2002 standard to '59 'burst re-fin make-over project.

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  1. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    Yup looks like it, dark brown lacquer over the 'board edge, although it's all worn off except for the dusty end.
     
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    Nick Brok Junior Member

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    Amazing work, sir. Do you do these refinishes for others or just for yourself?
     
  3. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    Congratulations and thanks for all the posts and pics. It's great to see how you knew what you wanted and then put in the work, patience, and discipline to achieve it. The result is fantastic. You accomplished a remake/upgrade to specs and appearance that many of us think is the nicest form of the LP. Fantastic.
     
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  4. rockinlespaul

    rockinlespaul Recovering Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    Absolutely beautiful work, bravo!

    I'm kinda suprised you didn't reshape the headstock a little bit. Regardless, absolutely beautiful!
     
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  5. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    Thanks Nick, mostly for myself, however I have been taking on a few paid jobs recently. Indeed I've invested in a posh spraygun & compressor, so no more rattle cans.
     
  6. Benguitar

    Benguitar Senior Member

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    That is scary good!
     
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    Stavin Chain Junior Member

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    This was a FANTASTIC thread!! Thank you very much! It is wonderful to see how much thought and effort went into an incredible result. Just great to see.
     
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    Compulsor Senior Member

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    1st: Brilliant. Perfect amount of everything, sensible level of OCD.
    2nd: A pox on you. Now I've got a seed, or a bug- or a bug in a seed, planted that's taken root to the level of autonomy; body snatcher-esque.

    I can now no longer ignore the impulse to ply my wares on the well-loved test bed that is my '13 50s Tribute, including fret(and possible neck, if necessary) pull to incorporate proper binding for maximum correct.

    Now my only dilemm-er is: re-up the OEM GT to proper spec, or veer violently off course and ditch irrevocably into 58 Plaintopville.

    Whatever the course, I blame you entirely for the ensuing expenditures of time and treasure.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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  9. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    Nurture that bug/seed thing.
     
  10. dixiethedog

    dixiethedog Senior Member

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    I'm using a lot of your process as a bit of a template for my new project and it's refinish.
    I hope you dont mind me having shared a link back to here on my thread.:thumb:

    Would you believe it,but Rothko and Frost have changed their formula's for their dye's. :laugh2: All I want is the same yellow that you started out with on your refinish.:laugh2:

    Thank you once again for being such an inspiration.:thumb:
     
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    Lurko Senior Member

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    I normally don't abide relics. But damn man that looks very convincing. Amazing work.
     
  12. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    I've got loads left if you want some.
     
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    zakk_attack Senior Member

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    Hi dude,
    Congrats for the whole re-fin, looks so much better.

    I'm curious about that method: masking type with few drops of glue, just in the middle of the two bobbins. Is that really functional?

    I'm going to swap a magnet in my Les Paul and I have de-solder the cover, but I won't wax it again. And I want to eliminate squeals, too.
     
  14. dixiethedog

    dixiethedog Senior Member

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    Thank you very much Badly Drawn Les for the offer.
    Im going to take the plunge and order some of the new formula dye from Rothko and Frost and give it a try. It's not expensive,and you really need to keep hold of your stuff in readiness for your next refinish.:thumb:

    Ive fallen out of interest with my new project LP as Im wishing Id kept hold of the cash and just bought a brand new Gibson Midtown semi. But Ive started it, so it need's to be rebuilt now.:laugh2:
    I have some nitro celly clear coat so tomorrow may try to give the maple top a fresh coat of clear in readiness for some dye.

    Thank you for the kind offer,and thank you for being a bit of a hero to me. A true inspirer. :thumb:
     
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    Ruthie58 Senior Member

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    Awesome thread. 10/10.
     
  16. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    Well it works for me. A little microphony is a good thing but the squealing feedback comes from the big flat area of the cover. A few blobs of glue damps this, without filling the whole thing with wax.
     
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    Pieces en Regalia Junior Member

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    Fantastic job! This thread is really inspiring me to get back on my LP build!
     
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    RayTorvalds Senior Member

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    Stunning job ! Nothing short of amazing :wow: :applause:
     
  19. dixiethedog

    dixiethedog Senior Member

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    I seem to be badly drawn back to this thread over and over again.:laugh2:
    Ive now placed an order with Steve Robinson of Manchester Guitar Tech fame,so will follow slowly on in your footstep's to (eventually)refinish my own guitar(s). :)
     
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    Stunningly Gorgeous!
     
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