My CC#8 Beast is Complete - A Pictorial

hidetox

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so, I'm very very inspired by our fellow member, Faceman's post last feb for sharing his journey on modding his Shanks. The thread is something like - my Shanks is Complete. After my own little adventure of modding that last about one year or so, I think i can say the same for my Beast at this moment. :slash:

Getting parts and upgrading the plastics and the metal bits are definitely 'a slippery road.' Being new to this game, no doubt some coins were lost after many trial and errors. Getting another Les Paul / another amp is clearly out of question. Thus, sourcing parts online, waiting patiently for them to arrive and fit them onto the Beast became my closet 'retail therapy' indulgence.

The Bernie Marsdern's original was heavily researched on. Thanks a couple of magazines, Burst serials and a couple of youtube sources, I'd had gained some interesting insights about the aesthetic qualities ( of the various parts ) of the Beast.

lets us have a look at the original Beast - image is from burstserial.com



First of all,
- we can observe the mismatched Pickup rings. The neck is in a darker cream while the bridge is of a lighter bone.
- The pick guard's profile is also pretty unique to the Beast.
- The Pick guard mounting ring's metal is heavily oxidized.
- No text seem's to be left in the poker chip.

Found in some other images from magazines -
- The bottom part of the neck pick up ring has a slight dent.
- One screw is missing for the input jack. Bernie mentioned that the proto he had received captures this detail )
- One last observation, the knob pointers on the Neck's Tone is not in it's usual position. so, that's one final 'mod' I've yet to perform.

As a result of these observations, I then embark on this slippery journey of trying to match the aesthetic qualities ( of the various parts ) of the Beast to my very own CC#8. The flames on the original Beast is something I couldn't replicate, unfortunately. Anyways, here's the lowdown -

• ThroBak Vintage accurate MXV Pickup Covers
• Throbak Pickup Mounting Rings to match original shades – Cream and Bone.
• DMC – Version 2 Aged Top Hat Knobs.
• Mojoaxe Custom ‘Beast –Cut’ aged ( to match original ) pick guard.
• MojoAxe aged Buttons for Schaller Strap Locks.
• Vintage 50’s original Truss Rod Cover with aged screws.
• or a MSSC Aged Truss Rod Cover with rolled marks.
• Callah am ABR-1 Bridge with Vintage Studs.
• TruVintage Brass Thumbwheels.
• Pigtail Aged Light Weight Stop Bar.
• MSSC Aged Nickel Steel Tailpiece Studs.
• MSSC Holy Grail 50’s Harness with vintage 50’s Bees.
• Montreux Time Machine Aged '59 Replica Course Knurl Toggle Switch Deep Nut.
• Montreux Time Machine Aged '59 Replica Catalin Switch Tip.
• RS Guitarworks Aged 50s Replica ‘Thumb Cutters’ Pointer Washers.
• TruVintage '50's style Les Paul Cream Jackplates - heavily aged.
• Retrospec Aged Poker Chip.
• Badly oxidized vintage Pick Guard Mounting Bracket with screws.
• Creamtone back plates.
• Original Gibson Historic Reissue Les Paul Case Candies + Paperwork. - just to make it 'complete' and to fulfill my inner OCD.
• Flash Drive documenting the original BEAST’s Official Information + Magazine Scans / Videos. - compilation of my research. It's almost like a portfolio for the Beast.

as the sun's pretty good today, I've managed to take some ' glam / portfolio' shots to share. here's my amateur attempt & may i humbly present you, The Beast. Enjoy !







Its not so obvious here but Dan from mojoaxe has kindly helped to aged the pickguard to match the Beast's yellowed parts.



i am really loving these DMC knobs. went through a couple of others and im really glad that the DMC knob is on my Beast. and gee, they're so expensive! glad that i've secured mine through a fellow forum member.







In the engine room - Powered by MSSC holy grail harness. thanks Matt!



I'll eventually pass this guitar to my daughter should I leave this world earlier and meet the Lord. In the event that she may need some cash, this is one picture she'll definitely need to get this sold.

one last shot for the day.



Now that it seems that my exploration must end now. So, time for me to improve on my sloppy playing!

It's been such a fun journey and ive learnt heaps of stuffs. If ever I'll embark on this same journey, I think I'll go through less hard knocks for sure. That being said, the valuable resources on this forum and of course, kind people here have helped me a lot. So, thanks to you guys! ....
 

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That's awesome! Your guitar looks wicked, I love it! Great post with very clear and detailed photos, thank you for putting it up.
 

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thanks for sharing and listing the parts. That's great attention to detail!
 

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Very nicely done! Great attention to detail. :thumbs:
 

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You could switch your R9 with the real Beast and Bernie wouldn't know the difference. :shock:
 

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Looks great! Nice list of upgrades.
I own a Shanks and did some parts replacing myself. As fun as it is to start to piece all the stuff together, try something not like it, try something else, I couldn't help myself from thinking what a shame it is that Gibson doesn't do it for me for the price of thee damn things.
 

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Beautiful job, It looks better than the original.
 

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Nice. I'm curious to know what you thought of the tonal differences in the tailpiece, studs, etc.
 

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That's awesome! Your guitar looks wicked, I love it! Great post with very clear and detailed photos, thank you for putting it up.
Long may you enjoy the Beast! Looks great.
Awesome fiddle
Nice job done! :applause:
Awesome, thanks for sharing!:applause:
Great job, congrats. :dude::dude:
Looks like a beast, no pun intended

Really does look fantastic.
It looks good, you did an incredible job!!!

thanks all for those kind comments! hope you've enjoined reading about the journey as much as i do. :)
 

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thanks for sharing and listing the parts. That's great attention to detail!
Very nicely done! Great attention to detail. :thumbs:
Looks great! Nice list of upgrades.
I own a Shanks and did some parts replacing myself. As fun as it is to start to piece all the stuff together, try something not like it, try something else, I couldn't help myself from thinking what a shame it is that Gibson doesn't do it for me for the price of thee damn things.
Looks killer.

Great attention to the details.

Fantastic job.
ah.. the details. there's an architect named , Mies van der Rohe, and one of the things he was propagating is - ' God is in the details '

indeed, i'm sure many of the cc8's owners felt that the aging of these parts are awfully lacking. While one can understand that it takes a lot of effort for the production line to make minor adjustments for the Pickguard's unique profile but that profile, is surely the Beast's uniqueness.

now the the TH is out. I'm waiting to see if Gibson would step up their game in terms of getting the aged parts closer to the originals as in their CC's.
 




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