Evan's Vintage - Austin, Texas
The Les Paul Bass - Top - Before
The Les Paul Bass - Top - Before
The top was very rough, with scratches and wear, but electronically intact and in good working order
The Les Paul Bass - Top - After
The Les Paul Bass - Top - After
The fresh walnut finish removed the scratches, and all of the original hardware and electronics were cleaned and retained
The Les Paul Bass - Back - Before
The Les Paul Bass - Back - Before
The back was even rougher than the top, with scratches, wear, and other problems, but no breaks or cracks
The Les Paul Bass - Back - After
The Les Paul Bass - Back - After
The back came out great, you can hardly detect the previous flaws. New plastic covers were needed, however
The Les Paul Bass - Headstock - Before
The Les Paul Bass - Headstock - Before
The headstock was broken all the way through near the nut and poorly repaired previously
The Les Paul Bass - Headstock - After
The Les Paul Bass - Headstock - After
The headstock was refinished, using original parts when possible. The previously covered serial number was also revealed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'59 GA-20 Project
The amp was in great shape but the cabinet was a mess. The original Jensen ALNICO 5 speaker was kept.
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'55 Les Paul Junior, small project
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'55 ES-140, small, parts-only project
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note that the finished ES-140 looks remarkably like a hollow-body, single-pickup Les Paul.  It has the same body dimensions, not used on any other Gibson of the time.  The ES-140 existed for at least two years before the "revolutionary" new design of the LP appeared.  The first LP was actually more similar to the ES-140 than the later example shown above, because it had a tailpiece instead of a stop bar.  The LP designers would certainly have seen an ES-140, if not be very familiar with it.  I have not seen this anomaly discussed in any book.
 
 
'89 Les Paul Standard,cut at the factory so it could not be sold, body was used for 15 years by a major factory to size LP cases, now set up with year-correct parts and in perfect playing shape. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 '64 SG Junior, small project
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'59 Les Paul Special ¾.  One of only 12 shipped by Gibson, this very rare project guitar arrived with a bad red refinish, ugly repairs, no pickups, and changed electronics, but it was a solid guitar with no breaks, some original parts, and an all original headstock.  It now has a restored cherry finish and correct '59 parts and electronics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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'52 GA-40 Les Paul amp (just started)  The opposite of the GA-20 on the above left, this one has a great cabinet, but the amp is a disaster.  I will update the site as the project progresses.
 
 
'74 20th Anniv. Les Paul Custom, fire damaged, and
 
'83 US Strat '57 Reissue, heavy use for many years by touring musician
 
Neither body was refinished, both were just deep-cleaned, touched-up, polished, and year-correct parts were added.  The original finishes were preserved because Tobacco Sunburst and Surf Green are rare colors in these models
 
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