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TheFretShack
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For the guitarists on the forum


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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Looks great!

any video? I wanna hear that puppy


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Huck Finn
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
What city are you in? That's awesome work. You should be proud of that!!


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Kafka
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
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There hasn't been any guitar-related posts lately
don't fret


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Telecaster
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Sweet.

Betcha that P90 howls.


TheFretShack
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
The P-90 is a Lollar and it sounds incredible - much more versatile than one would guess.

The original pickup wasn't in the ziplok bag and much of what was in that bag wasn't up to task or tastes. Now that the job is complete, the only things left original on the guitar are the body/neck/fingerboard (the magical part haha), eight of 10 inlay dots and the black one-ply truss rod and control cavity covers.

That's why I call it a "modern restoration." Those correct looking bean strip tuners sit atop modern 18:1 Gotoh machines. The tailpiece is aluminum and it has a discreet and quite accurate intonation ridge built into it. Without going into a lot of technical detail, let's just say it's no longer a Les Paul that was intended for juniors/students/beginners - it's in fact now just the opposite.



TheFretShack
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
I'm in Baton Rouge, Huck Finn. Google my user name and you'll find me.


FightinTigersDammit
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Were all Les Paul Juniors that sunburst color? Seems like every one I've seen is.


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lsu1919
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Hey Fretshack, is lowering the action on a cheap ibanez something you could/would do?


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CocoLoco
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I have a mexi strat I'd like to fix up to throw into my rotation. Could you do the intonation, put new saddles and new pickups?


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TheFretShack
Member since Oct 2015
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Gibson offered few colors in general up until the 60s when Fender started emulating vivid car colors on their guitars and Gibson and all the other manufacturers followed suit. For the mid-50s single cutaway Juniors, you saw that vintage sunburst mostly (which is why I picked it, plus it's absolutely gorgeous when done right), and also TV Yellow (a creamy and opaque yellowish white) and on rare occasions just a clear coat over the mahogany.

On the "do you" questions ... yes, I do, but this forum isn't the place to discuss. Google my user name and e-mail me through my shop's website.


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bgoodwin
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Friend of a friend has offered to give me an "old Gretsch from the 60s", he says it's missing some hardware. That's all the info I've got on it, hope to pick it up sometime next week, I'll post pics here.
This post was edited on 9/8 at 11:43 pm


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CSATiger
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
great job!


Zappas Stache
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
This thread is what keeps tigerdroppings great.


TheFretShack
Member since Oct 2015
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Like Gibson, Gretsch guitars have a huge enthusiasts following and their most popular products today are reissues of their popular designs of the 50s and 60s. Period-correct repro parts are actually very easy to find, quite affordable and as high in quality if not higher thanks to modern and southeast Asian manufacturing. You won't have any problems replacing missing components.

Like the '55 Junior, I found this 1962 Gretsch Double Anniversary online in New Jersey about a year ago. It was a gutted husk in its original (and well weathered) factory "smoke green," nothing else. Everything you see other than the body, neck and fingerboard is either period correct repro or modern upgrade, like the creme-capped soapbar P-90s instead of reissue Filtertrons.

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To give you an idea how desirable this "Double Annie" and classic-era Gretsches in general are among the Gretsch guys, this guitar and its resto project was sold by a photo gallery of the husk itself shortly after its arrival, before I had even started working on it or had a final $$$ estimate for the restoration!

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auggie
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Incredible work man. A friend of mine had that exact same LP jr. years ago. I think his was a 57 model. I had a Peavey T-15,so I was jealous as hell of course.

The dummy did a jacked up paint job on it himself,purple metal flake. Made me sick. Then he ended up breaking the headstock just above the nut,being more of a dumb ass.

I wish that I had started learning to do what you do,back when I was young. I think doing projects like that are something that I would really enjoy.
I am OK at doing minor work and repairs and adjustments, I really suck at painting or finishing,but maybe it's something I could have learned if I had tried.



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MountainTiger
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
FretShack that looks like phenomenal work. I've got a '59 LP Jr. that I'd like similar restoration work done to. The finish is in horrible condition. It originally was TV Yellow but a friend of mine decided he was going to refinish it in Cherry. That didn't go well and eventually he gave it to me. I'd like to have it restored back to TV Yellow. If you have any interest in that project lmk and I'll email you.


TheFretShack
Member since Oct 2015
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
I farm my full refinishing work out - I have a network of a few painters in different parts of the country who do stellar work in different specialty areas (pure vintage, metal flakes/flipflops/candies, aged/distressed nitro, graphics, etc.) at very fair prices. It just makes best sense for me and my clients to utilize those providers for that aspect of resto and custom build work. The guy who did the '55 Junior does one of the best TVYs to be found at any price. E-mail me through my website for details.


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All that great work you have to have a shitty old Daphne Blue Strat laying around somewhere. Lol

I'll take a MIM.


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FearlessFreep
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re: For the guitarists on the forum
Sweet.


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