Sort of NGD - Finished my Deluxe to 50s P-90 conversion!

slaveone

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There is a question in here (under the parts list!). Anyhow, I'm very stoked about this. As with my recent NGD post, I acquired two GT Deluxes in recent times. I decided to convert one to P-90s and '50s wiring and hardware. It's done now, and I am very happy with the results.

Parts used:

Braided cable throughout
Switchcraft switch and output jack
CTS XL pots
Luxe repro bumble bees (.015 and .022 for neck and bridge, respectively)
Gibson Historic P-90 covers, output jack, amber switch tip, washer, pointers
Gibson P-90s 7.95 and 8.04 (neck and bridge, respectively)
Non-historic pickguard - in the photos, I have the pickguard from my mini-hum Deluxe on there. I have a historic that doesn't fit, sadly. Any ideas on where to get another Deluxe pickguard (Gibson-brand) that fits the newer guitars but has proper coloring?

Off we go!

Before shots [just stock images]...
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Stripped down...
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Old wiring, new '50s wiring with Luxe PiO repro bumble bees and CTS XL pots
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Drilling out the P-90 screw holes
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And there was an existing cut in the body wood that made a smiley face. It definitely wanted P-90s
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The neck before and after lemon oil (the left neck is on my mini-hum Deluxe, but they had an almost identical grain/coloring before)
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A few new screw holes and some additional soldering later...
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Removed the Neutrik spring jack
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Ta da!
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Sweet work, slave. :thumb:

I went through a search for a proper cream colored PG for my P90 Studio, and I couldn't find one that matched the pickups - too lightly colored.
 

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Very nice! H(sort of)NGD! :D

BTW, that "smiley" is where the neck tenon lays into the heel.

:thumb:
 

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Yep, good job! Happy "some-kind-of" NGD :).
Maybe a different bridge would be nice.
 

slaveone

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Very nice! H(sort of)NGD! :D

BTW, that "smiley" is where the neck tenon lays into the heel.

:thumb:

Thanks __HM__. Hah! That's pretty obvious now that you've said it. If the cavity were unfinished, I would have just seen the heel [tenon, rather], but somehow a little paint over the top of it and I go and anthropomorphise the thing. Oh well, I still like the idea of it smiling at its new P-90s.
 

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Sweet work, slave. :thumb:

I went through a search for a proper cream colored PG for my P90 Studio, and I couldn't find one that matched the pickups - too lightly colored.

Yeah, still no luck. It's either non-Gibson, band-aid colored or something else entirely...alas. If anyone else has any ideas, please chime in.
 

slaveone

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Thanks everyone for your kind words...I will combine quotes into single posts next time. Sorry for the flood!
 

bubba steen

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hey.

nice guitar. Was that mod/upgrade easy? Thinking of getting a deluxe and put a p90 in the neck, and leave the bridge mini hum :)
 

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Nicely done. How do you like the P-90's compared to the minihums?
 

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