Nash Refinished Gibson Les Paul Special Guitar
In case you're wondering if this is a real Gibson Les Paul Special... Well, IT IS. This was sent to Bill Nash for a complete make over.
First step is to completely disassemble and separate the parts that will be aged and re-used, from the parts that we reject and replace. The "keeper" parts are then aged.
The finish, which is sometimes rather thick, is stripped off down to the bare wood. At this point some get stains applied, if required to get the desired color. Then the guitar gets re-finished in 100% nitrocellulose lacquer, keeping it as thin as possible to enable superior resonance. We do a variety of takes on the lemon, cherry, faded, un-burst, plain and gold top looks.
After curing, the guitar gets the complete aging treatment and is then frets are re-worked and dressed to Nash's specs, then they are ready for re-assembly.
Also, as many of you may have figured out, the method Gibson uses for wiring the pots is not optimum. The tendency towards the guitar getting muddy or sounding choked when anywhere but "10". This gets re-worked when we re-wire.
Gibson installs frets on the fretboard prior to it getting glued to the neck and body. Maybe they do it as it is easier to do it that way, but it can really lead to all sort of fret issues (buzzing, fret outs, high action, dead spots etc). What happens is the neck and body glue, moisture, and all of the underlying structure will shrink, expand and or settle. The fretboard (and frets) will now adjust itself to the changes and you and up with lumpy gravy. The most noticeable and common issue is the hump at about the 14th fret, right where the neck gets really thick before it hits the body. So what Nash does is now re-work the neck and frets and take care of this to give the player better action, playability, sustain, bending etc.
Serial #: NGLP-248 / 201600268
WEIGHT: 8 lbs 11 oz
Color: Shell Pink
Body Wood: Mahogany
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Neck Joint: Set-in
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood Cream Binding
Frets: Dressed and Leveled by Nash
Neck Shape: Vintage 50's
Nut Width: 1.69"
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Bridge: Aged Wraparound
Pickup Bridge: Lollar P-90
Pickup Neck: Lollar P-90
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone with Coil Tap pots, 3-way pickup selector
Tuners: Vintage Kluson
Finish: Aged Nitrocellulose Lacquer