My First Historic Makeover

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  1. mrfett

    mrfett HJ Lover Premium Member

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    ok so i've been pretty skeptical of this kind of thing but the truth is i've wanted a beat-up goldtop for a long time, and there ain't no way i'm shelling out $12-$15K for a '68 with thick cutaway binding lol.

    i love my 2010 R6, it was my first Les Paul and it sounds just killer. not a lightweight but that hasn't stopped me from making awesome sounds with it. my two big influences for the '56 are Gilmour and Lanois:
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    so anywho i had this great R6:
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    but what i really wanted was something aesthetically more like these (the top pic is of Snowy White's guitar, the bottom ones belong to Charles Daughtry, a guy who likes Les Pauls i guess):
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    This is where h8rs should click their back button :slash:


    After a couple years of hemming and hawing (and seeing some great aged goldtops Historic Makeovers did) i finally decided to just go for it back in mid-February (Deluxe Makeover):
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    I knew I wanted the Bigsby drilled to the top (no Vibramate) so I sent it like that so they could plug the holes (I'd also screwed up the Bigsby installation a bit so they fixed my mistakes):
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    Everything went along pretty normally at first:
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    On these goldtops you kinda hafta move the logo for them to look authentic:
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    mrfett HJ Lover Premium Member

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    Then eventually they shot the lacquer...
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    Darkback, 'natch
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    You are going to LOVE it when it comes back!
     
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    Looks wonderful so far! I am considering doing a HM on my 2010 R8 and am particularly interested on their heavy aging. I'll be sure to keep an eye on your project to see how it turns out. I bet I you can't wait!
     
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    mrfett HJ Lover Premium Member

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    Then the waiting began. Now I'm the opposite of a "Type A" personality so I pretty much gave them my goals for the guitar and lots of pics for it's inspiration. I didn't ask for anything specific, just to make a legit beat-up goldtop that looks cool and plays well. Lots of you guys have raved about their standard 50s profile so it didn't seem wise to pick something else. They've had more real '56s in their hands than I have so I figured I should take advantage of their expertise.

    Their aging process involves taking the guitar in and out of a freezer or something like that. To get the real deal extreme checking I guess takes some time, so I just had to wait a while. Finally in May I got these pics:
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    mrfett HJ Lover Premium Member

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    Now those pics above were about the halfway point I think, 6 weeks ago. Just tonight I got some new photos... I hope someone enjoys them :rock:
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    Can't wait to see the back! :beer:
     
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    That is simply amazing. I can see why you want an aged case for her :)
     
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    mrfett HJ Lover Premium Member

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    right?!?! i keep hoping i'll find one but i think it's hopeless, we'll see.

    maybe i'll get more pics tomorrow, i think it must've been the end of the day when they took these because they weren't uploaded this morning. i really want to see the back!
     
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    Looks like they're getting close! Excited for you!
     
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    it's interesting what a different take on "Heavy Aging" the Gibson Custom Shop has:
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    Damn! Kim did an incredible job on my R8 RDS, but this may have pushed me over the edge to send him my CR4 for a similar treatment.

    That looks so killer! I bet you're stoked.
     
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    Wow! Sure looks authentic. Congrats on the cool checking. I've seen a lot of HMs where the checking goes all squirrely and looks less than authentic.
     
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    Damn! Thats one aged guitar. Looks quite awesome.
     
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    One of the coolest Goldtops I've seen come out of Kim's shop...the aging on that guitar is a work of art. Congrats man, and thanks for sharing the process. Please post more pics when she's home again!
     
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    Wow...so cool congrats!
     
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    Just got a few outdoor shots, and also some cool deets... 300 hours in the weather checking and 40 hrs in the dry box. sealed every day for over 3 weeks!

    if anyone has an opinion about whether it should have some old Grovers or Fake 58s i'm all ears...
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    I think that looks awesome! I'm not even a bigsby or P90 guy and I'd rock the hell out of this. Poorly, but I'd still rock it.
     
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    Absolutely stunning!

    Regarding the tuners... Of those two options, I think I would go with some Pat. Pend. Grovers. I'm not sure on '56s, but the mummy toes tended to happen on the 'Bursts and not on the earlier goldtops. I'm not sure around when the switch in button material was made, but it might not have happened by '56. Just a thought. I have both Fake 58s (on a '59 Flying V Reissue) and Grovers (on my HM R7) and either would be a nice option, ultimately.
     
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    OK if any of you are into backsides like i am you should get a fresh pair of shorts right now. Fair warning, on some of these you can see pink so mods if they're too explicit I'll remove them... :naughty:

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