A guitar naming and more upgrades...

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  1. Assault Bacon

    Assault Bacon Gold Supporter

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    A while back, I picked up a 2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II in goldtop. As I posted previously, I gutted the electronics, replaced pots and wiring - eliminating the onboard boost system - and wired it 50's style.

    Later, I replaced the rotted bridge, with a TonePros TOM bridge. While I was doing that, I upgraded the tuners to Grover 18:1 kidney-style rotos and the stoptail to a TonePros as well. All hardware is now nickel instead of chrome.

    A few weeks ago, I ordered new pickups. I wanted to try Bare Knuckle Black Dogs and found a set with double-cream bobbins for what I considered a bargain.

    I installed them the day after they arrived... and sadly, rushed the job. By that, I mean I don't know how to solder well in the first place and ended up not only with a mess, but a bad ground or cold solder somewhere.

    Last weekend I decided to do it right. Braided, shielded wire, a bit of heat shrink, new switch, 500k Mojotone pots and oil caps. I watched a shitload of videos, practiced soldering, and took my time. It came out sounding great.

    I feel strongly enough about this guitar now that I named her... Mae West. I think Mae West was just old-school sexy.

    Here's photos of her, I can take photos of the wiring later if anyone is interested. Excuse the crappy cell photos, please.

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  2. Sp8ctre

    Sp8ctre Senior Member

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    Those are great guitars as a base for upgrades and it sounds like yours came out nice!

    I did all those upgrades to a 2013 Cherry Burst Trad Pro II myself. It's my favorite Les Paul!
     
  3. rockinlespaul

    rockinlespaul Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    1all's Pub Senior Member

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    LOVE IT!!!!! Gold Tops with double creams just look sooooooo sexy! Well done. And I’m a huge fan of BKP (never had their Black Dogs, but the Mules I have are the best pups I’ve ever had).
     
  5. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    I named my guitar, too. Les Paul.
     

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