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  • Just ran the fedex tracking number.

    It's on the vehicle for delivery...
    don;t always remember this so...best to all!
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    but they have no choice but to believe what you do
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    my build threads:

    archtop #1 mahogany/maccasar ebony
    archtop #2 maple/brazilian ebony
    GreatDanes blacktop Les Paul
    purpleheart/maple neck-through

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    • Ok, GreatDane, you can breathe that sigh of relief...it arrived in one piece.





      Some new Gibson parts...bridge, tailpiece, switch & switch collar + the rest of the components...even sent me a pick for my collection.





      A very nice SKB case.





      Looks like we're good to go...nothing to do now, but to do it!





      don;t always remember this so...best to all!
      education...how ya gonna know what to do...'less ya know what to do
      people will not always believe what you say
      but they have no choice but to believe what you do
      studied as a science...practiced as an art

      my build threads:

      archtop #1 mahogany/maccasar ebony
      archtop #2 maple/brazilian ebony
      GreatDanes blacktop Les Paul
      purpleheart/maple neck-through

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          • I'm really hoping that wine red comes off the neck and back easily, but the pessimist in me says it's not likely.



            That black on natural look is phenomenal.

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            • Quote Originally Posted by rhynster
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              I'm really hoping that wine red comes off the neck and back easily, but the pessimist in me says it's not likely.



              That black on natural look is phenomenal.




              There was some speculation earlier in this thread as to whether or not this guitar was finished with dyes or pigmented color coats.

              So, one of the first things I did was to strip a couple of spots to satisfy my own curiosity on this matter.

              Both the neck & the body stripped clean in a snap...so it was not dye.

              McFadden supplies grain fillers that are tinted to accomodate different woods...there is a substrate under the red that is not wood, yet is the same color as the wood...Gibson uses McFadden products (according to McFaddens web page).

              The sanding dust smells like lacquer vs poly...there is a definative difference between the smell of the two materials.

              So my hypothesis is that this is a lacquer finished guitar with a mahogany colored grain filler under the color coat.





              Also, there was some question, based on a Wickipedia article supplied by Great Dane, as to whether or not this guitar has a maple neck.

              The neck on this guitar is a closed grain wood with no open pores as on the body.

              It is a very hard white wood that I cannot dent with the ole thumbnail hardness test, making me think that this is one of the maple necked instruments refered to in that article.

              don;t always remember this so...best to all!
              education...how ya gonna know what to do...'less ya know what to do
              people will not always believe what you say
              but they have no choice but to believe what you do
              studied as a science...practiced as an art

              my build threads:

              archtop #1 mahogany/maccasar ebony
              archtop #2 maple/brazilian ebony
              GreatDanes blacktop Les Paul
              purpleheart/maple neck-through

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              • Wow, idunno if I've ever been this stoked about a thread before!

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                • awesome, meandi~ i was hoping i was right about the neck being maple. this means that this guitar could in fact be one of the last of the maple necked deluxes they made. sweet!



                  i am SO happy to see that she'll clean up nice. i was admittedly a little worried. do you have everything you need (minus a few screws)? Bryan from BG should have the pickups done and out in a couple weeks. is there anything else she needs?



                  oh, and the pick is yours to add to the collection
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                  • Originally Posted by GordonFreeman


                    Seriously now, are you all so IQ challenged that in 50+ pages no one yet stepped in to get it over and move on? Wow.
                    If you STILL laugh at more poncho/**************** sauce posts, you must be medically brain dead. And by that I mean very, very stupid.



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                    • Quote Originally Posted by GreatDane
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                      awesome, meandi~ i was hoping i was right about the neck being maple. this means that this guitar could in fact be one of the last of the maple necked deluxes they made. sweet!



                      i am SO happy to see that she'll clean up nice. i was admittedly a little worried. do you have everything you need (minus a few screws)? Bryan from BG should have the pickups done and out in a couple weeks. is there anything else she needs?



                      oh, and the pick is yours to add to the collection




                      Based on the way the grain looks, I believe that it's a quarter-sawn neck.

                      The photo below is of a neck I built for a Jackson body I have...which I know is quartered...grain lines look the same...will know more once I get it completely stripped.





                      I believe that everything is here.

                      Still don't have the compressor or paint materials in hand, but that is in the works.



                      Can always use another pick...I've only got a hundred or so...
                      don;t always remember this so...best to all!
                      education...how ya gonna know what to do...'less ya know what to do
                      people will not always believe what you say
                      but they have no choice but to believe what you do
                      studied as a science...practiced as an art

                      my build threads:

                      archtop #1 mahogany/maccasar ebony
                      archtop #2 maple/brazilian ebony
                      GreatDanes blacktop Les Paul
                      purpleheart/maple neck-through

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                      • Quote Originally Posted by meandi
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                        Definitely maple.

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                        • Quote Originally Posted by rhynster
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                          Definitely maple.




                          Thanks.

                          That's what I thought...good to have a confirmation.
                          don;t always remember this so...best to all!
                          education...how ya gonna know what to do...'less ya know what to do
                          people will not always believe what you say
                          but they have no choice but to believe what you do
                          studied as a science...practiced as an art

                          my build threads:

                          archtop #1 mahogany/maccasar ebony
                          archtop #2 maple/brazilian ebony
                          GreatDanes blacktop Les Paul
                          purpleheart/maple neck-through

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                          • wow. . . . . just. . . . . . speechless. . . . i cant wait to see how this unfolds!



                            i have 2K posts and ive never wanted to subcribe to any thread. . . . . until now. . . so. . . how the HELL do i do this?
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                            • Quote Originally Posted by NITROHOLIC
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                              i have 2K posts and ive never wanted to subcribe to any thread. . . . . until now. . . so. . . how the HELL do i do this?




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                              • I haven't read all of the responses, but that guitar is worthy of a good craftsman like you'd find through Dan Erlewine, George Gruhn, or Elderly. The original finish should be preserved (if that's the original) at all costs. Don't let someone **************** it up with a rattle can or a ****************ty half assed amateurish job. It may have more holes than it takes to fill the Albert Hall, but it's still an old Les Paul made in Kalamazoo with old wood--probably Honduran Mahogany and Michigan Maple--possibly Brazilian Rosewood.



                                Try to preserve as much as you can. Just say no to a complete refin.



                                Sorry to be a dick.

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