So, I have found my dream top, but I feel I need to do something.

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  1. L96A1

    L96A1 Senior Member

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    I think finallly i found my killer top, I think it is as far as top goes, for me.
    Made in 2001, all stock condition.
    Weight 3.99KG
    Pickup reading 8.0K at neck and 8.2K at bridge, 57 classic I assume.
    Well, the sound, less impressive, it lacks those bite that I like, the mids sound a little mellow. Overall it sound “soft”
    Thinking about changing pickups, but not sure if it will help a lot.
    I was thinking about giving it an aging work, should I go for historic makeover with it?
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    ssuper1 Junior Member

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    WOW! That's a looker. Is that a custom shop?
     
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    L96A1 Senior Member

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    Thanks, its a 2001 59 reissue.
     
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    ssuper1 Junior Member

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    What do the call that burst? Ice Tea? Dessert?
     
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    L96A1 Senior Member

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    Its now brownish lemon I think, I’m not sure of the original color, according to the historic changes listed here, it should be Ice Tea
     
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    Sharky Senior Member

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    I'd start from the cheapest part, strings. I like a more soft or mellow tone, so I use pure nickel strings. Others may sound way brighter, like the brite wires for example.

    I put a Callaham steel bridge on a Lester once and the sound was way brighter with it, at least on this very guitar
     
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    Tim Plains Senior Member

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    I would start with the pots/caps, then pickups, and only then consider dropping big money on a makeover after I was happy with sound.
     
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    L96A1 Senior Member

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    I use GHS boomer for most of my guitars, so it's a fair game for all the guitars. It's got enough highs for me, I just want more bite and definition out of it.
     
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    Thanks Tim, I'd go with a set of pickups first, happen to have a pair of SD Antiquity, I think it's a good pair to start with.
     
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    MooCheng Senior Member

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    Hold on the Historic Doneover, its too nice a guitar for that. It will age in its own good time and when it does you will know its the real deal.

    Congrats btw, its a real nice
     
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    It looks fantastic, for my ten pence worth, fiddle with the sound, but leave it to age naturally alongside your good self :hmm:
     
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    mudface Senior Member

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    I agree with Tim, pots and caps should open up those pickups. Steel tail piece studs might help as they were using brass at that time (I believe).Easy check with a magnet.
     
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    Beautiful!
    I have a 2006 R9 that is the same color. I don't have a good indoor low light shot of mine but here is a muted outdoor sun shot.

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    ramaglia375 Premium Member

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    THIS!

    Man don't have that guitar aged. That top is both amazing and quite unique. Doubtful theres many out there that could be confused with yours.

    Visually it needs nothing.

    As stated previously, start at the strings and work from there on the audible aspects. Wiring, pickups, etc can be changed and then changed back to original if ever needed. Whatever you remove, dont sell it, just put it away.
     
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    Pickups are going to be 90% of the change, then wiring harness is next in line. Try a few sets of pickups if you can - buy used and you can recoup your costs if you decide not to keep them.
    Can’t think the HM would have much impact on the sound - I know finish and fretboard are part of the recipe but if you're looking for a big change....
     
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    Plus, that finish it pretty amazing! It also has 16 years of real aging already.
     
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    I agree with this order as well.
     
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    Thanks guys for the suggestions, appreciate it.
    I only have a few CTS 500K pots at hand and we don’t have many options here, will try to find a descent 50’s harness first.
    BTW, its got a huge neck, part of the reason that HM occured to me.
    I will listen to your suggestions and move slow.
    It’s got an interesting biting mark behind the tailpiece, unfortunately its not giving much “bite”.:)
     
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    L96A1 Senior Member

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    That Top!
     
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