Introducing the all new Exclusive Series

Historic Makeovers is proud to announce the addition of the all new Exclusive Series to our Retrospec line of vintage-style guitar parts. The Exclusive Series is a freshly retooled range of LP parts to retrofit Gibson Historic and Standard Les Paul guitars. Retooled for the Exclusive Series: Catalin Switch Tip CAB Pickup Rings Rolled Truss […]

Refinish Gibson Les Paul

Les Paul Guitar Refinish

The Historic Makeovers shop in Florida is one of the most sophisticated and experienced choices for vintage guitar refinishing and refinish work on modern guitars. A vintage correct thin nitrocellulose finish is at the heart of our Makeover process. Colors are matched to vintage Gibson guitars. Guitars are refinished in a custom spray booth by […]

Kluson Deluxe Keystone Tuner Tips

Vintage Guitar Parts

The RetroSpec store has been updated with the latest from our stash of reproduction vintage guitar parts. We have everything you need to outfit your Gibson Historic Les Paul with vintage correct guitar parts. Some key upgrades can really make all the difference. Check out: Vintage Les Paul Fingerboard Inlays – made at the same factory […]

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 […]


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 […]


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.

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 […]