Refinsh this guitar...what would you do?

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  1. mikebat

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    I have this white 2013 Gibson LPJ. I got it on a lark for an insanely low price. I have worn through the laughable and incredibly thin finish within a year of sporadic playing. I removed the cheapo plastic pickup covers, and added a base plate. Those 490 series pickups are surprisingly pretty good.

    It has been setup properly and it plays and sounds great. It has the typical G string tuning issues but, it can be worked around. I use it primarily for recording and don't take it to rehearsals or live events.

    I am thinking of showing it some love by having it refinished and adding nickel covers, or swapping out the 490 pickups for something else with covers. It does not have a ton of value, so I am not really risking any resale value. I originally paid $400 for it, brand new.

    Maybe pearl white with a touch of sparkle top, black binding and a reddish stained back and neck? Maybe matte black with white body binding, the back either matching matte black or stained reddish.

    Gold top? Silver sparkle top?

    It was a maple top which has a grain pattern that looks a lot like ash....it's pretty nice actually.

    Would you do it? What would you pick?


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  2. T Dizz

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    Pelham blue.. Will look ace with binding or without.
     
  3. Drew816

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    Install covers, swap pickups with covers (and maybe wiring and pots?), I would not pay to refinish. Relic'ed the old fashion way, enjoy it for what it is.
     
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    personally, I'd leave it as is and let the natural "relicing" continue.
     
  5. mikebat

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    I like that and considered it too but I already have this awesome guitar in a Pellam-ish color, and maybe two blue guitars is too much?
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    I am not against the "keep on natural relic'ing" idea but....you have to see this finish...super thin and poorly applied. The back is shocking, they did not use any grain filler, it looks like they painted it with a roller! The transition from the maple to the mahogany is sooooo obvious and messy, they simply did not care when they finished this guitar.

    I have worn through the finish on the top edges of the body, where your picking arm meets the body, the "scrapped wood binding" effect is kinda cool.

    Keep 'em coming!
     
  7. CaptNasty

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    People pay good money for that type of relic’ing. Don’t understand why, but they do.

    At least yours is relic’d from real use. The whole relic finish from the factory thing is fake and misses the point of real wear and what it means.
     
  8. Mike9

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    That looks like a LP Studio P90 that's been routed for humbuckers. They have that unfilled, thin almost matt finish. Super easy to strip you can practically wash the finish off with solvent, but I scraped mine off, finished the back neck and sides with true oil and attempted a black and white polka dot finish on the top, but the black ran when I applied clear coat. I'm going to strip mine back and just do a black top with the cream trim.
     
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    I thought of stripping the back and sides but....they are two different types of wood, mahogany on the back and male for the neck and mis-matched look would drive me a little crazy. That is why I'd go with a tinted stain, so that they more closely resemble each other.

    You are right though, the finish does seem like it would just wash off!
     
  11. billyguitar

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    Don't refinish please. It makes more sense to put the money towards a new one if that's what you want.
     
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    That didn't take long. :rolleyes:
     
  14. doublescale1

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    Natural Finish, Red Back, Nickel/chrome hardware. An authoritative look for a Les Paul.
     
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    Personally I like the 2 woods and how they contrast. I’d sand the finish off, grain fill and tru oil it.
     
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    Pelham blue or gold.

    Those are the two best LP opaque finishes, imo.
     
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    How cool would Pelham over Gold be? Could you imagine how it would look after a bunch of wear ??
     
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    I wonder if Pelham would complete cover gold if it might influence the final shade of blue?
     
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    Metallic orange!
     
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    That is a surprising amount of wear next to the bridge pickup.
     

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