Sorry in advance for the SPAM but I took my CR8 VOS Les Paul along to my good friend, John from JXG Guitars yesterday and he gave it a little TLC Off went the Klusons, pickups, pots and caps and on went the following:
1) 18:1 Grovers
2) Bulldog Pickups (custom wound by Hayden@ Bulldog for me , Alnico 5 neck and Alnico 4 Bridge, 2 wire, nickel covers)
3) RS Vintage upgrade kit (CTS/ RS pots/ Jensen caps)
4) 'De-VOS-ing' of guitar, polished to 'Gloss' finish (which is a Gibson upcharge from the standard VOS finish)
5) Full set up, intonation, pickup adjustment and frets polished.
WHAT a difference.
I know it's maybe a bit off putting for some folk to start ripping apart your pride and joy guitar but I can't stress how much of a difference this makes. Many thanks to John and would heartily recommend using him if you are in the North East/ Newcastle area (or even further afield as he can arrange delivery/ pickup etc). Top service and excellent guy to deal with:
Shugz is now walking around with one arm and a false leg
Surprisingly not, well OK yes, it all came to a pretty penny but I will sell on parts of the CR8 I no longer require which will make some money back. As for John's charges, all I can say is you'd be genuinely surprised at the (relatively) low cost for the labour for this work...well worth a phone call to John to discuss any requirements/ upgrades.
If anyone is thinking of upgrading their Gibson, I genuinely would recommend it and would offer anyone (if they are ever in the Edinburgh area) a try out of mine just so they could see/ hear what I'm rambling on about