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My 07' R7 LP Custom off to Historic Makeovers....

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.......for a Historic Makeover.

I thought I would post this little guitar journey on the forum. I will update with info and pix as I get them.

I have been toying with the idea of sending a LP down to Kim LaFleur at Historic Makeovers ever since this past summer when I acquired a R7 goldtop that was made over by him (you can see it here http://www.guitarscanada.com/electric-guitar/42122-1957-goldtop-les-paul.html). I love that LP. So much so that I also made a deal with a good pal (Bluehugh2 here on the forum) to acquire a second HM LP. This one is a R9 with a killer flame top. It sounds completely different from the Goldtop, but, just as high a quality in tone as the Goldtop.
I wanted to go through the process of having one done on my own. Back in the fall I bought a 2007 Black R7 Les Paul Custom (from SSdeluxe here on the forum) that is a superb example of it's marque. I decided to change out the pickups to get the tone more into my wheelhouse (it came with 57 classics, I put in Sheptone Blueskys and a Rolph Pretender). Once I had done that and played a couple of gigs with it, the lightbulb went on.
THIS was the guitar to send down to Kim.


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After a couple of LOOOOOOONG telephone conversations with Kim, I decided on the path to take. I'm going for his full Real Deal Series .
The RDS package includes....Complete refinish with correct aniline dyes and nitro-cellulose lacquer, Authentic fading, distressing and genuine weather checking of finish, Restamp original COA serial number with correct 50s typeface
Neck reshaped to correct "C" shape with roll-off at binding
Old growth Ebony fingerboard, 50s style Cellulose Nitrate Inlays, 50s style Truss Rod (no sheathing), Bone nut, Refret, Hot hide glue reassembly
Royalite binding, recarve top, neck rest
The upshot of all this is not just another relic (although it sure will look cool) but tremendously improved tone and playability. The two HM LP's I own are simply extraordinary sounding guitars.
So the guitar arrived just before Christmas at the Makeover shop. Kim opens a file with the guitar's serial number and a private thread with progress shots added as they happen. This allows you to see exactly where your guitar is at in the makeover process. Between Christmas and New Year Kim and his team got started on my guitar.
Here are some of the pix from the first posting...

Kim takes some shots of the guitar as it was when it got there.

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Then some shots of the first steps....

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So that's where the fiddle is at now. I'll post updates as they come along.


Cheers
pete
 

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I'm looking forward to watching this one. I'm sure it will be killer upon completion. I noticed the bare wood under the middle pickup. Was it added?

Don't forget to have the fretmarkers corrected. Historics have three different sizes for the 17th, 19th and 21st markers. From 1954 to 1959 the 17th, 19th, and 21st are all the same size. In 1960 the 17th and 19th are the same size and the 21st is slightly smaller.
 

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I'm gonna LOVE this.

It's not so often than someone commits to a Custom so much that decides to put it through such a process.

I love customs myself, can't wait to see the final product.
 

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This should be cool! I am packing my 1957 Historic Custom as we speak. It is going for the full treatment! Mine is a 2 pup version with Wildwood spec'd pups. The guitar sounds great now, so it should be stellar when it comes back, not to mention looks....

Good luck with yours!

~Joe
 

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Don't forget to have the fretmarkers corrected. Historics have three different sizes for the 17th, 19th and 21st markers. From 1954 to 1959 the 17th, 19th, and 21st are all the same size. In 1960 the 17th and 19th are the same size and the 21st is slightly smaller.

Took the words right out of my mouth. I'd be surprised if Kim hadn't already discussed this with you. Can't wait to see the final results! :salude
 

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I'm looking forward to watching this one. I'm sure it will be killer upon completion. I noticed the bare wood under the middle pickup. Was it added?
Looking at the pics, I assumed it was added because the middle pickup was zebra (not exactly evidence!) but there appears to be some extra wood removed to access the drilled channel from jack to switch. Just a guess.
 

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Are you going with full on weather checking or just age patina?

~Joe
 

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Taking a wild guess that they aren't going to keep it for 57 years, could you explain exactly what 'authentic fading' is?
 

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Hmm... I had no idea Kim was starting to do Customs. I've got one here that I bought back in `05 that Kim's played and loved it. I'll have to get him on this after the other two I have come back..
BTW, you do know that the inlays are not cellulose, they are actually MOP. Also on a `50's Custom the last three inlays were all the same size.
 

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is there a "more" authentic Ebony (black) paint to use? I know it's the finish coats get that lovely yellowish-green glow...
 

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That Black Night is pretty cool! I had it here for a few days last June.
 

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black beauty rule!! I really dig mine; 07 57 DJ, I have it done because of the ginormous neck, now it has the schweet C shape neck.

I bet yours would turn out way better than you would hope for, can't wait the end result. Congrats in advance.
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@dan: is the black re-cut pick guard on your website still available, and would it fit on my 07??
 
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