Les Paul restorations

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  1. Edmundo

    Edmundo Supporting Member

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    Over at the Les Paul Forum, Dave Johnson just finished bringing a dead '52 L.P. back to life.

    It basically went from this.....

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    to this....

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    How do you like them apples? :D

    Check out the whole enchilada here: http://vintagecheckout.smugmug.com/gallery/808920
     
  2. lhallam

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    Holy cow. That's a lot of work.
     
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    Man, that is a complete labor of love. I barely had the patience to flip through all of the slides.

    Wow, pulling the cap and replacing it, heck of a way to spend a couple of Saturday afternoon...or 50 Saturday afternoons.
     
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    the top looks like Pearly Gates, complete w/ flame weirdness around the knobs, that is very cool , what's the weight?:D
     
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    Wow, definitely a lot of work involved, but the end result is beautiful. Granted, to a stickler it may hurt it's overall value in the vintage market, but with a basket case like that it's great to see it resurrected like that. Heck, I'd play it. :D
     
  6. Edmundo

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    The guitar is outfitted all real late-50's hardware and electronics. The poker chip, the rings, and the guard are the only things non-original. I think it comes in right around 8 lbs. As far as hurting the value goes, I disagree. Compared to what it started out as, it now has an amazing top, an amazing finish, and all the right hardware where it counts. Here's the link to the thread at the Les Paul Forum where forum members are just drewling over it....http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=106460
     
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    That's incredible work!!
     
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    What a cool documentary of his work. props to his patience and skills

    Kev
     
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    Kim's guitar turned out killer. :)

    In its prior hacked to shreds state, the Gib-fiddle wouldn't have had much worth on the vintage market anyways.
     
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    Like the post on LPF says, this pic says it all:

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    :dude
     

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