As I started to do inventory and all things I need to do while assembling the new guitar and the adjustments I want to do to my old LP I realised I might break them if I tried to do it on my own (it involves drilling in sensitive areas). I had to concede to the fact that an expert is required in order to bring all this home safely and professionally. This is why both of my guitars are now in the hands of Hujanen at 4sound.
These are the goal configurations:
Lessie (the old one, all black):
- Gibson Les Paul Studio 1996 (with one-piece mahogany neck, mahogany back, maple top and ebony fingerboard)
- Bill Lawrence USA L500XL (open ceramic blades, bridge)
- Bill Lawrence USA L500 (open alnico blades, neck)
- ABM rolling nut in bell steel
- ABM bridge and tail stop in bell steel
- NEW: Grover GR102-18 BC Rotomatics
- Gibson Les Paul Studio 1991 (with one-piece maple neck, mahogany back, maple top and ebony fingerboard)
- Bare Knuckle Pickups Miracle man (open coils, ceramic, bridge)
- Bare Knuckle Pickups Cold sweat (open coils, alnico, neck)
- ABM rolling nut in bell steel
- Tonepros LPCM02 C Tuneomatic
- Grover GR102-18C Rotomatics
- + all wiring, toggles, pots (push/pull on both volumes, set for split
Right, so life has many sides. Other than things like, well see below, my life also encompass music and I'm just about to build another Gibson Les Paul USA from scratch.
I got the guitar body from the US, and I had a specific year and model in mind which tend to make things a bit difficult. Not many individuals out there strip their guitar and sell it in parts. I got lucky as a friend of mine, Max, found just the one while browsing and alerted me to this fact. The body I was after was a naturally worn black Gibson Les Paul USA Studio from the early 90's. Why? Because it has the same neck as a Gibson Les Paul Custom (there's a story there) and the other woods are the same as on a Standard. Which basically makes it a Custom. But for less money. It's also more beautiful as it is entirely black and has no white lines etc. that which the Standard and Custom have.
I already got one of these LP's, equipped with (not reversed, no need on a LP) Bill Lawrence USA XL500 (Dimebag Darrell mostly used these, not the Bill & Monica variants which some people try to spread around and this is a superhot ceramic magnet, harsh and clear), L500 (Nuno Bettencourt, fat and soft sound) and ABM hardware (bell steel, not die cast, perfect for baritone metal). My current project will feature two open (it matters) hand-wound Bare knuckle pickups; Miracle man (bridge position, ceramic) and Cold sweat (neck position, alnico), Grover tuners, and Tonepros hardware (and some other stuff). My old Les Paul will also get a set of Grover tuners of the same make (but black) to make it all as beautiful as it can be.
|One of our cats (Tindra) wonders why the new pickups looks so awesome. BKP has top-notch build quality. Let's hope they sound the way they look.|
The old one is all black and the new one will be black and chrome. My original plan (they always fail) was to make this one black as well but then I figured that it would be kind of boring. I therefore went out searching for more blingy hardware, tuners in red etc, but no - they only come in chrome, nickel, black or gold. Now, you won't see me putting gold on a metal axe easily and nickel just looks like washed out chrome. With no further delay, I decided to make it chrome. Make sure you write all these really interesting things down ;-) Anyhow, I'll probably make it all black in a year or so. It's important to make room for more fun down the road.
I will, however, break one unwritten metal rule and that is to install push/pull electronics that enables me to split, if I want to, each humbucker which makes it, in essence, a Stratocaster on steroids when dialled in like that. The other axe will remain as is though, to balance it all up. For a while.
Don't forget to check out my band Phidion here or here (videos).
Alright, going back to stuff that seems to be on most peoples minds right now is the interesting show our friends in the US are putting on. Did you know that US Congress defines what punishment treason shall be followed by? I don't know everything about their law and so on but it makes it kind of interesting given the possible consequences of the current affairs. Caused by the Congress. Last time I checked the government of any nation has two main duties: to put forward a budget (and make it work) and uphold the laws of the nation. The US Constitution declares: "The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason". Anyhow, let's hope the small crazy part of the Republicans are managed properly and that the Republicans once again can become an intelligent part of the democratic world.