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Need some advice on my latest LP project

JJC

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I'm in the process of rebuilding and refinishing this '84 factory reject LP that was band-sawed into 4 pieces. I'm in fluctuation regarding what to do about the Les Paul signature on the headstock - it was band-sawed before they applied that. Should I leave it alone and keep that as part of the guitar's history, or should I try a decal? I'd rather have nothing than something that looks cheesy. I've played around with doing the graphic myself and have something that's okay - but you can still see the pixelation when printing from a laser printer. Here's the guitar in the stage of getting the clear coats - I went with a darkback goldtop using rattlecans:
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Hamerfan

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Leave it is. Its not faked Gibson or what! It has its own history. "Risen from the dust bin!"

Looks great man!
 

unsleeper

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I've got one of those. No serial number but from certain traits ( 3 pc mahog neck, 3 pc maple top, no volute, etc. ) I've determined it to be a mid to late 80's reject. Between buying the cut up shell, the parts to finish it ( Seymour Dunc 59s btw ) and buying some beers for a luthier friend of mind to guide me ( I know how nibs are formed, or rather left on ) I maybe spent 250 dollars. And that was 10 years ago and this old road dog has seen many miles and bar stages. I swear it sounds better with age. And has a soft "v" neck profile that feels like some of the 50s lesters I've had privilege of playing.
Here's some photos of when it was new:
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They cut off the headstock and cut into the neck in 3 places all the way to the truss rod :
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JJC

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Hamerfan, thanks for the advice and compliment - that's kind of where I'm leaning (leaving it alone).

@Unsleeper - very cool! Mine was bandsawed in almost the same places (but not on the neck). It did get a SN. I notice yours has thin neck binding too. Do you mind me asking about your bridge? Mine came with a 3rd-party ABR but it's the posts that have me confused - I've never seen anything like them. I'll try and post some pictures to show you what I mean - here's some shots of mine before I started the refin:
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It apparently was routed for a Kahler or something and then filled with a block of wood. Another shot:

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DANELECTRO

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I recall seeing these pop up on eBay somewhat frequently maybe 10 years ago. I suppose somebody was dumpster diving at the Gibson plant???
 

JJC

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I recall seeing these pop up on eBay somewhat frequently maybe 10 years ago. I suppose somebody was dumpster diving at the Gibson plant???

Definitely, Dano - I think they're much more thorough now in how they discard things. This was one supposedly rescued by an employee. FWIW, I'm not trying to completely hide the cut lines - they're still visible in direct sunlight (at least on the back). I would never want a future owner to sell it as something it wasn't. True, they could refinish it in something solid - but then it would be their work and not mine.
 
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