The Official Historics & Reissues Modification Thread

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

  1. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    Without starting a separate thread, I wanted to mention to the membership here at MLP, that this week Mr. Barker and I made, completed and delivered a trade, which would surprise (maybe shock) most. I haven't ask Kristian if he's comfortable about sharing the details yet, so my purpose really is just to acknowledge Kristian Barker is a class act! Our deal was based on trust, and I'm happy to say this man is a true gentleman, and one who exemplifies what is great about our hobby and this Forum. Thanks, KB! BTW, your tuners are going in the mail today
     
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  2. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    First off why are you up so early my friend.... :hmm:... :laugh2:!?!

    Thank you for the very kind words Steve! You too are a true gentleman, and a class act.. but I don't think me saying this will be a surprise to anyone on here or that's met you!

    Share away Steve, I don't believe I ever posted the specs of that great guitar that is now yours in this thread... sounds like it's time!

    Cheers!
     
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  3. vishnu

    vishnu Senior Member

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    are those the original frets?

    they go right to the end of the FB!
     
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    alexvdl Senior Member

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    I bet they are, I can see the nibs. It's a hell of a job to refret and keeping the nibs.
     
  5. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    You guys didn't read his description, it's had a full Real Deal Series Makeover, which means (in part) that the fingerboard has been changed. The stock E. Indian board was replaced with Brazilian Rosewood.
     
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  6. ijustdontgiveaf

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    I basically just changed pots, caps, one pickup and schaller strap-locks.. :)

    Guitar - 2009 '68 Reissue in Firemist with quilted top

    Tuners/Tips - stock

    TRC - stock

    Nut - bone

    Inlays - stock

    Fretboard - stock

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - stock

    Switch Tip - stock

    Switch Nut - stock

    Pickup Rings - stock

    Pickups (and Covers) - stock classic 57 at the neck, bareknuckle riff raff at the bridge

    Pickguard - none

    Pickguard Bracket - none

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock

    Tailpiece - stock

    Tailpiece Studs - stock

    Knobs - stock

    Pointers (knob) - stock

    Jackplate - stock

    Pots - CTS 550k

    Caps - matched Russian K40y-9 measured at 0.021980 uf

    Backplates - stock

    Refinished - stock

    Other Mods - none

    Future Mods - possibly other pickups

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I felt like it :D



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  7. bossaddict

    bossaddict Premium Member

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    Guitar - 2007 R9

    Tuners/Tips - Fake 58 mixed set

    TRC - stock

    Nut - Nylon (installed by HM)

    Inlays - Cellulose nitrate (installed by HM)

    Fretboard - Brazilian Rosewood

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Retrospec

    Switch Tip - Area 59 "dark" tip

    Switch Nut - Montreux

    Pickup Rings - Tom Holmes

    Pickups (and Covers) - Tom Holmes

    Pickguard - MojoAxe

    Pickguard Bracket - stock

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock bridge and posts and Retrospec thumbwheels

    Tailpiece - stock

    Tailpiece Studs - Retrospec offset aged

    Knobs - Retrospec

    Pointers (knob) - stock

    Jackplate - stock

    Pots - MSSC prewired harness

    Caps - vintage Bumble Bees

    Backplates - stock

    Refinished - aniline dye and nitro by Historic Makeovers with top recarve and binding replacement

    Other Mods - Schaller strap buttons

    Future Mods - replace bridge with aged wireless ABR-1 since pics were taken

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - it's a sickness

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  8. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Sweet bossaddict!



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  9. JUNAE9

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    A change that I would make would be to put grover tuners.
    But I have no courage to drill a new Gibson custom shop.
    I prefer, in the future, buy a guitar that comes with them factory.
    Anyone here changed the tuners (kluson for grover)?
     
  10. bossaddict

    bossaddict Premium Member

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    I've drilled several Historics for Grovers. I use the technique of only reaming the back of the headstock as far as needed and leaving the rest of the original hole including the front. That way, the Kluson bushings will go back in and fit snugly with no need for conversion bushings, etc.

    Here is a shot I took when I was installing a vintage nickel set that I have on my R8. It's a terrible photo, but you can see what I mean about the partial depth.
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    Strangely, this is the only "after" shot that I have of that one...
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    I also currently have this vintage gold set on my R5...
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  11. EasyAce

    EasyAce Senior Member

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    Presented for your consideration: One Gibson Flying V 67RI with PRS Dragon pickups (installed before I acquired the guitar a year ago, and no I didn't do the paint job, the guitar was painted that way well before I acquired her) . . .

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    . . . and those pickups are about to be replaced by a pair of P94s . . .

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    Never thought I'd mod any of my guitars (historic or otherwise), but the PRS pickups keep malfunctioning. Recently, I got to hear a Flying V with P90s in it (a rare-ish bird, but still) and decided I'd give the bucker-size version a pull. They arrive this coming weekend.

    My first mod. Should I put my head between my knees now? ;)
     
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  12. db3266

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    Guitar - CC#15 Greg Martin

    Tuners/Tips - Standard

    TRC - Wizz

    Nut - Standard

    Inlays - Standard

    Fretboard - Standard Rosewood

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - DMC

    Switch Tip - Wizz

    Switch Nut - DMC

    Pickup Rings - Wizz

    Pickups (and Covers) - Bare Knuckle PG Blues

    Pickguard - MojoAxe Vintage Fit

    Pickguard Bracket - Standard

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Standard

    Tailpiece - Standard

    Tailpiece Studs - Standard

    Knobs - DMC

    Pointers (knob) - Standard (aged by me)

    Jackplate - Wizz

    Pots - MSSC CTS Custom Audio Taper

    Caps - Sprague Vitamin Q 0.022uf(MSSC)

    Backplates - Standard

    Refinished - no

    Other Mods - none

    Future Mods - none :shock:

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I'm better at modding it than playing it :shock:

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  13. hidetox

    hidetox Senior Member

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    V beautiful! Can I ask how did you managed to get the knob pointers aged (rust-ed) ?
     
  14. db3266

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    I put some malt vinegar in a glass, put the pointers and the nuts into a metal tea leaf strainer (which just happens to sit nicely on top of the glass), covered the whole thing with cling film to keep the vapours in, then sat the glass on top of the Aga, which is always warm, for a whole day, longer if needed. When you remove the metal bits from tea strainer, empty them onto a piece of kitchen towel and leave to dry.
     
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    great instructions! i'll got to try that one day! thanks!
     
  16. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    Ok, I figured I should probably get my rear-in-gear and add this beauty to my favorite thread on this Forum. I got this Les Paul in February in a trade deal with our ownr (Kristian) Barker. I give him credit for the vision and the time spent waiting for the job to be completed. Currently, it is largely still as I received it from him, just a couple of changes.

    Hopefully Kristian will see this and correct any errors on my part.

    Guitar: 2012 R8

    Tuners/Tips: Fake 58

    Trussrod Cover: Marks? Rolled plastic

    Nut: Nylon

    Inlays: Cellulose Nitrate from Historic Makeovers

    Fingerboard: Brazilian From Historic Makeovers

    Switchring/Pokerchip: 1958 style, from Gord Miller

    Switchtip: Original 1959

    Switchnut: Marks?

    Pickup Rings: Bartlett

    Pickups: Throbaks (awesome! as good as PAFs)

    Pickguard: Mojoaxe

    Pickguard Bracket: Stock

    Bridge, posts/thumbwheels Stock. retrospect?

    Tailpiece: Pigtail

    Tailpiece Studs: Retrospec Offset

    Knobs: Monster Relic

    Pointers: Stock?

    Jackplate: Stock?

    Pots: RS Superpots

    Caps: Neck is NOS Sprague "Black Beauty" .015. Bridge is same, but .022

    Backplates: Stock

    Refinished: Historic Makeovers "Real Deal Series"

    Future Mods: Only to play it, gig it and enjoy it.

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  17. trapland

    trapland Silver Supporter

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    I'm having trouble with the editor, but.....


    This is funny! But true for many people. It's ok though, they are your guitars and enjoy them how you like. Sometimes mods inspire you to play better. :)

    My mods rule is, if I play it for a couple weeks and it doesn't function or sound right, then I change it. Luckily for me Les Pauls mostly function right. Nut and fret work sometimes, but that's about it. And sound? I need to hear it in a band mix for several times then MAYBE, I will think about pickups or pots.

    I usually buy guitars that already sound right. My 2014 R8 sounds right, my 2013 R9 was muddy, but I gave it weeks before changing it. Pots and pickups and its the bomb. The R8 is already perfect luckily. Both had Gibson CB pickups, sounded very different. Now one has BB and one still CB and they sound more similar. If I didn't like Gibson pickups, I probably would find a different brand of guitar.
     
  18. dgc_rarities

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    Guitar: 2014 R9

    Tuners/Tips: Stock

    Trussrod Cover: WIZZ

    Nut: Stock Nylon

    Inlays: Stock

    Fingerboard: Stock

    Switchring/Pokerchip: Montreux

    Switchtip: Unsure, just found it in a bag of parts I had. It's smooth, no mold lines.

    Switchnut: Vintage Relic

    Pickup Rings: WIZZ

    Pickups: OX4 Carter Vintage Guitars Set w/ Throbak covers and Vintage Relic pole pieces

    Pickguard: Mojoaxe

    Pickguard Bracket: Stock

    Bridge, posts/thumbwheels: Faber ABRH Bridge

    Tailpiece: Faber (Not shown)

    Tailpiece Studs: Faber Locking (Not shown)

    Knobs: Creamtone True Vintage

    Pointers: Stock

    Jackplate: Stock

    Pots: Stock

    Caps: Luxe Woman tone bumblebee set

    Backplates: Stock

    Future Mods: HM RDS one day!

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  19. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    This is what I remember (in Red).


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  20. Lefty Elmo

    Lefty Elmo Senior Member

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    Thanks Kristian! I'm still loving this guitar! I added one more mod to her. In my quest for the perfect pokerchip, I bought an original 1968/69 chip. These are a gnat's whisker from being identical to a 1959/60 pokerchip. Pics soon.
    So, what's up with your R9 these days? Any mods to her?
     
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