- Sep 24, 2014
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That fretboard is gorgeous. Absolutely incredible.
absolutely cannot go wrong with Historic Makeovers. I had them do a '15 TH R9, I was very happy with the end result, they made the neck way better/more accurate than Gibson did. The thing which bugged me was, I shouldn't have to HM a TH R9....but I was glad I did though!
Yes the neck shape was the main reason I sent them in. Although these two were particularly nice sounding. Definite keepers. That's why I also invested in the logo upgrade. The fretboards were really nice already so did not want to mess with steaming them off and the added cost to install the Brazilian....although one day will come when I wish I did pay extra for the Brazilian I am sure.
Yeah I pretty much did he same, sans the logo. I too didn't have them redo the board. There was a time when I was toying with letting them re-do my CC2, which was my best sounding guitar I had, but the neck was just too huge. Had I decided to do it, I would have had them replace the board with nice braz since I would have been torpedoing future resale value, so why not. They may have been able to age is somewhat similar too but in the end it's stock still.
I bought a HM guitar with the board replaced a few years ago and it had a hump in the neck (owner took it back no problem). Not saying it was HM fault - it may have been an issue with that particular guitar - but I always have worried that the neck might shift if you steam the board off. It is a risk at least.
You appear to be very knowledgeable about the high end Les Pauls! Based on a comment I made in response to one of your posts, I got a private message from a very fine gentleman wanting to sell a lefty 2013 “59” Reissue that he had rework done by HM. It’s an HM RDS (not sure what that means) with Brazilian Board and custom ReWind pickups with medium aging.
I know that there are a lot of variables here but I’m trying to get a ballpark idea of what a guitar like this might cost. Been trying to research but I’m not sure what to compare it to, especially since it’s a lefty. I trust this gentleman as I have a guitar that he use to own that he had reworked by RS that is one of my favorite Les Pauls. I know it’s not a lot of info and so many variables, but any thoughts? Thanks for your time!
His price appears to be right in line with the guitars shown in the link you posted. He actually has 12K documented that he is going to forward to me tonight. Thanks again for your time!I am actually not that knowledgeable on that but I believe they were just the inhouse builds when someone traded in a guitar towards work or another guitar. Last time I talked with Kim a few months ago I do not believe they had any time to build anymore RDS right now due to too much work lined up already on customer refinishing.
You can check some old prices here:
Completely refinished and hand aged Gibson Historic Les Pauls for sale. Completed Deluxe Makeovers with Retrospec parts, ready to shiphistoricmakeovers.com
If I can be of anymore help perhaps PM me if you want some feedback on price etc.