Hello everyone! I would like to share my guitar and it's story with you. Back in December I purchased an absolute beater of a 1971 Les Paul Deluxe. It was in poor condition. It was originally a goldtop, but the top was stripped and re-finished (badly, I might add) in natural. It also had a horrendous re-fret and the neck had been cracked and repaired. Additionally, the guitar had been routed for humbuckers at some point but the routes were filled back in and a set of late 1970's mini humbuckers were installed. Although it had its original pots dating to the 3rd week of 1971, they sounded bad so they had to go too. I saw the guitar and it's potential with that beautifully flamed top and a weight of only 9.5 pounds and I knew I had to bring this one back. I had Chad Fitzpatrick of CF Restorations do all of the work, and I'll tell you what, his quality is second to none. I had him re-carve the top to a 1950s deep dish carve, refinish the top in a greened out honeyburst, refret the guitar, route for humbuckers, re-radius the fretboard, and add cellulose nitrate inlays to complete the makeover. I wanted to leave the original back and side finish that came on the original guitar because I like the color and it would match the new top refinish well. I also finished the project with the following parts: Throbak single line Kluson Tuners Martin Six String Custom rolled truss rod cover Historic Makeover cellulose nitrate inlays Original 1971 poker chip Throbak heavy aged cream M-69 rings Dave Johnson heavy aged pickguard Original late 50s long magnet PAF 7.91k (neck) Original early 60s short magnet PAF 8.20k (bridge) DMC no wire ABR-1 True Vintage Taper pots and bumblebee caps Lightweight aged aluminum tailpiece Vintage accurate long tailpiece studs Early 1960s reflector knobs Lifton reissue case The guitar came out very well. The only thing I would have changed is I would have had the bridge pickup route completely re-worked. I thought that the pickup ring would hide the old awful route/repair but it did not, so you can see the old repair. In short, now I have a fantastic 1950s inspired burst and it is a joy to play. And again a big thanks to Chad at CF Restorations for his hard work, dedication, and advice. Let me know what you think!