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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Les Paul Specs

Just had the neck custom-made by Carl Sandoval of Sandoval Engineering in Whittier, CA.  I have turned an off-the-shelf Epiphone Les Paul Special II into a Rockabilly axe.  It has:
 
  • Seymour Duncan SPH90 Phat Cat pickups
  • Bigsby B50 with ZZGuitarWorks mounting plate
  • Roller Bridge
  • Basswood body (stock)
  • Laminated Maple Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Mother-of-Pearl Trapezoid Inlays
  • Brass Nut
  • Gibson-shaped Headstock
  • Kluson K33 Tuning Machines
  • CTS 500k Superpot & Audio Taper pot (for vol. & tone respectively)
  • Jensen PIO .015 Capacitor
  • "Gibson 50's" wiring scheme
I went with the chosen neck woods to accentuate the high notes of the pickups.  It sounds very close to my Gretsch, but with a warmer twang with more sustain.  Not as muddy and gritty as the Gretsch.  Rest assured I won't be dropping this thing! :D
 
I am updating this blog as of 12/30/09.  I gutted the old electronics and replaced them with CTS pots and a Jensen PIO cap from RS Guitar Works and wired it in 50's Gibson style.  I did this since the tone has always been really muddy ever since I replaced the stock humbuckers with the Phat Cats.  There was always a harsh treble cut that made it sound like crap.  Now, with the new components and wiring scheme, it sounds almost like Scotty Moore's Gibson ES-295 (almost, as in I'll never get his sound with this guitar but close enough for my ears) when the tone knob is rolled down.  Now I can officially say that I'm "done" with the modifications to this guitar.  I can't put the thing down!  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to play "That's All Right Mama"!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

About to jump into guitar customizing...

Current mood: excited

This past X-mas ('08), I dropped my Epi LP, as a result of too much tequila, beer and drunk relatives wanting to sing Johnny Cash tunes.  It was my fault, since I didn't engage my strap lock all the way.  The poor thing fell right onto the headstock and snapped it right at the headstock/neck area.  I had to grab the Gretsch and finish up "Folsom Prison Blues" for the family.
 
After frantically looking on eBay for a cheap replacement to swap necks, I figured, "why not give customizing a shot?".  My girlfriend bought me a set of Seymour Duncan Phat Cat SHP90 pickups that I wanted (so I can sound like Scotty Moore! :D) for Xmas, and I also planned on adding a Bigsby.  So, with the help of UG, I found that Warmoth offers custom guitar necks.  What the hell, why not get a custom neck for MY hands?
 
I know it's an Epiphone starter guitar, but the only difference between that and a Gibson LP is the body wood and the little details.  I can get Gibson-esque fretboard inlays to make it look like one.  To me, a customized guitar is worth more than an off-the-shelf Gibson that any Joe-sixpack could get.  It'll be tailored to my hands.  Plus, it was my first guitar that my parents bought me in Xmas of '07, and I learned playing on it.  After it's all said and done, the sentimental value alone to me will exceed the cost of a high-end Gibson, since it will be a constant reminder of my parent's support for my interest in music everytime I pick it up, plug it in, strap it on and strum the first warm-up chords for my playing session.  That, and the tattoo of a "Mom" heart on my left arm.  :) 
 
 
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