1960 Burst Restoration

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by Jumping@shadows, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. RAG7890

    RAG7890 Premium Member

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    Yeah, it’s sort of why I now stick to Replicas & Custom Guitars. If I wanted a Vintage I’d get a Custom, a ‘54 / ‘55 Wraptail GT or ‘56 GT.

    I’m happy with the fact that I don’t need or feel the need to own a Burst Conversion but a lot of guys just have to have one I suppose.

    I got off that Train a long time ago now.

    :cheers2:
     
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  2. PermissionToLand

    PermissionToLand Senior Member

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    And yet you post your opinion here repeatedly. It's almost like you think the opinion of anyone who disagrees with you doesn't matter...

    And if nobody but the owner's opinion matters, why even post a thread? You realize giving opinions is the sole purpose of the existence of this website, right?
     
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  3. Tone deaf

    Tone deaf Senior Member

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    That is f-ing AWESOME!

    Thanks
     
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  4. Joth

    Joth Senior Member

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    My approach to the thickening/widening of the neck would have been the following:

    Add the 2mm mahog layer in the same place you did along the neck, including nut slot
    add 2mm mahog layer on the headstock face, then the holly
    Remove neck
    Shave 2mm off the underside of the heel/tenon surface and reglue to body
    Shave from the back of the headstock to correct thickness if necessary
    Attach fretboard with the normal binding height

    In this way the original neck wood is sunken down into the body 2mm with your new corrective layer above it making up the new 2mm, but overall your neck is now still sitting at the same original plane, and not raising up the level of the fretboard and binding
     
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  5. rockstar232007

    rockstar232007 Senior Member

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    The more I look at the OP, the more I scratch my head.

    As others have mentioned, it's your guitar, but it was way better looking before.

    Btw, if it started out as a Custom (an extremely rare one at that), this wasn't a "restoration". It was a "demolition".

    Still looks good, but definitley looked awesome "pre-resto".
     
  6. yeti

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    I may be going out on a limb here but I don't think that J@S has any problem finding buyers for his conversions at the prices he asks. I furthermore wouldn't be one bit surprised to find several of the naysayers here or over there in a bidding war over this guitar despite their misgivings and concerns for preserving Gibson's history, etc. Rudi is right, where there's a demand there's someone willing and able to fulfill that demand. Sometimes people disagree over the ethics but I'd call this one "fake outrage" but if you want to walk the walk, stay away from these things, I know I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. I don't know what it is but I know what it is not.
     
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  7. Oldskoolrob

    Oldskoolrob Senior Member

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    If I didn't know all the work that had gone into it and was just presented with the two options I'd pay more for the 'before'. Amazing skills though!
     
  8. DMartini

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    i dont think so yeti, over there they know what it is and what it isnt.
     
  9. NINFNM

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    If the idea was to convert it for business and not for keeping it (it sounded that he had something personal against customs looks), then the move is even more unfortunate I guess.
    I find hard to believe that such a heavily modified conversion is going to be more priced than a refinned and rare maple top factory custom from 1960
     
  10. eric ernest

    eric ernest V.I.P. Member

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    Absolutely amazing work.

    Regardless of how you feel about it, it's not a fake or a forgery. Yuuki has been straight up about everything concerning this Les Paul....in fact, with tremendous detail.

    Let's reserve those types of comments for the crooks who are trying to rip people off...
     
  11. Joth

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    I have a feeling that in the decades to come, people are going to take all of these burst conversions, and turn them back into what they originally were, goldtops primarily of course. This one was a great loss to the Custom fans
     
  12. rockstar232007

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    Not calling it a "fake" per-say, but if the shoe was on the other foot, and someone decided to convert a '59 'burst into a 3-pickup Custom, everyone would lose their minds.
     
  13. musicmaniac

    musicmaniac Senior Member

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    All I can say is WOW....enjoy!!! :dude:
     
  14. allo

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    As long as the roots are not severed,all is well .And all will be well in the garden.
     
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  15. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr Senior Member

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    Great workmanship for sure...!! Not knowing or being able to prove the production year of the custom would be a jumping off point for me. If it was an original 60 Custom that would have been more desirable to me. It could be a 68 Custom body with a refin and stamped S/N. A lot of work for not knowing the originality of the guitar. Hope you Enjoy making music with your new baby!!
     
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    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Yes, Chance. In the garden. Being There. Most people won't know.
     
  18. Bottleneck

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    I would have just unsoldered the middle pickup and called it a day....LOL.
    Skilled work, to be sure.
     
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  19. P-Nutz

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    The "refin" is beautiful; I found the "original" quite fugly ... no LP should ever have three pickups, save it it for your Fenders ...

    Not only that, but since it's his guitar, and he has mad woodworking skills, I am all about making it one's own ... pieces of wood from one era are no more sacred than pieces of wood from another ... like pieces from the "one true" X ...

    Just my o, of course, like'n alla yours, but I'd rather drive this:

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    ... than this :
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    Jess Sane, here ...
     
  20. scott 351 wins

    scott 351 wins Senior Member

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    Chances are the hot rod t bucket is fiberglass. No sane person would destroy that original Model T.... I would drive both of those cars and enjoy them equally.
     
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