Gibson Les Paul Custom (Norlin) Refret and Reversing Mods..

70s Les Paul Custom that at one time had a third pickup added and various switching options70s Les Paul Custom that at one time had a third pickup added and various switching optionsDSC_0187Nicely worn!Nicely worn!None original tunersNone original tunersDSC_0233DSC_0234Pickup covers had been pained black...Pickup covers had been pained black…Pole pieces also black..Pole pieces also black..Only one switch was actually working and that was a kill switch.,..Only one switch was actually working and that was a kill switch.,..Blocks of Mahogany used (Norlin Era cost saving actually a good ecological solution to use as much of the off cuts of wood as possible)Blocks of Mahogany used (Norlin Era cost saving actually a good ecological solution to use as much of the off cuts of wood as possible)DSC_0239Pots 300K volume and 500K tone.. all a bit worn.. Will replace with CTS 500K pots to achieve the brightest sound possible for the customerPots 300K volume and 500K tone.. all a bit worn.. Will replace with CTS 500K pots to achieve the brightest sound possible for the customerDSC_0241DSC_0242Cover taken off revealed a nice T topped PAF humbuckerCover taken off revealed a nice T topped PAF humbuckerBoth pickups T topped Gibson pcikups. Looked much better open coilBoth pickups T topped Gibson pcikups. Looked much better open coilDSC_0246Added centre route fairly neat. But not wanted by current ownerAdded centre route fairly neat. But not wanted by current ownerFront pickup had wiring added to enable phase switching and coil tapping.. infact when I got it only worked on one coil..)Front pickup had wiring added to enable phase switching and coil tapping.. infact when I got it only worked on one coil..)Pickups cleaned, none black pole pieces used and new cloth tape around them ready to be used "open coil" for brightest possible soundPickups cleaned, none black pole pieces used and new cloth tape around them ready to be used “open coil” for brightest possible soundElectrics stripped (to be taken back as close to original wiring as possibleElectrics stripped (to be taken back as close to original wiring as possibleDSC_0255Holes cleaned ready for fillingHoles cleaned ready for fillingDSC_0258Plugs stained a little and first coat of finish addedPlugs stained a little and first coat of finish addedTaking out the frets..Taking out the frets..All done with minimum damage to the fret board.All done with minimum damage to the fret board.Cleaned out..Cleaned out..Fret slots needed deeper grooves so were cut deeper... took a long timeFret slots needed deeper grooves so were cut deeper… took a long timeDSC_0269New frets ready to go inNew frets ready to go inWood glue used and excess wiped off with a damp clothWood glue used and excess wiped off with a damp clothFret all in!Fret all in!Fret ends all bevelled and smoothedFret ends all bevelled and smoothedAll masked off ready for levelling and dressingAll masked off ready for levelling and dressingLevelled ready for crowning - dressingLevelled ready for crowning – dressingAll doneĀ¬All doneĀ¬Board being oiled!Board being oiled!Still oily.. soaking in!Still oily.. soaking in!DSC_0288pickups back in looking much better IMHO open toil... lovely T tops!pickups back in looking much better IMHO open toil… lovely T tops!Pots and electrics nextPots and electrics nextNice!Nice!Pots wiired up with original caps waiting to go back in.Pots wiired up with original caps waiting to go back in. DSC_0295Pots all done!Pots all done!wiring finished and checkedwiring finished and checkedDSC_0298DSC_0299Fitting new bone nut!Fitting new bone nut!Best part trying here out with a few different amps and setting pickup height etc..Best part trying here out with a few different amps and setting pickup height etc..Waiting for her witches hat knobs but all done otherwise!Waiting for her witches hat knobs but all done otherwise!

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