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  1. I've had a proposal to re-fret this guitar and keep the nibs without rebinding (cut the frets just right to fit between existing nibs) - but, I didn't feel this would be a good idea. I felt it's more of an accident waiting to happen and not worth the risk. Replacing the binding along with the frets is probably the method I'd go for - if I *really* want to keep the little nibs.
  2. My Les Paul is annoying to play because the frets are worn. That guitar really could use new frets - but then I'll lose those nibs. As silly as it sounds I feel the nibs serve as an indicator of authenticity.
  3. Saw that video a few years ago - probably why I thought only plastic inlays were used.
  4. Might as well make it a 24 fret Gibson Les Paul with a Floyd Rose tremolo. I know the Epiphone Prophecy has 24 frets and a few other modern features - not sure if it also comes with a tremolo.
  5. Seems too easy. I was hoping for something more along the lines of a risky science experiment - with the possibility of lowering the value of the guitar.
  6. To the contrary, it is curiosity that motivates.
  7. Curiosity not to be mistaken for discontent.
  8. I'm not 100% sure - but it appears that all three of my Les Paul guitars have MOP fret markers (I've got two 90s LP Customs and one 2001 LP Custom Shop). I went to Guitar Center and found a Les Paul with markers that looked like mine and then had the clerk pull up the specs - and it said "pearl" in the description. But, I am curious to know the exact process of these pearl inlays.
  9. I've got four Gibson guitars - 1992 Les Paul Custom Plus 1995 Les Paul Custom 2001 Les Paul Custom Shop 1997 ES-335 Dot Reissue Not sure where I got this, but I had always thought of the inlays as plastic (pearloid) and the headstock using mother of pearl. A week or two ago someone was at my house and asked me if the inlays on my Les Paul guitars were mother of pearl - I said, no they weren't, but the headstock might have mother of pearl. It was then I saw that the material on the headstock looked similar to what was on the fretboard (not counting the yellowish lacquer color). I didn't have too much luck with asking around. It seems you can't say with certainty based on year and model alone. So, I felt it's probably best to make that call on a case-by-case basis. I decided to round up all the Gibson guitars and shoot a video and put the question out there: is it MOP or Pearloid? The video above shows all four guitars and their fret markers and headstock logo. I tried to keep the time down - but it's ten minutes total. Here is the YouTube The photos below are of the 1995 Les Paul Custom
  10. In 2005 I sold a 1979 Twin Reverb tube amplifier that I had owned since I was a kid. I sold it for $600. Fast forward to 2015 I decided I wanted the amp back - mostly for nostalgia reasons - but I had absolutely no luck in finding the original. But, hey, it's worth a try - and I hope you find your original guitar.
  11. What a coincidence. I just posted photos of my translucent white Les Paul Custom Shop. Some of the photos show the potentiometers - mine is the same as yours - the metal plate is missing. I've assumed this is normal. Mine is a 2001 LPCS in new condition. I bought it just a few days ago from a reputable luthier. The guitar was sold on consignment.
  12. @Black Dog - no worries man - all comments welcome. I don't know much about Gibson guitars - I bought my first Les Paul in Nov. of 2016. It's been downhill since! Haha! Some time ago I measured the inductance of my 1992 Les Paul Custom Plus. When I have time I'll have to do the same for this guitar. My preference is to have similar pickups between the three Les Pauls that I own so that I have a spare guitar in a pinch - should a string break or something like that.
  13. Thanks! Looks like the outer metal casing of the potentiometers get their ground through the braided wire and the two yellow wires.
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