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kr46 (2)
Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Les Paul Specs

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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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kr46 wrote on Apr 8th, 2009 6:28pm

Very nice...pics?...i spilt beer allover my E.S.P last night....D.O.H!!!


fsae0607a wrote on Apr 13th, 2009 10:58pm

Ouch!!! I hope your guitar didn't get damaged. That had to hurt!

Thanks! I still need to put a truss-rod cover which I just got on eBay and the roller bridge which is also coming from Singapore (on eBay). I'll take a better pic of it soon.


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