Blueberry Burst Les Paul Standard

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Dec 1, 2020.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    So a client brought me this to 'fix' for him. the 2019 Les Paul Standard. It's actually very pretty to look at and it plays pretty darn nice.
    His problem was the sound. No matter which of the 500 different combinations he tried, he wasn't in love with any of it, it was like there was some active tone sucking going on.. he just wanted it to sound like a Les Paul Standard.

    I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of these passive electronics doing 100 things. Active versions work so much better in my opinion but the client wanted to go back to basics.

    It did sound dull, especially the neck pickup.

    I recommended going to regular style CTS 500K pots. .022 Orange drops and Gibson 57 Classic and 57 Classic + pickups.


    First thing I noticed? Every hex nut on this guitar was finger-tight. Including the tuners. I didn't need any tools to release the offending circuit board. 963C8787-3A43-412C-B2CD-7F6D9D1AF06F_1_105_c.jpeg

    And here it is with the new pickups, they are nickel instead of the original chrome but it doesn't detract in my view.


    It now sounds GREAT. Client was over the moon... sometimes simpler is better.
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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Yes ...pretty guitar
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Nice job! Seeing it’s a passive circuit what are those 2 red LEDs doing there?
  4. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Great work, David! Great looker too.
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  5. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Sucking tone as far as I can tell lol
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  6. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    And why would you need or want lights in a control cavity?

    Good job, David.
  7. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

    Apr 14, 2020
    Maybe those LEDs were for a passive clipping circuit. I guess that could work with hot enough pickups, but ... yuck ....
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  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Brilliant sir!

    That's how this poor guitar should've been from the start,i'm sure its happier now.:)
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  9. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Cool, sometimes simple is best, nice colour too, I like that.
  10. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

    Jun 12, 2012
    Great job and a sweet top on that guitar!

    Shame it needed all that work to make it sound like a..... Les Paul :D
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