Standard mods to your Les Pauls?

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Weak stock buttons & screws "BEGONE!!!" Replaced by jumbo strap buttons of my own design, real fur felt washers, secured by big, fat, deep, grabby screws.

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2 reasons. Traditional look of the kluson keystone buttons. And from the 2 guitars i have the klusons worked better (the ones that come standard on gibson, I assume they are kluson). The grovers that came standard were not as smooth.
I mean gibson deluxe tuners. I bought 2 new guitars since 2018. 1 with deluxe and 1 with grovers. The deluxe tuners worked better than the grovers. Modern deluxe aren't like the ones from the 50-60s.

The old reputation is no longer valid.
 

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If I could do this faster, every single les Paul I own would have 3 pups and 50s wiring(3 volumes, master tone, middle pup always hot and switch selector as normal…with the middle always hot off volume alone)

alas it takes me forever and I have so many other “projects” and I am kinda slow ha

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Modern deluxe aren't like the ones from the 50-60s.

The old reputation is no longer valid.
The ratio is much higher now than it used to be.
They are far more accurate and less likely to break, but there still isn’t very much metal in them.

Grover Rotomatics are far more durable, but they are also heavier if that’s a problem for you.
 

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Why do so many of you switch to the plain black truss covers?

More vintage looking?
 

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Why do so many of you switch to the plain black truss covers?

More vintage looking?
Personally, I just find that the headstock gets a little busy looking with the extra script.
Looking more vintage doesn't hurt though, I guess after looking at all those bursts for years before owning my first Les Paul helped to form a picture in my mind as to what they should look like, which is probably the reason I do the amber switch tip too.
White switch tips on a LP stand out to me, and not in a very good way.
 

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• Historic blank truss rod cover
• Historic rings (if cream)
• Install knob pointers
• Steel tail studs
• Aluminum tail
• Pick guard off

The knobs and switch tip depend on the guitar.
 

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Knob pointers = thumb slicers.
No thank you.

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This seems to be what I do to pretty much all of my LP's within a week or so of ownership...

-Grover tuners. I HATE Klusion's. Cheap, flimsy and wildly inaccurate compared to Grover's.
-Blank TRC (not just for a vintage vibe but it gets too busy with all that script on the headstock)
-Refret with jumbo Dunlop's and NO nibs. I have no love for nibs.
-Close tolerance CTS pots w/ proper PIO caps.
-50's style wiring.
-M69 replica mounting rings and amber switch tip.
-Nickel covers. Not a fan of expose humbuckers.
-Tone pro's hardware with aluminum tailpiece.
-Dunlop vintage style straplocks.
-D'Addario 12-52 or 13-54 depending on the LP and my needs.








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I definitely replace the Tuners, especially Kidney Tuners with some kind of Keystone Locking Tuners, be it Kluson Revolution, Graph Tech Ratio, or Gotoh.

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Weak stock buttons & screws "BEGONE!!!" Replaced by jumbo strap buttons of my own design, real fur felt washers, secured by big, fat, deep, grabby screws.

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Your guitars have a lot of weight relief lol
 

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No standard mods.

Although I do get pretty squinty checking fret level, and if there's an issue I'll run the guitar up to Gary Brawer and have him superglue the frets and give them a run on the PLEK.
 

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500K Pots and paper in oil caps. Finding the correct pickups is also very important.
 

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They don’t want to admit to what they’ve got lol
That's a strange thought concept to me.
With the plethora of choices out there, why on earth would anybody ever buy a guitar they'd be embarrassed to own when they could just pass on it and buy a different one?
 

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Pickups (I just don’t don’t get along with Gibson’s pickups), blank TR cover (or brass in the case of my custom) and that’s about it.

I used to be all about tuning machines and bridges/tailpieces and blah blah but now I just play em.
 

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