#1
My Gibson Les Paul Special SL.

This is my only electric Ax:

I still need to pick up a Stainless Steel washer for my toggle switch. The one I put on galvanized on me...
It's not as shiny as I would like it to be anymore.
I also installed metal pickup rings, metal jack plate, and A Schaller Strap Lock System.

It's now sporting a 'Les Paul Custom' faceplate on the headstock too.
(I don't believe they make a 'Les Paul Special' faceplate?)

I am a sucker for the 'All Metal' look.

The fret board is extra dark, due to me using Dr. Ducks Ax Wax on it. (I love the stuff!)
It was a bit on the dry side, when I bought it...
It almost looks ebony now, even up close.

It's a Gibson Les Paul Special SL (Worn Cherry) SL stands for Sans Lacquer.
SN: 00492620 SN FORMAT: YDDDYPPP (PPP 500-999 indicates Nashville Tennessee Production.)
My guitar was born in February of 2002.
Retailed for $999.00 bucks.
Paid $599.99 for it new, from Guitar Center on 09/09/2002 for Guitar and Gig Bag.
Body: Solid Mahogany (For that warm, fat, Les Paul sound.)
Set in neck provides outstanding sustain.
Neck/Profile: Mahogany/1960 Slim taper
Fingerboard/Inlay: Rosewood 22 frets/Pearloid Dot Inlays
Scale/Nut Width: 243/4"/111/16
Bridge/Tailpiece: Tune-o-matic/Stop bar (Replaced with Gibson TP-6 stop bar.)
Neck Pickup: 490R (Replaced with a calibrated set of Gibson BurstBucker Pro's 'IM59A'.)
Bridge Pickup: 498T "Hot Alnico" (Replaced with a calibrated set of Gibson BurstBucker Pro's 'IM59B'.)
Controls: Two volume, two tone, three-way switch
17 degree heastock pitch, Neck joint at 16th fret, Gold top hat knobs, Green key tuners.
(Replaced with 'Tricked Out Guitar' UFO Chrome Red Pearl top knobs, and Planet Waves Auto-Trim tuners.)

Flat-top guitar 'A Slabber', and one of the lightest Les Paul's made.

These boys did my 'set-up', and installed everything except my toggle switch washer:
J. Thomas Davis Guitar Maker

This is how she looked Stock:


It does have slight taper on the guitars back:


Gibson's Green key tuners:



More current, and up close:
Note that the Gibson TP-6 stop bar started to rust on me, so I painted the tuning adjustment screws black.

One thing I had done was on my volume and tone knobs, there is a hex head screw that you can easily see from above when playing. I had all (4) knobs set so when the screw is pointing straight up at the neck, it's wide open.

When each set screw is pointing straight up at you while playing, you would be at 9:00 on each pot.
You can easily tell where each one is set at with a single glance usually, even though there are no numbers on the knobs.


Rear view with Planet Waves Auto-Trim tuners installed:


I just love this guitar!
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 12, 2010,
#2
im pretty sure i love it also im no zoologist but seems quite sexy to me haha
#3
Thanks!

It is one Sexy Beast...

I think it sounds so close to a 'High-End' Les Paul, that for the money, it's hard to beat.
To be honest, I can't tell the difference when I play mine next to another more expensive Les Paul, and am willing to bet that neither will 99% of the people hearing you play.

The boys at Harmony Central like it...
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/product/Gibson/Les+Paul+Special+SL/10/1

Further, I think changing my pickups over to a calibrated set of BurstBucker Pro's also made it sound even better. They are very sweet sounding balanced pickups.
The originals pickups sounded OK, but were a tad on the harsh side to my ear.
I consider this change an official 'upgrade' in my book.

People 'In the know', also seem to believe that RED Guitars, just sound better too.
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 10, 2010,
#4
I usually hate to see anyone mod a Gibson but it does look really nice! I hope you save the old parts so if you ever do decide to get rid of it you can sell it with all the original parts it always helps keep the value if you have the original hardware and pups.

Check Ebay you might be able to score a chrome truss rod cover. There is a guy who will make you a custom one with what ever you want on it too.


John
Last edited by johnro6659 at Feb 28, 2010,
#5
I really like the subtle modding you've done to that. The steel parts really make the guitar look quite classy. I didn't like it stock, but I certainly do now.
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#6
Quote by johnro6659
I usually hate to see anyone mod a Gibson but it does look really nice! I hope you save the old parts so if you ever do decide to get rid of it you can sell it with all the original parts it always helps keep the value if you have the original hardware and pups.

Check Ebay you might be able to score a chrome truss rod cover. There is a guy who will make you a custom one with what ever you want on it too.


John

Outstanding idea on the truss rod cover...
I would love one!

And thanks for your kind words too.

I am also with you on that Gibsons in general should not be moded, but with this slabber, it just seemed to be the correct thing to do.

I don't feel like I damaged a National Treasure.

All the original parts were kept, and my luthier did put a small piece of tape on the back of the pickups for me, marking them neck, and bridge.

Quote by Kurapica
I really like the subtle modding you've done to that. The steel parts really make the guitar look quite classy. I didn't like it stock, but I certainly do now.

Thanks...
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 8, 2010,
#7
I went on ebay, and have some new stuff heading my way...

Chrome plated Truss Rod Cover for Gibson guitar:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130366684415

Chrome Toggle Switch Cap for Gibson Tip Knob:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150416367845

After buying the above cap, I spotted this one, and liked it even better...
I bought it too.

New Mosrite Chrome Switch Tip US Thread!:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110458945346

A new, thick leather strap for playing at Church:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370163011956

From: http://www.allparts.com/SearchResults.asp?search=AP-0663-010&x=0&y=0
AP-0663-010 - Chrome Metal Rhythm/Treble Ring

Looking forward to my new shiny additions!
#8
Chrome Toggle Switch Cap, and Mosrite Chrome Switch Tip installed...


It's hard to tell, but the Chrome Rhythm/Treble Ring is now, every bit as shiny as my pickups.


Full shot:
My amp stand was from a buddy who used it for his 55 gallon aquarium. He was done with the fish thing, and was going to throw it out. I told him I wanted it...
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 10, 2010,
#11
I like the look of that!

One thing left...

Chrome inlays
Schecter C-1 Classic Raven RG20 + Digitech RP50


Man, I could go for a 7 right now...
#13
It's funny just the other day I came across an LP special on Craig's list almost exactly like yours for $450.00 but it has a repaired headstock. I was going to check it out but I just couldn't find the time.

Aside from getting the truss rod cover on Ebay you could probably find silver inlay decals/stickers. All the ones I have put on guitars are still on them. More and more people are asking me to put them on their guitars. They are cheap do not interfere with your playing and some of them really are nice! The best thing is they will not hurt the guitar.


John
#14
Thanks for the tip...

I might have to see if I can find some. They would have to be high quality stickers.
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 7, 2010,
#15
Well John...

I decided to try out some dot stickers. I went with red:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Custom-Dots-5-16-AR-Fret-Markers-Inlay-Sticker-Guitar_W0QQitemZ120486031593QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar_Accessories?hash=item1c0d86f0e9

Item location: Sakai-City, Osaka, Japan. Not sure how long that will take?
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 8, 2010,
#16
That is the same guy I order from. Great stuff very thin and high quality. I get mine fairly fast out here on the East Coast . 4 days tops is longest I have waited. Several of my customers are very happy with them. I have never used the actual dots though most people want some kind of designs. The inlays I put on my J3 seems to be lasting pretty good it's been awhile and I try and play it a lot just to see how they wear so far I do not even realize they are there.


John
#18
blue font is so hard to see on UG black stye!

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#19
Quote by johnro6659
That is the same guy I order from. Great stuff very thin and high quality. I get mine fairly fast out here on the East Coast . 4 days tops is longest I have waited. Several of my customers are very happy with them. I have never used the actual dots though most people want some kind of designs. The inlays I put on my J3 seems to be lasting pretty good it's been awhile and I try and play it a lot just to see how they wear so far I do not even realize they are there.


John

Good to hear we ordered from the same dude!

I am looking forward to red dots, and also received conformation that my chrome truss rod plate has now shipped.

Quote by Eddy~
Looks great! :>

Thanks!
#20
When you put the decals on try and wipe the inlays with a q tip just damp with a little alcohol to remove any dirt and oils that might have collected on them. I use an X-acto knife to place them. I just stick the decal to the point so I can get it exactly in place before I apply pressure. You can use a pair of tweezers I seem to do better with the point of the X-acto I picked that up when I did a lot of models when I was into that hobby. Be carefull peeling them off the backing they are very thin.

jockomo is a great guy to deal with he always keeps in touch not like some Ebayers that forget about you right after they get paid.

Make sure you post pics as soon as you get the parts on!

John
#21
Quote by johnro6659
When you put the decals on try and wipe the inlays with a q tip just damp with a little alcohol to remove any dirt and oils that might have collected on them. I use an X-acto knife to place them. I just stick the decal to the point so I can get it exactly in place before I apply pressure. You can use a pair of tweezers I seem to do better with the point of the X-acto I picked that up when I did a lot of models when I was into that hobby. Be carefull peeling them off the backing they are very thin.

jockomo is a great guy to deal with he always keeps in touch not like some Ebayers that forget about you right after they get paid.

Make sure you post pics as soon as you get the parts on!

John

Will do, and thanks again buddy.

I also will be sure to leave jockomo a good ebay rating when I receive them.

Quote by OctoberWind
blue font is so hard to see on UG black stye!

Thanks for the info: OP fixed...

Update: Dots have been shipped...
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 9, 2010,
#23
That looks sweet! I really like the red dot inlays they fill out the whole scheme your going for.


John
#25
I scratch my head at why so much modding for this guitar.

I mean, it looks... nice, i suppose. But you must have put a good chunk of change in it.
#26
Looking good man

Really loving those inlays

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#27
Quote by r0ckth3d34n
I scratch my head at why so much modding for this guitar.

I mean, it looks... nice, i suppose. But you must have put a good chunk of change in it.

I suppose I do, but only have this one electric guitar, and wanted it to be unique.
Not everybody's SL Special will look like this, or sound the same.

Chrome Metal Rhythm/Treble Ring $5.00
Red dot stickers: $6.00
Chrome jack plate: $10.00
Chrome plated Truss Rod Cover: $10.00
Mosrite Chrome Switch Tip: $10.00
Schaller Chrome Strap Lock System: $13.00
Tricked Out Guitar's UFO Chrome Red Pearl top knobs: $5.00 x 4 = $20.00
Chrome pickup rings: $30.00
Planet Waves Chrome Auto-Trim tuners: $45.00
Gibson TP-6 Chrome stop bar: $120.00
Calibrated set of Gibson Chrome BurstBucker Pro's: $220.00

Total Mods= $489.00 (Not counting a few delivery charges.)

Guitar cost stock: $599.99

Total with mods = $1,089.00 (Could be worse!)
I am done now... Really!
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Looking good man

Really loving those inlays


TY!
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 17, 2010,
#30
Quote by BurstBucker Pro
If my current bridge wasn't Chrome already... I just might.

It is finished.


But the bridge i posted is more chrome than that! Those special saddles give you increased sustain and harmonics!! I'm actually going to buy one of those eventually, since my bridge is wearing down. I dunno about that roller nut, Seems really sketchy.

Fender makes one that's slotted. The string notches appear to have things that like squeeze the string in the slot so it doesn't move around as much, thus keeping the string tighter, to keep it at a high tension. But that costs $50. Even more sketchy.
#31
I will tell you the truth. Between the Planet Waves Auto-Trim tuners, and the Gibson TP-6 stop bar, this guitar stays in tune REALLY well.

Note that I usually have all tuning keys, running parallel to the headstock. This catches the most light, and gives off the maximum flash!

I use the TP-6 to make any minor adjustments, when the guitar gets out of tune.

It also keeps my fingers off of the chrome tuning keys, for maximum shiny life.
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 12, 2010,
#32
Nice!!

This may be totally a ballpark, And it's late so I'm kinda brain dead,

But what if you had like a tattoo artist use a engraver to "burn" a logo or something on the front or back?
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#33
I have had that thought. I play at church, so if I did, it would be this symbol:
The Jewish Menorah, with the Christian Fish, forming the Star of David.

I have had it priced already too:
http://www.stickergiant.com/custom_stickers/artwork.php?id=Sunday%2C%20March%2007%2C%202010%20at%2012%3A57%3A25%20AM%20MST

Quote: #Q707614 valid through 5/8/10
Item: 588 Pro-Cut Custom Vinyl Decal <= 10 SI
Size: 2" X 4" Pro Cut
Colors: 0 Color(s)
QTY: 50 100 125
Price: $194.76 $389.50 $249.38
One time die charge: $36.75

A little pricey...
The smallest possible quantity I could order is 50, and along with the one time die charge, would put me at $231.51.

I only need one good vinyl sticker.
Not sure if 2" X 4" would be big enough either?

It would be fun to have it engraved on the truss rod cover, but I don't think that 'Chrome Plated' would do well? I think it would probably turn out funky.
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Mar 12, 2010,
#34
Check local sign shops in your area. I used to make and apply vinyl lettering I had an 18" plotter and a 48" Plotter Printer and used to do it as a side job. I used to charge by the foot. Back 5 years ago it was 11.00 a foot and what ever I charged to do a logo or what ever. I also your to hand letter at one time as well as airbrush. I have been into everything! LOL Look in your yellow pages and find someone that will not charge you that much IMHO it's way too expensive. I kind of wish I never sold my equipment. I do plan on buying a desktop plotter soon. I get calls from people all the time to make lettering for them and I could use a few extra bucks.


John
#36
Got mine a few months before that, in Guitar Center in Miami. Traveled over on holiday from South America where I was working, with total goal of picking up a Les Paul as you get them way cheaper in the States than back in the UK, where I'm from. Tried out a load of different models and this spoke to me, nice neck, nice weight, looks great - makes me want to play it whenever I see it, and I've got great great tone from it ever since. I've wanted to get another Les Paul in the ten years since, but when its come to it, I always feel like I'm cheating, as I don't really need any other. Great guitar.
#37
Yeah I know...old thread....BUT new guitar for me. Picked up a 1997 Gibson Les Paul Special SL in a trade recently....I love the guitar. To me it feels and sounds great. I have had many Les Pauls and I really like this one the best even though it is low on the totem pole of Les Pauls. It's a keeper as long as I don't have back problems (I have in the past).
#38
Quote by jtees4
Yeah I know...old thread....BUT new guitar for me. Picked up a 1997 Gibson Les Paul Special SL in a trade recently....I love the guitar. To me it feels and sounds great. I have had many Les Pauls and I really like this one the best even though it is low on the totem pole of Les Pauls. It's a keeper as long as I don't have back problems (I have in the past).



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