Les Paul Studio refinish - my first burst.

Mike9

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I bought this guitar from another member here. It was a black LP Studio and had a headstock repair that was aweful - some kind of rubbery glue that failed. Anyway I stripped the guitar, pried the headstock open and washed and scraped all the bad stuff out. Then I epoxied the break and all's well. In the process the Gibson overlay suffered and since it already had some bad dings I sanded it down, epoxied a piece of maple veneer on and shot it in a matching burst. Then I applied my own logo and buried it in clear. I put a generous tummy cut on the back and taped & scraped a natural binding after shooting it with a dark cherry burst - my first. I shaved the neck to a slight V that tapers to a comfy oval and finished if in Tung Oil - really smooth and organic feeling. The finish was a learning experience, but next time will be easier and better. After a fret dressing it's getting a new bone nut, cream trim, Sheptone Tribute PAF's, RS electronics, PIO caps, locking Kluson tuners and locking TOM/STP.

Here's the before:
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And here's the after:
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Last Nerve

There is no magic tone in a decal.
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Looks GREAT!
How much time you put in on all that?
 

Mike9

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I have some time in it, but it's all in dribs and drabs like an hour here, fifteen minutes there - finish goes on in steps. The stripping, cleaning the break, carving and sanding was time consuming, but I have the equipment so it's not so bad. I've been working on it every weekday here and there for a couple of weeks. It should be done next week - it would be sooner, but I have some other repairs to do for customers.
 

trap

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looks like it's up to you're usual impeccable standards mike. i will have to check it out!!:BEER
 

Samba

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Great save. Who would have thought that there'd be such a fine piece of mahogany underneath all that black paint. A nice surprise!

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Mike9

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Great to hear such positive feedback - thank you all. In the raw it looked like a really nice plain top which I"m totally cool with, but as soon as finish hit it - the background figure popped out so I thought - "BONUS" :BEER
 

Dannc6

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Any chance you would divulge how you got the binding look on there? Also, what kind of finish did you use?

Your work is very impressive! Well done
 




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