Refining tone & feel, a string gauge at a time - Gabriel Tenorio String Co explained - Pt.2

Refining tone & feel, a string gauge at a time - Gabriel Tenorio String Co explained - Pt.2

With Part.1 of the blog series spotlighting Gabriel Tenorio Strings that we released earlier this week, you'll have a good idea now on why the twists are so important. One detail you may have noticed if you've browsed the store looking at gts.co, is the more refined gauge choices available. With half gauges, refined specs and names like 'Super 10s', it's understandably easy to be lost amongst the choice, but it's all very much within reason, stick with it.
Guitarists Anonymous - Semi-Hollow but full of life, my Heritage H535

Guitarists Anonymous - Semi-Hollow but full of life, my Heritage H535

The response from fellow 'Guitarists Anonymous' members about my trusty No.1 Strat blog post was incredible. Thanks to everyone for checking it out. I figured it'd be nice to follow it up with a spotlight on another of my guitars which lies close to my heart, one that is continually a fighter for that No.1 top spot. My 1995 Heritage H535.
Repair Work - My 'Old Man's' Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom

Repair Work - My 'Old Man's' Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom

I do enjoy taking on set-up and minor repair work, and sometimes it arrives from closer to home. On this occasion, my Dad approached me about giving his old Les Paul Custom a much needed bout of TLC.

Gibson Les Paul Custom

Here's a photo of it before I got started, although it looks stunning (and boy does it!) there were some niggles that needed sorting to bring it back to life and be the guitar it deserved to be. After many many chops & changes to the wiring over the years, the cavities were looking a little worse for wears. So the idea was to pull all of that out and start fresh with a new harness. All of the old wiring will be kept to one side should for any reason it need to go back to how it was, not really ever going to happen but with Vintage Guitar work, it's worth doing. All part of it's history I guess. The pickups in there were Gibson replacements from about 6/8 years ago I would guess, unsure of the exact model but they were the same model Gibson were fitting to new Customs out the factory. They sounded okay, but being truthful, they certainly weren't great and didn't bring out the best in the guitar.

In comes it's replacements...

McNelly Cornucopia Humbuckers in Gold Foil

McNelly Cornucopia's in the drop dead gorgeous Nickel w/Gold Foil covers. I suggested these to my old man, as I thought it would transform the look of the guitar not just it's sonic personality. He agreed, so these along with a full wiring harness consisting of CTS 450 Series 550k pots, RS Guitarworks .022uF Capacitors, Switchcraft 3 way Short Frame Toggle switch & jack socket, all wired together with traditional 22 AWG Vintage braided wire, this should be a force to be reckoned with!

Gibson Tuneomatic restoration

I set to work removing and restoring the guitars original components, like the Tuneomatic bridge. Which had a lifetime of buildup sat in the recesses, so out they came and were re-fitted all nicely cleaned up. I also spent a good portion of this job cleaning the fretboard & polishing the frets. The ebony is a stunning jet black colour, but was super super shiny. After a good clean and lemon oil it looked alive, seeing all the detail in this rare wood, the grain breathing, it was a lovely sight. Frets polished up to match and it looked perfect!

So then came the re-build, all wiring dropped in and soldered up. Hardware re-fitted and strung up with a set of Gabriel Tenorio 'Super 10s', specific for Les Pauls and it already felt like a totally different guitar, in a very good way.

Gibson Les Paul Custom

It came to life. The round core, hand wound strings by Gabriel reflect that so well and even 'acoustically' they sound full of tone and harmonic detail I'd not heard emitted before from it. Plugged in it's breathtaking, some of the finest humbuckers I've heard, so stay tuned for another demo video to be filmed and released very soon. Here's a few more photos, enjoy!

Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Les Paul Custom

Gibson Les Paul Custom

James.
10 April, 2016 by James P Gascoigne