62 les pual custom

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Hello everyone I'm new to this forum I have a 62 les pual custom that my dad gave me its in rough condition has a bad twist in the neck and needs to be restored I thought if I posted some pictures maybe some of you could tell me the value of these guitar the way it is and what it might cost to get it restored and where I might get it restored thanks sheldon
 

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Hello everyone I'm new to this forum I have a 62 les pual custom that my dad gave me its in rough condition has a bad twist in the neck and needs to be restored I thought if I posted some pictures maybe some of you could tell me the value of these guitar the way it is and what it might cost to get it restored and where I might get it restored thanks sheldon
Hello everyone I'm new to this forum I have a 62 les pual custom that my dad gave me its in rough condition has a bad twist in the neck and needs to be restored I thought if I posted some pictures maybe some of you could tell me the value of these guitar the way it is and what it might cost to get it restored and where I might get it restored thanks sheldon
 

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Here is a few pictures
 

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Welcome Sheldon. There are many folks more experienced than myself that will be able to throw numbers at you in regards to value and restoration.

I will say this though, that guitar is an excellent candidate for a restoration, of for nothing else the sentimental value. A custom 62 is a rare bird, and will be a great piece to any collection. It will come with some work and cost, but I would be surprised if you have any regrets
 

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Welcome. I'm no restoration specialist either but I did have a 61 Standard I inherited in similar condition successfully restored recently. Its the middle one in the pic- sorry I haven't a shot to hand of it on its own.

I was lucky that the PAFs were still there. Hope yours are, although it seems a bit unlikely that someone stripped all the other parts and left the most valuable bits.

Good luck with it. IMG_20201221_150134115.jpg
 

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The most concerning thing from a restoration standpoint would be the neck twist. Those can be tough to impossible to correct. Check with some music stores in your area for a skilled luthier to check it over completely. It won't be cheap if the twist is bad, but a 62 custom is worth fixing up. Restored won't be worth what an unrestored original will bring, but should be worth more than it is at the moment. I'm not the one to give a value, but if it was mine I'd fix it up. My best guess is the finished value would be about half what an unrestored original would bring which ain't chicken feed... a lot will depend on the skill of the restorer, so find someone who knows what they are doing there.
 

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PAF isa pick up Gibson used from 1956-1962, so short window. They were used on higher end Gibsons and are extremely desirable and fetch a solid price, in a guitar or out.

the PAF, stands for “patent applied for”. These pickups were designed by Seth Lover and used by Gibson, not not patented at the time. Later in the 60’s, 67-68, Gibson switched to the patented T-Top pick ups. Think early ACDC sound. Also good, but the PAF pickups are extremely collectible and one of the most replicated pickups on the market

I am out of touch on prices these days, but a pair (let alone 3) PAF’s would likely bring offers from $1400 - 2500. A lot of factors can effect price, condition, covers, corrosion, wire condition, matching set, vs a single etc.

A grade “A” matching set with covers could bring $3,000 from the right buyer. Possibly more. But takes the right buyer
 

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Very cool guitar that seems to need almost everything done to it.

Best thing to do is to find an experienced luthier to examine it and make a list of repairs needed. Some neck twisting can be ok for playability, and it's very difficult for us to really tell how much of a twist you have from photos.

The one catch about restoring guitars like this, aside from the money needed, is finding the right person. I've had at least one repair in the past that I was not happy with. Also, the good repair guys have waiting lists as they are super-busy, so there's that to take into consideration.

On the subjects of PAFs, I would say that each vintage pickup is closer to $2-2.5k from what I've been seeing lately, although it is possible I am looking in the wrong places as I don't follow the market too closely...Personally, I'd just get three Throbaks and be done with it.

https://www.throbak.com/paf-pickups.html

I think you could get a Sideways Vibrola from Crazyparts:

https://www.crazyparts.de/tremolos-...rolas-new/gibson-sideway-vibrola-gold-new.php

The rest of the parts should be easy to source. Best of luck!
 

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Do you have the missing parts? Do you play? Does it have a sentimental value to you? If your answer to all three questions is no, you might be better off parting it out and taking the money. You probably won't recover what you spend to restore it.
 

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All the parts are supposed to be there and the pickups are there and original the only thing that was replaced on this was a switch according to my dad thanks for all comments Sheldon
 

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Here is pictures of the paf pickups
 

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Well, if there was ever any question, those pictures settle it. Those are the original pickups. Glad to hear you have most of the rest of the original hardware as well, It is time to start looking seriously for the best luthier you can find to assess the damages and perform the repairs and refinish as needed. If you don't have the time and inclination, someone will certainly buy it Value would be best determined at auction.
 

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Here is pictures of the paf pickups

very cool! Those are them for sure.

personally if you are a player and there is continental value in the piece I would have the work done so long as a luthier says it’s doable and you thinks it will be a good player. If not, the guitar owes you nothing. I would have it on the wall as an art piece and put the pick ups in a special build dedicated to the guitar.
 

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Thanks for all the advice everyone I'm going to talk to some guitar shops see what it will cost to get it restored when I get a minute I will try to take picture of the twisted neck for you guys thanks
 

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Definitely keep us posted if you decide to go through the restoration process. A lot of us love to watch these stories unfold and see how these things turn out. I love any guitar with a good story and a living history.
 

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Just out of interest, do you have a pic of the neck showing the twist? I've seen an SG Special ('65) get successfully repaired here in New Zealand, by heat treatment. Some people have problems with them twisting back, but this ones been good for 3 years. Easier to fix if it's from truss rod adjustments, rather than actual wood warping from whatever.

Hopefully you can save it.
 

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Hello everyone I'm new to this forum I have a 62 les pual custom that my dad gave me its in rough condition has a bad twist in the neck and needs to be restored I thought if I posted some pictures maybe some of you could tell me the value of these guitar the way it is and what it might cost to get it restored and where I might get it restored thanks sheldon
Such a rare and desirable guitar needs to be put in the hands of a repair guy who knows what he's doing. Please don't go to the first place. I would suggest asking the lespaulforum which repair guy they would take it to or getting some feedback before dropping it off somewhere.. In my experience even a badly twisted neck is fixable in the right hands. In the wrong hands...a bad repair etc can harm the guitar more.
Good luck!
 

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very cool! Those are them for sure.

personally if you are a player and there is continental value in the piece I would have the work done so long as a luthier says it’s doable and you thinks it will be a good player. If not, the guitar owes you nothing. I would have it on the wall as an art piece and put the pick ups in a special build dedicated to the guitar.
Great idea and very well put!
 


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