1952 Goldtop LP... My New '59 Burst Project

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  1. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr MLP Vendor

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    I just picked up this 1952 Goldtop and it will be my next 59 burst conversion project. It was originally an all gold Goldtop. (you can see the gold in the switch & control cavity. I'll keep adding new posts (with pics) as the work progresses. Here is the starting point, someone painted the guitar black and the pickguard & pickup covers white.

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    No i wanted it!!!!!
     
  3. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr MLP Vendor

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    Sorry, I guess I was just at the right place at the right time and lucked out...
     
  4. Mike60

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    nice score...If that was mine,I'd restore it to a black top P-90 with a wrap tail...
     
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    cant wait to see how it turns out!
     
  6. Jaded

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    Am i the only person who doesn't like these conversions? :( I really like the 52's as they are. I would rather see someone make it playable

    But this is your guitar and i do like the look of a good burst too :naughty:
     
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  7. String Beano

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    Please keep us informed on this project.
    I am going in the same direction with my next guitar.
    (of course must find the correct GT first)
    I never had an interest in a Gold Top before,

    but now.... just in the mood for vibe of old wood.
    Tired of breaking in new Historics

    Here's the silly questions:
    Is there a difference in neck angles between various Gold Tops?
    Were any of the GT's all Mahogany (without at maple cap)?
    Which years of GT are best for conversions?
    Must they be re-topped for any reason other than flame?

    Thanks
     
  8. shtdaprdtr

    shtdaprdtr Senior Member

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    Its kind of a shame that a lot of the old goldtops are being converted (even though Id prefer a burst myself) as its not really old wood if youre re-topping it....and then re-setting the neck with new glue and giving it a new finish...but then again...you might be slowly driving up the value of these...when original unmolested examples become hard to find.
     
  9. lpcustom69

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    I've only played a couple of the 52/53s with the trapeze, and I didn't think they played all that well, so I'd convert it.

    Now, the mid 50s seem to play great!
     
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    Sorry, not a fan of conversions. I like the ebony paint. But your guitar.
     
  11. String Beano

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    i would prefer not to re top-
    flame means nothing for tone.
    but Humbuckers and a good tailpiece... essential.
     
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    Humbucker user here, but don't be insulting P90s, punk.
     
  13. Laservampire

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    Won't that require a neck set and a new maple cap?

    Just restore it to original, it'll be a much cooler guitar, even with the stupid trapeze bridge.
     
  14. String Beano

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    no offense intended your Saneness....I do luv P90's,
    had two excellent juniors from approx 57-58 back in the day.
    Probably the best sounding guitars I have ever owned.
    Tracking down a good JR will be up on my must do list soon.
    punk lives!
     
  15. RyanC

    RyanC I'm Ryan... I'm an AVH Premium Member

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    That's basically what I had intended to do with it, but I lost the bidding war!

    Best of luck with the project. I'll be curious to see how it turns out.
     
  16. boogieongtr

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    What is it about a conversion that you don't like? How many have you owned or played? This will be my 6th conversion and all were great guitars and one was just phenomenal. If you have read any of my other posts you will see that I go "top shelf" all the way. If the conversion is done right it can hang with the Burst crowd. I don't need another P-90 guitar the one I own hardly gets played.

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  17. Jaded

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    I think the reason some people dislike conversions is the fact that you're taking a guitar made from 1952/3 and for all intents and in a manner of speaking destroying it... There were few made in 52 and even less with no binding and the diagonal bridge pickup screws etc... they aren't complaning about the playability of them :thumb: it's about the fact that there are only a finate ammount of them and there will be one less if you do the conversion.

    If you don't need any more p90's then don't buy a guitar with one and hack it up, buy a guitar with humbuckers? It's a dream of mine to get a 52 and get an ES-330 tailpiece and the skinny TOM, but they're going waaaay up in price due to the conversions to the point i doubt i'm ever going to be able to afford one now. I personally think that what you are doing is wrong however i would never judge you on that. It's your guitar, your property so by all means do with it as you please. The way to look at it would be what if i took a 59 burst and converted it to 52 specs :laugh2:

    Might i add i don't mean any offence by any of this. So if anything does offend you, my apologies.
     
  18. #1guitarman

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    How about making a thread and showing all the steps you take in converting this one??
    That would be pretty cool, I think...
     
  19. Laservampire

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    Is that a real '56? It looks beautiful!

    I'll have it if you don't play it :naughty:
     
  20. EEF13

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    I feel the same way.
     

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