New 1956/1959 Conversion - A Flamey Success!

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  1. treyrab

    treyrab Senior Member

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    Hi Everyone!

    I just completed a very fun journey that I wanted to share with you all. Knowing that I would (probably) never own a real 'Burst, I wanted to get as close as I could....and that meant going the conversion route. It took me a long time to find the perfect guitar as I wanted A) The original maple top, B) An original ABR-1 model (i.e., no neck reset or extra holes), and C) One that was already converted (I didn't want to convert a perfectly good Gold Top). This was not an easy task!

    Finally the 'Burst Gods shined down and the perfect candidate was found. It had an amazing conversion job already done and was painted an interesting red color (someone was clearly a Harrison/Clapton Lucy fan)! It was very cool in its own right, but seeing the hints of flame in the original maple underneath, I knew it was meant to be a Sunburst. With the help of my friend Kim Lafleur, the Sunburst is complete! Meet Linus...

    Cheers all! - Trey

    Original 1956 maple top with the P90 routes; Just finished sanding
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    Beautiful and clean conversion to Humbucker routes
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    Original conversion (the original 1956 head-stock paint was kept)
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    Naked and ready to become a Sunburst!
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    Seeing the light of day for the first time as a Sunburst!
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    Original headstock paint with a lot of vibe!
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    Set up with '59 PAFs and ready to rock!

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    Tasteful checking and vibe!
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    An equally vibey back to match!
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    One last time relaxing in the sun!
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  2. eric ernest

    eric ernest V.I.P. Member

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    Congratulations!!!!! That turned out exceptionally well!!! :cheers::cheers::cheers:
     
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    bossaddict Premium Member

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    Kim and crew did a great job on that. Many congrats!
     
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    asapmaz Senior Member

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    Amazing!
     
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    geddy402 Senior Member

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    Really nice! Congrats!
     
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    Wow, that looks fantastic, Trey! Congrats!


    Frank
     
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  7. gibsongt

    gibsongt Silver Supporter

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    That guitar looks great!
     
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  8. yamariv

    yamariv Senior Member

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    Wow OP, she's beautiful!! What did you end up using for a wiring harness? Did you go vintage too?
     
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    musicmaniac Senior Member

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    Very cool congrats!
     
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    treyrab Senior Member

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    Thank you! It has the original 1956 harness in the guitar.
     
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  11. scott1970

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    That's exceptionally nice. I very much like your guitar.
     
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  12. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    Drool-worthy!!!!

    Congrats!
     
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    That is too cool! awesome job on that one. I'm glad you didn't touch the headstock...
     
  14. crosstownblues

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    Sweet guitar! Everything is tastefully done. For me, this is an excellent example of where simulated aging is a good thing.
     
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    Amazing... congrats... KIm did my 56/59 conversion and I couldn’t be happier...

    Enjoy
     
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    Original '56 SN#kept?
     
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  17. treyrab

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    Yes, original S/N kept and original headstock paint. A lot of parts are original to the '56. Cheers!
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Nice!

    It turned out VERY well!

    Enjoy!
     
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    awesome! couldnt be better!
     
  20. Have FUN

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    I like this orange finish, unusual and nice .


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