What would you do, 52 conversion?

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by amused, Aug 19, 2016.

Which finish for my 52 conversion?

  1. goldtop - [url]https://flic.kr/p/KS8vJG[/url]

    20.9%
  2. red 1 - [url]https://flic.kr/p/Liq4fa[/url]

    10.5%
  3. sunburst - [url]https://flic.kr/p/L63i1P[/url]

    34.0%
  4. lemonburst - [url]https://flic.kr/p/L9SAf9[/url]

    31.4%
  5. darkburst - [url]https://flic.kr/p/L99t2m[/url]

    8.5%
  6. red 2 - [url]https://flic.kr/p/LcoHRi[/url]

    2.0%
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  1. amused

    amused Senior Member

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    hehe yeah I took a picture from the goldtop topic to show the kind of goldtop color I would consider painting the guitar ... your 53 is really cool.
     
  2. amused

    amused Senior Member

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    I don't particularly like the natural finish on guitars, so I will definitely not leave her like that... I want to give her a fresh start, because the guy that got that guitar in the 70-80 swapped it for a nice strat he had, and he always regretted because he was a strat player at heart... so he really didn't care about that guitar and did what you can see to her...
     
  3. eric ernest

    eric ernest V.I.P. Member

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    I would say go back to the Goldtop had it not already been routed for Buckers since it is an early one. (With the funky bridge PU rout too.)

    Putting binding on it is not that big a deal.
     
  4. kakerlak

    kakerlak Senior Member

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    Man, I just love the color on that top, as-is. Maybe just a hint of bursting added to the edges, kind of like the look the shadows in the first picture give? And I'd leave the neck un-bound. Especially if you already have a replica, why make this another? Address anything that's functionally wonky with the conversion (bridge-TP placement, pickup routes if they're off, etc.), redo the finish to a pro quality and then let it be a cool modded '52. If it wasn't for that little crack/gouge by the switch I'd say no poker chip, either. Basically to a top notch pro redo of what's been done already -- that seems most sympathetic.
     
  5. RAG7890

    RAG7890 Premium Member

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    Mica, like Eric, I'd normally say restore.

    However, in view of the current state I'll say I like the color I see in your OP.

    For a change of Color I voted Red 1 but may I suggest you have a look at Flameburst's Watermelon Red Italian Job.

    This was a great attempt to reproduce a 1960 Les Paul that was factory finished in this Watermelon Red.

    Good luck with your project.

    BTW, love the back grain.

    Cheers, Rudi.
     
  6. sk8rat

    sk8rat Senior Member

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    i would probably say gold top because it has the unbound neck.
     
  7. Mannish Boy

    Mannish Boy Senior Member

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    Darkburst like Toy Caldwell's old LP.
     
  8. jerry47

    jerry47 Premium Member

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    no question about it, burst it. the top is to dam nice to go back to gold.
     
  9. IGRocker

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    We all knew gold top, sunburst, and lemon would be the top choices. But man, that first red really screams to me. It's different and sexy, especially with the aging!
     
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    very nice .would be a shame to cover that top ........ although
    I wouldn't get someone to put binding on it .
     
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    I'd personally go for a greened out unburst to fully show those flame kisses as it's too atypical a top for the 'classic' cherry burst look. I had an inbound '52 that also had a centre seam top and the same kiss figure- was a crazy good guitar!
     
  12. amused

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    Thanks for all your comments, it is difficult to leave the neck with no binding because Ithe luthier is probably doing a full conversion, so it would be odd...

    Also, the top has been stripped from the goldtop, and the natural finish is not really something I dig so I will definitely finish the guitar in one of the poll options.

    Again, if it was not center seamed I would probably go goldtop or red, but my luthier advise me to go full 59 traditional, with red back...

    I don't know why but I have never been a huge fan ofthe red back, i usually prefer the look of dark back on goldtop or darkburst.

    What can I do... that's my own personal taste... any advices??
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Just remember, YOU are the paying customer..so what the luthier might want isn't your problem..:cool:
    If you don't like red, or don't WANT red, don't DO red...
     
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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    +1

    You're the customer, it's your guitar and your descission. If it was a 52 in original condition I'd think a bit differently but that doesn't apply here.

    How's the neck angle by the way?
     
  15. sk8rat

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    it doesn't have to be a red back. its a conversion so its not like its going to hurt the originality or the value. I understand wanting it to be period correct but if you dont like it go for the dark back. its a fairly subtle difference.

    I personally like the red backs but on some guitars I have seen it can look a bit overwhelming. unless you are bent on fooling people into thinking it's a genuine '59 I see no reason to settle for what you don't want.
     
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    Left Paw Senior Member

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    Dark burst with dark back.
     
  17. Bill Hicklin

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    P-90 Goldtop. Routing for humbuckers would damage more than has already been done.
     
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    looks like it's already partially routed for humbuckers.
     
  19. JJ Blair

    JJ Blair Senior Member

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    Let me Burst it for you with the proper aniline cherry. We should bind the neck while we're at it.
     
  20. huw

    huw V.I.P. Member

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    I voted red because a) I love the look of red on a LP (Harrison's Lucy!!), and b) to me it feels right somehow to do a conversion in a "non-standard" colour.

    FWIW I voted "red 2" but tbh I can't see much difference between that & "red 1", so feel free to count my vote towards an overall red.

    :)
     

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