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
Basswood body (stock)
Laminated Maple Neck
Mother-of-Pearl Trapezoid Inlays
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!
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"!