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For that price, forget the Les Paul for a while...

 

I had an opportunity to buy the Gibson Spirit early this year, but passed it up, primarily because of the spray-paint finish. It had been modified to be identical to a Les Paul Special, but I didn't mind... I didn't want to do a refinish.

 

Ignoring the paint on the neck, it felt like a nice guitar... about the same weight as my Strat. The Gibson and Epiphone were identical guitars... the Epiphone USA line didn't sell terribly well, so they changed it to a Gibson model... some even had a Gibson label over the Epiphone.

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$289 is cheap for a Spirit' date=' I just wonder how good the refinish job is?

 

 

mgm[/quote']It's terrible. I played it back in January, and it is literally spray-paint. It looks good, but it feels terrible.

 

I'm considering buying it, and refinishing it over the summer. It would only be a $50 or so job, using Stew-Macs spray lacquer... depending on the condition of the wood underneath and what colour I have to do.

 

I would also need a new pickguard and cavity cover, since what it has looks like it was done by an ape.

 

It was re-routed for P-90s, so I'm not sure what I would do... I suppose I could have the pickguard cover the old humbucker holes.

 

If my check from my sound job arrives, I think I'll buy it...

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What's up with that knob way on the bottom? Looks bloody 'orrible.:-&
That's an addition... that model Spirit should have had a switch and two knobs. Two of them were added. It was re-routed. From what I remember, the routing was actually pretty good, but the cover was terrible.
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Good news... the Spirit purchase has been cleared... if I get a chance, I'm going to go today. I'll make a lower offer, of course, and see what I can do with it. It's been there a while, they've got to be pretty anxious to get rid of it... especially with the kind of business they do.

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Good news... the Spirit purchase has been cleared... if I get a chance' date=' I'm going to go today. I'll make a lower offer, of course, and see what I can do with it. It's been there a while, they've got to be pretty anxious to get rid of it... especially with the kind of business they do.[/quote']

 

Good luck, I hope it works out. At that price ( even with the crappy finish job) it would be a terrific project to take on. Keep us posted on what happens.

 

 

mgm

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My plan is as follows:

 

Sand down the yellow spray paint (I'll start with the neck to make it playable, and do the rest when I have more time)

 

Check condition (and colour) of original finish. Best case scenario is that the original finish is in mint condition, except for the areas around the modification... in that case, I buy Stew-Mac's touch-up markers and then spray a coat or two of clear lacquer over it.

 

Worse case is that it's completely terrible. In that case, I buy Stew-Mac's spray lacquer and do a burst or a solid colour, with a clear over it.

 

There are a few holes that will need to be plugged... mostly around the re-routed pickups. Part of it could be covered by a Les Paul Special-style pickguard, but there will still be two spots that aren't covered. If the finish is terrible, I suppose I could put a veneer over the top and hide the holes, but I have a feeling it has a bound body underneath that paint.

 

I'm hoping for the best.

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