The Official Historics & Reissues Modification Thread

Lefty Elmo

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Without starting a separate thread, I wanted to mention to the membership here at MLP, that this week Mr. Barker and I made, completed and delivered a trade, which would surprise (maybe shock) most. I haven't ask Kristian if he's comfortable about sharing the details yet, so my purpose really is just to acknowledge Kristian Barker is a class act! Our deal was based on trust, and I'm happy to say this man is a true gentleman, and one who exemplifies what is great about our hobby and this Forum. Thanks, KB! BTW, your tuners are going in the mail today
 

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Without starting a separate thread, I wanted to mention to the membership here at MLP, that this week Mr. Barker and I made, completed and delivered a trade, which would surprise (maybe shock) most. I haven't ask Kristian if he's comfortable about sharing the details yet, so my purpose really is just to acknowledge Kristian Barker is a class act! Our deal was based on trust, and I'm happy to say this man is a true gentleman, and one who exemplifies what is great about our hobby and this Forum. Thanks, KB! BTW, your tuners are going in the mail today
First off why are you up so early my friend.... :hmm:... :laugh2:!?!

Thank you for the very kind words Steve! You too are a true gentleman, and a class act.. but I don't think me saying this will be a surprise to anyone on here or that's met you!

Share away Steve, I don't believe I ever posted the specs of that great guitar that is now yours in this thread... sounds like it's time!

Cheers!
 

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Ok. So I have taken a lot of info of this forum so now I have finished this project I thought I better share:

Guitar - 2011 R0 Goldtop (I know, I know, I prefer the 60 neck)

Tuners/Tips - fake58 aged 50's style Kluson tuners with DMC post bushings

TRC - Retrospec

Nut - Nylon (Historic Makeovers)

Inlays - Retrospec Cellulose Nitrate Inlays

Fretboard - Brazilian Rosewood

Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Retrospec

Switch Tip - Retrospec

Switch Nut - Retrospec

Pickup Rings - Bartlett M69

Pickups (and Covers) - Thro-bak MT-102B

Pickguard - MojoAxe

Pickguard Bracket - DMC aged

Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Retrospec posts, DMC wheels with ECCollins Bone Saddles

Tailpiece - DMC aged

Tailpiece Studs - Retrospec Vintage length

Knobs - DMC V2 Top Hats (Vintage Smell :naughty:)

Pointers (knob) - Art of Aging

Jackplate - AOA Creme/Ivory 50s Jackplate

Pots - CTS (Jonesy Harness)

Caps - WD Oil Filled (Jonesy Harness)

Backplates - Gibson Historic (original)

Refinished - Historic Makeover RDS

Other Mods - Well all the RDS stuff. Hide glue, 50's style truss rod, top carve, Royalite binding and vintage font serial number.

Future Mods - This baby is done, except I would like a proper Lifton vintage style case. (Come on Gibson, you can do it!)

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - The Gibson parts, glue and paintjob weren't vintage correct like it says on the box,
and I couldn't live with it. Just didn't look right and I wanted it to be perfect!!

















are those the original frets?

they go right to the end of the FB!
 

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I bet they are, I can see the nibs. It's a hell of a job to refret and keeping the nibs.
 

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You guys didn't read his description, it's had a full Real Deal Series Makeover, which means (in part) that the fingerboard has been changed. The stock E. Indian board was replaced with Brazilian Rosewood.
 

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I basically just changed pots, caps, one pickup and schaller strap-locks.. :)

Guitar - 2009 '68 Reissue in Firemist with quilted top

Tuners/Tips - stock

TRC - stock

Nut - bone

Inlays - stock

Fretboard - stock

Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - stock

Switch Tip - stock

Switch Nut - stock

Pickup Rings - stock

Pickups (and Covers) - stock classic 57 at the neck, bareknuckle riff raff at the bridge

Pickguard - none

Pickguard Bracket - none

Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock

Tailpiece - stock

Tailpiece Studs - stock

Knobs - stock

Pointers (knob) - stock

Jackplate - stock

Pots - CTS 550k

Caps - matched Russian K40y-9 measured at 0.021980 uf

Backplates - stock

Refinished - stock

Other Mods - none

Future Mods - possibly other pickups

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I felt like it :D






 

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Guitar - 2007 R9

Tuners/Tips - Fake 58 mixed set

TRC - stock

Nut - Nylon (installed by HM)

Inlays - Cellulose nitrate (installed by HM)

Fretboard - Brazilian Rosewood

Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Retrospec

Switch Tip - Area 59 "dark" tip

Switch Nut - Montreux

Pickup Rings - Tom Holmes

Pickups (and Covers) - Tom Holmes

Pickguard - MojoAxe

Pickguard Bracket - stock

Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock bridge and posts and Retrospec thumbwheels

Tailpiece - stock

Tailpiece Studs - Retrospec offset aged

Knobs - Retrospec

Pointers (knob) - stock

Jackplate - stock

Pots - MSSC prewired harness

Caps - vintage Bumble Bees

Backplates - stock

Refinished - aniline dye and nitro by Historic Makeovers with top recarve and binding replacement

Other Mods - Schaller strap buttons

Future Mods - replace bridge with aged wireless ABR-1 since pics were taken

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - it's a sickness













 

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A change that I would make would be to put grover tuners.
But I have no courage to drill a new Gibson custom shop.
I prefer, in the future, buy a guitar that comes with them factory.
Anyone here changed the tuners (kluson for grover)?
 

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A change that I would make would be to put grover tuners.
But I have no courage to drill a new Gibson custom shop.
I prefer, in the future, buy a guitar that comes with them factory.
Anyone here changed the tuners (kluson for grover)?
I've drilled several Historics for Grovers. I use the technique of only reaming the back of the headstock as far as needed and leaving the rest of the original hole including the front. That way, the Kluson bushings will go back in and fit snugly with no need for conversion bushings, etc.

Here is a shot I took when I was installing a vintage nickel set that I have on my R8. It's a terrible photo, but you can see what I mean about the partial depth.


Strangely, this is the only "after" shot that I have of that one...


I also currently have this vintage gold set on my R5...
 

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Presented for your consideration: One Gibson Flying V 67RI with PRS Dragon pickups (installed before I acquired the guitar a year ago, and no I didn't do the paint job, the guitar was painted that way well before I acquired her) . . .




. . . and those pickups are about to be replaced by a pair of P94s . . .



Never thought I'd mod any of my guitars (historic or otherwise), but the PRS pickups keep malfunctioning. Recently, I got to hear a Flying V with P90s in it (a rare-ish bird, but still) and decided I'd give the bucker-size version a pull. They arrive this coming weekend.

My first mod. Should I put my head between my knees now? ;)
 

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Guitar - CC#15 Greg Martin

Tuners/Tips - Standard

TRC - Wizz

Nut - Standard

Inlays - Standard

Fretboard - Standard Rosewood

Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - DMC

Switch Tip - Wizz

Switch Nut - DMC

Pickup Rings - Wizz

Pickups (and Covers) - Bare Knuckle PG Blues

Pickguard - MojoAxe Vintage Fit

Pickguard Bracket - Standard

Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Standard

Tailpiece - Standard

Tailpiece Studs - Standard

Knobs - DMC

Pointers (knob) - Standard (aged by me)

Jackplate - Wizz

Pots - MSSC CTS Custom Audio Taper

Caps - Sprague Vitamin Q 0.022uf(MSSC)

Backplates - Standard

Refinished - no

Other Mods - none

Future Mods - none :shock:

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I'm better at modding it than playing it :shock:

























 

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V beautiful! Can I ask how did you managed to get the knob pointers aged (rust-ed) ?
 

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I put some malt vinegar in a glass, put the pointers and the nuts into a metal tea leaf strainer (which just happens to sit nicely on top of the glass), covered the whole thing with cling film to keep the vapours in, then sat the glass on top of the Aga, which is always warm, for a whole day, longer if needed. When you remove the metal bits from tea strainer, empty them onto a piece of kitchen towel and leave to dry.
 

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I put some malt vinegar in a glass, put the pointers and the nuts into a metal tea leaf strainer (which just happens to sit nicely on top of the glass), covered the whole thing with cling film to keep the vapours in, then sat the glass on top of the Aga, which is always warm, for a whole day, longer if needed. When you remove the metal bits from tea strainer, empty them onto a piece of kitchen towel and leave to dry.
great instructions! i'll got to try that one day! thanks!
 

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Ok, I figured I should probably get my rear-in-gear and add this beauty to my favorite thread on this Forum. I got this Les Paul in February in a trade deal with our ownr (Kristian) Barker. I give him credit for the vision and the time spent waiting for the job to be completed. Currently, it is largely still as I received it from him, just a couple of changes.

Hopefully Kristian will see this and correct any errors on my part.

Guitar: 2012 R8

Tuners/Tips: Fake 58

Trussrod Cover: Marks? Rolled plastic

Nut: Nylon

Inlays: Cellulose Nitrate from Historic Makeovers

Fingerboard: Brazilian From Historic Makeovers

Switchring/Pokerchip: 1958 style, from Gord Miller

Switchtip: Original 1959

Switchnut: Marks?

Pickup Rings: Bartlett

Pickups: Throbaks (awesome! as good as PAFs)

Pickguard: Mojoaxe

Pickguard Bracket: Stock

Bridge, posts/thumbwheels Stock. retrospect?

Tailpiece: Pigtail

Tailpiece Studs: Retrospec Offset

Knobs: Monster Relic

Pointers: Stock?

Jackplate: Stock?

Pots: RS Superpots

Caps: Neck is NOS Sprague "Black Beauty" .015. Bridge is same, but .022

Backplates: Stock

Refinished: Historic Makeovers "Real Deal Series"

Future Mods: Only to play it, gig it and enjoy it.



 

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Guitar - CC#15 Greg Martin




I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I'm better at modding it than playing it :shock:

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This is funny! But true for many people. It's ok though, they are your guitars and enjoy them how you like. Sometimes mods inspire you to play better. :)

My mods rule is, if I play it for a couple weeks and it doesn't function or sound right, then I change it. Luckily for me Les Pauls mostly function right. Nut and fret work sometimes, but that's about it. And sound? I need to hear it in a band mix for several times then MAYBE, I will think about pickups or pots.

I usually buy guitars that already sound right. My 2014 R8 sounds right, my 2013 R9 was muddy, but I gave it weeks before changing it. Pots and pickups and its the bomb. The R8 is already perfect luckily. Both had Gibson CB pickups, sounded very different. Now one has BB and one still CB and they sound more similar. If I didn't like Gibson pickups, I probably would find a different brand of guitar.
 

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Guitar: 2014 R9

Tuners/Tips: Stock

Trussrod Cover: WIZZ

Nut: Stock Nylon

Inlays: Stock

Fingerboard: Stock

Switchring/Pokerchip: Montreux

Switchtip: Unsure, just found it in a bag of parts I had. It's smooth, no mold lines.

Switchnut: Vintage Relic

Pickup Rings: WIZZ

Pickups: OX4 Carter Vintage Guitars Set w/ Throbak covers and Vintage Relic pole pieces

Pickguard: Mojoaxe

Pickguard Bracket: Stock

Bridge, posts/thumbwheels: Faber ABRH Bridge

Tailpiece: Faber (Not shown)

Tailpiece Studs: Faber Locking (Not shown)

Knobs: Creamtone True Vintage

Pointers: Stock

Jackplate: Stock

Pots: Stock

Caps: Luxe Woman tone bumblebee set

Backplates: Stock

Future Mods: HM RDS one day!

 

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Hopefully Kristian will see this and correct any errors on my part.

Guitar: 2012 R8

Tuners/Tips: Fake 58

Trussrod Cover: Marks? Rolled plastic - Dave Johnson

Nut: Nylon

Inlays: Cellulose Nitrate from Historic Makeovers

Fingerboard: Brazilian From Historic Makeovers

Switchring/Pokerchip: 1958 style, from Gord Miller

Switchtip: Original 1959

Switchnut: Marks? - DMC

Pickup Rings: Bartlett

Pickups: Throbaks (awesome! as good as PAFs)

Pickguard: Mojoaxe

Pickguard Bracket: Stock

Bridge, posts/thumbwheels Stock. retrospect? - Bridge is stock, Posts & Thumbwheels are Faber

Tailpiece: Pigtail

Tailpiece Studs: Retrospec Offset - Retrospec Vintage Length, not offset

Knobs: Monster Relic

Pointers: Stock? Yes

Jackplate: Stock? - DMC

Pots: RS Superpots

Caps: Neck is NOS Sprague "Black Beauty" .015. Bridge is same, but .022

Backplates: Stock - MojoAxe Aged

Refinished: Historic Makeovers "Real Deal Series"

Future Mods: Only to play it, gig it and enjoy it.
This is what I remember (in Red).


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Thanks Kristian! I'm still loving this guitar! I added one more mod to her. In my quest for the perfect pokerchip, I bought an original 1968/69 chip. These are a gnat's whisker from being identical to a 1959/60 pokerchip. Pics soon.
So, what's up with your R9 these days? Any mods to her?
 




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