “Only” 1000 were made, and this is number xxxxxx.

It’s relatively light weight – but not too much, not in the likes of the R8s reissues, despite the fact that this guitar – too – is chambered.

So this makes it three chambered Les Pauls in my possession. And I really am proud of having these.

I like it a lot tone wise, too. I am not too crazy about the “robot” thing, the self-tuning system. I don’t use it much, but at times I am forced to it. It doesn’t work 100% of the times, at times – with older strings for example – you’ll have to re-do it twice.

But apart from that – which I dig a bit, too – it really sounds cool and feels marvelous. The neck reminds me a LOT of a 1957 Junior Les Paul I used to own. It looks and feels identical. This neck and fretboard are so perfect that I kept the 010s string gauge on it, and I plan on using this gauge on this guitar. Also because, there is a piezo microphone in the guitar that will make it wholly acoustic or only partially acoustic, being able to mix the piezo signal with either of the two weird looking pickups.

These pickups are one burstbucker in the bridge and something else in the neck. You can pre-equalize them internally in the guitar – via provided software – and then select some different tones (it’s called the “chameleon” tone selection). I like this, too.

I used it for a while, and I have one video – roughly made – and one streaming audio file for you to check. Don’t expect too much yet, it’s only experimentation.



Audio: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=896094&content=songinfo&songID=9652383

You will hear two acoustic guitars on the stereo sides and one solo guitar in the centre. All of the three were played with this guitar and the eleven rack.

Then another little playing, different “song”, here:

Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

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    Posted at 17:39h, 01 January

    that song sounds kinda like ”house is on fire” haha bad ass solo fil

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    Posted at 04:13h, 24 October

    you smoke? haha 🙂

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    Posted at 12:00h, 28 September

    Wow! You’re a lucky!
    How much is it?

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    Posted at 15:08h, 26 September

    This guitar IS beautiful, definitly. Beautiful wood, beautiful stain. The only thing for me is the nickel plate. It gives a nice impression but it’s too large.

    “I think contemporary Gibson production is doing really good things.”

    not always…


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      Posted at 15:28h, 26 September

      Yes Jtr, I concur, the chrome plating is excessive.
      I like its shape, but chrome is just too shiny. Nickel would have been great. In fact, I plan of having the chroming be removed.

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    Posted at 12:40h, 26 September

    Love the way the wood looks, it looks unique in one sense, love the design 🙂

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    Posted at 12:10h, 26 September

    actually The Answer opened for AC/DC when I saw them and there pretty decent band.

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      Posted at 17:02h, 01 January

      They are one of the best opening acts I have ever seen (the best opening act I’ve seen was when Slash opened for AC/DC in Nice). I wonder who the singer’s main inspiration is . . .

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    Posted at 11:18h, 26 September

    I haven’t, but doing right now!

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    Posted at 17:01h, 25 September

    Sounds nice, not as thick as a R9, more cutting to me. Still a quite fat bottom end, just like a good Les Paul should have it.
    Nice Guitar youve got there, i personally dont care that it looks like a gay tiger 😀

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      Posted at 05:25h, 27 October

      you gotta try it first mate, try every feature then criticize, even if it looks gay, who knows maybe your opinion will change

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    Posted at 15:34h, 25 September

    it looks better on your pcis than on gibson.com lol
    what i don’t like about that guitar is that robot thing…
    it may be useful, but i prefer the old way ^^
    even looks nice and sounds great =)

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    Posted at 14:40h, 25 September

    Marcus, here I have 0.10s

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    Posted at 13:18h, 25 September

    Is that a pack of cigarettes behind you mate?? Tut tut!!
    Ah well, i would take up smoking to play like that!!

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    Posted at 12:30h, 25 September

    Nice, but i would prefer to hear how it sounds in a real amp.

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      Posted at 12:36h, 25 September

      You are right BMI, it’s always what I ask of others: let’s hear it, rather than show a couple of stupid hi res images and babble about it.
      I have played it on the Metro the other day and the result was… impressive. Couldn’t believe it. I will play it tomorrow and record it, hopefully for all of us to see/hear.

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    Posted at 12:15h, 25 September

    The Neck Pickup should be a P90h (a Hum-Canceling P90) and the Bridge is specifically a BurstBucker 3.

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      Posted at 12:18h, 25 September

      You are correct.

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    Posted at 10:32h, 25 September

    Well… solodallas.net members are a whole different entity! 😉

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    Posted at 10:01h, 25 September

    re: the comment
    ‘This neck and fretboard are so perfect that I kept the 010s string gauge on it, and I plan on using this gauge on this guitar’
    I’ve read (once or twice) on this site that you’ve adjusted to 009’s and now use them universally, can you please elaborate as to how the neck and fretboard characteristics can influence this decision?

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      Posted at 10:08h, 25 September

      Sure can Rob. I’ve come to a personal conclusion that guitars NEED to be easy to play. As easy as possible. I have a rather physical approach with them – as you may have noticed – and I tend to do a lot of bending, vibrato, strong note approach (while I touch gently, timing me forces to move quickly) and therefore I already am doing a huge physical exercise everytime I play. If you add to this excess difficulty caused by hard set ups – stiff strings, false frets, etc. – I simply won’t be able to play what I hear in my head. Which thing disappoints me, given the effort. That is why I went to 09s “globally” (even on acoustics!!!) and I am not going back. When I find a guitar that is exceptionally designed and set up – implying string pressure is excellent, fretboard is fast and easy etc – I am in heaven and don’t need to go to super light strings, as in this case.

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        Posted at 03:27h, 21 August

        This may seem crazy, but I can’t stand 09s. I find I have less control over what my fingers are doing. I always use 12s, which I find with a good setup, low action and a great neck are very smooth.

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