NGD... sorta

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    This will sound silly to some, but I've always desired a heritage cherry burst Les Paul.

    In a moment of bourbon-influenced madness the other week, I bought one of those body/neck combos from The Stratosphere.

    It's a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Classic. Seven and a half pounds in weight. Comes with the truss rod cover and the cavity covers. I realize it costs just as much (if not more) to replace all the parts taken off but it appealed to me as there are several parts of the original I didn't care for. I don't like the Burstbuster pickups for one, I don't like the super complex internal control setup with push pull everything doing this that and the other. I also didn't like the 'bean' tuners these came with. So I've ordered a pair of 61 Gibson humbuckers, a fairly cheap bridge and tailpiece for now and some keystone Grovers. A simple CTS 500K set of pots and orange drop caps will get me going.

    I've often wondered what the criteria of a place like The Stratosphere is for selecting models to strip dow. They have a boatload of 2014s on their site and I didn't want one of those.

    Well, just for grins I used my fret rocker set to look for high frets and to my dismay I found several. I taped up the fretboard and discovered the top four frets (19-22) were quite a bit higher than the rest of the board. So I'm guessing this came from the factory fretting out pretty badly.

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    I also have to say that this is some rough rosewood. It was dry as a bone of course but even after oiling I'm going to have to try and polish it a little with #0000 steel wool.

  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    I should say, other than that, the fit and finish is really nice, I love the wood selection and the neck is the slim taper that I prefer.
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  3. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Synchromatic

    Feb 13, 2015
    Man, that's beautiful! Can't wait to see you build it up.
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  4. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Nice that you're going to get the look you want, along with being able to set it up exactly the way you like it.

  5. GretschPraise

    GretschPraise Gretschie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Tampa Bay
    Yikes! That's a huge rise on the end of the board. Much more and you'd have to pull frets and level the FB. Pores look pretty vertical compared to most rosewood I've seen. The bright side is you've got a beautiful burst there and with the right PUs it should really sing.
  6. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Sure they are @englishman ! It's my prefered Sunburst color on a Les Paul...

    Nice project on the run : congratulations... :cool:

  8. Chris MC

    Chris MC Gretschie

    Oct 27, 2014
    Orange, Aus
    Its in good hands despite the original imperfections
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  9. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron

    I sometimes wish i'd kept mine,it was cherry burst though.
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  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Good that this one landed in your hands, David. A non-professional guitar tweaker like me would surrender on that.
  11. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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  12. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    I've always wondered how the Stratosphere gets this stuff. Do you think these are seconds that are scrapped by the manufacturer?
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  13. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Those 61 pickups have a great sound, have a pair on my 2018 SG Standard. Really like them a lot!

    This guitar looks great, you're gonna have a killer player when you're done.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2019
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  14. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    I think they have to be returns to the factory, pretty sure this one would have been buzzy. They still make more than retail splitting them up for parts,
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  15. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Aren't Gibsons supposed to be Plek'd?
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  16. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    That's what they say, I've found no evidence of that on the last few modern Gibsons I've had in my hands.
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  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Got the pickups. not a mark on them!
    Tuners are new and fit like a glove :)

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  18. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
  19. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    I love that finish! Can't wait to see if once you have everything finished.
  20. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    I've had a few of those madness moments myself.
    Your's ended beautifully. Well done.
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