*** 1954 LP Goldtop Restoration ***

boogieongtr

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Here's a 1954 Les Paul that's had some mods. My customer wants it put back to original P90's and Kluson tuners. It also has a headstock break but has been stable for years. I'll do my part then send it to Kim for one of his goldtop finishes.

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First I'll strip some of the old finish off.

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Next I'll make a template for my OH router to clean up the old routes and screw holes.

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Clean up the old routes. I'll only take out as much material as needed to get to the clean wood.

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Routes cleaned up plus the feet on the neck pickup plugged.

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Mahogany/maple plugs made.
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Plugs pressed in.

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I'll let them dry overnight.
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Next I'll route out a 1/4" deep area from the front of the neck pickup back to the center of the wrap tail bushings.
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Glue the plug in
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Carve the top back to spec
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Route out for the vintage P90's
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Pickup routes done.
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I know the headstock is stable but I wonder if the repair could be a little more hidden? If refinishing the top, why not the rest of it?
 

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Now for the headstock. I'll clean up the old holes first.
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Make some mahogany dowels.
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Glue in the dowels.
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I'm going to strip off the old lacquer.
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Next I'll sand off the old holly veneer so I can glue on a new one
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Glue on a new holly veneer
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I've gotten in trouble before for expressing my dislike for modding an old guitar and making it into something it was never meant to be. (A goldtop converted to a sunburst Standard...and the seam was off center and the top was paint grade anyway.)

But this....I HIGHLY approve of both the concept and the execution! Every bit of this job looks fantastic up to this point!
 

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Bore for Klusons
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Inlay the Gibson MOP and fill with black resin.

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One last thing, install longer 1-1/4" bushings.

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Project complete and heading to Historic Makeover' for a Goldtop finish. Thanks for watching, hope you enjoyed the restoration.
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Great job. But why go through all the work on the headstock and then install wrong logo? You should’ve rounded of that G to be more in- line with the work?
 

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Looks great!!

Out of curiosity, what is the benefit of the secondary route (between the neck pickup and bridge) verses just plugging the old humbucker routes and rerouting for P90's?
 

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Fascinating to see the progress! I have an early 70s Custom that needs a Kahler cavity filled. Probably a similar process.
 

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Thank you. and good taste on owners part..p90 wraptails are such great guitars-hate to see these old goldtops turned into "fakebursts"--gold tops are honky tonk bar players guitars
 


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