- Dec 3, 2006
So, how many, of the 1716 built in '52, do you think have been converted? 500, 700 or more?
For 1952: Maybe 100? Not much more than that. But this is just a guess.
I've seen many, many more original trapeze tail-piece Les Pauls than conversions. In my experience, neck re-sets and/or full conversion to '57 or 'Burst specs are quite rare. Refinishes are less rare. Fully original condition is by far the most common state that I've seen ANY '50s Les Paul in. Even original tuners. Yes, some were modified in the '70s, but by no means was it the majority.