"Drifter" Les Paul copy Vintage & need info

Posted by Peter on Thu, 02/21/02 - 13:39:40.

I recently acquired a maroon Les Paul copy with the name "Drifter" on the top. It was in an estate that was from the 60s.
If anyone has any information on this guitar I would love to hear about it. thanks at ton pete

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Re: "Drifter" Les Paul copy Vintage & need info

I too just bought a Drifter Les Paul copy, and I've been looking around the net for details.

It appears that the Drifter was a name used by Conn for several of their guitars, including our Les Paul-style electrics, some classical guitars, and even some twelve-strings.

Conn is better known for making student band instruments, trumpets and saxophones and the like. Compared to Selmer, Conn was more an entry-level brand. But one thing that I think is important is that compared with many cheaper guitars, Conn was a company devoted to making instruments that students could play and study on, not just trendy junk. the Drifter seems to be a rather traditionally made guitar compared to many cheap imports of the time- good action and intonation, real binding at the edges, etc.

Conn also owned Epiphone in 1953-5, and when they began making guitars again (in the 60's & 70's?) they seemed to be trying to make a quality product. Although it is safe to say Conn is more cheaply made, enthusiastic Conn acoustic owners compare them favorably with Martins and Taylors, . "Made in Japan. I purchased it new in the early 70s. Conn band instruments for awhile was trying to put out a superior quality guitar...and they did. At the time I compared it to Martins and Gibsons and chose it. Just sounded better. Georgeous guitar!! "

Nowdays Conn has merged with Selmer, it's upscale counterpart, and boith of them are owned by the parent company of Steinway (the piano makers).

I found that with a bit of attention, I was able to set up my Drifter Les Paul with good action and intonation (though I had to mount the bridge backwards, screws forward, to do it). It has a good consistent action up and down the neck, and is very playable.

Since the Drifter is such a Gibson clone, I'd recommend that Driferites looking for parts consider trying Gibson or other Les Paul clone bridge parts.

: I recently acquired a maroon Les Paul copy with the name "Drifter" on the top. It was in an estate that was from the 60s.
: If anyone has any information on this guitar I would love to hear about it. thanks a ton pete

Re: "Drifter" Les Paul copy Looking for parts

: I have a Sunburst "Drifter Les Paul Copy" I need two parts to complete it First is the tail stop and second the bridge. I really need Help Bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the guitar and want to hear it again.....Please Email me at BikenBrent@aol.com

Re: "Drifter" Les Paul copy Looking for parts

: I have a Sunburst "Drifter Les Paul Copy" I need two parts to complete it First is the tail stop and second the bridge. I really need Help Bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the guitar and want to hear it again.....

Re: "Drifter" Les Paul copy Vintage & need info

: HEY I JUST BOUGHT THE SAME GUITAR AT A MUSIC STORE IN BROCKTON,MASS FOR 125.00, IT PLAYS GREAT BUT I HAVE NO IDEA OR ANY IMFORMATION ON THE GUITAR. THE STORE OWNER SAID IT WAS A PIECE OF CRAP BUT I'M NOT TOO SURE ABOUT THAT. I LOVE IT! ANY MORE INFO OUT THERE?

what kind of pickups are in that drifter?

: : HEY I JUST BOUGHT THE SAME GUITAR AT A MUSIC STORE IN BROCKTON,MASS FOR 125.00, IT PLAYS GREAT BUT I HAVE NO IDEA OR ANY IMFORMATION ON THE GUITAR. THE STORE OWNER SAID IT WAS A PIECE OF CRAP BUT I'M NOT TOO SURE ABOUT THAT. I LOVE IT! ANY MORE INFO OUT THERE?

HOW GOOD DOES IT SOUND

Re: "Drifter" Les Paul copy Vintage & need info

I have the same guitar as the one you described and I was wondering if you got any information on its value. If so, I would greatly appreciate any information you could give me.
thanks!

Re: "Drifter" Les Paul copy Vintage & need info

I have the same guitar as the one you described and I was wondering if you got any information on its value. If so, I would greatly appreciate any information you could give me.
thanks!

Re:

: I also have a "Drifter Guitar" like the one you discribed and am currently looking for some replace ment parts. If you have any info please E-mail me

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