Not for the faint-hearted... A 1952 Les Paul with a minor bridge-mod (found on Instagram).

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  1. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    it would be great if it played well enough to leave it as-is

    but i really would like to ask the person who did it;

    " so what do lead base paint chips taste like? "
     
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  2. Bill Hicklin

    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    One hopes that was committed in a state that still has capital punishment.
     
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  3. I Break Things

    I Break Things Senior Member

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    I love it!
     
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  4. Thermionik

    Thermionik Senior Member

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    Hope this doesn't turn in to another of those posts where everyone piles in to some poor sod who has "restored" and/or "modified" a guitar - was it "The Henning Burst" or something a while back, man, that was a car crash thread...
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  5. Oatie

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    Nice top.
     
  6. Rigidarm

    Rigidarm Senior Member

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    That is one cool project GT. I would search until I found a nearly exact to perfect grain match from specialty wood block guys. I've made a few knife and gun handles/grips and would try burlsource.com IIRC. I have him in my iPhone (that just ran out of juice) and will check in later to make sure you have his link. If he doesn't have a perfect match he probably knows who will.

    PS: I just checked and that is the guy. I've gotten very good small blocks from him over the past few years.
     
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  7. mdubya

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    The more I look at this guitar; it is perfect! It has everything! A functional '52 with a distressed Goldtop, greening, and glorious flame showing. And it is totally authentic, not contrived. Sign me up.
     
  8. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    how about an update OP?
     
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    I think OP just saw this on IG. I don't think it is OP's guitar.
     
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  10. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    I get the impression that Jumping@shadows is doing the work.

     
  11. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Criminal to make that a burst :(
     
  12. strömsborg

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    That piece of whatever it is under the bridge, is it inlaid into the maple? Or just glued on top?
     
  13. WhiteEpiLP

    WhiteEpiLP Senior Member

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    I think what we are seeing is the maple top and some jackoff carved into it with a chisel making a some what flat spot to lower the bridge. Then it never got anything to protect the wood so it oxidized and turned black. If you look closely you can see the flame in the dark spot.
     
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  14. jerry47

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    That guitar shouldn't be refined, Somebody would be happy to play as is, Or it should be on the walls of a guitar museum .
     
  15. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    I bid $6k to save it.
    Or trade a 65 Firebird III and a '69 ES330.
    Both with OHSC.
     
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  16. Jumping@shadows

    Jumping@shadows V.I.P. Member

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    The absolute worst fate for any guitar is to be in a museum- in fact if it had been in a museum it’s whole life it’d be mint condition and then what- it would belong in a museum?
     
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  17. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    I'll gig it regularly.
     
  18. slug_maine

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    I think museum was more of a euphemism for being admired as is.
     
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  19. slug_maine

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    God Bless You. I'll throw in a free set of strings.
     
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  20. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    it would be very interesting to hear the story how this ended up with a stick from someones back yard wedged into the body after they took a chisel to it and stuffed it in there....

    getting it playable in its present condition would be more rewarding than a conversion maybe unless its close to impossible

    cmon we want an update!:fingersx:
     

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