So I've recently been gassing hard over double cutaway Les Paul Juniors. So I went on an ebay hunt and found this thing and figured I'd try and pick it up cheapish. The only information I could find on the Custom brand was that they were a pre-lawsuit import brand made in the Fujigen-Gakki factory in Japan. This thing's had some mods done already - pretty sure the pickguard is not original and at some point somebody painted a shade of faded TV yellow straight over what I think to be the original cherry stain and didn't clearcoat it afterwards.
Anyway, onwards for pictures!
(Apologies for the lack of an E string, it broke about 2 minutes after unpacking an playing, think it was a rather old .09)
(It did have more packaging than this!)
Bridge looks like a weird Schaller 456 with telecaster 6 barrel saddles fitted in reverse.
It's a bit more yellowy than the pictures make out, right between off white and TV yellow.
Planning on completely replacing all the electronics except the dog-ear P90. Neck pickup will be an RWRP Adeson Tri-Sonic in a custom made pickup ring, controls will be one volume one tone, pickup toggle, series/parallel switch and a phase reversal switch. Since the Tri-sonic is a single coil and it will be reverse wound/reverse polarity, when in series with the bridge P90 it should act like a very strange humbucker, at least that's the plan. I'll also replace the pickguard with a tortoiseshell one and think about strengthening the neck joint - there's a little bit too much play.
At the moment it plays alright, got tiny strings on though which I loathe; I love loads of tension. It's got a thinner sound than my Epi Les Paul Goldtop, but it's quite alive and big sounding. I'll put some more pics up when I get around to modding this thing!
You should consider a Lollar dogear P90 for that. I bought a set after trying one in a Collings 290DC, they're amazing. If you order them from Lollar you can likely specify the hotter wind Collings uses too. That one pickup in the 290DC was incredibly diverse, I didn't even feel like I needed a second pickup, just adjust the tone knob and go.
Very cool guitar too.