R4 at Historic Makeovers getting a Deluxe package

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  1. 59noob

    59noob Senior Member

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    My R4 getting a makeover. This is my fourth guitar being refinished by Historic Makeovers. They do a good job indeed.

    So far it has been stripped of its finish and neck removed. They're pretty fast, these guys. I'll update as new pics come. Enjoy!

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    Wow, cant wait to see the results!
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this one. Thanks for posting!
     
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    I wondered how they did the neck removal if there is no board replacement
     
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    I think it's like how they do it with acoustic guitars. Neck resets on acoustic guitars are done with the fretboard still attached.
     
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    Yep, i seen a few where they took out a inlays and drilled under them. But you need to get on the sides of the neck with les pauls
     
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    Yep, you can see the holes they drilled in the board to get to the side of the neck. That looks painful.
     
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    Subscribed! I am saving up cash to send my R4 out to Kim. My R8 RDS is AMAZING.
     
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  10. 59noob

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    For a 54 to 57 "Conversion", the neck is reset to a steeper angle. For my guitar, I decided to do the opposite. I guess I could call it an "Inversion". Haha.

    Please, no flames, and don't ask me why! I dig this sort of work and I like it when the experts do these sorts of things. I like the pictures of the process.

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    Yeah, leave that one to the pros!

    Looking good!
     
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    More progress pics. Fretboard off and Headstock holly veneer off. Pretty excited to see the results when this 7.85lbs TH54 is completed.

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    Will you move the Gibson logo down a bit, like on vintage ones?
     
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    Yes, the logo will be moved down too. :)
     
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    I'm surprised the 54-57 conversion has a steeper angle.......the bridge typically sits 15mm above the top whether its a wrap or an ABR. For a 52 you'd have to reset steeper of course.

    And yours looks too steep even for a correct 54......a quick look at most 54's shows a much lower wrap....more like what yours has been modded to.
     
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    This particular TH54 had a neck angle was too steep and the bridge sat too high, which I sought to correct.
     
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    Great! I did it on my Bavarian Makeover R4 and it looks perfect!
     
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    For the benefit of those who did not realize the change of workshop background in some of the photos, or that the guitar not only had its neck removed and re-glued with hide glue (it is a True Historic, so it already had a hide glue joint), but it also had its neck reset at a shallower angle. The expert that made this happen is Jim Weyandt of JamCity Guitars. He did a similar operation - albeit in the opposite direction - on my '53 to convert it to a '57, and he is a real specialist at neck angle changes. I wanted this to be done so that the bridge sat at a more normal vintage correct height.
     
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    Latest pics.

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    Hell yeah! Looks great!!!
     

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