Some Upgrades for the Birthday Burst

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  1. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    So, I redid my Les Paul, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It is a 2016 Les Paul Traditional, and, as it turns out, I got it on my 16th birthday for $1,379 (if you can remember that thread). So, here is how she looks now:
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    First thing I did, was I took off all the hardware, and ran over it with 0000 grade steel wool. Then, what I did was I used MusicNomad One guitar polish and buffed/polished it back up to semi-gloss. Now, you may not understand what I was trying to do with that, but I was trying to get the finish to look like the Gibson VOS finish. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, as it looks like it without the gunk on the finish.
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    Next, I removed the bridge studs for the Nashville, and was left with two holes. I tapped the holes, and installed the CreamTone Kalamazoo ABR-1 Conversion in aged nickel. Reason I did that, was it really opened up my black SG resonantly, and it did the same thing to this guitar. I could feel the vibrations from the strings all throughout the body and neck. The thing feels like its used to being a guitar!
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    Then, for the wiring and electronics, I put a set of OX4 low-winds in there, along with a CreamTone harness with the vintage drifted caps. The guitar sounds great, but the only thing I don't like about the Standard OX4s is the Alnico IV in the neck. I can see a magnet swap to Alnico IIs in the future.
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    Last but not least, I put all CreamTone plastics, including the new rolled TRC (thanks Lonnie!), tall PU rings, poker chip, switch tip, and knobs. I also put on aged single-ring single-line Kluson Deluxes. And after all that, besides the minor qualm with the neck pickup, I'm really happy with how it all came out. Here is some more pictures, because I know if I don't post more you guys will be mad at me.
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    Wow ! Great job Logan, she looks grand.
    I see you top wrapped too ... my man !

    You say you went over the body with steel wool ? Tell me you didn't do the pickups with steel wool too.

    Now, you gotta buy yourself a new Phillips screwdriver. My teeht hurt just looking at these ring screws.

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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! That's how the Les Paul likes to be set up :D
    I ain't stupid :rofl:
    By took off all the hardware, I meant I was left with the bare body.
    They're meant to look that way. It's vintage :rofl:
    They function perfect. I haven't done any damage to them
     
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    So, how did you age the hardware ? It looks great.
     
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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Pickup covers from OX4. All other hardware from CreamTone. Though, how you do it is put it in Tupperware, and put that in a pot with a lid with vinegar in it. Leave in for 15-30 min for desired looks. Don't put it in the actual vinegar, the fumes do all the work. That is what the Tupperware is for. You need something to separate the hardware from the vinegar.

    It HAS to be nickel or gold. Chrome won't work; that could survive a nuclear holocaust.
     
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    Looking mighty fine!

    What is it you don't like about the A4 magnet in the neck pickup?
     
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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
    It just sounds too wooly. Alnico IIs tend to be more mid-scooped, and to me it sounds like the Alnico IVs tend to have more mids, which is giving me that sound.
     
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    Looks great man.

    The real answer on the magnet for a Les Paul: short A5 (a-la T-top)
     
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    Nice job, the Les Paul looks more historic, vintage.

    I don' t understand your choice for the bridge.
     
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    Do you not see that there is no bushings for the bridge anymore? You have to tap the original holes after removing the bushings. Then, you screw the studs in directly into the body, which gives you the most wood-to-body contact which is always a good thing. I'd say it's similar to the Faber BSWKIT, but you can use any ABR-1 instead of just Faber's. If I wanted this installation for a Nashville bridge, I would go with the BSWKIT.
     
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    I mean 4 thumbwheels, special posts with Alen screwdriver print and saddles position.

    Nice guitar btw.
     
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    That is standard with CreamTone hardware. The allen-key is so you can adjust the studs, or even take them out and convert back to nashville with ease. The second set of thumbwheels is to make the studs more stable. Lots of original bursts have them.
     
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    Excellent work, Mr. Logan... :yesway:.
     
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    Update: adjusted the OX4s. Alnico IVs are staying in
     
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    A simple height adjustment, or did you do something else to them? OX4 are very nice pickups.
     
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    Height and polepiece adjustment.
     
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    Love that top, not too flamey but not too plain.
    That looks like the perfect Lester to me.

    Only thing I'd change is to black pickup ring mounting screws over the chrome ones, but that's really nitpickin'.

    Beautiful guitar Logan!
     
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    Thanks!
     

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