My Les Paul Conversion?

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  1. Deuce007

    Deuce007 Member

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    Hey guys, i picked up this old 54 Junior from a friend of mine last spring, when i played the thing it was truly a revelation to my ears, i now know what some people are talking about when they speak of old wood, the resonance and sustain in this guitar was amazing.

    anyways not really being a Junior kinda guy i started thinking what can i do to save this axe and make it a player for myself..well here she is so far and i just got word that its all done and my builder is just waiting for the nitro to cure a bit then he will assemble it and send it off to me.

    I know i may get some flames for this but what can i say i think i made the right choice for me.

    just thought i would share

    cheers


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  2. Red Suede

    Red Suede Member

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    That's gonna be real good I think.
     
  3. FrankieSixxxgun

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    Holy eff, did the previous owner route that guitar with a hole saw?
     
  4. brentrocks

    brentrocks Guitar Hack/Player Gold Supporting Member

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    Shamus Supporting Member

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    Feel nothing but "GREAT".

    That poor old girl had been abused terribly. Looks good bro!
     
  6. guitarsnguns04

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    that looks sweet...please post some finished pics for us to drool on
     
  7. Axeaholic

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    holy bananas ! man that guitar had it rough !!!
     
  8. Nickguitar

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    You did a great job :BEER, just a question - did you pulled out a neck and attach it after putting maple cap?(for proper angle)
     
  9. CudBucket

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    Looks great. But you may have drastically altered all the resonance and sustain you were hearing by adding that top.

    Otherwise, it looks 1000 times better.

    Dave
     
  10. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    That guitar will sound GREAT!! good move....!!
     
  11. Deuce007

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    Thanks guys, my builder told me the maple is some hes had laying around for about 15 plus yrs, but he cant put an exact date on it. i know he told me he had to blow the dust off it from his storage room.(he doesn't use that kind of maple on his guitars)

    also, yes the neck has been reset for correct angle and as far as the fret board and the routes in the back, i have no idea that is the way the guitar was when i got it but the board does really look and smell like braz the only thing is the inlays look 70s to me i may change those out one day.

    i posted this on the LPF with a bunch of more pics back in the spring, and what we could deduct after a closer look at the nut,tenon, serial# and pots and caps we figured it was a 54 junior

    also i talked to my guy today and he told me the the guitar is still very resonant and lively and i wont be disappointed.


    thanks again
     
  12. Mark Robinson

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    Interesting plank. You are an optomist for certain. I bet it comes out great. I've never seen an early junior with a bound neck, with trapezoid inlays before, was that added later? What did the LPF guys think of that? Are you going to get a new holly overlay on the headstock, or is that masking tape?
     
  13. Mark Kane

    Mark Kane Silver Supporting Member

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    They have a different tenon so your guy either renecked it and used the board or he glued a tenon on to the end of the neck. Great looking work.
     
  14. Deuce007

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    He told me he used the same neck that it had so im a bit puzzled by the tenon also, ill see when i get it in my hands.

    on a side note,i talked to my buddy about an hour ago (original owner) and he told me the binding on the neck was put on in the 70s when they put in the inlays. also hes doing a fret job on it with new binding and nibs.

    once i get her back i think i may drop in the Historic Makeovers inlays to get it more correct looking.

    the guys on the LPF who commented on it thought it was a good move.but we will see when i get it back (how she sounds/plays)

    and yes the Holly veneer is on it now, in the pic its not

    the best part of it all is the total cost, guitar and all the work will be less than 3400 bucks.

    oh yea the pups it came with are PAT # pups, so im diggin that as well.
     
  15. MarcJ

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    Please make sure you post some pictures when you get it all back together. That's gonna be one awesome looking guitar.
     
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    Looking at that routing job makes me sick to my stomach.
     
  17. Deuce007

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    Will do, should be about 2 weeks.
     
  18. ss396

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    i would have done the exact same thing to that guitar, but maybe lean more toward an ice tea finish. anyway its beautiful and hope it sounds and plays killer.
     
  19. guitarpkr67

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    Why would you get flamed for that? Not much else you could have done with it. I saw it over at the LPF. It looks great.
     
  20. ThugLife

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    that looks rockin man!! nice work
     

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