Les Paul SHOWDOWN

nathan a

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Pick your favorite. The first should look familiar to some. All of these are mahogany/flame maple body, mahogany/ebony neck, ebony peghead veneer. Cream neck and body binding. The Dad les paul.

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black gloss neck and body back.

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chrome bridge

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gold bridge (keep in mind that real gold bridges don't look this muddy. damn kisakae)

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black bridge


The first is a black dye, the other 3 are the weathered grey dye (I just photoshopped W's showcase piece onto an LP body, so the color should be as accurate as their photo http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_bodies.cfm?itemNumber=PS2814&type=guitar.

So the question is: which top finish? Which bridge? And, black gloss  neck + body back or clear gloss?

My favorites are the first two. Undecided on the body + neck back finishes though. Help your brother out!
 

sundin4prez

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i personaly LOVE the first one.....the weatherd grey dye doesent do anything for me.....i think whatever finish you use you should use black hardware...
 
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RLW

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Bridge? I prefer a wraparound ala '54 Les Paul. Anything other than that horrendously over-engineered, horribly underthought Gotoh 510 calamity.

Other than that, #2 is my favorite.
 

m4rk0

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The 2nd!
the silverburst lacks personality.. also doesn't go well with the cream p90s... in my opinion :)
 

TroubledTreble

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To me the first one is the classiest. I think that sometimes less is more. "Elegantly simple, simply elegant."

Yeah, m4rk0 may have a point about the covers. Black maybe.

-TT-
 

-CB-

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Top one, but with black P90's.  The creme seems to detract from things... calls too much attention to itself.
 

willyk

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I like the second one. With all that creme binding it makes sense to stay with creme pickups. As for the back and the neck, I reckon clear gloss. Why hide the mahogany/ebony neck/headstock treatment under boring black paint?
 
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guitlouie

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I like the first one and I would leave it just as it is, except maybe get that Gibson logo off of there!  :laughing11:
 

Rickgrxbass

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I'd say the first one, with black hardware and P90 covers.  Also black tuning machines, black nut, and black strings.  EVERYTHING MUST BE BLACK!!!

Oops, sorry, got a little excited there.  But yeah, blackburst with black hardware; or maybe weathered gray with gold, Dang I see your problem, the only solution is to build them both!
 

Rick

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Also, try the hairdryer to heat the paint.  You have nothing to lose ... but paint.
 

Kostas

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I'm not a fan of the black dye, I think it's too dark and hides the wood grain. From the pics you posted I prefer the 1st one and by far nickel hardware with this color.

I'm posting the two pics I sent to Warmoth as examples for a tele quilt top I found in the showcase. I wanted a different (lighter) black dye and they said they can do it. In March I will know...  :icon_smile:
 

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nathan a

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Kostas said:
I'm not a fan of the black dye, I think it's too dark and hides the wood grain. From the pics you posted I prefer the 1st one and by far nickel hardware with this color. I'm posting the two pics I sent to Warmoth as examples for a tele quilt top I found in the showcase. I wanted a different (lighter) black dye and they said they can do it. In March I will know...  :icon_smile:

Kostas, if you don't mind my asking, how much did that custom finish cost you? I also want a lighter black dye, which is why I hesitated from ordering the first LP mock-up. If I could do that -- like yours--, but with my black bursted edges, I'd be in heaven!
 

Kostas

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nathan a said:
Kostas, if you don't mind my asking, how much did that custom finish cost you? I also want a lighter black dye, which is why I hesitated from ordering the first LP mock-up. If I could do that -- like yours--, but with my black bursted edges, I'd be in heaven!

$305 ιncluding the clean line option.
http://www.warmoth.com/paint/paint.cfm?fuseaction=dye_black
 

nathan a

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Kostas, I'm a little confused. Here's the response I just got from Dan:

"I hope nobody around here told you that the dye could be made lighter, that’s really dependent on the wood and how much dye it soaks up, no 2 pieces are the same, so there is no option for lighter black dye."
 

Kostas

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It would be better to provide a pic and show exactly what you need. That's what I did.
 
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