'50s Tribute>>Deluxe conversion?

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I'm bored and wobbly-popped so this is totally random, although I have thought about it a few times.

I have a '13 '50s Tribute GT with P-90s. I have wanted for the longest time (OK, maybe 30 years) a Norlin Deluxe GT. I'm wondering if it would be worth the money to have the neck and body routed and bound, and install a pair of mini-hums. It wouldn't be a real Deluxe and the body is about 1/4" thinner, but it would look good even up close. This is not for resale, and I wouldn't ever try to pass it off as a Deluxe. The serial number would identify it for what it is.

For the record, I paid $460 CND (currently $352 US) so it might be a good idea for me fiscally.

Eh? Eh?

Or convert it to a '56 and save the cost of the mini-hums. I like the P-90s.
 

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Why not just put in the mini hums and not waste $$ on the binding. Its a really expensive thing to do for very little result.

The GT already has that nice faux binding yes??
 

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The GT already has that nice faux binding yes??

No, not even that. In fact, the cap seems to be thinner than other LPs. I have an idea for making faux binding that would require deep sanding the channels and using Poly-Filla mixed with urethane but I haven't experimented yet.
 

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The originals had the clear back.....allowing the side of the maple cap to be a coloured strip as binding of sorts.
I did that to a honeyburst....removing the burst on the very edge and down the side of the maple cap and it was quite a nice effect.

I would never want to try removing wood on an assembled guitar to make binding......and I make guitars from scratch. I know what it takes to get the transition smooth. It would be a complete refin required - gold as well.
 

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I agree with ARandall, just drop in the MH pickups.
 

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I have a couple of old bolt on necks and a piece of mahogany I can experiment on. I wouldn't be removing more than 1/32-1/16" of wood, and it would be slow and tedious, for sure. I have already designed a simple tool or two to ensure even lines and depth.

I'm in no hurry to do this, I just like bound LPs and I don't have one :)
 

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I'm bored and wobbly-popped so this is totally random, although I have thought about it a few times.

I have a '13 '50s Tribute GT with P-90s. I have wanted for the longest time (OK, maybe 30 years) a Norlin Deluxe GT. I'm wondering if it would be worth the money to have the neck and body routed and bound, and install a pair of mini-hums. It wouldn't be a real Deluxe and the body is about 1/4" thinner, but it would look good even up close. This is not for resale, and I wouldn't ever try to pass it off as a Deluxe. The serial number would identify it for what it is.

For the record, I paid $460 CND (currently $352 US) so it might be a good idea for me fiscally.

Eh? Eh?

Or convert it to a '56 and save the cost of the mini-hums. I like the P-90s.

I'd go for the 56 :D

I hvae been gassing for a GT for ages but keep getting derailed buying other other but when I do it will be with P90s ;)
 

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