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    Les Paul Forum Member and Host of Guitar Shop BCR/Greg's Avatar
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    A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Brian Baker is the guitarist in Bad Religion, and formerly in Minor Threat, Junkyard and others. Mr. Baker decided that taking his recent white Custom and making it cooler is something that I needed to do. Vintage P-90/Alnico Staple pickup set and wraparound.....damn cool, indeed. Not an easy job....but just the thing that I love doing.

    So here we go....

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    Parts off.




    The black grease pencil areas are where material will be removed, then the routes will be narrowed using the same material as the body.





    Maple over mahogany for the fill bits.




    Stay tuned, it gets hairy.....
    Last edited by BCR/Greg; 09-22-16 at 03:50 PM.
    Go ahead and break them, I'll fix them for you.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Using Uncle Greg's Stud Remover Thingy to take the anchors out of the body. The holes will be filled.



    Removing material by hand....no big machines wanted or needed.




    Handmade maple dowels to fill the holes....



    Ready to drill for the new bridge.


    Go ahead and break them, I'll fix them for you.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    great !

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Freehand router!

    Now THAT is something you don't try at home, kids.
    The farther you go, the closer you are.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Sounds really cool can't wait for the next post !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    He thinks the mirror is a photo of a clown ?

    The Myth: Neat wiring layouts always equate to great-sounding amps.

    The Myth: If I would have lived with MOM & mooched till I was 48 I would play like Clapton !
    Think about it
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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    I played a friends 53 Custom (yes) with this exact pick up arrangement- wow.
    Just spectacular- the neck pickup had such clarity, but those are perfect when pushed into the dirt. Hi-fi dreck.
    Very cool. His had an ABR 1.
    I told him it was like playing royalty.
    Wraparound on this- what a concept. Can't wait.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Marked with grease pencil to prepare to drill BIG, GNARLY HOLES into the guitar, FREEHAND. (Actually, 1/4 in holes are drilled FIRST, then the big bit follows that....keeping drift at bay.

    Sharp eyed folks will notice that the bridge holes are NOT uniformly spaced from the center. That is the mistake that 98% of those out there do when drilling for a wraparound. The bridge is canted, so the strings do not come straight forward, like on an intonatable bridge.



    I use a peghead ferrule as a bearing when drilling the string ground hole.





    Checking alignment....





    Gluing in the supports for the staple pickup....

    Go ahead and break them, I'll fix them for you.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Love following these threads.

    Nice to see your work again Greg.
    Shakespeare walks into a pub, the Landlord says "get out, you're Bard"

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    I totally agree. It's always fun to watch a master at work.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Awesome threads to follow... with I had the skills and guts to do that!?
    T 'n W

    "Lemme' 'splain you Lucy. The 5e3 circuit... Has a fat ass. Like a '57 chevy. She likes to talk dirty... 5e3's are like that. I start at turning. Ever thang up to six. Above that approaches. Wettern' a shampoo'd water buffalo territory. Slap that ass. And pull her hair. With a Les Paul. And p90's. They like to be liking that. When it comes to tweed deluxes. It's not about. When you are sick and tired. Of her shit. It's about. Does she have a sister?" Texas Blues 1/22/19



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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Trimming the fill plates to thickness....




    THAT should do it...




    Shaped and trimmed to match the routes and wire channels.....





    Clamppitty doo dah....

    Go ahead and break them, I'll fix them for you.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    I love threads like this.

    Greg, you mentioned why the bridge holes for a wraptail are slightly left of centre. How do you calculate this spacing?

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    This looks like an expensive conversion. I'm wondering why, when there are a plethora of P-90 LP's to be had in all price ranges?
    "What's that man movin' cross the stage?
    It looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page..." Paul McCartney

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mars Hall View Post
    This looks like an expensive conversion. I'm wondering why, when there are a plethora of P-90 LP's to be had in all price ranges?
    Because he wanted it that way. Find another one with a wraparound and staple pickup in any color.
    Go ahead and break them, I'll fix them for you.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Still watching, still enjoying the work.
    Shakespeare walks into a pub, the Landlord says "get out, you're Bard"

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Where’s the rest.
    I was loving this post.

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Would love to see an update on this! Love BR too!

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mars Hall View Post
    This looks like an expensive conversion. I'm wondering why, when there are a plethora of P-90 LP's to be had in all price ranges?

    :-) Because do what you want, do all you can, break all the *****ing rules and go to hell with superman :-)

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    Re: A 1987 Custom, an idea and some Bad Religion....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mars Hall View Post
    This looks like an expensive conversion. I'm wondering why, when there are a plethora of P-90 LP's to be had in all price ranges?
    I see very few Les Paul Customs with a wrap tail & staple , P90 if any !!

    Disclaimer : And they are P90 TOM of the garden variety , One guy who will remain nameless because he's super secret and most likely a planted mole member has a very cool wrap tail double coil guitar .........!!!!!!! I think it's even a stinger but i'm not saying anymore .

    More phots of this cool guitar !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    He thinks the mirror is a photo of a clown ?

    The Myth: Neat wiring layouts always equate to great-sounding amps.

    The Myth: If I would have lived with MOM & mooched till I was 48 I would play like Clapton !
    Think about it
    won't you ...... Please !

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