Ever wished something would just go away? This is one of those guitars that I wish I'd never seen.
A friend brought me the husk of a Les Paul Junior and asked me to bring it back to life for his son. Just a neck and body...no pickup, no electronics, no hardware. A dogeared P90 hole had been crudely hacked into it, the bridge and tailpiece studs were gone and filled with drywall mud, and the body was partly stripped. I accumulated some parts and was just getting started when my buddy showed up and said he was going to need it for the kid's birthday (three weeks away) instead of Christmas. When I explained the time considerations involved in just the finishing process he agreed to have me do a temporary assembly, get it playing well, and he'd bring it back to me to finish in about a month. Long story short, the guitar didn't come back to me and I was secretly relieved. I *don't* like Gibsons and I find set necks a pain in the butt.
The guitar came back tonight.....two and a half years later. My buddy decided to take the guitar to a friend of his, who's supposedly an acoustic luthier, to have a professional paint it in a booth. I'm not sure what the "pro" was up to, but at this point.....
1) The hardware, pots, and new P90 with the plastic still on the face are rusty.....not a bit.....not relic-level....I mean really, really rusty. They arrived piled in a tomato can.
2) The P90 rout seems to have been opened up even more and looks even cruder than before.
3) The "pro" thoughtfully removed the ground wire for the bridge which was an absolute pain in the ass for me to install the first time around.
4) Last but not least, he removed the studs for the bridge, drilled out huge holes and plugged them. Now it's impossible to tell where the bridge was located,
If this wasn't for this particular friend, I'd just say go away, but I feel obliged to solve it. It's a lot bigger project than it was the first time!
I'm a little out of my depth right now. I've never had to locate a tune-o-matic bridge on a body with a set neck and I'm getting ready to research it online. If anybody here's done it and has insights to share, I'd appreciate it. This intimidates me in a way Fender-based stuff doesn't.
I'll try and post a picture tomorrow. Welcome to my nightmare....