1974 LP Custom Restoration

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  1. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    This is one of two guitars dropped off by a member, the other is a '58 Junior that is in for a restoration. This custom is truly a fretless wonder and the member wants the frets replaced with something a little more substantial. We noticed that the guitar had a sloppy refin from white to black at some point and had a switch hole filled with some kind of rubber. The control cavity covers don't even fit because there is so much lacquer built up.

    The member wants this restored to the original white, while preserving the finish on the face of the headstock, and then given the a little bit of the aging treatment to match the headstock and make it look its age.

    Pretty sweet assignment, if you ask me!!

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    Here's what we're going for:

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  2. 1981 LPC

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    Norlin resto FTW!

    What's that green smudge on the white '74?
     
  3. Kris Ford

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    I'd bet a leather strap touched there for some time..:hmm:
     
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  4. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Not sure what it is. Just pulled it off the internet.:D
     
  5. Mr. Beef

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    Got this bad boy stripped the other day and then did the first round of white. I lightly tinted some white lacquer to make it look creamy. It will be a good base for tinted clear coats later on.

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  6. Mr. Beef

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    After getting the first coat of white on, I noticed how crappy it looked on the sides by the binding. The guy who previously refinished the guitar scraped away a lot of the binding so there was a pretty pronounced ridge. You can sort of see it in the pic below (and in one of the first pics I posted above).

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    So, what to do? I had several pieces of thin binding that I use to make multi-ply binding, so I decided to melt it on to the existing binding to make it flush with the body of the guitar. I brushed some acetone on and taped the new binding to the old and let it sit overnight.

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    I trimmed it up and brushed on a little more acetone to make sure it was completely seamless.

    More pics to come... stay tuned.
     
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  7. 1981 LPC

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    That's a pretty slick trick!
     
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    Love the attention to detail you put in your work. White LPC's are one of my favourite guitars especially aged ones, looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
     
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    Wow, is that nice work. Your customer is going to get a really nice piece. It's too bad that Gibson used the worst knobs ever on that model... really unworthy of what is otherwise a really classy design. I never would have figured out that binding fix in a trillion years.
     
  10. Mr. Beef

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    Here's a closeup of the finished binding. It blended in very nicely.

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    More closeups

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    Very nice, I am looking forward to seeing more pictures as you finish the project. I am sure the owner will be very happy from what we have seen so far. :thumb:
     
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    Thank you! I started on the clear coats today.
     
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    Looking great so far. Looking forward to seeing progress.
     
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    This would be sweet with one more cutaway......jk, this looookin goood.
     
  16. Mr. Beef

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    :rofl:
     
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    Looking forward to seeing how the aging comes out on this one, does it have the 20th anniversary inlay too?
     
  18. Mr. Beef

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    Yes, it does
     
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    I forgot that I had these pics, so we'll travel back in time a bit. As I was looking over the guitar, of course after it painted it, I noticed that the control cavities looked a little strange. I put the covers on and there were big gaps from whomever refinished the guitar last time. I left the covers on and filled in around them with a little epoxy and let it dry. I've already finished them up with a little sanding and then resprayed the back of the guitar. Now the covers have a nice clean fit.

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  20. 1981 LPC

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    Nice. God is in the details. On that note, the binding appears to be rounded off much more than I've seen on any Les Paul (or other bound guitar body).
     

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