Epiphone Les Paul Special I -Top to Bottom Mods

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  1. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    So, I mentioned before that I scored a P90 machine for ~$65 ($85 CAD, €56, £50) with a trade-in. Here's what I did to it.

    Tuners: The trapezoid tuners were inconsistent - some stiff, some loose. I opened them up and put a drop of oil in, but they were still unsatisfactory. So I ordered a set of Musiclily, chrome 3+3 half-moon tuners on Amazon. It matches my other Epis and I like the look better.
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    Nut: Graphtech. It pretty much dropped in. I didn't have to sand the bottom, only the sides.
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    Pickups: OK, the real reason for buying this guitar was to have a place for my Rose Eden P90s. Out came the stock P90s and in went the Edens. I ordered black covers, as the Edens came with white. Unlike most P90 sets, for which the bridge pup pole spacing is about 2mm more than the neck, the spacings on the Edens are the same. So I got 2 covers with 50 mm spacings.
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    Shields. I shielded the pickup cavities, the insides of the covers, and cavity. It's a much quieter guitar now. For a while it was too quiet because a wire or tone pot lug was touching the copper tape and shorting it out. So I put some electrical tape on the cavity wall next to the tone pot lugs.
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    Bridge/tailpiece. I replaced the compensated (lightning?) b/tp with a Musiclily Pigtail-style intonatable, wraparound bridge. As mentioned in another thread, the Pigtail-style is shorter (top to bottom) than the Badass style and the difference in action is about 1mm.
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    The whole thing, which looks like the old thing.
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    BTW, it's a "Limited Edition Custom Shop" guitar. ;) That should command a $1 mark up on eBay.
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    Tweed26 Well-Known Member

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    I like it. Fun little project with excellent results.
     
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    awesome little work horse !
     
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    Nice job Davis ! Kind of similar to what I did to mine, except for Tyson Tone Wraptails '57s P90, knobs and toggle ring gone.

    I've seen that black body polished to a shine somewhere and it looks fabulous, with the grain really standing out. Should have told you that before you finished your project eh ? I'll try polishing the back of mine.

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    John Well-Known Member

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    Nice job Davis, looks great.
     
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    Did you remember to connect all the shields together?
     
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    I ran the tape over the rim of the pickup covers so that they contact the cavity shield. Similarly, the control cavity cover is shielded and contacts the cavity tape. I didn't connect the chambers. I guess I could use a strand of copper wire, but I didn't think of it and the guitar is quiet.
     
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    Not good, you want it to be LOUD !
     
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    :D
    It doesn't hum. It roars.
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    You could. I typically use a bit of 18awg silver plated buss wire soldered to the tape, but anything would work. Do your P90's use braided shield wire? You could solder a short wire to the floor of the cavity and tie into the braid....
     

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