1960 Burst Restoration

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I love it. Your work is amazing. I liked it as a custom but the thin 60 neck alone justifies the changes you made for me. I've always heard you cant make a neck chunkier but you did it. Genius.
 

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Hey! You're "Player Grade Vintage" on instagram aren't you?
Really good stuff you got going on there, if you ever need professional photography,
I'm based outside of London and can help, check out my photos on my profile :)
 

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Are you sure "restoration" is the right word? It was never what you made it into, so how is that a restoration?

"Destruction of one off rare original run '60 LP, and also a couple other vintage guitars" or just falsification sounds more fitting.
Pretty soon there will be not a single original pre-1960 Gibson solidbody guitar left, because they'll all be conversions.
That was an incredibly beautiful custom. Shame that it's gone forever now. The refin the previous owner had done, like you mentioned, was beautiful.
IMHO it was also much more interesting and had a much better story.

Yeah, like everyone said, great work, impressive skills and such, you surely would be able to make a great new guitar out of the best possible woods and parts. I hope you enjoy playing it, hopefully you did it only for that reason. It looked much better IMHO.
Most impressive to me is the clever idea with the neck profile fix. Genius!

I mean no hatred here. It just saddens me. 3 originals gone for the sake of one fake.

My sentiments exactly. Good work wasted on a forgery is still wasted work.
 

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While I admire your woodworking/finishing skills, I can't figure out why anyone would think this was a good idea?

"Hey, I have a very unique, original (but with restored finish) extremely rare Les Paul custom from the most desired era of Les Paulery!"

"I know, let's irreversibly hack it all apart and make it look like an R8."

SMH.

Hey, at least you saved the headplate, in case anyone ever wants to put it back on.

Oh wait, headstock was reshaped.

Sorry to be a dick, but this is crazy/irresponsible.
 

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I can't wait to see the day that people start converting ES's or even better, acoustics into bursts. "Hey, 1/3 of the headstock is from an original circa 50's Gibson, +/- 20 years! It's almost like the real deal All I had to do was re-build the body completely from scratch, re-do the neck, make a new fretboard from scratch using wood I chopped off of a '57 - I mean who wants a 57!?, re-do the hardware, re-do the electronics and sacrifice 4 other nice vintage guitars on the way!"

Besides, the destruction is visible. The outline where the binding used to be is clearly visible. And cutting a huge, even bigger hole into it.... ughhh.
 
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J@s,

Nice woodworking skills aand thanks for taking us through the procedure.

I do have a few questions.

1. It's unclear to me. In its original configuration was this a three pickup guitar? Maybe that answer is someplace in another thread.
2. Would you mind linking previous discussions?
3. What made you decide to go this route? No judgement here as I am sure you thought long and hard about the decision to transform the guitar and had some logical reasons that we might not have any idea about for doing so.

Thank for sharing your work and thoughts,

s
 
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Why is this called a restoration? This is a conversion in my opinion.

...and a destruction of an original piece of musical history. A rare 1960s LPC was made into something it is not...

Kudos to your skills though, it is well executed, but I don´t understand why someone would do that. It isn´t a burst, it´s a conversion.
Totally agree, i think it's been ruined, it was quite unique before, but now...
 

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Are you sure "restoration" is the right word? It was never what you made it into, so how is that a restoration?

"Destruction of one off rare original run '60 LP, and also a couple other vintage guitars" or just falsification sounds more fitting.
Pretty soon there will be not a single original pre-1960 Gibson solidbody guitar left, because they'll all be conversions.
That was an incredibly beautiful custom. Shame that it's gone forever now. The refin the previous owner had done, like you mentioned, was beautiful.
IMHO it was also much more interesting and had a much better story.

Yeah, like everyone said, great work, impressive skills and such, you surely would be able to make a great new guitar out of the best possible woods and parts. I hope you enjoy playing it, hopefully you did it only for that reason. It looked much better IMHO.
Most impressive to me is the clever idea with the neck profile fix. Genius!

I mean no hatred here. It just saddens me. 3 originals gone for the sake of one fake.
Agreed
 

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Really amazing craftsmanship! The final product looks great. You can barely detect the seam of the new block of maple covering the middle pickup position. As for "destroying" a Custom, firstly, it's already a refin, so it's not original anyway, and even if it is, if it gives you joy to alter a guitar, even an original '59, good for you! They're just guitars.
 

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J@s,

Nice woodworking skills aand thanks for taking us through the procedure.

I do have a few questions...
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3. What made you decide to go this route? No judgement here as I am sure you thought long and hard about the decision to transform the guitar and had some logical reasons that we might not have any idea about for doing so.

Thank for sharing your work and thoughts,

s
I think the answer to your question #3 is right here (from one of Yuuki's posts at the beginning of this thread):

I’ve had piles of player grade vintage guitars and a good few conversions, but this one feels different to me- to know it’s a factory centre seam flame top 1960 Les Paul, with the original body/neck/top, and looking, playing and sounding as it does, really gives me a heady Burst hit every time I handle it, and it’s the closest I’ll ever come to being in that gang, and having done every last bit of the work myself, from concept to completion makes it all the more special.

Frank
 

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Obviously, you can do what you want, and that's a beautiful result (though the coloration does not look '60 to me, at least in the lic) but I have no idea why you call it a restoration since you made major changes to what was the original guitar. It's not a restoration -- it's a reconfiguration. A 3 PU LP, and an ebony-boarded Custom are features that may be minority tastes -- though I like both -- but they are in their own way absolutely legit and standard. It's fine that you changed them to your preference, but I wouldn't frame those changes as somehow correcting and restoring the guitar. But in any case, it's a nice score and a beauty.
 

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From what I read at the beginning of this post it was a 60 burst factory finished as a custom. So that there is my question to Yuuki. Was it a burst that someone sent back to Gibson to be made into a custom? If so I understand the objective of the reconstruction kind of. I mean it’s sad that someone stripped the custom of all the fittings probably to resell the bits to give you the husk in the first place.

You did a great job from a woodworking perspective but if the custom had been repainted black well it might be refinished ,but it would still be a factory custom from 1960! How cool is that and it would have a certain monetary value as well. So all of that destroyed in a way to make a copy burst. I’m a bit confused as this is a unique situation. I just don’t know if I would have followed the same path.
 

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It is a shame that an original 1960 Les Paul custom is lost but the owner has the right to do as He wishes. My problem is that although the binding infill has been done well, it is still very visible and will become more visible as time passes. The thickness of the fingerboard is way too deep and looks very odd, I certainly couldn't live with that.
 

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My sentiments exactly. Good work wasted on a forgery is still wasted work.
Devil's Advocate: Isn't every Historic Makeovers modded Historic LP in this category?

@Jumping@shadows I say excellent work. You took a guitar that while obviously well loved, had some modifications that made it less than stellar aesthetically and revived it into a personal instrument that anyone, regardless of what the grandstanding and armchair pontificating here and the LPF might indicate, would be ecstatic to have in their possession.

Keep doing what your doing and posting it on IG! Your account, Joe B.'s, and Greg Koch's are, as always, keeping me from deleting IG altogether.
 




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