Hello all, I have a broken headstock Les Paul Custom. It's a Japanese made Epiphone with the regular Gibson headstock. It was repaired and when I bought it I did so because it showed huge potential. I cleaned it. Took out the guts and rewired it with a BKP Painkiller (B) and Gibson Custom (N) for the ~21 pups combos à la Jimmy Page, installed new saddles and cut a new nut for it. It plays incredibly and sounds even better but detail obsessed as I am and since it was affordable I've kind of made it my platform to try my craftsmanship. I just did a fret level which was easy but had some finishing issues doing the crowning and edge treatment. I think I'll have to practice some more before I can have pristine finished look. The guitar plays hundred times better now but I have been wondering if I shouldn't get rid of the frets and install medium jumbos, which I prefer and strip the finish on the neck while I am at it. I also don't mind that the guitar has a repaired headstock but the binding wasn't redone and the crack under the trussed bell is also visible. So I would like to: Remove the frets and install, level and crown medium jumbos. Sand or clean the scratched fretboard (has minor scuffs and marks). Polish/sand/clean the fretboard binding (it also has a couple smaller marks). Redo/restore the binding on the headstock. Possibly refinish or cover the crack that's visible on the face of the headstock. Strip the finish on the neck and leave it natural with just a thin coat or varnish. Would you suggest that I attempt to do all of this myself? Or should I try and get a Luthier to do some of these things? I have a feeling that I could do a good job with the fret install and level (not so much with the crowning and rounding). But I am unaware of what the technique to do the binding is like and what things I'd have to consider to take that on. I also feel I could probably do a decent job with stripping the neck, just don't know what I'd use to do the waxing/oiling of the natural wood after. Do you guys have a recommendation for a trusted/good Luthier in Northern Virginia or DC that I could call to discuss this?