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    Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    Hey All, just joined the LP Forum after a long time reading and enjoying the posts over the years. So with all the amazing 60th Anniversary R0s out there at the moment, I decided to look around for a 60' with a lower price point to quench the thirst for the burst. After a bit of searching I ended up going for a gold book 50th Anniversary v2 1960 R0 in Sunset teaburst pics below. Amazing guitar, really plays well with oodles of sustain. My question is whether this model is particularly collectible and if so what might that do to value? I'm thinking of replacing some of the plastics for more correct ones and swapping the pickups for something in keeping with a vintage style instrument.

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    Les Paul Forum Member Gold Tone's Avatar
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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    Your plastics and metal hardware are already there

    “Maybe” a couple things not quite (steel thumb wheels).

    Pickups are to taste

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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    Beautiful Les Paul , as the post above already mentioned the only thing I would change would be the pickups .

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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    There are no mods if they are reversible, and you hang onto the original parts. Changed fret markers or drilling for Grovers- that would be irreversible and would have an impact.
    Welcome to the forum.

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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    A real anal collector wouldn't want the guitar at all if the solder isn't original. Yes, they exist. Personally, I wouldn't care at all as long as the solder looks clean.
    Tim

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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Plains View Post
    A real anal collector wouldn't want the guitar at all if the solder isn't original. Yes, they exist. Personally, I wouldn't care at all as long as the solder looks clean.
    I'm not anal but I like my Historic's stock , I buy these guitars for what they are I take a pass on altered Historic's .
    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 !

    The myth :The most disturbing thing about buying a fake Les Paul is how my research after the purchase is received by Forum members ??? 2020

    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 !
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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    Don't touch a thing, it's already perfect...

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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    I have to agree with you here. Even if i was selling one of my Historics with unbroken solder joints and someone asked me about solder joints, I wouldn’t sell it to them. Not even at a premium because that is just the tip of the iceberg with that joker.

    On a 100k+ 57,58,59,60 Les Paul etc, unbroken solder joints help in establishing authenticity. With 6 figures on the line and some convincing counterfeits floating around, it’s a reasonable request.

    No one is credibly faking R9s so anyone asking for this will be a huge pita over every bit of minutiae and likely scrutinize every inch of the guitar with a loupe and flashlight. And if they pay you with paypal forget it. Thankfully this never happened to me but i’ve heard horror stories.

    Ubnfortunately, some people are under the erroneous assumption that these historics are investments and they are investing rather than buying a relatively expensive guitar, others are borderline neurotic and should never ever buy anything used.

    Pickups, caps and pots are not mods afaic. As long as the originals are in the case are put back before the sale, it shouldn’t make bit of difference. Frankly, i might even pay a little more for an R9 with upgraded pots caps and boutique pickups from the likes of Ox4, Rewind, Throbak, etc.




    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Plains View Post
    A real anal collector wouldn't want the guitar at all if the solder isn't original. Yes, they exist. Personally, I wouldn't care at all as long as the solder looks clean.

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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    Quote Originally Posted by JPP-1 View Post
    I have to agree with you here. Even if i was selling one of my Historics with unbroken solder joints and someone asked me about solder joints, I wouldn’t sell it to them. Not even at a premium because that is just the tip of the iceberg with that joker.

    On a 100k+ 57,58,59,60 Les Paul etc, unbroken solder joints help in establishing authenticity. With 6 figures on the line and some convincing counterfeits floating around, it’s a reasonable request.

    No one is credibly faking R9s so anyone asking for this will be a huge pita over every bit of minutiae and likely scrutinize every inch of the guitar with a loupe and flashlight. And if they pay you with paypal forget it. Thankfully this never happened to me but i’ve heard horror stories.

    Ubnfortunately, some people are under the erroneous assumption that these historics are investments and they are investing rather than buying a relatively expensive guitar, others are borderline neurotic and should never ever buy anything used.

    Pickups, caps and pots are not mods afaic. As long as the originals are in the case are put back before the sale, it shouldn’t make bit of difference. Frankly, i might even pay a little more for an R9 with upgraded pots caps and boutique pickups from the likes of Ox4, Rewind, Throbak, etc.
    I think we agree on a lot of points that you made . R9's are not vintage guitars and there price tags make that point . They are a good working guitar with a tone that you do pay an upgrade for versus the USA line and Swiss cheese Les Paul's . Even Vintage guitars have broken solder joints when PAF's have been removed . Collectors are a different breed and to each there own as there are enough guitars to go around for everyone . I buy R9's and R8's to play .

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    Re: Modding A 50th Anniversary R0

    I would spend some time playing the guitar first before changing anything. However, I'm not a fan of AIII mag custombuckers in the bridge.

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