Refinish - Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute

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I bought this a few years back used from a guitar store for £499. It looks to be originally finished in ebony, then has had a refinish at some point in GT and change to black plastics and Grover's and the maple cap scraped to resemble a kind of faux binding like the newer Tributes. Also the Gibson P90's have been replaced with Bare Knuckle items.
It seems to have had a nitro finish applied but it's never cured properly/hasn't been applied properly? This means contact with literally anything for short periods reacts and leaves marks, imprints, patterns, fluff! Lil bit annoying.
So I decided to strip the finish. Plan is a simple rebuild with rewire, change to Gibson tuners, hopefully some original Gibson P90's if I can source for a reasonable price, and of course refinish.
Looks to be a 4 piece back, one piece Mahogany neck, 2 piece maple cap from what I can tell.

Part of me wants to keep the Maple cap visible -trans finish - possibly attempt a burst even, part of me is thinking Goldtop or Pelham Blue with natural back.
Then there's the finish. A satin nitro finish, a heavy gloss nitro finish. A thin poly finish??
I had very good results refinishing the top on an LP copy, Pelham Blue and poly finish. But a little part of me feels bad finishing a Gibson in anything but nitro.
Thoughts on what finish to go with?
 

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I like that top, I would do a burst. The back a little ugly with that many pieces I would do some kind of dark back.
 

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You’ve put in a lot of work getting this to where you’re at. You have the opportunity to finish this in a unique way if you choose. I used water based stains from StewMac when putting together a guitar back in 95/96 with a sunburst. I was happy with the blend. It was my first time using nitro and now looks heavily reliced.

If I do another guitar I’ll probably do a medium/dark blue to black type sunburst and use a thin gloss poly finish. This is your guitar to make it what you want. Best of luck and please share pictures.
 

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I like that top, I would do a burst.
Yes, and besides being pretty, it also so well matched it looks like it is almost a one-piece top and with nice grain patterns. It would be shame to cover that. That is one thing I really like about plain tops is that "one piece" look instead of a wild-flame zipper.
 

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Yes, and besides being pretty, it also so well matched it looks like it is almost a one-piece top and with nice grain patterns. It would be shame to cover that. That is one thing I really like about plain tops is that "one piece" look instead of a wild-flame zipper.
Lol yes.
 

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Yes, and besides being pretty, it also so well matched it looks like it is almost a one-piece top and with nice grain patterns. It would be shame to cover that. That is one thing I really like about plain tops is that "one piece" look instead of a wild-flame zipper.
I do really like the top and it took me a minute or two to find the seam as it is very well matched.


I agree the back is a bit ugly hence it became what it became originally I guess, but sometimes ugly is beautiful lol.
I already have a Goldtop Tribute but I do love a P90 Goldtop with ivory/cream plastics. Classic look..
I also already have a Pelham Blue LP copy.

I've been leaning towards a tobacco burst or smokeburst with dark back for the burst idea, then either Pelham Blue or GT for the solids with a kind of rich natural finish to the back.
 

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