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1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

Before Restoration

When I look at this guitar, the first thing that comes to mind is "young and dumb" - make that plain stupid. Purchased new in early '76 by my Father, this was my first "real" guitar. As can be seen, I wasted no time "improving" it.
First, I just had to put a Dimarzio Super Distortion pickup in her - in spite of the fact that she had mini-humbuckers. So, I spent a few hours carving out the bridge pickup cavity to fit the full size Dimarzio in there.
Then, I had the bright idea to put a Kahler on her. This was the early '80's and I thought it would be cool to have a locking trem on a Les Paul. I quickly learned that a Les Paul with a locking trem no longer feels like a Les Paul - at least to me it didn't - so as a result, the guitar sat in it's case gathering dust for many years.
Bottom line is that when you're young you tend to do stupid things - this is very near the top of my list.
Fast forward to 2004. Looking at what I had done to this guitar broke my heart. I no longer enjoyed playing it in it's current state, but couldn't sell it due to sentimental reasons. The only logical thing to do was to get it re-topped and restored to a respectable state.
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After Restoration

After doing much research, I decided to have Ed Roman do the restoration as his re-topping work is second to none, and in August 2005 I took her to Las Vegas to commence having the work started.
I had originally intended to go with a 5A curly maple top with a rootbeer finish, but as I was looking through the wood I spotted a gorgeous piece of spalted maple and decided to go with that instead.
Ed's shop basically completely rebuilt the guitar. In addition to the retop, new frets were installed along with black binding. The neck was oiled and left unfinished. Tone Pro's bridge and tailpiece, Sperzel tuners and gold covered Duncan Black Backs complete the package. All electronics were replaced as well. A big thanks to Ed and Alan Dreher for the outstanding job on this guitar. It took 10-1/2 months from start to finish, but in the end was worth the wait. Finally, on July 3, 2006, I was able to again enjoy playing this sentimental guitar once again.
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