The Official Historics & Reissues Modification Thread

tspoon5150

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Guitar -2006 R9 African Zebra Burst

Tuners/Tips - Retrospec Single lines w/Uncle Lou's

TRC -Rolled RetroSpec

Nut - Nylon 6/6

Inlays - RetroSpec Celluloid

Fretboard - Brazilian Rosewood

Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - RetroSpec

Switch Tip - RetroSpec

Switch Nut - RetroSpec

Pickup Rings - OTP

Pickups (and Covers) - Tom Holmes

Pickguard - MojoAxe, not installed yet, maybe later

Pickguard Bracket - Not Installed, Vintage Clone

Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Faber ABR w/RetroSpec post & thumb wheels

Tailpiece - Pig Tail from BCR Greg

Tailpiece Studs - Offset RetroSpec

Knobs - 52 year old originals

Pointers (knob) - RetroSpec

Jackplate -Vintage Clone

Pots -RS Guitarworks

Caps - RS Guitarworks Bumble Bees

Backplates - Stock

Refinished - Historic MakeOvers per color of the original African Burst

Other Mods -Neck Reset, Top Re-Carve, Royalite Binding, Real Deal Series, Hide Glue

Future Mods - None, Maybe install the pick guard

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - Wanted a better sounding and

looking guitar closer towards an original......Correct lacquer and be a member of the Cork Sniffing Crowd......












 

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:wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: and one more for good measure :wow:

I don't think I've seen a more perfect top and HM did a great job with the color. Beautiful guitar Tommy!
Thanks, it was Kim and gang that made it happen.......Thanks to
BCR Greg for finding this beast for me.....

It is my current number one player and even better in person.......

Amazing to say the least......

All the ones you posted and others in OP threads are knockouts and don't think any
are above the others, they are all winners and worth checking out......

I like them all......
 

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Nice boys!!! Great looking guitars with sweet mods... :thumb:!

Come on, I know there are way more modified Historics out there! Let's see them!
 

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Fantastic thread idea, Barker!

I'll post some new photos this weekend along with full details. I don't have any taken yet that reflect the most recent changes. :naughty:
 

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......Correct lacquer and be a member of the Cork Sniffing Crowd......












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Nice! So I just have to ask...... What does the cork smell like?
 

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Okay here's mine !

2004 reissue '58 :
Tuners - vintage Grover "pat pend."
TRC -Rolled RetroSpec
Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Montreux
Switch Tip - RetroSpec
Switch Nut - RetroSpec
Pickup Rings - OTP
Pickups (and Covers) - Duncan Antiquity
Pickguard - MojoAxe
Pickguard Bracket - DMC
Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Pigtail APR w/RetroSpec post & thumb wheels
Tailpiece - DMC
Tailpiece Studs - RetroSpec
Knobs - Montreux
Pointers (knob) - DMC
Jackplate -Montreux
Pots - Dr. Vintage
Caps - Luxe Bumble Bees

 

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Although I know they are not heavily modified, here are my two LP Historics I changed a few things about:

Guitar - '06 Gibson 59LP Historic


Tuners/Tips - stock
TRC - stock
Nut - stock
Inlays - stock
Fretboard - stock
Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - stock (wow, this gets really unconftable!:lol:)
Switch Tip - stock
Switch Nut - stock
Pickup Rings - stock
Pickups (and Covers) - Dave Stephens Vintage LAB II (YES!:laugh2:)
Pickguard - stock
Pickguard Bracket - stock
Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock
Tailpiece - stock
Tailpiece Studs - stock
Knobs - stock
Pointers (knob) - stock
Jackplate - All Parts silver (metal) jackplate - the originals tend to brake within a month or two if I use the guitar.
Pots - CTS 500 audio taper for volume CTS 500 linear for Tone
Caps - Original 50ies 400V Bees
Backplates - stock
Refinished - Def. Not!
Other Mods - do strap locks count?
Future Mods - none

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - It really makes the guitar sound better! And that's all I am after. I want to let my guitars age with me.



And here comes my number two:

Guitar - '06 Gibson 58LP Historic


Tuners/Tips - stock
TRC - stock
Nut - stock
Inlays - stock
Fretboard - stock
Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - stock
Switch Tip - stock
Switch Nut - stock
Pickup Rings - stock
Pickups (and Covers) - Bridge: '63/'64 ( I don't remember) Patent number pickup rewound by Dave Stephens to around 9 kOhm IIRC. Bridge Pickup is a Seymour Duncan '59.
Pickguard - stock
Pickguard Bracket - stock
Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - stock
Tailpiece - stock
Tailpiece Studs - stock
Knobs - stock
Pointers (knob) - stock
Jackplate - Allparts? gold (metal) jackplate
Pots - CTS 500 audio taper for volume and tone
Caps - Original 50ies 600V Bees
Backplates - stock
Refinished - Def. Not! But started to fade a little
Other Mods - strap locks
Future Mods - Searching for an early PAT that needs a rewind and put it in the neck position.

 

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Guitar - 2010 R9 Iced Tea VOS
Tuners/Tips - Factory Historic tuners / Vintage Haven tips
TRC - Retrospec
Nut - Factory nylon, recut by me
Inlays - Factory Historic
Fretboard - Factory Historic
Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - Retrospec (I believe this is a Montreux part as I also have another in the package and can't tell any difference)
Switch Tip - :dunno: I've had too many go through my hands to keep track. It came from my parts drawers. Could be anything from Allparts to vintage.
Switch Nut - Fake58, slightly distressed by me.
Pickup Rings - OTP Bone NOS (I need to dirty these up a bit through hard love)
Pickups (and Covers) - Throbak SLE-101 Plus MXV, short A5 mags, Throbak covers
Pickguard - Mojoaxe - This isn't the regular color. Dan actually contacted me after seeing my photos and sent me one to better match the OTP Bone rings. What a great guy! This is a slightly lighter version of the same material he normally uses. It'll age naturally alongside the rings.
Pickguard Bracket - Factory Historic (do I need a new one, guys? which one?)
Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Pigtail bridge, Retrospec thumbwheels, factory posts which will likely be replaced soon with 6-32 SS for a little more brightness and stability.
Tailpiece - Pigtail
Tailpiece Studs - Pigtail vintage length
Knobs - Fatboy
Pointers (knob) - Retrospec
Jackplate - Montreux
Pots - TVT, aged by me
Caps - 50's Sprague Bumblebees (hand picked at exactly .022 each, leads restored by me)
Backplates - Factory Historic
Refinished - VOS gunk thoroughly removed and polished with Virtuoso for a gloss finish
Other Mods - Pickup ring mounting screws and height adjustment screws from Steve at Vintage Haven. TRC screws from Kim at Retrospec. Strings are Pyramid Pure Nickel Classics

Future Mods - Mapleflame bridge posts, vintage Kluson tuners, natural aging "long term project" lol, maybe a new PG bracket. Some have said I need new inlays. What do you think?

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I wanted to bring the sound (bridge/tail hardware and electronics) and looks (everything else) as close to a burst as possible.

I owe you guys some new photos. These don't reflect the new Vintage Haven tips and I've been peddling these around for months now anyway. I'll try to get some taken this week and edit this post with them.




 

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cooljuk, I believe you already know the answer to your question... :hmm:.

Future Mods - Mapleflame bridge posts, vintage Kluson tuners, natural aging "long term project" lol, maybe a new PG bracket. Some have said I need new inlays. What do you think?

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because - I wanted to bring the sound (bridge/tail hardware and electronics) and looks (everything else) as close to a burst as possible.
You spent the time (and money) to get everything else on your guitar "as close to a burst as possible", and your R9 looks absolutely killer! I think you would be very pleased if you did the inlays. I wasn't sure about doing mine, and thought the stock ones were fine, but one day I said f*ck it and did them. Visually the difference is huge, and I'm really pleased I took it to the next level. I believe they look way better, and will change them on any Historic I own in the future!
 

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I agree. While they def were not a 10 minute job like was explained to me, they do look a mile better. My advice though is that if you aren't a wood worker or luthier, don't do it yourself.
 

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I agree. While they def were not a 10 minute job like was explained to me, they do look a mile better. My advice though is that if you aren't a wood worker or luthier, don't do it yourself.
I think it's strange that as much as I obsess about the cream colors of plastics or pickup cover shape, the inlays have just never bothered me. Is it the swirl pattern that looks "wrong" on Historics? If it's just the color (should be more yellow/brown) I figure that will come on it's own in time. :dunno: The shrinking, I don't care about as much. I've seen old Gibsons that do not have shrunken inlays so I don't feel it's "wrong" to not have shrunken ones. ...just like tuner tips.

btw - I'm well aware that at the end of this conversation I'll likely have less money. :laugh2:
 

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Guitar – 2007 Iced Tea R9

Tuners/Tips – Original 58-59 Kluson Deluxe Single Line with repro Single Ring Tips

TRC - Stock

Nut - Stock

Inlays - Stock

Fretboard - Stock

Switch Ring - Fatboy

Switch Tip - Fatboy

Switch Nut – Fake 58

Pickup Rings – Gil Yaron

Pickups – Timbuckers, Zebra

Pickguard - Fatboy

Pickguard Bracket - Stock

Bridge – Stock ABR-1 with stainless steel posts and Tonepros Thumbwheels

Tailpiece - Stock

Tailpiece Studs – RS Guitarworks

Knobs – RS Guitarworks

Pointers (knob) - Stock

Jackplate - Fatboy

Pots – RS Guitarworks superpots, 50’s wiring

Caps – Luxe® PIO Bumblebee

Backplates - Stock

Refinished - No

Other Mods - No

Future Mods – Maybe a non-wire ABR

I Made The Mods To My Guitar Because – I never liked the pinkis color of the stock plastic, and I never found a real substitute for real deal Klusons. Studs and electronic upgrades because “it’s worth it”

 

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Guitar - 2001 Custom Authentic 1958

Tuners/Tips - DMC

TRC - Retrospec

Nut - Standard

Inlays - Retrospec

Fretboard - Deep dark rosewood

Switch Ring (aka.. Poker Chip) - FatBoy

Switch Tip - FatBoy

Switch Nut - Retrospec

Switch selector - Gibson

Pickup Rings - FatBoy

Pickups (and Covers) - DMC V.II

Pickguard - FatBoy

Pickguard Bracket - Original 50´s

Bridge (posts, and thumbwheels) - Early 60´s original bridge, Retrospec thumbwheels

Tailpiece - Gibson

Tailpiece Studs - Retrospec Off set

Knobs - Retrospec

Pointers (knob) - Original 50´s

Jackplate - FatBoy

Pots - CTS 550K+/-

Caps - Original Bumble Bees

Backplates - Gibson

Refinished - Custom age work personally done

Strap Bottons - Original 50´s

Pickups - WIZZ

Other Mods - Red cherry under corresponding plastics

Future Mods - Change to more accurate Rings, Hysteric tailpiece, Throbak covers and probably a Historic Makeover.

 

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I think it's strange that as much as I obsess about the cream colors of plastics or pickup cover shape, the inlays have just never bothered me. Is it the swirl pattern that looks "wrong" on Historics? If it's just the color (should be more yellow/brown) I figure that will come on it's own in time. :dunno: The shrinking, I don't care about as much. I've seen old Gibsons that do not have shrunken inlays so I don't feel it's "wrong" to not have shrunken ones. ...just like tuner tips.

btw - I'm well aware that at the end of this conversation I'll likely have less money. :laugh2:
First off, (as you know) we are all crazy... :laugh2:.

The biggest thing is the pattern (because of what they are made of). The Historic ones are 'really busy' looking, and the vintage accurate celluloid ones have a nice subtle change in their look. Color differs too....

If you don't feel the need to change them don't do it, this will save you cash now and in the future.... :laugh2:. I say this because if you change them on one guitar you'll want to do to any others you own.

I think I have some comparison pictures, I just need to find them, and I'll post them.
 

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I thought I had better comparison pcitures, but this is the best I could find.

This picture is of my R6 with Historic Inlays.



This picture is of my R8 in similar lighting with DJ Celluloid Inlays.



You decide, I think the Historic ones look fine (and like I said earlier) I never intended to change them out of my R8, but I just woke one day and said "f*ck it" and did it. I figured I had spent so much cash getting everthing on my R8 'right' I might as well just do it!
 

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I agree. While they def were not a 10 minute job like was explained to me, they do look a mile better. My advice though is that if you aren't a wood worker or luthier, don't do it yourself.
I agree... :thumb:!
 

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I thought I had better comparison pcitures, but this is the best I could find.

This picture is of my R6 with Historic Inlays.



This picture is of my R8 in similar lighting with DJ Celluloid Inlays.



You decide, I think the Historic ones look fine (and like I said earlier) I never intended to change them out of my R8, but I just woke one day and said "f*ck it" and did it. I figured I had spent so much cash getting everthing on my R8 'right' I might as well just do it!
When i first got my R8 the inlay where the last thing on my head, but then that little anoying bug started to buzz, and then one day i did it my self and it was thanks to Kim from HM that i did.


 

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Thanks Nico!

Come on cooljuk.... I know you want to chage them now...... :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:
 


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