1955/59 Conversion

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by Jumping@shadows, May 20, 2017.

  1. Jumping@shadows

    Jumping@shadows V.I.P. Member

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    Here's another P90 to PAF conversion I've just completed.
    This came to me with a super thick '70s all gold refinish (one of at least two other refins as evidenced by the cavities), and a classic 'spoon and hammer' humbucker conversion, as well as myriad holes from B7, B5 Bigsby's, and a misplaced stop tail :rolleyes:

    Stripping the top revealed a crazy blistered/birds eye 2/3 split top, so a vintage style Burst finish was a no brainer.

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    I used all vintage correct methods with fading aniline dyes, and will be adding weather checking and realistic play wear in the coming weeks.
    It has a full '59 harness, late '50s PAFs, late '50s hardware/tuners and cut '50s guard/plastics save OTPG rings and backplates, and sounds fat, clear and singing- every bit as good as it looks.
    I love the process of working on old guitars, but the greatest satisfaction comes on completion, and I often get the sense I'm revealing the lost potential of these wrecks, and restoring them to comparable beauty as they left the factory decades before.
     

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  2. Paul46

    Paul46 Senior Member

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    Wow....the top looks like bubbling brown sugar! Stunning job.
     
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    I don't know how many of your threads i've clicked on now... But in each one You've managed to bring these guitars back from wreckage to an absolute beauty Beautiful work man I love these threads...Bravo :applause:
     
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  4. WayneLawKid

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    Absolutely stunning! The top and finish are mesmerizing. Now to go hide all of my means of payment...
     
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  5. ColdCobra

    ColdCobra Senior Member

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    Top already looks amazing. Do you have any before pics?
     
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    :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :thumbs: :applause: :applause:

    Great save Yuuki, looks awesome.

    Cheers, Rudi
     
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    goldtop0 Senior Member

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    Mesmerising and wonderfully unique.........good on you jump........excellent!!
    A fat neck per chance?
     
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    Beautiful.
     
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    Perfect as is! Def Beauty
     
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  10. 1981 LPC

    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Wow. Nicely done. I'd love to see more pictures, especially of the process, before/after.
     
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    wow yuuki i´m in love!! that´s one of the most beautifull conversions i´ve seen!!
     
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    Thanks guys!
    I remember when owning a '50s LP was just an ethereal dream, and now I literally have no more space in my workshop for cases, and when I lay these finished conversions back in their beat Liftons, I get that same heady hit as I do when I handle original Bursts, and for me, it's really the only way to go :dude:
     
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    Thanks man! The neck I would describe as a 'late '59', so it has that wonderful D to C taper, but isn't clubby at all- pretty much perfect imo
     
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    fugazi20 Senior Member

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    Oh my, really nice job there. I know others have said it, but well done! :applause:
    Special top as well. If you do have before pics, it would be cool to see. But anyway, nice one and enjoy it!
     
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  15. Tim Plains

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    I've never liked blister tops. That one looks great.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Here's another original top '54/'59 with a more traditional look.
     
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    Some beautiful conversions in this thread.
     
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  18. Steve Robinson

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    I can confirm that the 55 conversion in the OP sounds fantastic.

    The finish is superb too, beautifully thin and the perfect colour.
     
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    That is a thing of great beauty! Wonderful work!
     
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    Very interesting mineral streaks on this top. Highly flamed, with some very long streaks in the center and cutaway. Very distinctive.
     
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