1971 Gibson Les Paul GT makeover is nearly completed!

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  1. vklobucar

    vklobucar Senior Member

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    24282041_1505514182875636_2110332125_n.jpg Bought a sweet '71 LP GT a few weeks ago and dropped it off to my favourite luthier here in Montreal.

    This guitar was in dire need a new frets and we elected to go a P90 route too. Will be keeping all original parts safely tucked away mind you.

    The wish list was as follows:
    -new jumbo frets with NO fret binding.
    -new bone nut cut for my 13-56 strings.
    -Tone Emporium P90 pickups with 50's wiring.
    -new Gotoh repro tuners to replace the bent and damaged originals.
    -new Gotoh aluminum tailpiece and ABR.
    -all new nickel AND plastic parts were aged to better resemble the vintage parts.

    Should be ready to pickup in a few days and I can not wait to plug this restored jem in!

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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Schweet!

    13's? You're a manly man.
     
  3. The Ballzz

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    A question for you. You listed "new jumbo frets with NO fret binding." Are you actually removing the binding and replacing it with something, or simply foregoing the "nibs" and extending the frets over the existing binding? Personally, I have always disliked the standard binding, as it seems to "waste" playing surface, etc. This is one reason that I generally go for guitars like the Les Paul Studio.
    Just Curious?
    Gene
     
  4. vklobucar

    vklobucar Senior Member

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    The original frets were removed and the nibs of the original binding were shaved or cut down to flush without removing or damaging the stock binding.

    Then new frets were installed "overhanging" the binding.

    I too hate nibs and appreciate the extra width that not having them gives me.

    An yes 13-56 strings tuned down 1/2 a step mind you. Top wrap too!
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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    Sweet! Love an LP with P90s!
     
  6. vklobucar

    vklobucar Senior Member

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    Mr Insane Senior Member

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    Thank you for putting P90s in it and not butchering it!!!

    That is a great guitar.
     
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  8. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    your GT is looking good...

    just watched tone emporium video with P90's ...dam i like em i think

    have you used them before or can you tell how you chose them, the reason i just started to look at P90's as I never had any on any guitar i have owned, after the tone i got on my 71/72 GT with mini humbucks, it made my other guitars sound like crap....so the mini's are going to stay in the GT but im looking to get a set of P90's to test drive on a few other guitars that need an upgrade...

    your GT looks great with the makeover....nothing extreme which is a good thing
     
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  9. vklobucar

    vklobucar Senior Member

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    Yes they are killer pups and VERY well priced too!

    I tinkered with the idea of Lindy Fralin pups and as good as I am certain they are, were far too pricey for me.
     
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    vklobucar Senior Member

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    Picked up the guitar up this afternoon and I must tell you that it sounds and plays wonderful!
    The new jumbo frets make it a breeze to run up and down the neck and the P90's coupled with 50's style wiring are pure tone heaven.

    Ya I'd say she's a keeper!

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    Any closeups of fret/fingerboard goodness? Are the frets stainless? What number?

    Simply GO-JUS and happy that you like it. It looks just like a GREAT Gold Top should look!

    Burn Dem Strings Up!
    Gene
     
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    You bastards are giving me a lot of goldtop GAS lately. Glad it worked out for you and play 'er in good health.
     
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    give in to the gold...it's gonna get ya sooner or later
     
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    vklobucar Senior Member

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    Frets are my fav Dunlop 6150 that I have Mark Read @ Read Custom Guitars here in Montreal install on all my guitars. I will shoot some closeup pics later today and post but needless to say his fret work is stellar!

    Matter of fact I dropped off my 2010 LP Traditional to him the same day for a refret. I cannot gel with those tall and narrow frets that those LP's come with. No fan of nibs on binding also.

    My Traditional has a HUGE neck too. Its a 50's neck but miles chunkier than any others I've played. Couple that with the thick gauge strings that I favor (13-56 1/2 step down) andt those skinny frets just had to go!

    He will also swap the Kluson tuners for Grovers as well as an aluminum tailpeice and ABR bridge.

    All new 500k pots wired up 50's style to replace the 300K stock ones. Some NOS USSR era PIO caps (.15 neck and .22 bridge) will be installed too.

    Finally aged nickel pup covers and all hardware receives a light aging process.

    I will post pics (in the proper forum of course) when completed!
     
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    vklobucar Senior Member

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    Some close up pics of the new jumbo frets as promised!

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    You need some jumbo frets with those cables! Looks great man - enjoy..........
     
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    Those frets look great! Beautiful guitar!
     
  19. vklobucar

    vklobucar Senior Member

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    Hey what can I say! 13-56 strings call for JUMBO frets no? :)
     

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