What 'bout LP burst convertions?!

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by Xrun Morzov, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. homenote

    homenote V.I.P. Member

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    And some people will continue to make "l got the last one ever made by them" claims.. Hey John, been fishing lately? :naughty:
     
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  2. homenote

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    I don't care for conversions- but I wouldn't mind Scott L making me a Replica, only using the husk and parts, of a basket case original GT. That would OK. :naughty:
     
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  3. Big John

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    Ha! Nope, my fishing guide's been too busy working other poles. :D
     
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  4. homenote

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    Why can't we (guitar players) just go, into any old pawn shop, and buy guitars like this, for a couple hundred bucks, like we could any day of the week, not so long ago?


    Really sucks, man. :iough:
     
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  5. JJ Blair

    JJ Blair Senior Member

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    The Internet.

    It's been decades since you could buy this in pawnshops for hundreds. Like maybe the 70s or 80s.
     
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    I remember in the 90's you couldn't give away a fender jazz master, but after kurt Cobain started playing them they became sought after...

    I wonder if the 2015 line of USA Gibsons will become the next cheap porn shop guitars?
     
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    yeti Senior Member

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    I swear to god, not being a native speaker, for the first 10 years after I moved to the US I thought people were going to look for cheap used stuff at porn shops, yuk.:laugh2:
     
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  9. homenote

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    You make me feel... old ..:D
     
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    Although I like a bargain as much as the next guy, I will not buy secondhand sex toys.
     
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  11. Lefty Elmo

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    My buddy John and I took a trip to Ohio on Saturday to visit Jim at Jam City Guitars. We've seen his repair and conversion threads here and over on the LPF from time to time, and I can tell you the man has amazing skills! Got to handle his flamey 1960 burst, which is pictured in Burst Believers (vol. 1), as well as several conversions he has done. I understand the purist and collector point of view, but as a player, conversions can be amazing guitars. John brought his Lentz conversion along, and Jim (who's a good friend of Scott's) got to check it out. John left a guitar with Jim to have a conversion done, and couldn't have left with any more confidence in another man's skill. Jim graciously gave up most of a Saturday to hang, talk and play guitars. Thanks very much. Congrats to John. I can't wait to see the finished project!
     
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    Right on, Lefty. Jim was over the top gracious. That is an awesome shop but having all the right tools does not make you a great luthier...Jim has the tools and skills to make it happen. The tools are one thing but the talent and knowledge are very different and Jim has both. He has a very high benchmark to hit with my Lentz 1952 conversion and Jim is probably the one person who can hit it or get as close as possible.

    I saw 8-10 guitars in the drying process and was able to handle a few. Who ever owns these guitars they are going to be very happy when they take delivery. There is some unbelievable skills at work in the Jam City Guitars shop.

    Thanks for a great afternoon, Jim.
     
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    Jim does outstanding work..
     
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    I never heard about Jim before so it is interesting to know.

    Do we have a price range for a complete conversion work for a 52 LP (with refinish and relic included)?
     
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    Unless that '52 is a basket case, the price includes your immortal soul.
     
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  17. amused

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    Don't worry, it is definitely a "basket case", in the sense I bought it because it was sleeping in a closet for more than 20 years, and it already had been converted and finish on the top at least removed.

    I am waiting for my luthier to have a close look at the guitar to tell me more, and to decide whether it should be a goldtop refin or a burst maybe. It has a perfect center-seamed top so it is hard to decide on this one. The back is dark so I want to know first if it is original or not.

    A thread will be opened whenever we decide how to go on with the work...

    PS: if it had been with the original finish and P90, I would not have converted her of course.
     
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    I'm always amused by people that complain about what someone charges to do the work. It's funny,that they then talk up those less expensive that either don't do the work any more, or take 5 years to do the work! Which, after that time limit, you could either be dead or you wouldn't even know if it was your original guitar!!
     
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  19. boogieongtr

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    John, Nothing like putting the pressure on.... following my good friend Scott's work!! Your conversion is on deck as soon as I finish this batch.

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    Group shot while I clean out my dry room. The panorama feature on my phone distorts a bit...
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  20. Jimmi

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    Those are all conversions??? :wow:
     

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