Make Your Les Paul Guitar More Like A Vintage 1959 form

I’m certain you will notice many keen Les Paul electric guitar owners out there who having purchased their dream electric guitar, would really love to make it that bit more in shared with the holy grail of all Les Paul guitars, the 59′ Sunburst Standard.

In my case I am the proud owner of a Gibson 59′ VOS Les Paul, Gibson’s rare effort at reproducing the magic of 1959, and a genuinely wonderful electric guitar it is. Nonetheless, there are many improvements that might be made to make it that little more authentic. I have no idea why Gibson are not able to upgrade these little factors here and there themselves, however it’s down to aftermarket products to get closer to the original guitar.

So whether you’ve a low cost or a more expensive Gibson form, what are those little improvements that could make a world of difference?

One really vital area is the plastic parts. The colour is usually the incorrect shade and in the case of the pickup surrounds (rings), the incorrect colour and the incorrect height. The height of the rings on many Les Pauls is not consist with a 59 M69 ring which is taller. The colour on an original is also a lighter ‘bone’ shade than the strong creams offered by many electric guitar substitute parts shops. These are cheap but not authentic. A few reproduction suppliers offer incredibly accurate substitute guitar pickup rings but at incredibly high prices. Having said that, there are also some more competitive alternatives.

Other plastic parts which are in need of improvement are the, pick guard, the switch surround with vintage correct font, the jack plate cover, knobs and the truss rod cover. All of these parts can be sourced on line and you will see many firms who offer improvements over the stock versions. It is also possible to order these plastic parts already aged which would considerably add to the look, assuming you will be happy with an aged look.

Additional improvements could possibly be made in the guitar pickups department. Whilst on my VOS the Gibson Burstbuckers are comparatively nice, a number of more budget models can definitely assistance from different Les Paul pickups. Many guitar pickup suppliers would supply a Vintage spec close to the 59 PAF’s, already with aged nickel covers. Position these with some impressive rings and you will be away.

Some real Kluson tuners can finish off the original look and feel. It’s already possible to buy these with shrunken plastic tips, like some of the old originals.

The wonderful factor about all of this is that it may be done in stages which is much better for the wallet!

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