1979 The Paul - Carved/Gold Top Project

Gibson's The Paul is a wonderful playing and sounding instrument... with only one big drawback. It's ugly! We set out to rectify that for a customer of ours... here's what it looked like when it got to our shop:

We started by carving the top to match that of a standard Les Paul model. Note that we do everything by hand - no CNC machines here! The picture below shows the guitar in the rough carving stages. We carve all guitar tops using a violin makers plane and scrapers. Once smooth, we chiseled out a binding route and got it prepped for paint.

Here are some photos of the completed guitar...

 

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