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L5CES New pickguard and PU covers Just finished restoring my L5

#1 User is offline   Diamond Strutter 

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:28 AM

Well she's back together. Just need a new set of flatwounds and back to work with shiney new gold covers and repro pickguard.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:07 AM

More pictures, we want more pictures (and details). You've just given us a tease.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:37 AM

View PostL5Larry, on 10 September 2013 - 09:07 AM, said:

More pictures, we want more pictures (and details). You've just given us a tease.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:49 AM

Sorry for the quality but all I have handy is my cellphone to take with.
Here are shots of the back and close up of the new pickguard and PU covers.
It came out pretty good for a repro. After all they are instruments, not museum pieces.
I also took a shot of the back. shows the split maple and sunburst.
I have also included a shot of myAttached Image: ES250back.jpg ES250 back to compare. It's one piece hand carved.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:44 PM

Lookin' good - who made the pickguard - did you get it online?

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:08 PM

Got the pickguard from Ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/usr/dirt571
Pickup covers from Phidelphia Luthier. 49.2mm
New screws and all less than $100.
I have paid $180 years back for original Gibson pickguard that only last maybe one year.
I think there is not enough difference in appearance to matter. Usually I am behind the piano player anyway.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:28 PM

Not meaning to knit-pick here, but from the photo the pickguard looks to be 2-ply beveled. Wouldn't the correct pickguard on an L-5 be bound tortoise with a 5-ply binding stripe around the edge, not a laminated beveled one.... or was there a period where Gibson used beveled PG's on the L-5 instead of bound ones.

Anyway, I have used these bound replacements distributed by AllParts (although bought through a dealer), and found them to be of equal or superior quality to the Gibson originals.

http://www.ebay.com/...=item5ae7bc9428

These would be "luthier parts" as they must be notched for the pickups and drilled for the mounting screws(s), as these locations can vary in high-end handmade Gibson archtop line.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

View PostL5Larry, on 10 September 2013 - 04:28 PM, said:

Not meaning to knit-pick here, but from the photo the pickguard looks to be 2-ply beveled. Wouldn't the correct pickguard on an L-5 be bound tortoise with a 5-ply binding stripe around the edge, not a laminated beveled one.... or was there a period where Gibson used beveled PG's on the L-5 instead of bound ones.

Anyway, I have used these bound replacements distributed by AllParts (although bought through a dealer), and found them to be of equal or superior quality to the Gibson originals.

http://www.ebay.com/...=item5ae7bc9428

These would be "luthier parts" as they must be notched for the pickups and drilled for the mounting screws(s), as these locations can vary in high-end handmade Gibson archtop line.

I replaced the pickguard twice with those tortoise celluloid types from Gibson. In every case they crumple and corrode the metals in a year or so. This is a beveled 4 layer repro. Not original but maybe longer lasting. We'll see. Noboby beyond the first row or first drink will notice hopefully.

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