Chinese Les Paul hollowbody Freedom cheapy becomes a Gretsch LP

Before – this was a very average hollowbody Les Paul-shaped axe sold under the “Freedom” brand name. I picked it up for around $200 AU new. But, it took a lot of work to get it to play decently – needed nut and fret work and the original tail piece rattled a lot; hence the blue tape in this pic. Tuning pegs were replaced with Wilkinson items as the stock ones would not hold tune.

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Before

After – I had been lusting after a Gretsch for Rockabilly tones and I turned to the somewhat neglected Freedom axe to fill the void. In the pics below I have added GFS Memphis Retrotron-style Humbuckers + a GFS roller bridge + a satin black paint job via my airbrush + a Bigsby (licensed) + all new and more shielded electronics; full sized Alpha 500k pots, knobs are from Jaycar electronics. Head stock logo came from a German World War I model airplane kit’s decal sheet.

After

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After

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4 thoughts on “Chinese Les Paul hollowbody Freedom cheapy becomes a Gretsch LP

  1. Hey, just wondering. I’ve got one of these guitars as well and was thinking of making a couple of performance mods, since it’s gotten to the stage where the tone is beyond irritating. How much approx did this project set you back [AUD]?
    Cheers,
    Nick

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