The Bavarian Makeover

I do what the mass-production guitar industry is not able to do - I can give your Les Paul Reissue or Standard the handmade craftsmanship that made the originals so legendary and sought-after. I utilize the same construction techniques and materials used by Gibson during its “golden age” such as hand-carving the necks and using hot hide glue for attaching period- correct fingerboards and setting the necks. I re-carve the maple tops with a scraper to give the top carve the correct vintage contours with the proper amount of “dish”.

How do I know, what’s the “right” top carve? Because I have studied many of the most beautiful originals that have graced my shop over the years. I’ve spent countless hours studying their contours and how they feel in-hand. I’ve even taken the time to carefully measure them.

I reshape the neck to create a full, yet comfortable neck out of a baseball bat. The neck carves of the ‘50s Les Pauls are different than what is available today. Not only were they originally hand-carved, but they had a subtle differences with less “shoulder”.

I use a special nitro-cellulose-lacquer, which is handmade by a small bavarian lacquer manufactory after my specifications. It smells, feels and reacts like a sixty year old finish and is NOT artificially treated.

I use the same aniline-dyes in the pore filler on the mahogany to create the classic appearance of the red color on the back, neck and sides.

I love to give these guitars the look and magic feel of the originals - and don ́t forget that both makeovers will dramatically improve the tonal qualities of your instrument.

 

The Bavarian Makeover One

  • Strip off the lacquer
  • Re-carve the maple top to vintage-correct contours
  • Reshape the neck to a genuine 50’s profile (if requested), with rolled binding
  • Install cellulose nitrate inlays on the fret board with the correct amount of “swirl”
  • Fill the pores in the mahogany with the correct red pore filler
  • Re-stamp the serial number with the correct font
  • Refinish with nitrocellulose lacquer with period-correct aniline dyes (cherry sun burst with requested amount of “fade”) or the authentic bronze powder (goldtop)
  • Vintage Patina

1600,- €

  • personalized/customized aging with authentic weatherchecking and all the wear and tear you want to see and feel on your guitar: dents, nibs, forearm-wear, authentic buckle-rash: 400,-
  • hardware/plastics aging: 300,- €

The Bavarian Makeover Two

Includes all of the Bavarian Makeover I

  • Replace fretboard with CITES-certified brazilian rosewood and hot hide glue
  • Refret with correct style fret-end nibs on the binding
  • Roll the binding edges

3800,- €

  • personalized/customized aging with authentic weatherchecking and all the wear and tear you want to see and feel on your guitar: dents, nibs, forearm-wear, authentic buckle-rash: 400,-
  • hardware/plastics aging: 300,- €
  • When a guitar comes in for a makeover, I carefully examine the neck joint for structural integrity and neck angle to determine whether of not a reset is needed. 800,- €
  • I do have the Royalite they used in the 50ies - correct binding: 400,- €
  • Gibson Logo Replacement: Replacing the factory logo with a period-correct mother of pearl logo; installed at the correct position (based on year of production): 400,- €
  • Tailpiece-Relocation: plugging the tailpiece hole on the treble side and relocating to period-correct position to get the slanted tailpiece; installation of period-correct long tailpiece inserts made out of the right material: 400,- €

Florian Jaeger
Gitarrenbaumeister

Im Steinach 12
D-87561 Oberstdorf

Fon +49 (0) 8322 800 248

info@jaegerguitars.com

 

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