Gibson Les Paul conversion complete....

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  1. TeleFunk Man

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    Last year I picked up a 2018 Gibson Les Paul Classic Player P-90s in exclusive Orange Sunrise finish, I'm a sucker for P-90s and especially interested "out-of-the-ordinary" finishes. This is actually the first guitar I ever bought brand-new. It came with black plastics which look fine but I was thinking about switching out to creme based on a photo I saw of a standard a while back...anyway, all done and I think it looks good, of course this is 100% reversible in case I ever decide to go back to black.

    Original stock black plastics:

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    With creme plastics:

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    Wondering if I should install a creme guard...????

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    Thanks for the pix. I am about to buy one of the wine red non-figured versions, and I was considering doing the same, but with white covers, switch tip, and guard. These are some of the only Les Pauls ever made with true WHITE binding, and I absolutely love it. That alone is a major selling point to me, not to mention that it has my favorite pickups in it, and they aren't exceedingly common on carved top Lesters. Bottom line, I must have one, as they offer an almost unheard of set of specs, which I find highly desirable. And I got lucky enough to find a plain top, which I always prefer to flame.

    ...of course, the white binding means the the cream plastics look terrible. Maybe it'll look okay in 30 years, once the finish yellows, but not right now. Your pix also make me realize that even the idea of pure white plastics is probably not a good one. The light plastics take it from tough looking to sissy looking.

    Black pickup cover, black switch washer, black guard, black jack plate, white switch tip, pearloid keystones is what these need IMO.

    Also, I hope that Historic guard fits the pickup spacing on your guitar.
     
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    The 2018 Classic Player series are great guitars. Non-weight relieved, so they are typical heavy Les Pauls. Of course the P-90s sound amazing.

    I'm fine with the creme covers and the white binding, I wanted kept it to authentic Gibson parts including the soap bar covers. I'm not even sure if Gibson makes white plastics, so you may have to go with 3rd party parts if you want to stay with pure white parts.

    My 1983 Standard looks great as the plastics and binding have naturally faded to darker creme colour over the years, the binding almost blends in with the natural finish:

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    Just as I'm thinking "It looks naked and weird without the pickguard", the last pic comes into view. Definitely, put that on.
     
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    Looks much better with the cream! I'd leave the pickguard off myself.
     
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    I agree with Matthias; cream, no pickguard.
     
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    I like the black stuff better, but overall it's a cool guitar no matter what you do to it.
     
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    I've pulled the pickguard from all Les Pauls that have come my way. I think it just gets in the way for how I play, but that's totally up to you.
     
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    Beautiful guitar, before or after.
    I’d leave the pichguard off, though.
     
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    I just got one of those... but the vintage sunburst version
     
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    I am thinking in going cream as well...
     
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    Really beautiful with the creme, and while usually I like the pickguard on Les Pauls yours looks perfect without it
     
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    As long as it feels and sounds good, I'm glad for you....visually, I prefer the black pickup covers. My PRS SE One came with a white (cream?) P-90 cover, and I changed it to black. march4,2019 046.JPG
     
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    I like both and I like the pickguard too. I have a worn ebony finish 2012 LP 60's Tribute with cream P90's, cream pickguard and guard, so I'm a bit biased.
     
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    Looks cool both ways. I would put gold reflectors on it, just my opinion.

    Nice guitar. Reminds me of my Custom Shop CR-4

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    That is beautiful, and looks even better with the creme plastics. How much dies it weigh? I believe those aren't weight relieved...a blue one is on my shortlist if I find $1200 sitting around, but I like your finish even better. I only saw blue and black here in the US.
     
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    Creme was a definitely good change.

    I'd leave the pickguard off. Show off that wood!
    Btw, that's a non-reversible change (extra screw holes), minor but might bug you later.


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    Let's see it with the pick guard lying on the guitar.
    I always think Lesters look nekkid with no pick guard.
     
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