Gibson Les Paul De-ghetto-izing and Rewiring

Quyen found this 2013 Les Paul Custom Lite on Craigslist, and purchased it from a church musician.  The instrument was everything he wanted, except the controls were not the traditional Les Paul controls that he was familiar with.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew make the control configuration a little less ‘ghetto’?  Let’s see what we can…

JR Beck Six String Bass Blend Pot Adventure

Billy said that he really liked this bass, but the blend pot was coming loose and something electrical was intermittent inside the instrument. Could The Unbrokenstring Crew look it over and make it stage-worthy again? In literary circles, the term “vanity publishing” is often applied to authors who self-publish their own works. The JR Beck…

How Gibson Les Pauls Lose Their GForce Tuners

I own several old Gibson guitars , so I am only passively interested in, and mildly amused at, the flame war over the self-tuning GForce system included on new Les Paul guitars. Jacob of The Unbrokenstring Crew said “The Internet is where nuance goes off to die.” Like most topics of discussion, the flame wars…

Ibanez Bass Fretless Conversion

This straight-ahead Ibanez four-string bass will become a springboard for a bassist to expand his musical horizons. Can the Unbrokenstring Crew turn this into a fretless bass? Let’s find out! Because this will be a training tool and not a piece of performance art, the customer wanted the fret channels and position dots to remain…

Ex-GF Smashes Jackson Guitar

Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. A late-night call was the starting point of the end of a relationship between a young man and his guitar. His prized Jackson was smashed by a cray-cray now-ex-girlfriend, and his new squeeze sported dull, boring factory pickups. Could the Unbrokenstring Crew salvage anything from what had…

New Seymour Duncan Pickups for an ESP LTD

Experimenting with various pieces of gear is one aspect of the guitar hobby that appeals to most players.  This Indonesian-built ESP would benefit from some after-market modifications.  Here We Go! This is not a bad guitar, and is surprisingly easy to play despite it’s flying-Vee shape. What the customer wants, the customer gets!  These will…

Custom Built Paul Reed Smith McCarty Standard

A friend of a friend had this beautiful Paul Reed Smith McCarty guitar refinished with an even more beautiful black finish. But, he encountered some difficulties putting it back together, and wanted me to look at his baby. Everything had been buffed to better-than-new condition.  Some polishing compound remained as you can see here. But…

Major Fender Mexican Stratocaster Rework

This lovely all-black (murdered) Mexican Strat is another one of Dr. Shoen’s axes.   This guitar had languished in the trunk of a car and had acquired an interesting twist in the neck.  A very fine white dust permeated every internal cavity of the guitar.  The tremolo was functional but for some reason, releasing the…