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77-79 Unknown Les Paul Copy


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Year: 77-79
Brand: Unknown
Model: Les Paul Copy
Class: Guitar
Scale: 24.75
Owner: Jeff Hewitt
Status: In Studio.




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Phillip and myself found a couple of Les Paul copies at a pawn shop, this is what I did with mine. This guitar was in bad shape, poor finish, missing binding, bad wiring, flaking chrome.

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I after getting it home and pulling the strings, the frets were way worse than I had thought. Tons of wear, pulling from the fret board, and the zero fret was worn down. First I went after the binding with some I had stripped from an old neck.

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Next on the list was the finish. It was in bad enough shape I used a heavy wax and the buffer on it. It really helped alot. The existing pickups were 2 lead humbuckers, and working. The pickups measured 8.6kΩ and 8.9kΩ. Phillip wasn't going to use the only working pickup in his, a hot Seymour Duncan Invader (16kΩ). So I decided a 3 pickup setup would be cool.

I pulled the poles and put a chrome cover on it and the Duncan became the middle pickup. The routing for the middle pickup was fairly easy.
I wanted to keep things cheap, but I love the look of a bigsby on a paul. Phillip pulled an old gold plated bigsby copy from the parts bin to check the look.

It was in bad shape, I had pulled it from my Silvertone because it looked so bad.

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I decided it's trash, so lets go to town. I took it to the wire wheel and stripped the finish. Once the gold was gone I went after it with the buffing wheel and some metal polishing compound. It looked perfect for this guitar by the time I was finished.

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I went ahead and ordered the new parts I wanted; aged speed knobs, knob indicators, and 3 push pull pots. I wired the center pickup coil-taped (single coil) since it was so hot, pull for the humbucker. The other I wired as pull for coil-taps on the neck and bridge. The last one puts the neck and bridge in series.

Instead of the standard pickup selector I used a rotary pickup selector. (6 way) The old pickup selector switch was modified to center off and wired as a tone switch (Thank you Chet).

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The only bad part of this guitar is that someone glued the neck in. So there is no adjusting the neck angle, it's really not to bad. I checked and pressed the loose frets back in place, then I pulled the zero fret. I was able to replace the zero fret, level it, and set up the guitar. The original Japanese pots dated to 1977 so I'd guess the age as 77-79. This guitar is heavy, the body and neck weighed in at 12lbs without hardware.

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