Anyone deblinged their guitar ?

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  1. DrBGood

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    Here's my Epiphone LP Ultra, before and after.

    Dulled the finish. Got rid of excess plastic. Replaced remaining plastic with black. Got rid of bling gold, so nickel tailpiece and bridge with longer saddle travel. New knobs with pointers. Electronics are OEM so it plays the same, but I like it way better like this.

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  2. BigDaddyLH

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    I'm not a fan of gold hardware, either, and the black pickup rings look better!

    Pickguard/no pickguard is a personal choice.
     
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    huge improvements, aesthetically
    i woulda kept the old knobs but that's me
     
  4. aging_rocker

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    Me too.

    OP - How's the tailpiece top-wrapping going for you? Do you find it makes much difference? I tried it once, didn't seem to make any difference to me.
     
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    Looks way better. I usually take the green side of a scrubbing sponge to the truss rod covers of my Epiphones, too.
     
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  6. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    No, but ah've deblung 'em.
     
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    Definitely an improvement! I love matte finish on guitars when there's some nice wood grain visible.
     
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    You improved the looks of your guitar immensely, well done!
     
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    I replaced the gold hardware on my SRV strat with chrome. I prefer chrome but was in part to preserve the original hardware. Also, the locking tuners I put on it would have been way more in gold.
     
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    Man, I can't get enuf bling....
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    Looks better, a coat of flat black would make it perfect!
     
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    I’ve pulled a few pickguards.
    And a bunch of art deco crap off my D’Angelico 12 string. That thing was hideous.
     
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    I liked the original better, but what do I know?
     
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    That’s a good looking guitar.
     
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    o_O Funny
     
  16. DrBGood

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    I don't hear any difference but I like the looks. It lessens string angle to the saddles, thus the forward pull on bushings and downward pressure on bridge. It MIGHT make bends easier.

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    I took the name badge, G-knobs, big gold pickguard, and straplocks off of my Gretsch Chet.
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    I guess it’s still moderately bling-ey.
     
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    @DrBGood other posters have said everything I'd say except:

    A knob without a pointer is a sad, lonely knob. Nice detail.
     
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    Steel wool or...?
     
  20. dickey

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    Liked the before better, but it's your guitar.
     
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