The Official Historics & Reissues Modification Thread

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

  1. tspoon5150

    tspoon5150 Senior Member

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    Guitar -2006 R9 African Zebra Burst

    Tuners/Tips - Retrospec Single lines w/Uncle Lou's

    TRC -Rolled RetroSpec

    Nut - Nylon 6/6

    Inlays - RetroSpec Celluloid

    Fretboard - Brazilian Rosewood

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - RetroSpec

    Switch Tip - RetroSpec

    Switch Nut - RetroSpec

    Pickup Rings - OTP

    Pickups (and Covers) - Tom Holmes

    Pickguard - MojoAxe, not installed yet, maybe later

    Pickguard Bracket - Not Installed, Vintage Clone

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Faber ABR w/RetroSpec post & thumb wheels

    Tailpiece - Pig Tail from BCR Greg

    Tailpiece Studs - Offset RetroSpec

    Knobs - 52 year old originals

    Pointers (knob) - RetroSpec

    Jackplate -Vintage Clone

    Pots -RS Guitarworks

    Caps - RS Guitarworks Bumble Bees

    Backplates - Stock

    Refinished - Historic MakeOvers per color of the original African Burst

    Other Mods -Neck Reset, Top Re-Carve, Royalite Binding, Real Deal Series, Hide Glue

    Future Mods - None, Maybe install the pick guard

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - Wanted a better sounding and

    looking guitar closer towards an original......Correct lacquer and be a member of the Cork Sniffing Crowd......


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  2. Danelectro

    Danelectro V.I.P. Member

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    :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: and one more for good measure :wow:

    I don't think I've seen a more perfect top and HM did a great job with the color. Beautiful guitar Tommy!
     
  3. tspoon5150

    tspoon5150 Senior Member

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    Thanks, it was Kim and gang that made it happen.......Thanks to
    BCR Greg for finding this beast for me.....

    It is my current number one player and even better in person.......

    Amazing to say the least......

    All the ones you posted and others in OP threads are knockouts and don't think any
    are above the others, they are all winners and worth checking out......

    I like them all......
     
  4. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Nice boys!!! Great looking guitars with sweet mods... :thumb:!

    Come on, I know there are way more modified Historics out there! Let's see them!
     
  5. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Fantastic thread idea, Barker!

    I'll post some new photos this weekend along with full details. I don't have any taken yet that reflect the most recent changes. :naughty:
     
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  6. rykus

    rykus Senior Member

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    ......Correct lacquer and be a member of the Cork Sniffing Crowd......


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    Nice! So I just have to ask...... What does the cork smell like?
     
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  7. Poligow

    Poligow Senior Member

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    Okay here's mine !

    2004 reissue '58 :
    Tuners - vintage Grover "pat pend."
    TRC -Rolled RetroSpec
    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Montreux
    Switch Tip - RetroSpec
    Switch Nut - RetroSpec
    Pickup Rings - OTP
    Pickups (and Covers) - Duncan Antiquity
    Pickguard - MojoAxe
    Pickguard Bracket - DMC
    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Pigtail APR w/RetroSpec post & thumb wheels
    Tailpiece - DMC
    Tailpiece Studs - RetroSpec
    Knobs - Montreux
    Pointers (knob) - DMC
    Jackplate -Montreux
    Pots - Dr. Vintage
    Caps - Luxe Bumble Bees

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  8. reissue_toys

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    Although I know they are not heavily modified, here are my two LP Historics I changed a few things about:

    Guitar - '06 Gibson 59LP Historic


    Tuners/Tips - stock
    TRC - stock
    Nut - stock
    Inlays - stock
    Fretboard - stock
    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - stock (wow, this gets really unconftable!:lol:)
    Switch Tip - stock
    Switch Nut - stock
    Pickup Rings - stock
    Pickups (and Covers) - Dave Stephens Vintage LAB II (YES!:laugh2:)
    Pickguard - stock
    Pickguard Bracket - stock
    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock
    Tailpiece - stock
    Tailpiece Studs - stock
    Knobs - stock
    Pointers (knob) - stock
    Jackplate - All Parts silver (metal) jackplate - the originals tend to brake within a month or two if I use the guitar.
    Pots - CTS 500 audio taper for volume CTS 500 linear for Tone
    Caps - Original 50ies 400V Bees
    Backplates - stock
    Refinished - Def. Not!
    Other Mods - do strap locks count?
    Future Mods - none

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - It really makes the guitar sound better! And that's all I am after. I want to let my guitars age with me.

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    And here comes my number two:

    Guitar - '06 Gibson 58LP Historic


    Tuners/Tips - stock
    TRC - stock
    Nut - stock
    Inlays - stock
    Fretboard - stock
    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - stock
    Switch Tip - stock
    Switch Nut - stock
    Pickup Rings - stock
    Pickups (and Covers) - Bridge: '63/'64 ( I don't remember) Patent number pickup rewound by Dave Stephens to around 9 kOhm IIRC. Bridge Pickup is a Seymour Duncan '59.
    Pickguard - stock
    Pickguard Bracket - stock
    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock
    Tailpiece - stock
    Tailpiece Studs - stock
    Knobs - stock
    Pointers (knob) - stock
    Jackplate - Allparts? gold (metal) jackplate
    Pots - CTS 500 audio taper for volume and tone
    Caps - Original 50ies 600V Bees
    Backplates - stock
    Refinished - Def. Not! But started to fade a little
    Other Mods - strap locks
    Future Mods - Searching for an early PAT that needs a rewind and put it in the neck position.

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  9. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Guitar - 2010 R9 Iced Tea VOS
    Tuners/Tips - Factory Historic tuners / Vintage Haven tips
    TRC - Retrospec
    Nut - Factory nylon, recut by me
    Inlays - Factory Historic
    Fretboard - Factory Historic
    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Retrospec (I believe this is a Montreux part as I also have another in the package and can't tell any difference)
    Switch Tip - :dunno: I've had too many go through my hands to keep track. It came from my parts drawers. Could be anything from Allparts to vintage.
    Switch Nut - Fake58, slightly distressed by me.
    Pickup Rings - OTP Bone NOS (I need to dirty these up a bit through hard love)
    Pickups (and Covers) - Throbak SLE-101 Plus MXV, short A5 mags, Throbak covers
    Pickguard - Mojoaxe - This isn't the regular color. Dan actually contacted me after seeing my photos and sent me one to better match the OTP Bone rings. What a great guy! This is a slightly lighter version of the same material he normally uses. It'll age naturally alongside the rings.
    Pickguard Bracket - Factory Historic (do I need a new one, guys? which one?)
    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Pigtail bridge, Retrospec thumbwheels, factory posts which will likely be replaced soon with 6-32 SS for a little more brightness and stability.
    Tailpiece - Pigtail
    Tailpiece Studs - Pigtail vintage length
    Knobs - Fatboy
    Pointers (knob) - Retrospec
    Jackplate - Montreux
    Pots - TVT, aged by me
    Caps - 50's Sprague Bumblebees (hand picked at exactly .022 each, leads restored by me)
    Backplates - Factory Historic
    Refinished - VOS gunk thoroughly removed and polished with Virtuoso for a gloss finish
    Other Mods - Pickup ring mounting screws and height adjustment screws from Steve at Vintage Haven. TRC screws from Kim at Retrospec. Strings are Pyramid Pure Nickel Classics

    Future Mods - Mapleflame bridge posts, vintage Kluson tuners, natural aging "long term project" lol, maybe a new PG bracket. Some have said I need new inlays. What do you think?

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I wanted to bring the sound (bridge/tail hardware and electronics) and looks (everything else) as close to a burst as possible.

    I owe you guys some new photos. These don't reflect the new Vintage Haven tips and I've been peddling these around for months now anyway. I'll try to get some taken this week and edit this post with them.

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  10. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    cooljuk, I believe you already know the answer to your question... :hmm:.

    You spent the time (and money) to get everything else on your guitar "as close to a burst as possible", and your R9 looks absolutely killer! I think you would be very pleased if you did the inlays. I wasn't sure about doing mine, and thought the stock ones were fine, but one day I said f*ck it and did them. Visually the difference is huge, and I'm really pleased I took it to the next level. I believe they look way better, and will change them on any Historic I own in the future!
     
  11. Frails

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    I agree. While they def were not a 10 minute job like was explained to me, they do look a mile better. My advice though is that if you aren't a wood worker or luthier, don't do it yourself.
     
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  12. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I think it's strange that as much as I obsess about the cream colors of plastics or pickup cover shape, the inlays have just never bothered me. Is it the swirl pattern that looks "wrong" on Historics? If it's just the color (should be more yellow/brown) I figure that will come on it's own in time. :dunno: The shrinking, I don't care about as much. I've seen old Gibsons that do not have shrunken inlays so I don't feel it's "wrong" to not have shrunken ones. ...just like tuner tips.

    btw - I'm well aware that at the end of this conversation I'll likely have less money. :laugh2:
     
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  13. EgilH

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    Guitar – 2007 Iced Tea R9

    Tuners/Tips – Original 58-59 Kluson Deluxe Single Line with repro Single Ring Tips

    TRC - Stock

    Nut - Stock

    Inlays - Stock

    Fretboard - Stock

    Switch Ring - Fatboy

    Switch Tip - Fatboy

    Switch Nut – Fake 58

    Pickup Rings – Gil Yaron

    Pickups – Timbuckers, Zebra

    Pickguard - Fatboy

    Pickguard Bracket - Stock

    Bridge – Stock ABR-1 with stainless steel posts and Tonepros Thumbwheels

    Tailpiece - Stock

    Tailpiece Studs – RS Guitarworks

    Knobs – RS Guitarworks

    Pointers (knob) - Stock

    Jackplate - Fatboy

    Pots – RS Guitarworks superpots, 50’s wiring

    Caps – Luxe® PIO Bumblebee

    Backplates - Stock

    Refinished - No

    Other Mods - No

    Future Mods – Maybe a non-wire ABR

    I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because – I never liked the pinkis color of the stock plastic, and I never found a real substitute for real deal Klusons. Studs and electronic upgrades because “it’s worth it”

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  14. nicolasrivera

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    Guitar - 2001 Custom Authentic 1958

    Tuners/Tips - DMC

    TRC - Retrospec

    Nut - Standard

    Inlays - Retrospec

    Fretboard - Deep dark rosewood

    Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - FatBoy

    Switch Tip - FatBoy

    Switch Nut - Retrospec

    Switch selector - Gibson

    Pickup Rings - FatBoy

    Pickups (and Covers) - DMC V.II

    Pickguard - FatBoy

    Pickguard Bracket - Original 50´s

    Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Early 60´s original bridge, Retrospec thumbwheels

    Tailpiece - Gibson

    Tailpiece Studs - Retrospec Off set

    Knobs - Retrospec

    Pointers (knob) - Original 50´s

    Jackplate - FatBoy

    Pots - CTS 550K+/-

    Caps - Original Bumble Bees

    Backplates - Gibson

    Refinished - Custom age work personally done

    Strap Bottons - Original 50´s

    Pickups - WIZZ

    Other Mods - Red cherry under corresponding plastics

    Future Mods - Change to more accurate Rings, Hysteric tailpiece, Throbak covers and probably a Historic Makeover.

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  15. Verne Bunsen

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    Great thread guys, killer guitar porn!
     
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  16. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    First off, (as you know) we are all crazy... :laugh2:.

    The biggest thing is the pattern (because of what they are made of). The Historic ones are 'really busy' looking, and the vintage accurate celluloid ones have a nice subtle change in their look. Color differs too....

    If you don't feel the need to change them don't do it, this will save you cash now and in the future.... :laugh2:. I say this because if you change them on one guitar you'll want to do to any others you own.

    I think I have some comparison pictures, I just need to find them, and I'll post them.
     
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    Barker Senior Member

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    I thought I had better comparison pcitures, but this is the best I could find.

    This picture is of my R6 with Historic Inlays.

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    This picture is of my R8 in similar lighting with DJ Celluloid Inlays.

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    You decide, I think the Historic ones look fine (and like I said earlier) I never intended to change them out of my R8, but I just woke one day and said "f*ck it" and did it. I figured I had spent so much cash getting everthing on my R8 'right' I might as well just do it!
     
  18. Barker

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    I agree... :thumb:!
     
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    When i first got my R8 the inlay where the last thing on my head, but then that little anoying bug started to buzz, and then one day i did it my self and it was thanks to Kim from HM that i did.

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  20. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Thanks Nico!

    Come on cooljuk.... I know you want to chage them now...... :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:
     

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