Rob1299 Posted February 2, 2021 Report Share Posted February 2, 2021 Hi Everyone, I'm obviously new here. Need some help. I bought an Epiphone Les Paul (see attached photo) for $50 with a case. Surprisingly, the pots and switch are good, but the finish is hideous, and the frets need to be at least leveled and dressed (buzzing). I've never done bodywork of any kind on any guitar. But I don't want to pay for work on this guitar. I just bought a brand new American Performer Jazzmaster from Sweetwater, and my wife said I'm not allowed spend any more money on guitars unless I do the work myself. I really want to re-finish it. I can sneak out and pay someone to level/dress the frets for $100. But I need to do the stripping and refinishing (and replace the tuners) myself. My son is an amazing artist, and I'm going to let him design something crazy on it once it's stripped. I saw this article: https://www.stewmac.com/video-and-ideas/online-resources/learn-about-instrument-finishing-and-finish-repair/how-to-strip-a-modern-poly-guitar-finish.html But it has binding on the edges. Am I going to have problems? I'm afraid the heat gun will cause the binding to come off, and I'm afraid I'll regret it. Also, will the binding cause problems when I'm refinishing it? And how likely is it that I can re-fret it if I pay someone to level and dress the new frets? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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