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DIY workshop GOLDTOP CONVERSION

This month we’ll be getting our Goldtop conversion fully playable, but first a lot of routing, gluing, filing, drilling and measuring needs to be done. Huw Price struggles with his zip forstner…

PART FIVE

A simple hole punch and a tortoiseshell plectrum are all you need to make 50s-style marker dots

Last time in our Goldtop conversion, we applied the veneer to the body and installed the frets in our Greco’s ‘board, but now we have to get those frets levelled…

It may be tempting to level frets while a fingerboard is firmly fixed to a dead flat surface, but doing so will almost certainly result in you doing the job twice. Even if a neck seems straight before the board gets glued back on, with fret heights we’re dealing in engineering tolerances and visual checks are insufficient to detect tiny irregularities.

I prefer to level things up by removing metal rather than wood, so it’s time to glue the fretboard on. However, before doing so the dot markers must be installed along the fingerboard binding. If you forget, getting the dot holes drilled above the 14th fret will prove challenging.

Punching holes

Most agree that vintage Les Paul marker dots were some sort of dark tortoiseshell celluloid, so I’m going to make some. All you need is a tortoiseshell-style plectrum and a hole punch tool designed for adding holes to watch straps and belts. Usually pieces of material that get punched out are discarded, but here they’re the bits we want to keep.

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The April 2018 edition of The Guitar Magazine is out now featuring a FREE digital guitar DIY handbook containing 132 pages of essential tone tops, mods and upgrades that’ll make your guitar sound and play better today. Inside the main mag we go in-depth with Les Pauls and unlock the secrets of authentic 1950s tone. Spoiler alert: it’s not all about ‘old wood’ – we explain how your guitar can go toe-to-toe with a Burst or Goldtop without selling your house to fund a vintage purchase. We also put a pair of Gibson’s new 2018 Les Pauls to the test but if Lesters ain’t your thang, fear not – in addition we check out gorgeous new gear from Fender, Gretsch, B&G and more, including a brand new Lazy J that might just be Jesse Hoff’s finest amplifier to date. Elsewhere in this month’s mag we catch up with JD McPherson, who tells all about recording at RCA Studio B and jamming with Queens Of The Stone Age, pay tribute to legendary innovator Ray Butts and give you the chance to win an awesome Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall delay pedal worth £399. Pick up your copy of the feature-packed April 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now from WH Smith, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Easons and all good newsagents.