1950's P-90 to PAF Les Paul Conversion

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by boogieongtr, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. RAG7890

    RAG7890 Premium Member

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    Thanks for the pic update Jim.

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

    Looking great so far.

    Cheers, Rudi
     
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  2. Les Paul John

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    Looking so awesome!
     
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  3. BigJim

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    Where do people find these old messed up 50's Gibbys? I troll CL, stop at every crappy garage and yard sale in the area, all I find is Squiers and crappy acoustics...
     
  4. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    OK here's the finish project. My friend Kim at HM did the goldtop finish & aging. It sounds great with the original 57 PAF's....!!
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  5. IronRider

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    That is stunning! I want it.... :applause::drool:
     
  6. Les Paul John

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    Magnificent! I’m wanting this one. Beautiful.
     
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  7. RAG7890

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    Awesome looking Lester.

    Great work Jim / Kim / HM.

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    Cheers, Rudi.
     
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    Holy Shit! This is just :wow:

    Chapeau! to all the artisans involved. :bowdown
     
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    Dang that Kim guy does some great finishes... I know first hand, he did mine also..
     
  10. musicmaniac

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    Beautiful! :dude:
     
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  11. 1981 LPC

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    That came out great!
     
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  12. trovador

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    Stunning work!
     
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  13. ESchmidt

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    Simply amazing! Top level work right there. Outstanding job!!
     
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  14. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    His goldtop finishes are IMOP the Best in the business...!! He did 4 for me last year and I have 3 at his shop now, all 52-57 conversions.
     
  15. dc007

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    Killer guitar.....thanks for sharing
     
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    Their Goldtop color and metallic texture is spot on, but their unconscientious and unprofessional work on two of my vintage guitars probably cost me $20,000+.

    Not a fan...
     
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  17. 1981 LPC

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    They were unconscious while working on your guitar? That's next-level lutherie!
     
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    LOL! Fixed that! :cheers::thumb:
     
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  19. Bill Hicklin

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    I do have a question, Jim: why are the pickup-rout plugs crossgrain? I would have thought they should be oriented to match the body/cap grain direction.
     
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  20. boogieongtr

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    The weakest glue joint is end grain to end grain. When you make a plug with the grain going the same way as the body the longest two sides of the plug will be end grain to end grain. For a goldtop finish where you don't see the grain match I do it like in this thread. When I make plugs that will get a sunburst finish I will always make sure the grain of the body and plug go the same way and match up.
     

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