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Don't ruin your pickup rings by skipping this step! Dan Erlewine nibbles, files, scrapes and sands to create a curve that matches the top of his Les Paul.
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blankJune 6, 2013
blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkYour Les Paul's top is curved, but it's not radiused
  • checkmarkHot Tip! The half-pencil trick comes in handy again!
  • checkmarkLow-tack tape from a sign shop protects your finish
  • checkmarkMaking a wooden holder for shaping the plastic
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