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Player 1950's Goldtop on eBay....Mystery Solved

boogieongtr

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I took a chance buying this guitar after a lot of emails to the seller. From the pics I thought it was just a replaced fretboard and a refin to the back of the neck. I've been looking for a candidate for a 57 conversion or a Snatch knock off like CD's.

Perfect weight at 8lbs 11oz.
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Great neck angle.
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Let's see what's under that fingerboard.
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Original headstock.
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Can't wait to see to neck joint.
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Fretboard removed
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Moment of truth......Yes it is the original factory neck:yah
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I have a set of early 57 no sticker PAF'S, pots & harness that would make a great 57 conversion. Maybe keep the wrap tail and neck P90 and just add a PAF for the bridge. I can't get to this project for a while but wanted to see if the neck was original. Merry Christmas to all:salude
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kidmo

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Congrats, that is one mojo'd mofo. Excuse my ignorance and maybe I'm seeing it incorrectly, but it looks like spacers on each side of the tenon or it that just body wood that didn't get painted (which of course they wouldn't), it just looks like the grain is running parallel with the neck. Any way, that is one badass goldie, good luck with which ever way you go. Tho, I vote for the whole enchilada, there's a lot of magic in middle or neck positions of two PAF's.
 

J.D.

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Congrats, Boogie!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one.

Personally I'd be happy with it with a new fretboard, otherwise as-is :jim
 

sws1

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So, what's with the block inlays? Custom order from Gibson?

If you look at the pic with the level, it's clear there is a replaced binding on the neck. So, perhaps the whole board was replaced.
 

Tom Wittrock

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I suspected that might be the original neck.
A 1956 wraptail is so rare, it seems a shame to convert it. It could be restored so easily. :hmm
 

CDaughtry

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If I were you (I know I'm a little prejudiced...) I'd do it one humbucker at a time. I can PROMISE you, if you only put one in the bridge position and keep the neck P-90, you'll thank me later. The middle position is magic.:jim
 

J.D.

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Yes the neck pickup route would suggest the neck has not been removed from the body, but the fretboard and back of neck finish (and SN) appears to be non-original. And I trust BoG's in-hand evaluation.

I'm with TW as far as what I'd do with it, but it's not my guitar, it's BoG's and he can do whatever he wants with it.
 

renderit

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I suspected that might be the original neck.
A 1956 wraptail is so rare, it seems a shame to convert it. It could be restored so easily. :hmm

And on the other thread peeps were so judgemental on converting a Junior. And people are OK with this? I don't get it. Restore it. I mean it is your guitar, but I think it is horrible to deface it. Replace the fingerboard with the correct one.
 

buyusfear

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And on the other thread peeps were so judgemental on converting a Junior. And people are OK with this? I don't get it. Restore it. I mean it is your guitar, but I think it is horrible to deface it. Replace the fingerboard with the correct one.

I agree. Why are guys so opposed to P-90's? I just don't get it. As a guy who plays both live, if you know what you're doing with your rig there is no hum. Especially once the drums come in.

They're such a magical pickup. Big, blooming with tone.
So much More versatile and nicer sounding IMO than a humbucker. Especially with today's electrical compared to 60 years ago.

Humbuckers were invented as a compromise not an improvement.
But that's just my 2c.

Great pics and guitar! :yah
 
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zhivago

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What a cool thread...so good to see the mystery solved, merry Christmas!!! :salude
 

boogieongtr

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If I were you (I know I'm a little prejudiced...) I'd do it one humbucker at a time. I can PROMISE you, if you only put one in the bridge position and keep the neck P-90, you'll thank me later. The middle position is magic.:jim


That's the plan, thanks for the input. I'm going to keep the wrap tail also.
 
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