NGD: My 1963 Burst!

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Hello!
It’s been a long time since I posted about one of my own guitars, but this is huge for me and I wanted to share with my friends here. Forgive me, because I’m going to ramble on a bit. ;)

I was born in 1963, and I’ve always wanted a guitar from that year. Now, we all know that the Burst ended in 1960, so that left me with limited options. A ‘63 Les Paul is an SG. Or I could have picked up a Fender or another Gibson model, but none of those appealed to me enough to pull the trigger. Then, a few weeks ago, my great friend and partner, Mark at Mark’s Guitar Loft floored me with this 1963 factory conversion!

It started out as a 1953 Gold Top. Then, in 1963, the neck was broken and it was sent back to Kalamazoo for repair. But instead of repairing the neck, Gibson took the guitar apart, stripped the gold, and used the body to build a new 1963 Burst! They installed a new neck complete with the thin 60 profile, Brazilian board, and gorgeous celluloid inlays. They brought it all together with a fresh cherry sunburst finish. They also put in ‘63 Black Beauty caps, reflector knobs, and CentraLab pots, while retaining the original truss rod cover, switch ring, bridge, pickguard, and other small parts like screws and bushings. This is authenticated by George Gruhn in writing. The letter is in the case.

Later on, Terry Mueller installed humbuckers and a stop tailpiece, and cut the ‘53 guard to match. There’s plenty of fade in the Burst to show evidence of the original trapeze tailpiece.

Calling it just a conversion wouldn’t do it justice. Considering that this guitar was literally built and finished by the same hands, using the same materials, in the same factory as the originals; and my great respect for Terry’s work, I’m completely satisfied in referring to this little monster as my 1963 Burst!

More pics to come, but here’s one from Mark’s site.

Cheers!
Lonnie

 

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I watched this for a while and was considering it. Good price. Just changed jobs so I decided against it. Congratulations and enjoy
 

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Nice score Lonnie! Mark's Loft is a great dealer. Always a pleasure to do business with! Congrats on your burst!
 

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Wow, very cool! I was born in 1963 as well, and I now officially hate you. :D

What is the "new" factory neck like? Is it kind of like a '63 SG shape?

Anyway, congrats! It's a beautiful burst!!! :applause:
 

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I’m still in the middle of going over it with a fine-tooth comb, preserving every original part, and replacing the repro parts on it with the good stuff, CreamTone, of course. :dude:

Once we’re finished with it, I’ll be back with a full report and some really good photos.

Cheers!
Lonnie
 

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I watched this for a while and was considering it. Good price. Just changed jobs so I decided against it. Congratulations and enjoy
All kidding aside, thank you so much for not buying it. You rock! Cheers!
 

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Wow, very cool! I was born in 1963 as well, and I now officially hate you. :D

What is the "new" factory neck like? Is it kind of like a '63 SG shape?

Anyway, congrats! It's a beautiful burst!!! :applause:
You made me laugh out loud! Haha.

The neck is indeed your typical thin 63 SG profile. I love it! Cheers!
 

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