phil,I had just finished a Goldtop project, using one of those cheapo Ebay kits and it was such a pain that I decided to use the best kit out there for my next build. Turns out the best carved style kit out there is yours.
Compared to the cheap kit building your kit was a blast. Everything matched perfectly, the joints, the pickup (and other) cavities, just great. The quality of the wood was also way (!) better. For the lacquering process I mostly used StewMac and ReRanch lacquers and later StewMac polish to finish it. The pickups are Lindy Fralin P90s, the bridge is a WD ABR-1 variant with nylon saddles, the nut is bone, the tuners are TonePros Kluson vintage tuners. I’ve used pots that I had thrown out of my ex 2002 R8 (3 of the pots were 300k, not good for humbuckers, but good enough for the P90s). I’ve used NOS Sprague .033µF VitQ paper in oil caps, put on the Bigsby and Dunlop strap locks.The Silver Fantail headstock inlay was done by Cliff from Sharkinlay, based on a logo I’ve used on all of my builds since 1998. And that’s about it …
It took me about 6 month to finish the project – working on it as a hobby in the evenings or on weekends + an almost 2 month cure period for the lacquer.
It sounds and plays great! And it’s definitely a looker.
This guitar turned out sooo well. I felt comfortable selling my R8 … well, and the initial plan was to reinvest some of that money in a new kit from you. But it turns out that planning (and paying for) a wedding is way more expensive than I initially thought. I seriously wonder why I didn’t become a wedding photographer.
However, the plan was a double humbucker-ed, wrap around, trans cherry top Les Paul … might have to wait a year or two. As I told you earlier, I started a thread at the German Musiker-board.de forum about the building process and you have no idea how many people are like “I wish there was a shop like PG in Europe!” Maybe you should think on expanding your business model. If you need someone in Europe, let me know, I might have to move back soon.