1950's P-90 to PAF Les Paul Conversion

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  1. Rando375

    Rando375 Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Chill man. He was polite and gave you the reason.
     
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    I'm all in on this, fantastic work.
     
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    Love the work.

    Not big on the critical peanut gallery.
     
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  4. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    Someone pm me and asked me to elaborate on the new Brazilian fingerboard. I have them milled to my specs on a cnc (radius, fret placement, inlay route, thickness, size) I use the Bartlett binding.
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    After the binding is glued on I bore a 6/32" hole for the side dot inlays. I a had this template milled on a cnc for exact side marker placement.
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    For the side dots I buy a tortoise shell pickguard from the 50's and punch out the dots.
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    The inlay material is Cellulose Nitrate and cut by my cnc guy.
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    Next glue and clamp the inlays using a 12" caul.
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    Fingerboard ready to be glued back onto the neck.
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    I glue the fingerboard with hot hide glue and build tension on the truss rod. Got this tip from Dan Erlewine, check it out:


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    Mission accomplished...
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  5. RAG7890

    RAG7890 Premium Member

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    :thumbs: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

    Awesome work Jim. :)

    Cheers, Rudi
     
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  6. musicmaniac

    musicmaniac Senior Member

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    Very cool! I love these threads. :cheers:
     
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  7. Norton

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    Fantastic!!
     
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  8. nuance97

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    Always love seeing your handiwork! :thumb:
     
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  9. judson

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    amazing work, thank you for taking the time to share your work
     
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    Can't get my head around the thread title. In for P90 to PAF conversions? Looks like they already had humbuckers in them.
     
  11. WhiteEpiLP

    WhiteEpiLP Senior Member

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    They were converted, I believe they are being put back to p90s.
     
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    The guitar started life as a P-90 guitar, but it looks like humbuckers were installed at one point with some crudely done pickup routes. I believe Jim is filling those routes and doing proper humbucker routes as part of an overall conversion to a late '50s style LP.


    Frank
     
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  13. Les Paul John

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    Fantastic job, looking great! I'm enjoying this thread immensely. Nice work!
     
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    Won't the new humbucker routes completely mask that this once had P90s?
     
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    I love these kind of threads... thnx Jim
     
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    Very nice. I'm a fan of conversions when done well. I think the resulting guitars can be genuinely better than the original. Like others, I don't get the glued-in blocks filling the old routs. Why is the grain vertical? Is it mostly just going to be routed away anyhow? Congratulations on this excellent work.
     
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    Nice shop!
     
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    Just love this thread.....Excellent work!!
     
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  19. Les Paul John

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    I do too. This is great stuff.

    I want that guitar!!
     
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  20. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    Time to glue the neck in with hot hide glue.
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    Layout for the ABR1 bridge
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    Bore and tap out for the bridge posts.
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    Route out for the Humbucker pickups.
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    Strung up and the pickup routes look correct for a 57 PAF guitar[​IMG]

    Frets installed per my customers specs and Pickup rings installed before paint.
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