Custom Guitar Parts
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MojoAxe CWT 1950's Style Compensated Tailpiece
The MojoAxe CWT compensated wraparound tailpiece is a modern replacement for vintage Gibson Les Paul Juniors, Specials, Goldtops, and Melody Makers as well as Historic Reissues with wraparound tailpieces. It is designed to correct the intonation issue associated with Gibson’s 1950’s style wraparound tailpiece while maintaining the aesthetics of an original vintage original part. An offset ridge allows for near-perfect intonation while a crisp radius at the break point ensures that the sitar-like buzz common to many original wraptails is not a problem. The CWT tailpiece is CNC machined from 7075 aircraft grade lightweight aluminum bar stock. The nickel plated finish is available in either aged or un-aged form.
CWT TAILPIECES ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN A LEFT-HAND VERSION!
|CWT-A||Compensated Wraparound Tailpiece - Aged Nickel finish - $139|
|CWT-LH-A||Compensated Wraparound Tailpiece, Left Hand - Aged Nickel finish - $139|
|CWT-UA||Compensated Wraparound Tailpiece - Un-aged nickel finish - $129|
|CWT-LH-UA||Compensated Wraparound Tailpiece - Left Hand, Un-aged nickel finish - $129|
MojoAxe CWT Compensated Wraparound Tailpiece compared to an original vintage wraparound
The MojoAxe CWT compensated wraparound tailpiece makes the cover of Vintage Guitar Magazine!
Jimmy Vivino has MojoAxe tailpieces installed on several of his vintage Gibby's, including his #1 guitar, a '53 Goldtop
In this YouTube interview with Guitar Player Magazine, Jimmy talks about planning and rehearsing the music for each night's Conan Show. He also takes us on a tour of the back room for a peek at his guitar collection which includes that beautiful '53 Goldtop.
MojoAxe CTT-A Compensated Top-Wrap Trapeze Tailpiece
The MojoAxe Trapeze Tailpiece is designed to improve the playability of 1952-1953 Les Paul Goldtops by replacing the original “wrap-under” bridge with a compensated “top-wrap” bridge which dramatically improving the tuning of the guitar and allows for palm muting of the strings. The CTT tailpiece is CNC machined from 7075 aircraft grade lightweight aluminum bar stock. The tailpiece is designed to fit onto the existing trapeze rods (rods are not included) and it is adjustable for both intonation and height. The standard finish is aged (un-aged available on request) $165
MojoAxe CWT60-A Compensated 60's Wraparound Tailpiece
The CWT60-A Wraparound tailpiece is identical to the stock "lightning bolt" wrapround tailpiece as used on 1960's Gibson wraparound guitars except that it is compensated for modern 3-wound/3-plain string sets rather than 4-wound/2-plain string sets. $60
Which tailpiece do I need?
Although both the MojoAxe CWT and the CWT60 tailpieces will physical fit onto any Gibson wraptail-style guitar, you must choose one model or the other depending on the positon of the studs. The CWT will intonate properly on guitars with 1950's-style offset studs. The CWT60 works on guitars with 1960's-style studs which are positioned even with each other.
MojoAxe VibroStop Sideways Vibrola Conversion Kit
for 1960,1961, and 1962 Gibson SGs
The sideways vibrola unit installed onto the early 1960's Gibson SGs is notorious for causing tuning issues and in some cases making these otherwise wonderful guitars pretty much unplayable. The MojoAxe VibroStop Conversion Kit allows for an easy conversion of the stock Gibson sideways vibrola unit to a solid stop type setup. All of the springs and moving parts of the stock vibrola unit are replaced with a single solid block. The VibroStop conversion tailpiece block is precision CNC machined from aircraft grade 7075 tempered aluminum barstock and plated with a nickel finish. Once installed, the tuning stability is dramatically improved and on par with an ABR/stopbar setup. Additionally, the VibroStop increases the downward angle of the strings behind the bridge resulting in improved sustain and tone.
The MojoAxe VibroStop Conversion Kit includes the stoptail block and all necessary fasteners. Installation can be done with ordinary tools. $125
Photo showing the underside of the VibroStop conversion block assembled to the original stock arm and string tree block. The block was designed with the same P-shaped "footprint" as the stock vibrola unit, thus it will not make any new impressions into the lacquer finish of the guitar. The Vibrostop kit is designed such that the conversion can be "undone" and the original Vibrola parts reinstalled without any permanent changes to the guitar. The stock vibrato arm is fastened to the conversion block in a static non-functional manner in order to maintain the guitar's vintage appearance.
The VibroStop conversion kit is for use on guitars that have an existing 1960's vibrola unit. The stock vibrola unit must be partially disassembled and some its its components re-used including the tailpiece string tree bar, the vibrola arm, and the cover as shown in the installation instructions below. This kit does not include the aforementioned three components. VibroStop was designed specifically for 1960's vintage Gibson guitars and is not compatible with the modern sideways vibrola unit that was recently reissued by Gibson.
Also included with the kit is a copy of
Gibson's original instruction sheet for setting up and adjusting the sideways
vibrola unit. This document is provided for future reference so that the stock
vibrola unit can be setup to factory specs in the event that is re-installed
onto the guitar at some point in the future.
Once the MojoAxe VibroStop conversion kit is installed with the cover in place, the guitar looks completely stock, however its tuning and playability will be better than it was when the guitar the Gibson factory 55 years ago.
|$15||$13||Studs (pair) - Vintage spec, nickel plated steel, 1" long thread|
|$15||$13||Studs (pair) - Gibson Historic spec, nickel plated steel, 7/8" long thread|
|$8||$6||Threaded Bushings (pair), Vintage length, 1/2" diameter x 1-3/16" long|
|$8||$6||Threaded Bushings (pair), Historic length, 1/2" diameter x 7/8" " long|
|$12||$10||Knob pointers - Nickel finish (set of 4)|
|$12||$10||Pickguard bracket - Nickel finish, includes screws|
|$50||$45||Wireless ABR-1 style bridge - Nickel finish, includes thumbwheels and studs|
|$15||$13||Thin brass thumbwheels for ABR bridges (pair)|
|$45||$40||Lightweight aluminum stopbar|
|$18||$15||3-ply BWB Jackplate|
|$4||$3||Pickguard Screws (10 pcs)|
|$10||$8||Coarse-knurl toggle switch nut - nickel finish|
MojoAxe Strap Lock Kits
Many Gibson guitars use #8 x 1-1/2" (or 1-1/4") screws to fasten the strap buttons to the guitar body, however Schaller and Grover strap lock buttons only fit smaller diameter #6 screws. Neither the body nor the head of the larger #8 screw will fit inside the button. All to often, the solution people rely upon is use the smaller #6 screw tuck toothpicks into the hole so that it is tight.
MojoAxe straplock buttons accomodate a larger size #8 screw which has a custom-size head that fits the buttons. MojoAxe buttons are fully compatible with both Grover and Schaller straplock systems. The MojoAxe Straplock kit includes (2) Grover strap locks and (4) buttons with #8 x 1-1/2" screws, so its good for one strap and two guitars. Nickel finish.
* Some Gibson guitars have a #8 screw attaching the strap button to the lower bout and a #6 screw attaching the neck button. The MojoAxe straplock button is compatible with the #6 screw so the stock screw may be used if desired, although installation using the larger #8 screw is recommended for the most reliable attachment.
|$24||$28||MojoAxe Straplock Kit - includes (2) strap locks and (4) buttons with screws|
|$8||$10||MojoAxe Straplock Buttons only - includes (2) buttons with screws|
Don't rely on toothpicks to keep your Les Paul from hitting the floor!
MojoAxe Bell Truss Rod Cover (COMING SOON)
The MojoAxe truss rod cover replicates the correct profile and 20° bevel of the 1950's bell truss rod cover.
MojoAxe Replica Pickguards for Les Paul Guitars
MojoAxe replica pickguards are routed from sheet material just as Gibson fabricated their pickguards in the 1950's. The edges of the guards have chatter marks from machining just as the original guards did in the 1950's. MojoAxe pickguards makes a great upgrade for those looking for a more authentic look of their Gibson Historic and USA Les Pauls.
Why does MojoAxe offer so many variations of Les Paul pickguards? Because Gibson has changed the screw location, pickup spacing, and the outer profile of the Les Paul pickguard many times over the past 60 years. Most aftermarket "Les Paul" pickguards are made in one size and the likelyhood that they will fit your guitar properly is slim. MojoAxe guards are available in a variety of sizes for specific models and years to ensure an accurate fit.
The cost for any standard MojoAxe pickguard is $60 with an aged finish or $40 un-aged. 5-Ply BWBWB guards are available in any standard profile for an additional $5. All profiles are available in left-handed versions at no extra charge. Contact me at email@example.com if you have a special order or have questions regarding which guard would be the best fit for your guitar.
MojoAxe Historic Fit Pickguards
- These are routed with the same pickup spacing and mounting hole positions as the stock Historic pickguards.
|PGH09||Fits 2009 and newer Historic Les Pauls with humbucker pickups. Pickup spacing is 2-5/16" (58.7mm)|
|PGH99||Fits 1999-2008 Historic Les Pauls with humbucker pickups. Pickup spacing is 2-1/4" (57.1mm)|
|PGH96||Fits 1996 Historic Les Pauls with humbucker pickups. Pickup spacing is 2-11/32" (59.5mm)|
|PGH56||Fits Gibson Historic R6 / R4 Les Pauls with P90 pickups|
|PGH98||This pickguard is custom designed for an improved fit on 1998 Historic Les Pauls, which from the factory had a 1/8" gap at the bridge pickup. The guard is the same as the PGH99, except that it has been stretched 1/8" towards the bridge pickup, thus eliminating the gap.|
|PGOXB||This pickguard is custom designed specifically to fit the Jeff Beck Oxblood model. The pickup space measures 2-7/16" (61.9mm). This guard is designed to eliminate the 3/16" gap seen at the bridge pickup with the stock guard.|
2005 Murphy Aged R9 with MojoAxe PGH99 pickguard
MojoAxe Historic "Vintage Fit" Pickguards
MojoAxe "Vintage Fit" guards are made to fit Historic Les Pauls with a "looser" fit as typically seen on the original 1958-1960 sunburst Les Pauls. The outer fin profile of the PGH99VF and PGH09VF is exactly per an original 1959 sunburst Les Paul pickguard. The neck pickup cutout is wider than the ring itself thus creating a gap on the south side of the ring.
|PGH09VF||Fits 2009 and newer Historic Les Pauls with humbucker pickups.|
|PGH99VF||Fits 1999-2008 Historic Les Pauls with humbucker pickups. Looser "vintage fit".|
2005 Murphy Aged R9 with MojoAxe PGH99VF "Vintage Fit" guard
An original 1959 sunburst Les Paul (note the gap at the neck pickup)
MojoAxe Pickguards for Gibson USA models
|PGUSA||Fits Gibson USA Standard, Classic, and Studio models. Pickup spacing is 2-3/8" (60.3mm)|
|PGUSAP90||Fits Gibson USA models with P90s (50's Tribute)|
1991 Classic with MojoAxe PGUSA guard
MojoAxe Vintage Replica Pickguards
These pickguards are routed to the exact profiles of original vintage Les Paul pickguards
|PGV59||Replica of a 1959 cream humbucker pickguard|
|PGV56||Replica of a 1956 cream P90 pickguard|
|PGV54||Replica of a 1954 cream P90 pickguard|
|PGV52||Replica of a 1952 cream P90 pickguard|
|PGV68||Replica of a 1968 cream P90 pickguard|
|PGVJR54||Replica of a 1954-1956 singlecut Junior pickguard (black)|
|PGVJR57||Replica of a 1957-1958 singlecut Junior pickguard (black)|
MojoAxe Vintage Replica pickguards along with an assortment of original vintage pickguards
MojoAxe replica parts made for a 1957 Les Paul Junior restoration project
MojoAxe Tortoise Pickguard for DC Junior
Made from genuine translucent celluloid sheet material $50 (un-aged) or $60 (aged)
|PGHDCJR-T||Tortoise Pickguard for Historic Double-cut Junior|
|PGVDCJR-T||Tortoise Pickguard for 1959 Vintage Double-cut Junior|
|PGBJA-T||Tortoise Pickguard for Billie Joe Armstrong Double-cut Junior|
MojoAxe Gibson Flying V Replica Pickguard and Jack Plate Set - $125
These parts are made per pickguard tracing of an original 1959 Gibson Flying V. The set includes a 4-ply pickguard with a 30° bevel and a 4-ply jackplate cut with a 45° bevel. Sets are available in BWBW, WBWB, or mixed.
MojoAxe Gibson Explorer Replica Pickguard, Control Cover, and Jack Plate - $100
These parts are made per pickguard tracing of an original 1958 Gibson Explorer. The set includes a 4-ply pickguard with a 30° bevel, a 4-ply control cover, and a 3-ply BWB jackplate. Sets are available in BWBW, WBWB, or mixed.
MojoAxe Goldtop Blackout Kit for Humbucker'd Les Pauls - $75
Includes a MojoAxe beveled edge five layer black pickguard, 3-ply jackplate (not-shown) , (2) tall pickup rings, and a
switch washer. Available in three different sizes to ensure perfect alignment of the pickup cutouts and the mounting hole.
|PGH99BLK-K||Fits 1999-2008 Historic Les Pauls. Pickup spacing is 2-1/4" (58.7mm)|
|PGH09BLK-K||Fits 2009 and newer Historic Les Pauls. Pickup spacing is 2-5/16" (58.7mm)|
|PGUSABLK-K||Fits Gibson USA Standard, Classic, and Studio models. Pickup spacing is 2-3/8" (60.3mm)|
2003 R7 with MojoAxe PGH99BLK-K Blackout Kit installed
MojoAxe Goldtop Blackout Kit for P90 Les Pauls - $80
Includes a MojoAxe beveled edge five layer black pickguard, 3-ply MojoAxe jackplate , (2) black P90 pickup covers, and a black toggle
switch washer. Available to fit both Historic and USA Les Pauls.
|PGH90BLK-K||Fits Gibson Historic Les Pauls|
|PGUSAP90BLK-K||Fits Gibson USA Les Pauls|
Control Cavity Covers
Black backplates for Les Paul guitars. Available in both lightly aged and un-aged finish.
|HTSC||Toggle switch cover plate to fit Historic Les Pauls||$16|
|HCCP09||Control cover plate - Fits 2009 and later Historic Les Pauls||$20|
|HCCP08||Control cover plate - Fits 2008 and earlier Historic Les Pauls||$20|
|VTSCP||Toggle switch cover plate - Fits 1954 to 1960 vintage Les Pauls||$16|
|VCCP||Control cover plate - Fits 1954 to 1960 vintage Les Pauls||$20|
Own a 2012 Historic with the silly commemorative badge glued to the switch cover? Here's your cure.
Custom Order Pickguards
Do you have a conversion or replica with an odd pickup spacing? A unique Les Paul in need of a special guard? Contact me and I'll do my best to accommodate your guitar. Here are a few examples of special ordered pickguards that I have made for customers.
Heavily aged 5-ply pickguard made for a 3 pickup Black Beauty Custom
1968 cream P90 guard converted into a 1959 'burst guard
Replica pickguard and control cover made for the restoration of a 1960 Les Paul Special
Replica pickguard made for a 1959 Les Paul Special Restoration
A 1950's vintage L7 pickguard was converted to a Les Paul profile for the restoration of a 1956 Les Paul Custom
A 1950's vintage ES-175 pickguard was converted to a Les Paul profile for a 1952-to-1957 Goldtop Conversion
1950's style ES-335 long guard made for an ES-333
This 1960's style wide-bevel pickguard made to fit a modern '61 Reissue SG which comes from the factory with a narrow bevel pickguard
This custom pickguard was made for a 1959 Melody Maker that had been converted to a soapbar P90 pickup
A replica 2-ply pickguard for a 1963 SG Junior restoration
Replica 3-ply pickguard that was made for a 1965 SG Junior restoration project
(the original guard had been cut away on the inside curve in order to accomodate a humbucker pickup that had been installed)
Wide-bevel ES-335 style pickguard made to replace the ameba-shaped pickguard on an Epiphone "Dot" model
Pickguard made for a Custom Shop Single Pickup '54 Goldtop 1-ply Black P90 guard made for a "blacked out" Historic '56 Reissue
This is a fin shaped Les Paul style pickguard that was made to replace the wave-shaped guard on a Heritage brand "Les Paul"