Believe me, I tried to have him do a top refin on my ‘53 Les Paul. Amazing work.I also appreciate the endorsement; however, I am not accepting work at this time.
A center seamed 1953 wraptail is very unusual!!I recently bought this 53 wrap tail Les Paul from the original owner's Son. The owner was a Pastor and he and his wife lead the singing at their church every Sunday and at mid week service. I was contacted a year ago and at that time the Son wanted me to do a restoration to the guitar. He had some financial things come up plus he got Covid and couldn't do the restoration. After getting thru Covid he then contacted me and asked if I would buy the guitar. So that's the back story on this guitar. I'll be doing a restoration, refurbish or retread whatever you want to call it. Sometime in the 60's he had someone finish over the existing gold. The color was a horrible green and there are a few minor repair's I'll be doing to the guitar. After the repairs I'm having Kim at Historic Makeovers do a total refin. I can't decide to put it back to the correct Gold or do a finish like the 53 Jared James Nichols bought from Charlie Daughtry. Tell me which one you like..... Thanks
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I replaced my two 1955 LP Special 1/2" tilting bushings with Pigtail brand 7/8" bushings which are identical to vintage Gibson bushings. They come in 1" also but I'm sure it wouldn't make any difference? I asked BCRGREG to talk me thru it and he made it sound "simple", I find these threads along with experienced folks that dared blaze forward and later shared their knowledge gives me courage to " go where eagles dare". This forum has inspired me to do things I'd never have attempted without this MOST helpful advice! If you can't get BCRGREG to find time to explain the process, I'll be glad to talk you thru it if you want to do it in house or just want to understand all aspects of the conversion before hiring out the repair.Gold as Gibson intended. Hey Jim, do you have a recommendation for replacement studs to cure the leaning bridge on mine? It’s strung with 10s, and doesn’t appear to have gotten worse since I bought it here.
When I offered the above opinion. (which I stand by), I forgot to add - first choice: Actual '53 P-90s. Second choice: Other early '50s P-90s. Third choice: Late '50s P-90s. Fourth choice: The closest-sounding repops you can find. Fifth choice: There is no fifth choice; this beauty can under no circumstances be hogged out for lesser p/ups!I prefer the red to the gold - but I think that top would look marvelous with clear (or maybe a slight amber tint)!