My '57 LP JR Historic Refinish LOTTSA PICS!

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  1. Last

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    This is my 2008 '57 LP SC RI the way I received it Spring 2009.

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    Never really was too happy with the refinished White Gloss though I was very happy with the lower price! The guitar came with the Custom Shop Case Paperwork & of course the COA.

    I verified the 'stickered' serial # (yes that's right, stickered serial# in place of the inked one) with Gibson along with some pics & it came back as a 2008 '57 Vintage Burst LP Junior Reissue. Well, I found the original Burst underneath the 1/8" thick white gloss paint.

    I stripped the entire guitar as there was no way to save the original factory finish. :(

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    The Junior on the right was my inspiration.
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    Cherry Nitro available through Stewmac. I was on a mission!

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    Very happy with the results I let it cure for a full month then began the final finish & polish as well as putting it all back together (my wife does all my solder work as I SUCK @ it).

    Vintage Death CAP (Black Beauty) pulled from a late '50's Gibson GA-5T
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    It sounds AWESOME! Just as I thought after removing so many layers of finish. :banana

    It really came out even better than I had hoped & to date I've done 8 Gibby refinishes & this will be my 1st one that I'm actually KEEPING for myself. :D

    Hope you all enjoyed the story & pictorial as much as I did working on this project. I've already got two, err, three new dings on her & I'm LOVING IT!
     
  2. Jan Folkson

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    Wow... Great job on that. Much nicer than the original white.
     
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    Well done! That guitar can breathe now! Rock on. :rockin
     
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    That is wicked, great transformation!
     
  7. Shark Sandwich

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    looks great, you did a great job! Jrs. rock!
     
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    That looks AWESOME!!!!! Nice job!!! :aok
     
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    that looks very well done mate.
     
  10. dk123123dk

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    MUCH BETTER!

    Great job.

    dk
     
  11. sliberty

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    Wow. Gorgeous job. Mine is original burst, and I love it, but your new red Jr. reminds me (in a really good way) of my 68/69 SG Standard. Got to love a heritage cherry finish on mahogony.
     
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    Great job-I love cherry Jr's
     
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    Yep that is AWESOME.
     
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    You did a great job, but if I was a real OCD vintage wonk, I'd say the finish is historically incorrect.

    Oops! I just did. Sorry.

    No seriously, it looks terrific.
     
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    Awesome work!!!

    I can't understand that first white re-fin at all... why someone would buy a burst & basically paint right over it?

    Anyways, nice save. Looks much better than the prior 2 finishes.
     
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    very nice indeed
    you wouldnt want to outine the steps would you
    i find the whole sanding sealer /filler stuff confusing
     
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    wow...you did an awesome job on that finish...very impressive.
     
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    Beautiful job!!!!

    Im suprised this hasnt been asked yet, so, here goes .... will you ask your wife if she would do the solder work on my guitars? (she did an awsomely clean job)

    Kevin

    Is "awsomely" even a word?
     
  19. Last

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    Thank you all for the very kind words. :)

    My wife also built me a 5E3 Tweed Deluxe :D

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    As for a step by step process. I did a tutorial here though it's on a Gibson BFG LP the same process is involved.
     
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    Great job! Much better.
     

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