Les Paul content... I’m sorely tempted

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  1. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Strat-O-Master

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    to buy a damaged epi les Paul plus top pro off eBay for fairly cheap, and depending on the damage which is consistently neck related do one of two things

    If the break is at the headstock repair the break, pull the fretboard off and stick a 25.5” bound and trapeze inlayed fretboard on it and then move the bridge and tailpiece accordingly.

    If the break is at the heel (preferred) plane/route the break flush to the body, fill any gaps with some super duper resin glue type jobbie and then route a strat neck pocket with the appropriate tilt to suit the existing position of the bridge and stick a strat neck or other Gibson style but 25.5” scale neck in there.

    Any obvious problems with the above? Other than sacrilege of course.

    Can one buy pre radiused Gibson bridges? Or an adjustable bridge to drop into a les Paul?
    Or would a jazzmaster/mustang bridge drop in? That would be great

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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

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    If the price is right, very right, I'd like to have the body. Sounds like you have a plan. I'm all for a new plan. Go for it.
     
  4. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Strat-O-Master

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    They are annoyingly expensive... given that they are FUBAR. But I’m not certain I want to actively destroy a fully functional guitar to save less than £100... but to buy an actual factual fender scaled Gibson Les Paul is £3000ish and I can’t do that. Perhaps il get lucky and buy a non damaged one that gets broken in transit! Then I won’t feel bad haha
     
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    Tsjackson Strat-O-Master

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    Oo they’re supposed to be the best aren’t they? I was recommended one for a strat build once, I didn’t do it in the end but I read up on them and they sound great! thank you, my finger is hovering ever closer to the buy it now button on that guitar...
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    They are really really nice. My favorite for sure. I do have a T-O-M on my Charvel Desolation DS-2 and it is the only T-O-M that I've ever really liked. I originally used a GFS solid brass stoptail with it.
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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

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    Heavens no.

    That is, unless it's part of the plan.
     
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    Too much effort for my lazy liking!

    When you add in the cost of a neck and bridge to the guitar itself, I bet you're not too far ($) from a used Les Paul Studio.
     
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    Unless you really like to tinker, as I do, how's about a new one?

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    Although I will say that burst on the samaged one looks amazing!
     
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    Well, probably the smartest thing you could do is a Pete Townsend impression and post a video! Then put it back together however you want.:D
     
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    Oh yeah, many issues. You would be money ahead finding a used Epiphone Nighthawk. 25.5" scale.

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    Why the need for 25.5inch?

    Just get a Tele HH, buy Gibson pickups AND Gibson pots+caps and install that. Gibson tone is in the pickups and control harness. I've put them in a Strat-like-object and it worked out.

    Otherwise, get an Epiphone LP and leave the scale length alone. Put the Gibson parts in it and you're on your way.

    I bought a PRS SE 22 fret (24 fret is more like SG than LP due to pickup placement) from the early SE production runs with a broken neck at the heel, that I steamed off and repaired. It's a fun guitar now.

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    Those might be really nice bridges, but they make the guitar look like it has been assimilated by the Borg. :D
     
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    Come on now! You know you really can't resist!
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    You can fix that!
     
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    Think what you want. That guitar is so good you can't help but...
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    Apologies for abbreviating your post (rude of me) but it's so blindingly obvious where the break is, I'm not sure why you mention a break at the headstock. Maybe I'm missing your point, if so I'm sorry.

    From your descriptions of the two ways you could carry out the proposed transition to creating a 25.5in scale Les Paul, I'm guessing you haven't done anything quite this ambitious before. In the hope I'll persuade you not to sink a lot of money into this, I'd advise you to forget the whole idea if you don't already own a lot of woodworking tools and have the skills to use them.

    Even if you have those skills, unless you put the original neck back on as-is, you're into the realms of buying either a Strat neck, or a replacement fingerboard, then probably a custom bridge. That's probably an additional £300+ gone right there. So far, we haven't even factored in the possibility you might need to refinish the neck and/or the body...

    There are plenty of used PRS SE guitars on ebay that match the sort of spec you want to achieve. If it turns out you are disappointed with any of these guitars, they at least have an established value and are easy enough to sell again.