Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Epiphone Les Paul Bigsby Jr. - Patrick Schwab's latest mod

A stock Epiphone Les Paul Junior
   If you're a long time reader of the Guitar Omnivore blog,you may remember Patrick Schwab from the How do you make a great parts "Tele" even greater? article back in May. If you stop by the shop on occasion,you might know Patrick as the guitar department manager.  He has also been having a blast at home,tricking out inexpensive guitars into custom one of a kind axes. Just the kind of thing we love! As Patrick's guitar modding skills have gotten better,he's needed my help less and less. This one was all Patrick...I just took the pictures.
...and after!
Let's see,we've got a Bigsby tremolo,a new bridge,new knobs and a Seymour Duncan Phat Cat pickup. Patrick also stained the fingerboard black!
Tusq nut and a custom truss rod cover.
Patrick,quite understandably,dubbed this guitar the "Les Paul Bigsby Junior". Hey Epiphone,perhaps a new model for next year? I don't do any engraving so the custom truss rod cover was made by the fine folks at Philadelphia Luthier Tools. http://www.philadelphialuthiertools.com/servlet/StoreFront I've also just found out Philadelphia Luthier Tools has a blog! Be sure to get over to http://blog.philadelphialuthiertools.com/ and check it out.

Here's another cool Epiphone modified by Patrick:
Tusq nut,Gibson P-90's and a new pickguard.

I actually had something to do with this one! I wired the electronics:
CTS pots,orange drop caps,Switchcraft 3-way and jack.
I hope this inspires you to do your own "cheapo" guitar mods!


Kyle said...

Great job on that Bibsby JR!

I had a question about how you did it:

Did you find a bridge that fit the existing stud spacing of the wraparound bridge, or drill new holes in to the top for your bridge studs?

If it's the former I'd love to know where to find the correct sized bridge so I could do this to my guitar!

Unknown said...

Very cool mod! I also would like to know which bridge has been used. I also own a Epiphone Les Paul Junior. I modded it by replacing the original pickup with an EMG 81. The next step is to add a bigsby style tremolo. The problem is that I haven't found a roller bridge which replaces the wrap around bridge of the LP Jr that don't require drilling new holes. Any hints are appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I haven't found a roller bridge either but the next best thing is to use the string holesIn the existing bridge or, for a smoother look, use a standard Gibson or Epiphone stopbar and use the holes that are already in it.