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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by corpse View Post
    I still think you should pop off the board and give it the Yuuki treatment- shim behind and widen it a touch at the top.
    I laminated a board on a '62 Special once. Made a huge difference. My guy planned the old one to about halfway, and then added more than half back. Binding didn't look out of place.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by corpse View Post
    I still think you should pop off the board and give it the Yuuki treatment- shim behind and widen it a touch at the top.

    The issue with doing that, is that I donít need additional height, putting a shim behind the board will raise the overall fretboard height and ultimately the bridge height. What I ended up doing is light shaving the binding channel to deepen it a hair, and sized the binding to fit. the binding ended up with a tapered triangle shape, wider at the top and narrowing at the bottom.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Should make it an ebony block. I don't know if any were made in 1961, but it would look cool.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

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    Should make it an ebony block. I don't know if any were made in 1961, but it would look cool.
    Haha, they are even harder to find than an original side pull trem! I floated the idea of just making one by hand, but the owner wanted to keep it original
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Iíve shaped and contoured the binding to fit the narrow channel on this shaved neck, and am now recreating the factory nibs out of this Royalite. Treble side of the neck has gone pretty smoothly, bass side with fret markers is up next.





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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Some finished nibs.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Looks pretty dang good.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Excellent work! I have got to add that the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is about as good as they come. It's perfect! I'll bet she plays like butter.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Excellent work! I have got to add that the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is about as good as they come. It's perfect! I'll bet she plays like butter.
    Matt does not fuck around

    its going to be RIGHT..... whatever he does

    The Gold-E-Caster he made me is incredible


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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by Pellman73 View Post
    Matt does not fuck around

    its going to be RIGHT..... whatever he does

    The Gold-E-Caster he made me is incredible

    Thanks man! Damn I love that guitar...none of my P90 guitars are quite as satisfying after playing it.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Wow....that gold telecaster with p-90s is smokin' hot! What a beauty! Please put me on the waiting list for one of those. Thanks.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Wow....that gold telecaster with p-90s is smokin' hot! What a beauty! Please put me on the waiting list for one of those. Thanks.
    you have no idea... it is an insanely good guitar

    I'm tellin ya brother--- get in line before its too late

    Last night in ATL you had Benji Shanks, Marcus King and CW Starr on stage w at least 66% of the guitars up there having passed thru Matt's hands.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

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    Thanks man! Damn I love that guitar...none of my P90 guitars are quite as satisfying after playing it.
    yea its wasted on me !

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    lots of touches that show he goes above and beyond...

    put my name and the serial no on the jack plate... not that I'd ever sell it!

    I just noticed this yesterday!


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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Wow....that gold telecaster with p-90s is smokin' hot! What a beauty! Please put me on the waiting list for one of those. Thanks.

    Hit me up and we can talk through a build....bankercustomguitars@gmail.com. My winter run is filled up but spring has openings
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Very happy to see updates on this thread..Keep 'em coming!
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    I finished up the treble side today and got the bass side glued up. Thatís the side thatís going to be a real bitch. This turned out quite nice however, I rolled the edges and gave a nice worn feel.





    I also got a couple cool shots sent to me today of Paul Jackson from Blackberry Smoke playing a custom build that I did for him:





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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    fantastic workmanship.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Got the rest of this binding and fretwork knocked out over Christmas break. Even got the guitar grainfilled, and finish sprayed. Iíll be doing one more coat tomorrow and will have additional pics...but itís looking damn good so far. Even found some curl in that old mahogany....








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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by elephantrider View Post
    fantastic workmanship.
    Why thank you.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by CBRmatt600 View Post
    Got the rest of this binding and fretwork knocked out over Christmas break. Even got the guitar grainfilled, and finish sprayed. Iíll be doing one more coat tomorrow and will have additional pics...but itís looking damn good so far. Even found some curl in that old mahogany....








    man its looking so good

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Wonderful figure in the wood. Great job on the restoration.
    Top carves are sexy

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    I installed an original side pull vibrato, secured with the Mojoaxe Vibro Stop kit. This will be a player, so performance and stability is important to the owner. Some Historic rings from Gibson, a recreated pickguard, and some aged fasteners were also installed. This will do some sunbathing for a few weeks to start the aging process, and then I will install an ABR-1 and set this baby up.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Looks fantastic. Great work. Love the UV tanning option.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Splendid restoration and paint job. The mahogany patch seam is barely visible.
    Last edited by marshall1987; 01-04-19 at 12:47 AM.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Splined restoration and paint job. The mahogany patch seam is barely visible.
    Thanks! Iím quite pleased with how well that blended in. Once strings are on the guitar and the finish is aged a bit, it should blend in even more.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by Hotshot View Post
    Looks fantastic. Great work. Love the UV tanning option.
    The tan lines that will form under the pickguard are great
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Looking great.

    will tanning increase the risk of high lighting the patches?
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

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    Looking great.

    will tanning increase the risk of high lighting the patches?
    It shouldnít. The color is uniform over those area and should fade out in the same fashion. I hope, haha
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    All assembled and set up today. Iím pretty pleased so far, I imagine this is what it probably looked like hanging on the wall of a guitar shop in 1961.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Excellent work! That looks fantastic!!!
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Looks killer! I'm glad you changed those pickup ring screws to black...that was throwing me off

    Quote Originally Posted by CBRmatt600 View Post
    All assembled and set up today. Iím pretty pleased so far, I imagine this is what it probably looked like hanging on the wall of a guitar shop in 1961.

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarMikey View Post
    Looks killer! I'm glad you changed those pickup ring screws to black...that was throwing me off
    Me too, I had some nickels so I aged them and tried them first, and then found the originals rolling around in the case. Back like it should be now.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by zhivago View Post
    Excellent work! That looks fantastic!!!

    Thanks man. Those pickups are something else too. Not only do they look fantastic, they sound absolutely amazing. They are a PAF set from Gil Yaron that I got from Pellman73. Iíll put up some clips of the owner playing it this week.
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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    It looks great, very nice work, congrats and thanks for sharing!
    Looking forward to hearing it

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    Incredible job, looks great !

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    Re: Project Refin: 1961 Les Paul

    wow! really impressed, you did one hell of a job! very very nice indeed!

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