The Official Historics & Reissues Modification Thread

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

  1. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    Yeah cooljunk...i i did it so can you, our are my cojones are bigger?:laugh2:
     
  2. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    You know, I've had those Retrospec inlays in my "shopping cart" on their site before. That's how close I've actually come to pulling the trigger, guys.

    HUGE difference on your R8, Nico! Looks like you had to do some routing work to get the corners to fit too. Did you have to make a template for a Dremel or did you freehand it? What is the historically correct glue to use when installing these?

    Honestly, inlays and vintage Klusons are probably the last things I will do to this R9 unless it finds it's way to a re-finish one day. I love the color and burst, but I like natural checking too. ...and of course I'll continue to swap the pickups constantly in search of something I'll never find. Ha! At least I know that up front. :D
     
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  3. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    The corners i have to make them sharp, but all of that is the easy part, getting them to radius with the fretboard was the most time consuming and hard part because you need to use a razor sharp blade and for the lower frets you need to cut it to special lengths and be extremely patience and careful.

    Look at my two threads about changing them.

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/lut...st-time-change-inlays-step-step-finished.html
    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/luthiers-corner/132197-2nd-inlay-change-painless-little-twist.html
     
  4. Mr.Paul

    Mr.Paul Senior Member

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    It's really an outstanding job.
    But maybe you should have stopped aging at some point.
    Sometimes less is more.
    Why did you age / took of the lacquer from the top at the horn?
    I've never seen a real guitar with a natural worn off top at this area.
     
  5. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    Thanks.

    I did stopped at one point, but it just didn't felt right to me so i went further with it and at this point i alway get a feeling of joy when i grab her.

    I have about 3 photos of vintage goldtops that have similar worn patters in the horn, just no to that extent, i did it because many times i grab the guitar by the horn and with time this would eventually lead to the lacquer and paint waring off, besides makes it look that that more unique.:naughty:
     
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    The cow licking her calf too much in the end ate it:laugh2:
     
  7. KEEPER

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    New to this so... Here goes. I have a 1997 slash snakepit lp in mint unplayed condition, signed and held by the man himself (velvet revolver gig 2k5), with pictures to prove. Can anyone give me an estimate of the value of this now rare guitar..?
     
  8. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Ok, actually had some sun today and got some new photos taken showing all of the updates!

    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.
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  9. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Looks killer! Thanks for getting us back on track as well!

    Now change those horrible inlays...... :rofl::rofl::rofl:!!!!
     
  10. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Inlays, yes. I'm starting to come around to the idea. I suppose they will match the new Vintage Haven tips better too.

    I'm also thinking I need to address the PU cut of that PG to make it more vintage-ilke. I could file it or get another one from Dan. Just gotta make up my mind. I might age the OTPG rings some more, in which case I might want a darker guard so I gotta do the rings first. ...once I have the rings off, I might as well try some new PUs too. Maybe some aged double creams? Oh man! Here we go again. :naughty:
     
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  12. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Glad to see this thread make sticky! Well deserved.
     
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  13. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Killer Elmo!
     
  14. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Yeah, it is cool that it's a sticky. It's easy to find now, and a great reference for guys who want to mod their Historics, or just look at great guitars!

    Hopefully over time we will get more and more guitars.... :fingersx:.
     
  15. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I know I will. ;) though the next one may likely be Canadian, eh.
     
  16. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    :laugh2:.... of course we will get more guitars (I've got something in the works as well), but I meant, "hopefully we will get more and more guitars" in this thread.
     
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  17. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    Let's see what I can remember....

    Pat Pending Grovers

    DMC switch ring

    MartinSixString Customs switch tip

    DMC aged pickup covers (mk II)

    MartinSixString Customs vol/tone knobs

    RS pickup surrounds

    Wireless Faber bridge with 1959 thumbwheels

    Steel Studs (can't remember where I got them)

    RS pots, with John Fast caps from MartinSixString Customs

    WCR Darkburst pickups

    Steel jackplate

    Scaller straplocks
     
  18. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Thanks Led Zep Fan... :thumb:! What year is your beautiful R8? I can't remember...
     
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  19. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    It's an 03.
     
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