The Official Historics & Reissues Modification Thread

Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by Barker, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. ElectricMojo

    ElectricMojo Senior Member

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    Wow, that's amazing.
     
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  2. kracdown

    kracdown Premium Member

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    Retro Spec Inlays (looks good on my two piece board, doesn't it ;))
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    Montreux Posts and Thumbwheels with stock ABR-1; Retro Spec offset studs with Area 59 Tailpiece
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    Electric Mojo Aged Grovers
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    And then just some more pictures because I love this thing (haven't posted pictures of these things before, even though I've had them for a long time):

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    Rest of the info:

    Guitar - 2012 Gibson R7 VOS

    Tuners/Tips - Electric Mojo Aged Grover Rotomatic

    TRC - Retrospec

    Nut - Stock

    Inlays - Retrospec

    Fretboard - Stock 2 Piece!!!!

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Montruex

    Switch Tip - Martin Six String Customs

    Switch Nut - Stock

    Pickup Rings - Martin Six String Customs

    Pickups (and Covers) - Double White Wolfetone Dr. V (neck), Marshallhead A2 (bridge) with Wolfetone covers

    Pickguard - Mojoaxe

    Pickguard Bracket - Martin Six String Customs

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Stock; Montreux

    Tailpiece - Area 59

    Tailpiece Studs - Retrospec Offset

    Knobs - RS Guitarworks Aged Amber Tophat

    Pointers (knob) - Stock

    Jackplate - Mojoaxe

    Pots - Martin Six String Customs CTS 550K

    Caps - 50's PIO Bees

    Backplates - Stock
     
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  3. Jared Purdy

    Jared Purdy Senior Member

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    Ya, that is a nice one....
     
  4. Jazzanova

    Jazzanova Junior Member

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    Nothing major here, just removed the poker chip and replaced the knobs (not period accurate but what the hell...)

    2012 R8 in Iced Tea, slightly aged at the Gibson factory

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  5. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    That's a beautiful guitar!
     
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  6. Mark1406

    Mark1406 Senior Member

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    Guitar - 2007 Historic R0

    Tuners/Tips -
    Gotoh locking Klusion tuners/ Uncle Lou's tips

    TRC -
    Stock

    Nut -
    Stock

    Inlays -
    Stock

    Fretboard -
    Stock

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) -
    Vintage Clone (installed prior to me purchasing the guitar)

    Switch Tip -
    Stock (maybe)

    Switch Nut -
    Stock

    Pickup Rings -
    Vintage Clone (installed prior to me purchasing the guitar)

    Pickups (and Covers) -
    Were Sheptone Blue Sky p/u's (installed prior to me purchasing the guitar), are Timbuckers now.

    Pickguard -
    Vintage Clone (installed prior to me purchasing the guitar)

    Pickguard Bracket -
    Stock

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) -
    Pigtail

    Tailpiece -
    Pigtail

    Tailpiece Studs -
    Pigtail

    Knobs -
    The previous owner replaced the Reflector knobs with Top Hat's. Personally I like the look of the Reflector, but it isn't a bit deal.

    Pointers (knob) -
    Stock

    Jackplate -
    Vintage Clone (installed prior to me purchasing the guitar)

    Pots -
    DR V (installed prior to me purchasing the guitar)

    Caps -
    DR V (installed prior to me purchasing the guitar)

    Backplates -
    stock

    Refinished -
    Stock

    Other Mods -

    Future Mods -
    Finish and fretboard maybe. Get rid of the locking tuners as they are too fiddly when changing strings.

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because -
    I changed the bridge and tailpiece as I don't particularly like the faux aging people do to their guitars. I rather liked the results of changing the bridge and tailpiece as something wasn't quite right with the tailpiece. The guitar was instantly brighter and more responsive. The Pigtail bridge made the guitar acoustically louder. I put the Tim's in as I had them and I was curious as to how they sounded, they were brighter than the Blue Sky's and didn't have "that" honky/nasally quality some humbuckers have. Paul Kossoff's tone would generally be considered as good as it gets as far as Les Paul's go in my book.

    Here is the guitar minus the pickguard, bar the missing pickguard this is how I received it from it's previous owner.


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  7. Mark1406

    Mark1406 Senior Member

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    Here are Dr V pots and caps. There are okay though the taper feels a little "slow".

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    Here are the Sheptones that were in the guitar before I put the Timbuckers in.

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  8. Engineer76

    Engineer76 Junior Member

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    I have a 2013 R8 that was just about perfect out of the case. Not a fan of the "fake Bee's" so that was the first to go. I have a great connection for Sprague Bees so I have NOS Sprague Bumblebee caps installed along with CTS Superpots on the volume & 550's for the tone. Seriously the best Lester I've owned.
     
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  9. Mark1406

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    I had meant to continue adding relevant info to post, but the edit option vanished and I have to post an new thread, here are the Vintage Clone rings on my R0.

    This is the front ring.

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    To be fair to Vintage Clone they did replace the ring when I told them it broke, I haven't fitted the new one to the guitar yet. I don't see the point if it will break again. As the shot below shows the ring and the shape of the top differ which caused the ring to break.

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    I think this is about it.

    Future Mods - Pots with a 10% taper and caps, as I'll sell the DR V set as they are 30% taper, they work well and sound good, but I think the 10% taper would work better for me.
     
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  10. masonjones

    masonjones Junior Member

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    That's what I call High definition
     
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  11. zakk_attack

    zakk_attack Senior Member

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    Well, I'm not a maniac so I just did "my" mods, the ones I do on every LP i own.

    Guitar - 2007 1958 Reissue, in Iced Tea

    Tuners/Tips - Swapped the stock klusons for my beloved Grover 'Beans

    TRC - Stock

    Nut - Stock

    Inlays - Stock

    Fretboard - WTF..stock!

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Stock

    Switch Tip - Changed to a Gibson-amber coloured one

    Switch Nut - Stock

    Pickup Rings - Stock

    Pickups (and Covers) - Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro/neck, Pearlygates/bridge, both uncovered, black. (Removed silver "Seymour Duncan" logo from the PG)

    Pickguard - Stock

    Pickguard Bracket - Stock

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Stock

    Tailpiece - Stock, but I removed the ABR-1 steel filament

    Tailpiece Studs - Stock

    Knobs - Gibson Amber bell knobs

    Pointers (knob) - Stock

    Jackplate - Stock, but i'm thinking about mounting a metal one

    Pots - Volumes: two 500k linear CTS; Tones: two 500k DiMarzio (push/pull) with '50s wiring

    Caps - Stock

    Backplates -Htock

    Refinished - Hell..NO!

    Other Mods - Straplocks, switched to Schallers

    Future Mods - Nothing planned, maybe the pickups (Barknukles?)

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I like those parts.

    Will post newer photos. In those pics there weren't the SD.
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  12. fretfinder

    fretfinder Junior Member

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    That's a beauty!
     
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  13. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    Dan-O, you have the best looking Historics of all!!!
     
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  14. zakk_attack

    zakk_attack Senior Member

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    I'm unable to take good photos, definately.

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  15. Zakmichael

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  16. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    Ok, so it's not an Historic, but my latest project has been the Firebird that I bought last October. So sticking with the format:

    Tuners: stock

    Pickups: stock

    Finish: stock

    Pickguard: stock

    (now it gets good)

    Knobs: Monster Relic from Mark's Guitar Loft

    Tailpiece: replaced the stoptail with a Gibson Vibrola. Lefty string anchor was custom made by Werewolf Pat. I plugged the holes with 1/2 inch plugs that I cut from old Mahogany, drop-filled finish using super glue.

    Bridge: I cut plugs from old mahogany and plugged the holes from the Nashville bridge inserts, drop- finished using super glue, drilled for an ABR-1. Bridge is a Gibson ABR-1 from about five years ago.

    Fingerboard: I 've had this beautiful Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, nice and dark for awhile. This poor thing had been passed around, and had gone from Randy Peterson to Bill Pandolfi to John Heuring to Lloyd Gala to me, back to Lloyd and back to me. Last Saturday was swap day. Lloyd heated the stock board with an iron, then started working a hot knife into the glue joint, until little-by-little the old board gave up. The new board, which I had previously bound using Royalite binding acquired from Kim LaFluer at Historic Makeovers. (thanks Kim) There is only one known original lefty reverse-body Firebird V from the original run, and it has side dots on both sides of the fingerboard, (as usual for Gibson in those days) so I installed dots on both sides on this board as well. The new board was glued using hide glue. Two days later I lacquer finished the binding, wet-sanded, and polished the finish, and last night Lloyd leveled and polished the frets.
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  17. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    Lastly, we've all heard about the chip Gibson installs in their guitars. I've never seen one posted on the Forum before, but I can tell you, they are for real, and here's a pic of the chip which I've removed from my Firebird:
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    Thanks to all who helped with this project. The guys at The House of Guitars, Dan Pilver at Gibson, Werewolf Pat, John Heuring, Kim LaFluer, Mark Bishop, and especially (Electric) Lloyd Gala.
     
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  18. Erik-R9

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    Were is the chip located?
     
  19. rockinlespaul

    rockinlespaul Recovering Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    The only things I have done so far to my R8 has been tonal...

    A new harness with NOS spragues from MSSC will be going in today or tomorrow.

    A set of Throbak D-102's with NOS wire...made a HUGE difference.

    Pigtail lightweight tail and studs. The studs are older ones which have turned black as they did on the early ones.

    I'd like to change the tuners and get a set like the 2013's have with the transparent buttons. I believe they are available aftermarket now.
     
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  20. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    The chip was glued to the neck, under the rosewood fingerboard, at about the second-third fret area.
     
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