Resurrection of a Junior

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  1. Deuce007

    Deuce007 Member

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    Hey guys you may remember i posted a while back about a old 54 junior i was doing i guess what you could call a conversion on, some of you wanted to see pics of the end result well here it is.

    i know its a touchy subject with some doing this kind of thing but my ultimate goal was to see if i could make (what a friend would say) a world class guitar, well the verdict is still out as im still waiting for the nitro to fully gas out but so far i could not be happier with the results, i played with the band for the first time last night and was more than pleased and i can only imagine that as time goes by and it cures more it will only get better.

    so let me present Lazarus, thanks to who ever suggested the name here on TGP.

    more photos to follow of the guts when i crack it open


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  2. Heinz W

    Heinz W Genuine '66 Relic Gold Supporting Member

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    Holy sh--! That is beautiful! Great color and flame, and I love the double whites.

    What pickups? And where did the neck/fretboard come from? I thought Jrs. had dot inlays.
     
  3. RockStarNick

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    Get the F*CK out!!!! Are u serious???? That is AMAZING!!!!
     
  4. Hackubus

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    Mucho improvement!
     
  5. indytruckboy

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    did you add a carved top?
     
  6. todd richman

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    That worked out very well!!! Beautiful top and color.
     
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    I thow up a little in my mouth every time I see the original routed body, but WOW! That fixer-upper is unreal!
     
  8. frankencat

    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    Did you have to re-set the neck or plain down the top? I am interested to know how you added a maple top to it without affecting the geometry. Very nice looking by the way. Looking forward to more pics :AOK
     
  9. cottoneyedjoe

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    That is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    What a gorgeous top! That is truly awesome work...
     
  10. Frankee

    Frankee Wartime Consigliere

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    That was a junior? Holy ****.
     
  11. LocustXReign

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    While I dig the name Lazurus, I'd like to suggest something a bit more fitting of it's history:

    GOOD COCONUTS!

    just a suggestion

    -DB
     
  12. Deuce007

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    thanks guys, to answer a few questions.

    the pickups are Wolfs Marshall heads but i have a few different sets i will be trying in it namely, Timbuckers, Wolfs Dr Vs and a set of RS True 60s

    The fret board was originally bound and trapped back in the 70s, the finger board is the original board. i think i will put in some better inlays tho soon.

    The top is a real is a maple that my luthier had laying around his shop for quite some time, he put the top carve in it by hand.

    And the neck was reset, to fit the neck angle with the new cap.

    wait to you guys see the insides, its pretty cool.

    i going to try and post more pics tonight or tomarow of the guts, what he did with the neck tenon is pretty cool
     
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    Please, please, please post pictures of the neck joint, heel area, and the area where the neck meets the body at the cutaway. I'm dying to know how the original neck could be used on a conversion like this. Did you luthier make the maple a little thicker and/or add a mahogany shim to the body to get the overall thickness right?
     
  14. RockStarNick

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    That guitar is living proof that you can, indeed, polish a turd.
     
  15. honduras

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    Stunning transformation. You have turned water into wine!
     
  16. MikeB_18

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    Wow, that's pretty amazing. You wouldn't know it wasn't a real Les Paul and you surely wouldn't know that it was a cut up Junior. At first I thought maybe this was a joke. :rotflmao

    The top looks great and the burst looks fantastic. You really brought that thing back from the dead. Amazing!

    My only question, why does it appear that the front pickup isn't centered in the ring?
     
  17. Sparky6string

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    Wow you really have something there. Did I see that guitar on Ebay? And btw how much did that end up costing you total?
     
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    Hi after seeing that it makes me wonder how many old Les Pauls are converted Juniors, I have seen 2 in Holland. So I wonder :)
    Peace Strat58
     
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  20. Deuce007

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    I picked it up from a friend whos had it since the mid 70s, total cost is just under 4K.
     

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