- Apr 14, 2014
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Well you are a very lucky man indeed!Hi All,
This is my first post. I'm hoping for some advice / feedback.
In 2017 I bought a 1956 GT from a Jan Rossouw in Cape Town, South Africa. He got it in August 1956 for his 14h birthday and played it in bands, pubs, clubs etc. for 40+ years. In 2017 he was I the process of moving into an old age home and selling off his things. I was fortunate enough to buy the LP. He's pictured holding the guitar the day I bought it.
The guitar is very much a "Players" piece as opposed to one that's been under the bed for 50 years. The frets and fretboard were worn, electrics shot, and the top had been re-sprayed a couple of times over the years.
Since purchase I've had it professionally re-fretted and re-wired with period accurate components. NB the pickups, braided wires and selector switch are all original as far as I can tell. Just the pots and caps needed replacing.
The top however was never right. Clearly it had been re-finshed and not very well. So last weekend I decided to see what was underneath and discovered a very nice flamed maple cap, albeit not joined down the centre.
So the question is what next? My gut feel is to send it to Gibson for a late 50's "Burst" top respray, but leave all the rest as is.
Please look at the pics and let me know what you think.
It is a lovely guitar and a pleasure to play. I have other Les Pauls including an R7 and R9. However this original is in a different league. I guess the passage of time does things you simply can't copy in a workshop.
I really would like to do justice to this beautiful vintage instrument.
Looking forward to any comments.
I’m leaning toward gold to keep it as close to original as possible to keep any value it has as a vintage guitar. But that top is great indeed and worthy of bursting. But I think those P90s would look wierd with a burst top. So back to gold for me. I would certainly not route out the top for PAFs.
Good luck either way and I hope you have many years of joy with it.