"Cheap Epiphone Les Paul Makeover" -or- "An Extreme Lesson In Patience (and Possibly Futility) for the Practicing Guitarist" Back in January I bought a cheap, used AND abused Les Paul for $15. Honestly, I bought it cuz I wanted the pickups for another project I had going on at the time. This thing was in bad shape. As far as I can tell someone: put stickers over it; drew goofy/stupid designs on it with white-out; neglected it for months to gather dust; then decided it hadn't suffered enough, tied it to the back of their car, and did laps around an asphalt parking lot. The pickups, surprisingly enough, were fine for my purposes: the covers weren't really scratched up or cosmetically harmed at all (relatively speaking, at least). The rest of the guitar... I wish I had taken more pictures of it at this stage to give better scope of the damage. The frets were mangled: twisted and scratched beyond much hope of salvage. The bridge saddles were dented and scratched, badly: almost assuring string breakage even having the strings in the same room, let alone actually on the guitar. The pickup selector switch was broken. The edges of the guitar were chipped, worn, and dented. In fact, the whole guitar was dented. The tuners, while functional, were the bottom of the barrel for cheap Epiphone Chinese guitars. However, the back of the neck was in fairly good shape, which got me to thinking... "There is potential here."