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This is the process that I have taken through the customization of my epiphone les paul custom. I have too many pictures so I will do multiple posts and see if that works. To start off. In july 2005, my girlfriend had bought me my dream guitar. This is where it all started. I do not have any pictures of my actual guitar and the process that it went through? this is the best I got.

THE BEGINNING!!!:


Ok so pretty much the main question was asked how I put the bigsby tailpiece on


Well heres how it goes: first the stopbar tailpiece has to come off. Now you don?t just take out the bolts, you gotta pull out those post anchors or bushings. So far you?ve got a guitar with no way to attach strings and 2 gaping holes in your guitar. Now a lot of questions I have been asked is, ?how do you fill in the holes?? ?why do you need to fill in the holes?? ?what holes do you need to fill?? well ill answer these questions. You don?t have to fill the holes, im just picky and I liked a semi-cleaner look. Now if you rip off your stopbar you will see the holes? trust me. They aren?t that visible so its not that big of a deal.

Now, most epiphones are grounded through the stopbar, if you see a wire, ground it to the bigsby. You can alighn the bigsby by attaching the end strap button on top and it should hold it temporarily, you can then?. Do your best to align it.


I think that?s it for the bigsby process. Now I had a lot of tuning problems after I added the bigsby. So I found a roller bridge on ebay for $30 canadian:


So I eventually got bored with the sound of my epiphone, it sounded like a $500 guitar. So replacing the pickups was a logical thing to do, I put a Seymour Duncan JB white open coil in the bridge.

And a Seymour Duncan jazz chrome cover in the neck


So I couldn?t settle with just new pickups, and I like single coils. So I drilled holes in my guitar and added some switches that I got for $1.75 at radio shack. One of them turns off the coils on the neck pickup. Now the bridge pickup is not hooked up to a switch, nor hooked up to a push pull pot. Oh no. the guitar tech that I work with at guitarworks installed the second coil to the tone knob. So with the tone knob at 0, you have a single coil pickup, with the tone at 10 you have a humbucker. When you get to about 4 or 5 it sounds like a p-90. its pretty much the coolest thing you could ever do. The other switch is a cut off, so I can do some crazy tom morello stuff. Here are the controls and? the mess of wires:

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to continue where i left off:

At this point I have a friggen awesome guitar. I have done custom paintjobs on many of my friends guitars and I wanted to paint mine. It took me a while to figure out what to paint on it. At first I was thinking of painting the stairway to heaven guy on the mountain on the back. I then got the idea when I saw someone wearing a dark side of the moon hoodie and they has black pants on too. I was like ?that?s it!? so I started by painting the frequency rainbow bit (on the inside covor of the album) on a pickguard from my brothers les paul goth just to see how it would look. Its just painted by hand, im going to airbrush the 3 play pickguard that came with mine soon.

So then the back


Due to my connections at guitarworks, I acquired a Gibson platinum les paul case.



Yeah so that pretty much it for my guitar. How about pictures?!





Oh yeah, I put straplocks on


All I need to do now is change this!:


So if anyone can think of what else I can do to this without switching what I already have, let me know, cause im stumped. Let me know your thoughts on this guitar, and ignore the ugly pickguard, ill re do it.



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EDIT: that's really cool, a sound example if that's possible?

i think you should take the pickguard off, it would look better imo

it's already complicated enough on the front
Last edited by ultimatedimefan at May 29, 2006,
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Hmm do u have any final pics of the whole guitar? I don't like the chrome pickups with a gold guitar. I like what you did to the wiring. Verry intesting. I think I shall do the same thing with my SG.
Pretty coo man. I have a LP custom with a Kahler and I kind of like the look of that instead of the bigsby. But to each his own. Did the pickups make the sound better? I'm not sure if I wanna replace the pickups in my LP. The stock ones seem kind of weak compared to my other guitars. I don't know.. Did u do the wiring yourself?

EDIT: I like a lot what u did the paint on the back.


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Last edited by think11270 at May 29, 2006,
#5
the sounds you can get from that guitar is ubelivable. you can make it sound like a beefy strat, or a vintage sg or, pretty much anything, the tonal diversity spans a great distance. as for the pickguard, i still havent decided what to do to it, i think im just going to put the plain old 3 play on woth no paint.
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all the pics are final pics, i didnt really care about the color of pickup covores... i just took what was avalable, i woulda chosen a black open coil at the bridge. if you have an epiphone, i strongly suggest changing the pickups, for a while i had my new bridge but still had stock neck so i had direct comparrison. the epiphone pickups blow. other than pickups and the polyurethane finnish, epiphones are great. i did not do the wiring myself. they guitar tech at my work did it for me, i did minor things such as the cut off switch and.. adding the switches.
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Smoooooth.

I thought that the white humbucker and silver neck humbucker would really clash with the Bigsby, it looks amazing though.
And the Pink Floyd thing on the back is great.
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****ing sweet. good job
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#9
So I take it you work at a guitar store....how much would the coil tapped bridge p-up linked to the tone knob mod cost?
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#13
On my les paul black beauty, basically your guitar with extra pup , i love the look when you remove the rhythm treble cricle, looks really clean.
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the pickup is one white and its not gold its chrome, the reason for that is the avalability. my store had a white jb pickup only, then i had a choice between chrome covor and zebra open coil for the neck, and i wanted a covor. at this point im not really willing to pay any more money just to get it gold. i kind of like it how the pickups dont match anyhting really. it was just the limited avalability
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the pickup is one white and its not gold its chrome, the reason for that is the avalability. my store had a white jb pickup only, then i had a choice between chrome covor and zebra open coil for the neck, and i wanted a covor. at this point im not really willing to pay any more money just to get it gold. i kind of like it how the pickups dont match anyhting really. it was just the limited avalability
Sorry it looked gold to me, but kick ass job. How you do the floyd stuff on it?
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airbrush, paint, and a crap load of masking tape and my pink floys album as a refrence. just a useless fact, the pink floyd on my guitar is the exact same size as the one on the covor of the vinyl. for some reason when i skim through replys like that i see floyd and i think, floyd rose. uhhh no its a bigsby. wait... PINK floyd ahaha.. i dont know what im talking about im so bored.. i think ill take pics of my doubleneck
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Quote by pacman-man
all the pics are final pics, i didnt really care about the color of pickup covores... i just took what was avalable, i woulda chosen a black open coil at the bridge. if you have an epiphone, i strongly suggest changing the pickups, for a while i had my new bridge but still had stock neck so i had direct comparrison. the epiphone pickups blow. other than pickups and the polyurethane finnish, epiphones are great. i did not do the wiring myself. they guitar tech at my work did it for me, i did minor things such as the cut off switch and.. adding the switches.

do i need to change my pickups in my epiphone ace frehley les paul(its got three humbuckers)the neck is a dimarzio something so is the middle and the bridge is a dimarzio super distortion
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I love the single-coild/ humbucker cut switch!!! That's awesome! I've been thinking of how to do that... I'm not sure I'm wild about mounting more switches on my guitar, but I love that you did it!!!
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#20
i think im going to scrap the pickguard idea. i kind of dont like itr anymore. and im too lazy to paint it again with an airbrush. i like the clean look from the front. what do you guys think?
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You mean scrap the Pink Floyd pickguard? It looks amazing! And gives the guitar so much character.
Keep it.
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do i need to change my pickups in my epiphone ace frehley les paul(its got three humbuckers)the neck is a dimarzio something so is the middle and the bridge is a dimarzio super distortion
Those are dimarzio usa super distortion. They're great pups and they are the same ones used on the real model, except the middle pup dont smoke.


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i think im going to scrap the pickguard idea. i kind of dont like itr anymore. and im too lazy to paint it again with an airbrush. i like the clean look from the front. what do you guys think?
Since you floyded the back you might as well keep it on the front too for continuity.
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did the middle pickup actualy work ? i have been wondering how he got it to smoke like that for a while
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#24
He had the middle pup customize to smoke. It doesn't have any sound in it cause it's a smokin prop.
#25
Honestly.. that is sex... I suggest you lookup Ibanez SZ For Life's topic on the JB pickup, to smooth out the tone a little bit (Its called like.. "Attention all JB Owners"

It's a damn good topic.. I strongly believe it should be stickied..
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i didnt know they epiphone ace had dimarzios? they are probably lamefied demarzios to amke the tuitar cheaper cause that what epiphone does. and then people like me make them sweet. ill paint the 4 ply pickguard and see how it looks.
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i didnt know they epiphone ace had dimarzios? they are probably lamefied demarzios to amke the tuitar cheaper cause that what epiphone does. and then people like me make them sweet. ill paint the 4 ply pickguard and see how it looks.
Hell no dawg! You are mistaken duncan designed and gibson liscensed with the real deal. There are no fake dimarzio brand pups. They are dimarzio usa super distortion. The fake ace I have is real solid mahogan back with a real flame mape cap. But its poly, metric and slave labor made. So new it went for $800 and the real one goes for $5000

I suggest you go play a fake ace face. It really sounds awsome.
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well i thought it had lame epiphone pickups the epiphones have laminite flame tops though, still i buy the knockoffs and make them sweet. i thought the dimarzios for an epiphone wuld be just like how squier or lame ibanez's have "duncan designed" which are just lame. get real ones or make your own pickups.
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well i thought it had lame epiphone pickups the epiphones have laminite flame tops though, still i buy the knockoffs and make them sweet. i thought the dimarzios for an epiphone wuld be just like how squier or lame ibanez's have "duncan designed" which are just lame. get real ones or make your own pickups.
The Ace Face has a real maple top. I removed the pup and the cap might of been a inch thick. A veenure top is just wood tape probably aint a milameter thick. Don't mistake a $350 epi lp standard quilt top with a $800 Ace. Not the same wood. It's like your comparing a fender squire bullet with a mexican.

Anyways both the duncan designed and epi open coils sound quite good it's the fake ass covered pafs that are sh!t.
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epophone does have solid maple tops, thats how they make the wire cavitys in them, but the curly maple is a veneer. im not going to argue with the pickups because i dont know. but epiphones are 1/4 the price not jusat because they are mass produced in china, they use cheaper materials, cheaper pots, cheaper switches, cheaper wires, cheaper paint, cheaper wood, cheaper hardware (sometimes, the grovers are good) cheaper pickups on non specialised models. but they are pretty much built the same, so if you replace all the **** parts, youve got a guitar way better than a gibson for way less
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epophone does have solid maple tops, thats how they make the wire cavitys in them, but the curly maple is a veneer. im not going to argue with the pickups because i dont know. but epiphones are 1/4 the price not jusat because they are mass produced in china, they use cheaper materials, cheaper pots, cheaper switches, cheaper wires, cheaper paint, cheaper wood, cheaper hardware (sometimes, the grovers are good) cheaper pickups on non specialised models. but they are pretty much built the same, so if you replace all the **** parts, youve got a guitar way better than a gibson for way less
But you are arguing.

You don't own it, see it or play it thus you don't know it. Obtw it's stained and not painted. As for the wood don't care where it came from. It's real mahogany with a flame maple top. It's not laminated ply. Most of the cheaper epi lp are.

I have had this beast for 6 years and nothing fried out on it. I already stated the differences between the real thing it's metric, poly and also different headstock shape.

I think your mistakenly thinking I'm saying the epi ace face is a exact copy of a gibbo.
What I'm saying it's way better than other epi lp copies.

Untill you get your hands on one and inspect it compared to what you originally had you just wont get it got it?
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of course its better than an epiphone lp standard its a signature model, i work in a guitar store im trained to now theese things i know its a stain but what do you think makes it shiny? clear paint maybe? witch is polyurethane. i dont know anyhting about the pickups thats what im not arguing about. i dont exactly see what the point of this is.
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of course its better than an epiphone lp standard its a signature model, i work in a guitar store im trained to now theese things i know its a stain but what do you think makes it shiny? clear paint maybe? witch is polyurethane. i dont know anyhting about the pickups thats what im not arguing about. i dont exactly see what the point of this is.
Nope poly is a hard clear coat and not paint.

There is no need to argue since you have clearly admitted your errors.
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the clear is the paint, its polyurethane paint, maybe thats not wht you call it but i call it paint, its liquit and it comes ina can until applied on a guitar. what errors have i admitted?
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the clear is the paint, its polyurethane paint, maybe thats not wht you call it but i call it paint, its liquit and it comes ina can until applied on a guitar. what errors have i admitted?
I'm so sorry. So you weren't wrong about the pups on the Ace Face? You weren't wrong about's it's top? And you weren't wrong about the finish? Don't think so! Now why would you stain a guitar and then paint it? Poly is a very hard clear finish sprayed over the stained epi Ace's body to protect it, but it doesn't penatrate the body like nitro laccy that is used on a real Gibbo.

If you decide to build a guitar and spray you will need to know the difference from stain, paint and clear coating.

Your welcome for the lesson.
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are you even old enough to look at boobies yet? so you dont call clear coat paint, i do its the exact same as paint only it has no color. im not talking about laquer, i know what stain is, and i dont know anything about the pickups so how am i wrong about that? i call it polyurethane paint. clear paint. i dont care what you call it, i know what stain is.
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are you even old enough to look at boobies yet?
That's pretty ironic coming from a mario avatar and a pacman name!
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