My BadMojo Makeover experience

ESchmidt

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Hello everyone! I would like to take some time today to share my thoughts on working with Andy at BadMojo makeovers. But first the back story of the guitar:

I purchased a 1971 Les Paul Deluxe off of Reverb a few years ago. It was originally a factory goldtop, but at the time of purchase had the top stripped off and finished natural (badly I might add). It also had a poor re-fret job and was once routed for humbuckers but then filled for mini hums to go back in. It was the ultimate players guitar and project for the following two reasons: 1-Look at that flame top! 2-it has a nice chunky neck (fairly rare for a 70s Les Paul). So I decided to have it converted to specs of my choosing. I sent it off to a vintage repair specialist Chad Fitzpatrick at CF Restorations and had the top finished in the beautiful faded honeyburst you see. I also had him re-fret the guitar, add cellulose nitrate inlays, re-radius the fretboard, re-carve the top to a deeper dish, and rout for PAFs. He did all of this work flawlessly and I cannot recommend him enough for vintage restorations.

But one thing that I always kicked myself for was leaving the back and sides the factory brown color, as seen on a goldtop. It did not look too out of place considering the top color was a faded honeyburst, but I knew I would not be happy unless the project was finished and the sides and back were done in a faded cherry red.

I learned about Andy from Badmojo Makeovers on this forum and everybody I spoke to had nothing but good things to say about him and his work. I figured he would be a great choice to finish my project. I sent Andy my guitar to have him strip and refinish the back and sides to a faded cherry red, on the cusp of turning orange. He also added the headstock stinger and re-stamped the serial number in a 1950s typeface. He nailed the color exactly and I could not be happier with how everything turned out. He took notice to include things such as a little binding bleed and making sure the weather checking extended over the binding, so everything looks correct. He also aged the newly refinished back and sides to match the aging and patina on the top. You would be hard-pressed to tell that they were refinished nearly two years apart from each other. Throughout the process Andy was patient with me and responded to emails and calls quickly. His customer service matches his excellent skill. I would like to express my thanks to him for finishing this project for me. Now on to the pictures!!










 
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What's the story on stingers, are they to cover a break or just a personal choice?
 

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I'm not 100% sure, but from what I've read stingers were there to cover up a blemish such as a mineral streak or knot. I just happen to like the look and figured it would make my guitar even more unique.
 
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Thanks for the shout out Eric! I can definitely see why you fell in love with that beauty. I’m glad I could be part of its history.

-Andy
 

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The color is really nice. I like the multi-piece top a whole lot. It's beautiful and also unpretentious. In these days of flamboyant veneers over crap wood, seeing something so obviously solid and honest us really nice. Relic-ing is not for me, but in this case does not influde the ricicoulsyly exaggerated stuff that yells "fake"! Great guitar!
 

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The color is really nice. I like the multi-piece top a whole lot. It's beautiful and also unpretentious. In these days of flamboyant veneers over crap wood, seeing something so obviously solid and honest us really nice. Relic-ing is not for me, but in this case does not influde the ricicoulsyly exaggerated stuff that yells "fake"! Great guitar!
Thank you for the kind words, very much appreciated!
 

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Beautiful axe, outstanding!

What great craftsmanship , a true work of art.

Not only functional , but worthy of being displayed like you would sculpture , painting etc...

Congratulations , I obviously love it!
 

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Very Nice guitar and the result of the refinishing looks top notch! I do really like stingers so I believe you made the right choice.
 

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E Schmidt - You have a Wonderful Guitar refinished by Andy at BADMOJO - I myself cannot say enough good things about his work. I have a couple of guitar techs that do very high quality work - but they take FOREVER , like a couple of years because they are tied up on jobs that are easier and pays their rent IMMEDIATELY. I sent my SG Jr for a refin and it was done FAST ! Within 8 months, the work that Andy did was OUTSTANDING. He even recommended that I have a "stinger" placed on my guitar, and it really looks awesome. Andy is the best in answering emails to keep you posted on the status of your guitar. He was so very prompt and patient in answering my emails that everything was done via emails - I NEVER called him on the phone, amazing ! Somewhere in the very near future, I will send another SG Jr to him for a refin. His work is terrific - so I would definitely recommend anyone who is considering a refin to give Andy at BadMojo a "shout" - you will not be disappointed !
 
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Thanks for the kind words @BA-CHEE, Andy certainly knows his stuff. I sent him a 2017 historic for a complete Pearly Gates inspired conversion along with being fitted with many vintage 1950s parts. I am looking forward to seeing his work on that one!
 
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