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Discussion in 'Gibson Les Pauls' started by Assault Bacon, Sep 27, 2017.
^ Seems to me, yeah...
GOLD TOP!! HNGD!!
That`s a beauty
Congrats and HNGD
So, I gutted the electronics over the weekend and replaced the pots and input jack in 50's style. I also added the control knob indicators.
It worked and I didn't burn down the house... my soldering skills are pitiful. The first time I tried putting pickups in a guitar, I burned up the instructions. That's not a joke. I actually set the wiring diagram on fire.
On a less cheerful note, my efforts to replace the bridge saddles ended in a "snap." One of the bridge screws cratered inside the saddle. It really isn't worth trying to tap a screw like that, so I ordered a new bridge which should be here in the next day or so. Also, as I often do, I forgot one detail - to order a control plate to replace the old one with the battery housing. That's also in the mail.
Finally got the electronics work done and replaced the bridge.
That is one sweet LP. Love it. Congrats!
Came out really great! I keep checking around local for a GT.
GT on an aniline red back...? How come I didn't know that was a thing...?!
She's fabulous. Great work and VHNGD!
Damn. I need a GT! The only thing that gives me any reservations about the '18 Classic (mmmmmm, P90s...) is the slimmer neck; I love the neck on my '16 Trad and I think that, for me, a GT needs a nice chunky 50s neck!
Thanks guys. And then, after all of the speechifying about leaving the old hardware on it, I found I really disliked the chrome "keystone" tuners. I'm fond of either the old Kluson jade-keystone-style or the Grover kidney-bean-style not the "somewhere in between" style - don't know why. But I made myself a promise that if I ended up doing upgrades on the hardware it would be nickel, not chrome.
Well... my brain got the best of me while playing this and I decided to replace the hardware anyway. The pickups stayed. I like them a lot. The knobs stay - I even like the fact that they're cracked in the middle. The tuners, bridge, and stoptail went bye-bye.
Last night, I upgraded the tuners to Grover 102NV 18:1 tuners in nickel. The bridge/stoptail is now a Tonepros System II locker in nickel. After setup and intonation (which took all of about 3 turns of a screwdriver,) I played her for an hour or so and fine-tuned things. It's spectacular to play... but was anyway.
They have almost that same (looking) guitar at my local GC. 2011 Standard.
Same color back, though.