Think the plaque comes off ?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Mike Eskimo, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Mike Eskimo

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    A3718A42-B5B1-4F88-80D5-9B8B731DA4B4.jpeg I really like this guitar .

    I like when Gibson used to use a variety of these trophy plaques (“Custom Made”) on Bigsby-equipped ES models in the 60’s.

    But I don’t like this cheezy deal under the bridge here...

    I think they’re in the $500 range used.
     
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    I haven't seen one of those - but I like it too. I could do without the blues power label as well - looks like it's just held on with two philips head screws though, right? Take it off, put it in the case for later...
     
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    Change it to "Custom Made"
     
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    I wanted one of these, but the neck was just too chunky for me. I would rip the plaque off if I did get one.
     
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  5. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm making something similar from one of the China kits.
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    I'm glad you mention this. I'm about to send off an order for some plastics work. I'll add some of those plaques to the order.
     
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    Some office supply stores have the engraver tool and can make custom plaques. Just a thought.
     
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    Like above I would fit a custom engraved one or just plug the holes, maybe drill for a stop tail and the plug those holes.
     
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    That's looking great, nice two piece body too, cool for a cheaper kit. I thought they all had multi piece bodies with bad match jobs.
     
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    Oh geez… Did you really have to mention it has a big neck ? :rolleyes:

    Now I’m sunk for sure...:(
     
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    Originally, those "trophy plaques" were installed to cover up the stop tailpiece stud holes in 335-style Gibsons which had been retro-fitted with Bigsbys. They do seem to be rather strategically placed, don't they?
     
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    The 2015 and 2016 Les Paul CM is an option for less $. Cue: people saying Epi is a better guitar company, but I have a CM and it's well made.

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    Thanks.

    A friend gave me a bit of his Gibson stain/filler for the natural back & that's my Reranch GT Gold. He's spraying the nitro for me too. Not bad for $70. :)
     
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    I don’t mind the plaque, would probably take it off though. Just wish they made it in gold.


    Bender66, that is solid looking kit. Can you point me to a link?
     
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    That's the look i'd be going for too. Classy. After seeing your pics I was straight on to ebay looking for kits.:)
    I couldn't find any single p90 carved bound top lp style.
     
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    I've never seen another on ebay after I bought it, which is why I jumped on it initially. I bought it from cottoneyedjoe, who goes by various other storefronts... senior is another store. He sells a bunch of inexpensive guitars & kits, Cozart types, etc. I think this is one of those Cozarts tbh.
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    Does that look like a maple top?

    I have seen kits that were awfully close (different knob placement similar to the OP guitar?), single P90/wraparound bridge/single bound on AlieExpress or DHGate or Alibaba. I'd wager they're the same kit. These are all out of China obviously.
     
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    Yeah that looks like a carved maple top, the closest I could see on ebay were non bound flat top junior style kits. There aren't even normal les paul style that could be modified because the control knob layout is for 4 on most. Even then they would need a lot of work to change pickups routs etc. I think a lot of the china makers will customize orders on request, yours might have been done as a small run custom order?
     
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    Funny you should say that. I contacted a seller & asked questions about a few simple modifications to a ES295 kit which turned into asking for a thicker neck. Sounds like they might oblige. I bought the kit.
     
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    I haven't purchased any kits other than a standard jazz bass years ago but I've seen and heard of China suppliers building their kits and knockoffs to whatever spec you like. No scarf joint on headstock, two piece back, solid maple cap, custom inlayed headstock logo etc.

    If you get on to one or a reseller of theirs that offers these things with good quality control its best to stick with them and keep tabs on them for future orders imo. Looks like you lucked out.

    My jazz bass had wonky body lines and needed a lot of sanding work to knock it into shape.
    Even then it was a 4 piece off angle jointed body so no good for a burst or trans finish.
     
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    Funny you mention the cozart from cotteneyedjoe, that is what has me on the lookout for this set up to begin with.

    I have never done a set net, seems intimidating, how did you find it?
     
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    A few on the forums have those & report a few nagging issues.


    Take your time, have the bridge you want to use in hand, & make some thin shims for that proper angle/side to side & it's all good. That, & a finish, is the hard part. Mine has some finish minor flaws but it should be a solid playable guitar.
     
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