- Aug 24, 2020
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I think the top is a great fit for a "Lucy"!
I can't stand those "LUCY" off center mismatched grain tops and don't believe the maple harvest age makes any tonal difference if glued properly with the correct matched maple. I wouldn't say this about the "oldwood" mahogany as I do feel the age of the wood DOES make a very big difference! I also feel this top was heavily damaged before he got this guitar and what he dares to do will be an improvement!! If this wasn't chopped up before purchased, I'd say something like restore it to gold but this man is an artist and very capable of this task.With a nice curly maple you hate to cover it. But envisioning it to it's end I'm thinking you'll have a burst that will always look like it's had damage done to it, or a beautiful perfect looking gold top. I'd probably go gold top.
Here's a 1967 Documentary and if you watch closely you can see the jigs, templates and woods used.Hi I've been following this thread and others you have posted lately. The quality of your work and craftsmanship is without equal. Not sure if this has been covered previously .....but I have a question about the routing templates Gibson used back in the 1950s. What material did Gibson construct their LP body and/or routing templates from? Thanks. Tom
If you need a compensated wrap-around bridge, I have one. Aged with aged studs.I just scored this 52 LP husk. Someone had stripped off the gold, hacked out for humbuckers, added a shaved down ABR1, tailpiece and did a refin. All of the original woods, bindings and inays are intact. The area below the bridge pickup route is just spilled lacquer and not a repair. The neck has never been out. Restoring the guitar back to an original trap 52 doesn't make sense financially, also the plugs will eventually show thru the finish. I'm trying to decide on one of 3 possibile ways to go. 1) Reset the neck, do a "Snatch" goldtop conversion. 2) Reset the neck, correct the routes and do a two humbucker conversion. 3) Make it a center seam PAF conversion by resetting neck, remove the binding, remove 1/2 of the top, add a matching piece of flame maple, recarve the new piece added.
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2) Reset the neck, correct the routes and do a two humbucker conversion. 3) Make it a center seam PAF conversion by resetting neck, remove the binding, remove 1/2 of the top, add a matching piece of flame maple, recarve the new piece added.
Thanks......it appears Gibson's guitar templates and jigs are made of high grade plywood. That's a fascinating old movie Gibson made decades ago.
Gibson's very early templates were made of scrap wood...often very figured! They (Post war?) went to templates made of plywood and scrap wood.Thanks......it appears Gibson's guitar templates and jigs are made of high grade plywood. That's a fascinating old movie Gibson made decades ago.