2/20/2015

1970s Frankenstein Les Paul-copy Electric Guitar




This began life as an Aria-style 70s Les Paul with a very warped/twisted neck. The owner had a same-period Epiphone bolt-on acoustic neck available... so this is the merger. Ironically, the Epiphone neck seems to have been made by the same company that made the LP copy in the first place as the construction (interior truss rod and placement thereof) was exactly the same.

It's strange, however, because while the 24 3/4" scale is the same as before, the bridge is placed farther aft and the whole arrangement now makes this feel more like an earlier small-body archtop electric sorta like a Premier Bantam. I like it.


Aside from fitting the "new" neck and giving it a fret level/dress I also managed to make use of the original "stop tail" posts to hang a tail/bridge combined repro unit in its place.


Check out the actual-Grover Imperial tuners! These were borrowed from the busted LP neck that was wearing them as aftermarket gear.

Because I did a full level/dress of the frets, this guitar now has a functional zero fret rather than a wonky one. This makes setup super easy as all adjustments just need to be made at the bridge.



Wild humbuckers, huh?

The control layout is interesting -- reverse-control tone knobs and a "coil split" switch to make use of this guitar as if it were a single-coil instrument. I actually like the single coil tone on this a lot better than the 'buckers... as the 'buckers are a bit woofy-sounding.


While the original bridge adjustment shaft feet can't be helped, they don't look too out of place with this repro hunk of steel hanging out in the same vicinity.



The body is laminate mahogany.

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