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I´m planing on making my les paul trad pro ebony look more like a custom by putting covers on the pups and changing the plastic parts to black ones. Is this something I can do my self, or do I need help from a tech?

 

Do I need to solder the covers?

 

I´m thinking the plastic parts should be easy. But how about the ring around the pickup selector? Do I need to disconnect the wire to the selector to change the ring?

 

I´m planning on putting the same kind of knobs on it like those on a SG standard. That shouldn´t be any problems, right?

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Hello Kzin! Soldering on the pickup covers can't be easier: just two drops on the back of each pickup to hold the covers and that's it! The rest is just a few screws. You can change the selector ring without any wire work - it's just the threaded ring that You'll have to remove. Take care not to scratch the finish when doing these operations. Cheers... Bence

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I'm doing something similsr to my ebony Traditional with P-90s. I don't have the pick-up rings to worry about, but they are available through several aftermarket sources.

The real problem, if you really plan to go "Custom" is the fingerboard. The only practical stains that would change the rosewood to a true ebony tint, sound extremely risky, and even dangerous in the wrong hands. Keep us in touch as you progress.

By the way, AllParts sells Gibson truss rod covers that match the original perfectly.

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unless you can get the binding correct on the headstock and back of the guitar i wouldnt bother. also the binding on a Traditional is one colour creme. Custom is 5 ply black and white

 

I repair guitars and studying to build them and i have thought of doing this to my traditional but unless its authentic in everyway its not worth it. Save up and get a custom.

 

I have stained a rosewood to ebony and the results where nothing like the real thing

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Thanks for your help everyone. I´m not trying to pass if of as a custom or anything, I just like the cleaner look and colour scheme of basicly black more. I also prefer humbuckers covered on gibson guitars. Looks better and would like a little smoother sound. So I wont try to colour the fretboard or get a different tross rod cover.

 

Is this the stuff i need?

 

http://www.thomann.de/se/gibson_prpg020_pickguard_lp_custombk.htm

 

http://www.thomann.de/se/gibson_potiknoepfe.htm

 

http://www.thomann.de/se/gibson_p57_classic_plus_zebra.htm

 

http://www.thomann.de/se/gibson_pukappe_r_nickel.htm

 

http://www.thomann.de/se/gibson_hu_mounting_ring_38_black.htm

 

http://www.thomann.de/se/gibson_prtk010_toggle_cap.htm

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Ok I get what your doing I was thinking the same but then chose my own designs rather than the custom gold and black.

 

I have had a look at the items please find comments below

 

Is this the stuff i need?

 

http://www.thomann.d...lp_custombk.htm

 

yes this is correct however the 7 ply around the edge will not match the binding on your traditional and will stand out IMO

 

http://www.thomann.d...potiknoepfe.htm

 

yes these are correct

 

http://www.thomann.d..._plus_zebra.htm

 

you already have these on your pro, if you are looking for a smoother sound go for a lower output classic humbucker with alnico 2's such as the Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 pro's or doing a electronics upgrade and '59 mod

 

http://www.thomann.d...pe_r_nickel.htm

 

yes these are correct however to install them you will need to solder the underside on the pickup to the cover

 

http://www.thomann.d...ng_38_black.htm

 

yes will fit

 

http://www.thomann.d..._toggle_cap.htm

 

yes will fit

 

 

IMO I would strongly reccomend the nickel covers for the pickups with all the black changes you are doing otherwise the guitar will not stand out on stage. I changed my knobs for white ones and have black uncovered pickups with the original creme pickup mounts

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Ok I get what your doing I was thinking the same but then chose my own designs rather than the custom gold and black.

 

Picks? =) You also have trad pro?

 

http://www.thomann.d...lp_custombk.htm

 

yes this is correct however the 7 ply around the edge will not match the binding on your traditional and will stand out IMO

 

http://www.thomann.d..._plus_zebra.htm

 

you already have these on your pro, if you are looking for a smoother sound go for a lower output classic humbucker with alnico 2's such as the Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 pro's or doing a electronics upgrade and '59 mod

 

Yes, I´ve thought about the missmatching colours, hopefully it wont be too distracting. All black pickguard would be too black. It´s like how much more black could it be? And the answer i none. None more black.

 

I´m pretty sure there´s a BB3 in the bridge posision on the trad pro. Are the 57 bright? I was under the impression everyone thought they were very warm sounding.

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Picks? =) You also have trad pro?

 

 

 

Yes, I´ve thought about the missmatching colours, hopefully it wont be too distracting. All black pickguard would be too black. It´s like how much more black could it be? And the answer i none. None more black.

 

I´m pretty sure there´s a BB3 in the bridge posision on the trad pro. Are the 57 bright? I was under the impression everyone thought they were very warm sounding.

 

yes your right burstbucker 3 in the bridge, i just replied to your other thread too (definately change the volume pots to 300k an it will match your 2006)

 

yes I got a Traditional the difference between a traditional and a traditional pro is 500k for volume pots, all pots are high quality CTS pots and you have a burstbucker 3 in the bridge (as opposed to the Trads 57+)

 

the burstbucker has a higher output than the 57's which will make the 57's a little warmer. however i swapped mine out for Seymour Duncan alnico 2 pro's changed my bridge volume to 500k and left my neck at 300k to keep the warmth. I put in Bumblebees all CTS pots and wired up 50's style. Big improvement to my ears.

 

i keep meaning to take pics but mine is ebony (how i like them, although I wouldn't say no to a tobacco burst in left hand) and compared to the fine tops they have on here!

 

anyways personally If you have a soldering iron and feel confident start playing around in the control cavity. electronic components are cheap so dont worry about those just dont damage the wood [thumbup]

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