1950's P-90 to PAF Les Paul Conversion

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  1. jimijam33

    jimijam33 Member

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    Amazing work! Thanks for sharing.

    Question! What is a ballpark figure to do all this work (if I might ask)?
     
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  2. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    No way to control the direction the checking will go. Here's an original 58 from last year's Ft Worth guitar show. The checking is all vertical. Also the majority of 57/58's that I have seen had white color rings like this one.
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  3. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    I sanded 1/32" off the thickness of the neck to get rid of the SS number. To make up for the 1/32" I had to glue a mahogany piece into the neck pocket. Otherwise there would be a 1/32" gap from the bottom of the heel to the neck pocket.
     
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    Thanks Scott, yes he is loving both conversions I did for him. Just think, you are one of the pioneers of doing these conversions. Thanks for all your help and support...!!
     
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    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    Just an old geezer who has spent 40 years playing and working on Les Pauls. You can check me out on my website: http://www.jamcityguitars.com/
     
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    the work is really good... I would not have set the neck off just for the SS# but still it is nicely done for sure... I loved the color too, I would also have preferred a more horizontal relic but the cracks are beautiful on that finish.
     
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    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    From the ground wire coming into the control cavity it could be anywhere from 1955-1958. From the neck profile I'd guess 1956.
     
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    I think it was #3, the tuners were a set of reissue Kluson's that I aged.
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  9. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Does the "horizon" run in a different direction where you guys live? ;)
     
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    The guitar and the work look great, how much does that bad-boy weigh?
     
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  11. RichTurner

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    That refin on the Goldy is just beautiful. It looks so much better than those straight line check jobs to my eye. It makes me want to send my R6 to HM for the same treatment :)

    Brilliant story and work by all.

    Rich
     
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    Jimbo so glad you are doing well. Thank you for sharing these.
     
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    Radical!
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    Thank you so much for posting this restoration.:cheers:
     
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    Great thread, great work, thanks for sharing!
     
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    That is just amazing work! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    my 2017 classic has crackled horizontal
     
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  18. RevWillie

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    I know you know this JJ :cheers: and it does happen, like on this original 1956:
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    One of these does NOT look like the others? Can you guys spot which one??????

     
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  20. JJ Blair

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    The pictures of other GT's you guys posted are hairlines in the clear finish. I don't think you're going to find GT's with that deep and raised checking, all the way to the wood in a vertical direction on LP's. I mean, I've really, really studied checking to duplicate the correct look on my refins. I only ever see that direction of deep checks on ES models. I hate to detract from the amazing work Jim did, but it doesn't look natural to me. And even if it were horizontal, the edges are raised in a way that makes it look unlike a vintage gibson.

    And I've gotta say, depending on which lacquer you use, how thick you apply it, and your method of freezing, I find directionality to be pretty consistent. If it were going north south like that on me, I'd find a different lacquer.

    BTW, I would love to see checking of this nature (not the hairline stuff you guys posted) in vertical, if you have it. It'll be a new one on me, and one for my records.
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