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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:10 pm 
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In my Cinderella post I mentioned that I was considering selling my 1976 Gibson Les Paul. There is a cool back story to this particular guitar. The story of the ZOMBIE LES PAUL.
I was told of a certain guitar that had been run over by a large semi truck for a large postal company. That is correct. A 18 wheel Semi VS. a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom. Sadly the guitar lost that battle. I managed to get the guitar FREE for spare parts for my 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom I owned at that time. The 79 has been sold. WARNING! This post contains disturbing images!
Well I got the guitar home and considered what to do with the parts. BUT. It just did not sit right with me. Picking over the carcass and throwing it away. So I set off to resurrect this thing. If I failed I could always still part it out, throw it away, or use it for wall art.
The guitar was in BAD shape. The pickups were smashed into the body. The stop tail and tune o matic bridges were crushed into the body with so much force that the tune o matic was bent backwards. The neck was violently severed from the body. On top of that, someone installed a coil tap switch right in the middle of the pots. It had some broken tuning machines. Well the pictures will show you. This guitar was DEAD.
The project turned into one heck of a learning tool. I learned a lot. I experimented with different repair and finish techniques.
I decided that this was going to be a player. So after all the hard work was done. I installed 2 new PRS Dragon pickups, all new hardware, and electronics. It sounds amazing. It needs a little more work, but I have had other more important things recently.
I will get it all done to my picky standards someday. It is a player now though.
So here are some picks of my ZOMBIE Les Paul. Enjoy and let me know what you think.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:23 pm 
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Ouch!
I would've thrown it on the fire. :evil
Good job on the resto! :thumbs

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:39 pm 
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:not Wow! Now that is one helluva save.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:05 pm 
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:yikes :yikes :yikes

Man that is one helluva save right there :not

Good job dude :headbang

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:08 pm 
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Thanks everyone.
I can show more cool guitar stuff. If people would like me to.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:43 pm 
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Absolutely stunning what you did to that thing!!!! :yikes :not

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:27 am 
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Wow!












It took a while to process the pics. You did a great job there. I would have used it as firewood too because it looked really like nothing more than roadkill.

That should be a so-called "fretless wonder" neck or am I wrong scratch_head ?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:31 am 
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KickstartMyHeart wrote:
Wow!
It took a while to process the pics. You did a great job there. I would have used it as firewood too because it looked really like nothing more than roadkill.

That should be a so-called "fretless wonder" neck or am I wrong scratch_head ?


Yes. I believe the fretless wonders started around 1969 and lasted until around 1981.
This one has been re-fretted at some point in time. Not a bad job but something I will look at in the future. I am pretty picky about my frets having a proper level crown and polish.
While the fretless wonder Les Pauls had a very fast feel to them. The lower/flat profile made them have string buzz like crazy. This also caused them to not last very long. You can usually tell a re-fret on some vintage Gibson's by looking at the fret nibs. If the nibs are missing it has been re-fretted.
No big deal to me. I hate flat, wide, low frets. Great for jazz players though.

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85 Striker 100ST Blk (1st E. Guitar)
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87 Ripley Blk
89 Sustainer Blk
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:36 am 
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Amazing. :thumbs

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