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So this is it. P-94, P57 splitable, P57, Gibson/Shaller bridge. This is the aspect of my guitar. With the copper insulation completed I can mount the pickups and the string. Because the body is rear routed I can now test the sound of pickups connecting the cables and designing the whole circuit. She looks fine, isn’t it? Uncovered zebra humby give her the kind of look of Clapton’s Les Paul custom, as you could see in the Lennon’s live in Toronto.


I’ve chosen classic Tusq white corian for my nut. This an important choose: nut influence the sound of guitar. Believe me, when I put a bronze nut in my acustic guitar sounds changes. It becomes very bright and the guitar (a Takamine) lose some of bulky bass tones.

Tusq made for Epiphone two different nuts: standard and XL. I don’t know how different is XL nut. I put the standard and is pretty good. Action is a little bit high, but I feel it just because the string I’ve mounted are fatty gibson. Gibson Les Paul action is lower than Epiphone. They have better frets. But you can play this guitar, with a little more difficulty for much much less of Gibson price.

tusq nut les paul

I’ve used copper to fill the rout of the guitar. In theory this should provide less amount of hum for the single coil.


This is the finished work

copper insulation les paul copper insulation les paul

gibson rotatory switch

A rotatory switch, five positions (four channels)

That’s it. This will make the magic. Today I had to find out how it works. I grab my tester, some crocodile, and I discover that this has two distinct channel, one per crown. These switch have all a common pin, generally near the “column” that keep all parts together. They have six pin per side, so my five states rotatory switch has four channel instead of two of eleven states switch. I have not a six states rotatory switch so I can’t know how it works. Maybe they have seven pins per side.

Once you’ll find the common pin you have the key for wiring this.

les paul gibson

Gibson Les Paul custom black beauty

First of all you should forgive me for my english. I’m Italian, I’m graduated but I know well my english isn’t so good. I made this blog for discuss an old project: customizing an epiphone les paul black beauty. It’s an old project because I buy this guitar some years ago with the intent to make her custom. Read More »