A few years ago I was approached by a fellow who had a Gibson Les Paul Recording Guitar which was a variation of the established model. Back in the early 1970s, Gibson began experimenting with new models such as the "Les Paul Recording." This model is often eschewed by guitar purists: considered too full of "gadgetry." The "Recording" featured low-impedance pickups, many switches and buttons, and a highly specialized cable for impedance-matching to the amplifier.
The instrument I received had a badly damaged finish. At one time someone had modified the instrument by removing the low impedance pickups and replaced them with traditional humbuckers. This entailed filling the original pickup cavities and re-routing new ones appropriate for the humbuckers.
As the instrument had no value in the condition that it was in, I proceeded to make it both playable and ascetically pleasing.
Below are a few of the steps in the progression of the rebuild.
Body spray painted with gloss black water based Hydrocote brand finish. Clearcoat Hydrocote sprayed as topcoat. Finish is "rubbed out" using a variety of abrasives from 'Micromesh' cloth to powdered abrasives such as Pumice and Rottenstone in water or paraffin oil. Final gloss is achieved with Meguier brand automotive finish compounds.
Binding secured with tape while glue dries.
(Heat softens old glue and lessens wood chipping during removal)
Nipped ends of frets allow frets to run over binding without passing through them.
(extra contact cement ensures sticky copper back will adhere)
(Cavity cover made four photos above)
Sunday, 2 November 2008