Now Accepting Deposits Online

Now you can send the deposit for your Historic Makeover package online. Go to our “Getting Started” page, choose your package, and send your deposit. Then ship your guitar and we’ll get started on your project.

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Real Deal Series Waiting List

You can now get a spot on the waiting list for an RDS guitar with a $500 deposit. You can purchase the deposit though our online store by clicking this link.

Our Real Deal Series guitars are completed Deluxe Makeovers with Retrospec parts, ready to ship. Learn more about them here.

Accurate “Les Paul MODEL” Headstock Silkscreen

We put the finishing touch on our Makeovers by screenprinting a vintage accurate Les Paul MODEL on the headstock. Kim LaFleur’s background in the screenprinting industry helps ensure a perfect result. Our screen is custom designed with the correct typeface and weight. We screen using the same gold paint we use to paint goldtops, just as Gibson did in the 1950’s. The result is a much more convincing and vintage accurate logo for your Makeover.

Vintage Les Paul Contour Gauges

At Historic Makeovers®, we often have vintage bursts in the shop for restoration and luthier work. Based on these guitars, we have created a series of contour gauges that map out the signature top carve of a late 1950’s Les Paul. We use these special tools to adjust the top carve on your Historic reissues to vintage spec. Small amounts of wood are removed until the contour matches the gauge – at that point we know your guitar is carved in the same shape as a 1959 burst.

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Custom Guitar Spray Room

Enjoy a brief video tour of our new custom paint room for refinishing reissue and vintage guitars. We spared no expense to build the perfect space to apply our hand-tinted aniline dyes and unplasticized nitro cellulose lacquer finishes.

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Retrospec Cellulose Nitrate Inlays

It has been and always will be our quest to refine our processes and materials so your Historic Makeover® will be second to none. Good just got better. We are very excited to now use the Retrospec Cellulose Nitrate Inlay material in all of our Historic Makeovers®. Working directly with Mazzucchelli (the original Italian manufacturer of the cellulose nitrate material Gibson used in the 50’s), we were able to refine the inlay color using vintage 50’s Les Pauls as reference to achieve the correct warm, ambered hue as well as the pattern from the late 50’s. Inlays can be acquired in individual sets direct from our Retrospec store.