NGD: '56 Junior

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  1. bossaddict

    bossaddict Premium Member

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    Restoration project anyone??? :fingersx:

    I'm hoping to have at least temporarily cured my GAS by giving myself a long-term project to work on. I picked up this '56 Junior for a pretty good price given that it had a fairly terrible refin and some non-original parts (bridge, tuners, decal and silk screen, and pots).

    Here it is with one mod made so far. I put on a MojoAxe aged compensated wraptail and long tailpiece studs in place of the Badass bridge/studs that were on it. This and the pots are probably the only things that I'm going to do as modern aftermarket; most other things, I'll attempt to go vintage on.
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    Looks like the P90 was moved, which I've read is fairly common before Gibson started making them closer to the neck. I'll be re-doing this fill job.
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    I've already purchased a silk screen with the proper font.
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    These vintage Pat. Pend. nickel Grovers are actually great, but I'll putting some Klusons back on.
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    I noticed this little gem about 5 seconds after pulling it out of the case and was able to negotiate for a few hundred dollars back. It's been evaluated by three shops here and is stable (for now). :Ohno:
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    In addition to the pickup, here's another thing that needs no restoration whatsoever. :drool:
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    Looking forward to seeing how this one progresses. :shock:
     
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    :thumb:

    Progress reports are required!
     
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    I'm in for this restoration project :thumb:
     
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    SAweet!

    congrats!
     
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    Beauty! I would love to snag one in this condition! So much potential. And you can do what you want to it without fear of messing it up anymore.

    Are you going to refin? At this point, I'd do something unique to make it your own. Pelham blue? Cardinal red?
     
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  7. bossaddict

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    My thoughts exactly. The headstock crack was a real bummer, but I think it will be OK.

    Definitely doing a refin, but nothing adventurous. I kept going back and forth between sunburst and TV Yellow, but I've decided to go back to its original sunburst finish. I ordered a "Junior" silk screen last night instead of a "TV Model" one, so that's that. I think I'm going to give the refin a shot myself with the help of my dad (a lifelong carpenter), but if I start feeling like we're in over our heads, I won't hesitate to send it to an expert. I've already put feelers out to BCR so then I know it would get done right. :)
     
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    Sounds like a plan. I'm a DIYer so I'd take a go at it. Just do your research and maybe practice a bit.

    After I made that post last night, I looked to see if there if there was such a thing as a cardinal red JR. The custom shop made one - check it out. It's a thing of beauty. Reminds me of a hot rod.

    Whichever way you go, good luck brother! And post lots of pics! :thumb:
     
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  9. Sct13

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    there is a husk without a headstock on the bay its a double cut.

    This one ought to be a lot of fun. :hmm:
     
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    I find the compensated tailpiece confusing.

    That guitar would have come originally with an uncompensated wrap+tail and the studs and bushings positioned for an uncompensated bridge. Did you dowel and drill to put the bushings in the right position for a compensated bridge? It certainly does not look that way (see the obvious slant).

    I thought compensated bushings were positioned on a line that is 90 degrees with the strings.

    Hit me with a clue bat.
     
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    Nice Score - I look fwd to it's progress :cheers:
     
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    cool - long may you enjoy!
     
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  13. bossaddict

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    I guess there are different types of compensated bridges (e.g., the Badass that was on it). This Mojoaxe just drops right in to the existing spot and is supposed to improve intonation slightly. I decided to go aftermarket since vintage tailpieces are hilariously expensive and figured, since I'm going aftermarket, I might as well give this one a shot.
     
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    Got a link or an item number? I couldn't find any headless juniors on the bay...


    Fletch
     
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    i bet that piece of wood sounds killer!
     
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    Great project !
    Congrats !
     
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    Alright, after wrestling with the decision and flip-flopping, I finally sent this off to BCRGreg this morning for a proper pro refin. In the long run, I decided that a vintage Les Paul was not the appropriate medium on which to try my hand at a refin. The more I played it, the more I realized how great it is already and I just don't want to mess it up.

    I'll be sure to post updates as I get them and of course the finished product, eventually.
     
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    Good plan, is it going to be a sunburst or a tv yellow, or.....:shock:
     
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    I considered TV Yellow as I've always had a thing for it, but I decided to go back to what I believe to be the original finish -- sunburst. Someday, I hope to own a vintage TV Special, so hopefully that will satisfy my TV Yellow lust. :fingersx:
     
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