'56 Goldtop from Les Paul Studio conversion project.

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  1. StingyCH

    StingyCH The Bearded Baron Premium Member

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    Are you from this planet? Incredible skills as: luthier, photographer, guitar player..:laugh2:

    You did a fantastic job, nothing else to say :applause::applause::applause:
     
  2. Norton

    Norton Senior Member

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    Nice F'n work!!! Really nice!
     
  3. J-Dizzle

    J-Dizzle Senior Member

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    Amazing work!
     
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    ptfreak Junior Member

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    Awesome work done there. I applaud you!

    J
     
  5. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    Thanks. How come I ain't rich?:naughty:
     
  6. VicodinDream

    VicodinDream Senior Member

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    Because the best never are. Keeps ya humble. I'm liking it.

    I'm getting ready to get my router setup. The flush cut bits look like they are the "can't live without" tools.
     
  7. Mickey_C

    Mickey_C Premium Member

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    When you pulled the board, I was expecting you to just slap a brazilian precut board with vintage inlays like I see on ebay all the time. But I was surprised how authentic you made the board look anyway - neat trick!

    I have to say this was all pretty mind blowing for me; you have some serious skills and great artistry. That's a beautiful guitar, enjoy her in good health!
     
  8. fretboarder

    fretboarder Senior Member

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    very well done,, youd never think it started out as a studio
     
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    Great work. Super cool result.

    Good to hear you are getting vintage style inlays (pointy ends I hope) - those rounded corner Mother of Toilet Seat ones are no longer appropriate for such a fine piece.
     
  10. Rgorke

    Rgorke Junior Member

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    Awesome project!!! Is there a way to do a burst type finish with a conversion on a Studio? or does it have to be a maple top?
     
  11. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    Well, the Studio is a maple top, although not the prettiest. I did a 'burst conversion on a 2002 std. which had a nice top to start with.
     
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    spitfire Senior Member

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    Just fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing and providing all those pics.
     
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    Absolute madness, amazing. Well done.
     
  14. nuance97

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    Excellent work!!
     
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    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    I received the celluloid inlays today, so, here's a comparison.
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  16. badly drawn les

    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    So, out with the old.
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    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    They have sharper corners, so I had to chisel out the holes. Of course they are slightly thicker than the stock ones, so I had to sand them down a bit.
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    badly drawn les Senior Member

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    A bit of scraping with a stanley blade, wire wool them down & I'm ready to try to age them tomorrow.
     
  19. Whoopysnorp

    Whoopysnorp Senior Member

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    That is a huge improvement. I'm picky about inlays and I don't think the ones Gibson is using in their modern production look very good.
     
  20. Oleynior

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    badly drawn les - great work! Just send you PM.
     

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