1955/59 Conversion

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by Jumping@shadows, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. Jumping@shadows

    Jumping@shadows V.I.P. Member

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    Tbh veneering without a dedicated vacuum press, or bespoke caul/book press is very tricky and high skill as you have to exactly trim the centre line to compensate for the compound curves of the top allowing a flush join, and the unattached veneer will sit ‘cupped’ and preformed on the bench top, so a simple refin would be FAR less labour intensive..

    The reason to veneer was made between myself and the owner, as he already has a ‘50s GT, and this one with its three piece mismatched plain top, end grain wraptail plugs and crack between the knobs/seam separation had very little to offer visually, and he wanted a classic Burst.
    I’ll be shooting my usual vintage correct faded/aged finish so while the figure is exceptionally strong for a ‘50s original, it’ll have a totally authentic vibe and present very well imo :)
     
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    moreles Senior Member

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    Thanks for the answer. Just curious. Sounds like a fantastic build -- and a process I am sure I could never execute, personally. It's amazing how a great finish comes through even in digital pix on a laptop. I love your finish work, as virtually everyone else posting here does, too!
     
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  3. bonchie

    bonchie Senior Member

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    Probably a dumb question, but is it possible to replace the maple top? Or is it impossible to separate from the original mahogany body?
     
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    You can of course remove the neck and body binding then run the body through a thickness sander to remove the top, but I want to retain as much vintage wood as I can.
     
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    How thick is the veneer?
     
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    It’s about 0.8mm after sanding
     
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    Greco Senior Member

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    Amazing work!
     
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    mapleflame Senior Member

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    You need to really up your game in these conversions. Just kidding, as always phenomenal job. You are getting better by the Day.
     
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    Pesh Senior Member

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    That's a fantastic finish result on the '55! Great job.
     
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    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    Great work Yuuki.
     
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    Very nice! Great job.
     
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