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1952/59 centre seam Burst conversion.

Jumping@Shadows

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Hi all, here’s my latest project, a centre seam early ‘52 I found in Chicago which had been crudely stripped/refinished some time before 1969 and played as such for a full 52 years by the last owner.

The previous humbucker conversion involved hogging out the P90 routes and sinking an ABR into the maple cap, as well as a misplaced stoptail, so I had to do a fair amount of plugging and tidying up as well as a neck reset to the correct 4* pitch.

Here’s how it landed:


Skipping ahead to all wood work complete, and a mist coat of sanding sealer to bring out the figure:


This will be a faded out green burst, which I’ll fade back from a cherry, using analine dyes:


First fading stage, with Bigsby:


Almost fully faded:

 

sweiger

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Amazing! 👍 And wonderful tone. 👏👏

Only thing: The Bigsby/pickguard/pokerchip red marks seem too pronounced IMO.
Is it too difficult to make them look more real?
But it's a wonderful conversion anyways :)
 

Jumping@Shadows

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Amazing! 👍 And wonderful tone. 👏👏

Only thing: The Bigsby/pickguard/pokerchip red marks seem too pronounced IMO.
Is it too difficult to make them look more real?
But it's a wonderful conversion anyways :)
Thanks man!
Yes the parts shadows fade a great deal, as all analine does, and is now much less pronounced
 

J.D.

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I prefer the look with Bigsby installed to cover up those back tailpiece plugs. And it's a bit odd to see the Bigsby shadow and no bigsby mounting screw holes.
 

rialcnis

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My '52 to '57 conversion, just didn't have that centered seam or I might have had burst done on the refinish. Gold hid the patch holes anyway.
Glad I never got it in my mind to put a Bigsby on it, during my years of monkeying around.
 

gibson-r8

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I’m on a bit of a Bigsby kick right now, loved the look with the bigsby..
 
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