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Hello,

 

So lately I've been doing a lot of research on refinishing guitars because I have this LP studio in WB and it's too "ordinary" I guess.

I'd like it to shine a little more. First I was thinking of just applying a binding on it but a few days ago I got this idea to completely refinish it into a cherry heritage sunburst.

 

So my question is:

Do Gibson Les Paul Studio faded WB models(2009) have a maple or mahogany tops/caps?

Because if the cap is mahogany, it could be slightly more difficult to make a CH sunburst..

 

Oh yeah, one more thing.. Is it possible to make CH sunburst even if it's all mahogany?

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Hello,

 

So lately I've been doing a lot of research on refinishing guitars because I have this LP studio in WB and it's too "ordinary" I guess.

I'd like it to shine a little more. First I was thinking of just applying a binding on it but a few days ago I got this idea to completely refinish it into a cherry heritage sunburst.

 

So my question is:

Do Gibson Les Paul Studio faded WB models(2009) have a maple or mahogany tops/caps?

Because if the cap is mahogany, it could be slightly more difficult to make a CH sunburst..

 

Oh yeah, one more thing.. Is it possible to make CH sunburst even if it's all mahogany?

# To refinish the guitar your looking at £300 for Poly (Epi) & £500+ for Nitro (Gib)

Waxing is also another option

#The Faded was ALL Mahogany until 2008 after that it became a plain maple top, if you look inside it should be LIGHTER wood on the base of the toggle & pot cavities if you have a maple cap

# Yes its possible to do that finish on an all mahogany body but it will have less grain.

 

Binding is a VERY expensive grade hence the price difference between a Studio & Standard of £700-£1000 because it requires alot of cut & fitting to install

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Thank you for your quick replies.

 

http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/custom-shop/16506-extreme-makeover.html

Here's the link to a Studio worn cherry into red burst refinish..

Looks like a really good one to me.

 

That guy who did the refinish, The Truth, actually lives in my country(Croatia).

I contacted him and he said that applying the binding and nitrocellulose lacquer would cost around £225-£250.

 

So what do you guys think of his work?

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Without a close up pic of the top, who knows what you have? You can tell though, looking at the top, does the wood grain seem so tight that the satin finish does not settle in the grain so much? if so, I bet it's maple. If it looks rough, and unsanded like the rest of the guitar, then it is likely a mahogany top.

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Hello LP_Studio_FTW! Wow!!! That's all I can say. Beautyful job! I recommend You to look at the guitar in real life - if it's as beautiful as I can judge from these pictures - it's worth doing the conversion. As for the cap material of Your guitar is concerned: it's likely mahogany. The change-over to maple cap occured during year 2011 on this model (I was watching this model - and remember when the specs changed on Gibson's site). If You decide to make it, please post detailed pictures, and the contact details of the luthier. :) Cheers from neighbourhood... Bence

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I think I've decided to leave it in WB but I'll definitely put binding and lacquer on it.

Now, the only problem is weather.. My luthier can't work in weather like this(it's raining and humidity is pretty high)

 

I'll ask him about it in a month or two.

Another problem is that refinishing guitars is his side job and he doesn't have a lot of time for that.

He's focused on making pickups...

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