The Official Vintage Les Paul Parts Thread

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by BOBBO, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. OldGuy

    OldGuy Senior Member

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    A while back, I was told something interesting about the control cavity coverplates on vintage 1950s Les Pauls: the plastic was rolled, not injection-molded. The rolling process left striations on the plastic that are easy to see; evidently, injection-molded coverplates from later model LPs have no such striations. I'm not sure when the transition from rolling to injection-molding took place; maybe somebody here knows. Here's a pic of the coverplate of my '57 LP Custom:

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    Maybe somebody who has a later model LP with an injection-molded coverplate can post a pic for the sake of comparison?
     
  2. 58burst

    58burst Senior Member

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    Not just control cavity plates have the striations, also burst pickguards, jackplates, and trussrod covers. Dunno about those parts on customs...
     
  3. OldGuy

    OldGuy Senior Member

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    I expect the same is true on Customs--I've just never taken off those other parts on mine to check...
     
  4. Laservampire

    Laservampire Senior Member

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    Just scored a set of 56-60 three-on-a-plate klusons with crumbled buttons for $30 :thumb: 10 bux more for new tips and that's cheaper than a set of gotohs!

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    They still operate perfectly and there's barely a hint of rust on them, now I've just gotta get a nice Historic Junior to put them on :naughty:

    None of the modern repros have the proper unplated brass string posts, so they'll be safely in my parts drawer until they're needed.
     
  5. Bigsby'd

    Bigsby'd Senior Member

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    1957 Bigsby w/dogbone. NOS and never mounted.
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  6. Lowdown

    Lowdown Senior Member

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    :laugh2: Probably...
     
  7. LPPILOT

    LPPILOT Senior Member

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    Question for the experts.

    Is there a difference in the 50's LP CREAM JACK PLATE and a 1968 CREAM Jack plate?

    What is a 60's or 68 Cream jack plate worth or go for today?:)
     
  8. Cookie-boy

    Cookie-boy Senior Member

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    I'm after the larger switch ring from a 55 era Les Paul Special. You know, the one that says Rhythm/Treble, the "Pokerchip". I don't know it's official name!The ones from 55 were larger and will cover up an eyesore on my 56.

    Cash paid....no questions asked!:naughty:
     
  9. JJ Blair

    JJ Blair Senior Member

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    Pots are dated late '58, and the whole harness is still intact. Steel studs, aluminum stop piece, ABR-1. All sitting in my pool table right now. :thumb:
     

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  10. Laservampire

    Laservampire Senior Member

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    I'd hate to think how much that set you back!
     
  11. JJ Blair

    JJ Blair Senior Member

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    A little out of focus. Here's a detail on a '59 switch.

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    And a '59 jack assembly with the plate..

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    And here's the back side of a '58 back plate. I tried like hell to capture the roll marks, but just couldn't. Sorry.

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  12. JJ Blair

    JJ Blair Senior Member

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    Here. I managed to get the roll marks.
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    Good Day. I have a 1970 LP Deluxe Goldtop. The current bridge is incorrect. It is a rectangular shaped bridge. I would like to replace it with the proper bridge and could use some advice. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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    Jecs Duminy Junior Member

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    There is no 'set' look, really- that's the beauty of it. Most people just sort of experiment with fashions of yesteryear, but while some people are purists and will only wear original clothing from a specific era, others might mix items which vary in era from Victorian to 70s..
     
  16. Mike60

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    If they are original parts they are all rolled plastic....

    Both of my '69's also have the rolled plastic...Black Beauty and Goldtop...
     
  17. OldGuy

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    Good to know. So maybe the injection-molding began in the '70's. I'd still like to see a non-striated plate for comparison...
     
  18. OldGuy

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    Pushing a putz down the list...
     
  19. Lowdown

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    +1 on that brother...
     
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    1962 Single Line Kluson Tuners

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