1975 Les Paul Cutom "The Edge"

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  1. Delayar

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    Thank you.
    I am waiting for the final coats of lacquer to dry, then I will start the level sanding and buffing.

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    Hi!

    So after a few weeks the guitar was ready to be rubbed out. The lacquer was wet sanded with 600, 800 and 1000 grit, and buffed with manzerna polishing compound.

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    Then the ageing began.
    I used a bunch of keys, pliers and a rounded scraper to age the lacquer.
    The keys were used to produce smaller dings all over the guitar. I used the pliers to nock some greater dongs on the guitar, especially the edges.

    It is hard to take good pictures of these dings and dongs on a creme colored guitar in artificial lighting conditions.

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    The back was also aged with keys and pliers, but with more force. Additionally, lacquer was removed with a scraper, to mimick the beaten up backside of the original (see: http://s116.photobucket.com/user/EbonyBlock/media/a745c873.jpg.html )

    here is my first step of this process:

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    I removed some more lacquer after assembly:

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    It is still not as beaten up as the original, but I think I will leave it at that.
    The hardware was treated with 600 grit abrasive fabric and Never Dull to get a used look.

    Yesterday the Manlius T-Top pickups arrived, with open gold covers and golden screws. I could finally finish the guitar.

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    The black washers under the tailpiece studs were laser cut from 1mm Perspex. According to measurements taken from pictures, I made them 1 inch in diameter.
    The bridge is from Faber in Germany.

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    I painted the logo on the back of the headstock with acrylic paint. As the original, the guitar has Schaller tuners (although on the original they have the Gibson-logo on them.)

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    And here it is in all its beauty:

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    The brocken off edge of the neck pickup frame is also on the original. The pickups still lokk a little bit out of place, due to the fact that I haven't aged them, yet. I wanted to try them out first. i will age them a little bit when I change the strings the next time.

    I am satisfied how it turned out. It weighs 4.8kg (aprox. 10.5lbs), which afaik is quite common for a Norlin-era LP.

    I hope I am able to make better images in better lighting conditions soon.

    Cheers,
    Markus
     
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    Looks awesome :yesway:
     
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    Nicely done. Personally, I think the relicing is unnecessary, but whatever.
     
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    If you're building an EVH Frankenstein replica, do you just paint it and call it done, or do you relic it like the real deal? I think most people choose to relic it. That's why this one is relic'd.
     
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    If someone else wants to relic a guitar (or an old car), fine - you do it. BUT, I reserve my opinion that relicing is A LIE. Made to look old, not authentic in any way. It's a lie. Maybe you don't care about lying... but I do. That's my take on it.
     
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    What a silly position to take. And to use that to crap on a thread ...
     
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    This is unbelievable! What a beautiful job!!
     
  9. Delayar

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    Thank you for positive comments.

    A late reply to @Chris: I understand your basic sentiment about reliced guitars. I usually don't do reliced guitars, even my Red Special replica isn't reliced.
    However, in this case, I made a replica of a specific guitar, which draws it's appeal (at least from me) from beeing aged, beginning with the yellowing of the lacquer. It just wouldn't be the same in a new pure white finish. Of course, I could have lacquered it with a yellow tint, without any further ageing. But i think that would not have looked right.
    I am no native speaker, but I feel the way you state your opinion, especially in the second post, is very rude. You should think twice before calling anyone a liar.
    You would be right If I would say the guitar is really from the 70ies, or even played by The Edge himself. That would be a lie. But saying I made this guitar to look like the one The Edge played is the truth.

    Cheers,
    Markus
     
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    Damn, good job sir.. it always makes me pucker to see someone take a beautifully crafted guitar and proceed to scratch the living shit out it… however, it is yours to do with as you please… I recently saw someone on yt take a really nice PRS and do likewise….
    When I play a guitar it gets relic'ed in no time anyway (being clumsy)… I have a 2011 Nighthawk (burst buckers quilt top) that looks like its been gigged since the 60's (I wish the binding would yellow however)
    Anyway… really nice instrument!
    cheers
    charlie
     
  11. Delayar

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    Finally, there are pictures!

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    Cheers,
    Markus
     
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