1954 Gibson Les Paul GT converted to 1960 specs

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by Syrjosh, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Syrjosh

    Syrjosh Member

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    Many thanks again, Ryan!

    Thanks to you, my little baby will shine even more sooner rather than later.

    I will definitely post pictures of her 'round here when the "new" bridge, stops and thumbwheels will be on -- and those horrid wood dowels replaced with much more discrete ones that will get stained to imitate the refin color. Yes, I know I contradict myself, but my new luthier said he could definitely take care of that.

    Looking forward to it!
     
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    Very nice! :thumb:
     
  3. Syrjosh

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    Hey guys

    Look at her new face! Dowels gone + 1959 bridge installed. What else? :slash:

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    Another Goldtop Ruined....these "burst clowns trash my beloved 54-55 wraptails because some guys in the 70's played bursts and now they want to pretend they are rock stars..most of them use so many pedals that it doesnt matter what they are playing anyway...wraptails +p90s a much better axe if you are working for a living..slim necks are for guys who dont practice.. leave the burst to the snobs-cork sniffers and $$$$speculators and dont trash a 54..buy a %&*%$#@!@# Historic...GOLDTOPS+ENDANGERED SPECIES..
     
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    that being said..this guitar was already ruined when original poster bought it so he is in no way to blame !!play it love it enjoy it with my congratulations.
     
  6. Syrjosh

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    The guitar was trashed long ago, indeed. There's no point in trying to remake history here.
    Also, there is no snobiness (at least not for me) in playing this axe, believe me, my friend. It is simply an amazing guitar and anyone trying it out gets impressed. It's got close-to-infinite sustain, and yes, the neck profile à la Jimmy Page, well-known to be a guitarist that never practiced, makes it as comfortable as one could hope.
    Also, tastes and colors... I don't like P90s; had it been the case, I'd have tried to buy a non-trashed GT.
     
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    tag2 Senior Member

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    Very nice repair! Those dowel plugs would have bugged me.
     
  8. barsinister

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    Enjoy it and play a lot of great music on it!!!...but goldtops currently original should be restored to original spec...ill never be able to afford another 50s gt and am extremely fortunate to have gotten mine in 1984...so moot point personally...but i must shout..SAVE THE GOLDTOPS!!!
     
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    Everybody will agree with you on this, especially around here ;) :cool:
     
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    Everybody?!? :hmm: That's a might broad term! :cool:
     
  11. Jimmi

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    Looks better. You should look into Tom Bartlett's plastic to replace those short PU rings.
     
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    Arph! Arph!!
     
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    I would put Bartlett or Yaron rings and a mojo axe pickguard.
    JC
     
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    Jimmi Senior Member

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    Actually, Bartlett has an excellent pickguard
     
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    oli Senior Member

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    She's a real beauty ! And a tone monster too... I was lucky enough to play that guitar last year for a few minutes (Syrjosh, I bought your 3 pup + Bigsby 57 Reissue Les Paul Custom)...
     
  16. Syrjosh

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    Hey Oli, nice to meet you here :)

    I'm considering the full Bartlett set... or maybe OTP, but more inclined on the Bartlett. Will have to save toward that... If you know anyone with a nice set for sale, please let me know :)

    As for knobs, should I try to get (original? repro?) bell knobs or perhaps install the set of original '54 speed knobs I already own?

    EDIT: I'm looking at a set of original bell knobs right now... what is a reasonable price for a set in good shape in your view? Thanks ;)
     
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    $300 - $400
     
  18. Jimmi

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    Original knobs will cost at leas $350-400 most places, I found a set for less but it isn't the rule.

    Buy good repros until you find a good deal on a set.

    The bartlets only run about $300 for the rings and pickguard.
     
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    I have a killer aged repro knob set. Montreux, they look great. PM me if interested.
     
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    Steve Poole with Vintage Haven tells me he's got "a few matched sets of original bell knobs in stock. They sell for $450 (328 euros)."

    Hence a tad bit expensive, indeed. Any place you would recommend where I may be able to find a more reasonably priced set of bell knobs?
     

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