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Chris W.

1993 Gibson Les Paul Studio HPLP

 

Chris had grown tired of the large neck profile on his old Wine Red Studio, and wanted it redone with the HPLP treatment. He wanted to upgrade all the hardware with an Earvana nut, Full Contact Hardware Tune-o-matic set, and Planet Waves locking tuners. He also wanted to change the body color to black, and black out the gold hardware. Since he would be installing black pickups or covers at a later date, I left the gold pickups intact.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The options he chose are as follows:

- HPLP treatment

----- Remove lacquer finish from body and neck

----- Reprofile neck to slightly thinner slim-taper 60's neck

----- Remove heel and smooth out transition from neck to body

----- Rear edges of body softened for comfort

----- All bare surfaces sanded to 2000 grit

----- Mahogany dyed to washed black

----- Finished with satin tung oil and buffed smooth

----- Round over front edge of cutaway to match pickguard outline

- Mild SG-style body bevel

- Fully shielded electronics

- Countersunk Dunlop Straploks

- Planet Waves Auto-Trim Locking Tuners (18:1 ratio)

- Babicz Full Contact Hardware Tune-o-matic bridge & tailpiece

- Earvana nut

 

In Process:

 


The guitar had some buckle rash and scratches, so this was a perfect time to remove all of that. The headstock had been broken off and repaired several times in the past, and the technician sprayed a black burst finish over the headstock joint to mask the repair rather than having to match the wine red finish.

Chris wanted a more radical reprofile on the neck joint, making it an even smoother transition from neck to heel. He also wanted the cutaway to be more rounded, continuing to the front of the body and blending with the outline of the pickguard.

 

 

Once completed, the guitar stays in perfect tune and intonation with the combination of Earvana nut and Planet Waves locking tuners. The Babicz bridge and tailpiece are firmly anchored to the body, giving the guitar amazing sustain and tone. The headstock repair is invisible and the buckle rash and scratches are gone.




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