Besides CBGs, I have taken to buying el-cheapo plywood Les Paul Jr. copies on Craigslist and modding them up.  They're easy to work on because the wiring's simple and they have a bolt-on neck.  Here's one I got for $80 including the case:

First thing to do is properly route the pickup cavity for a full-size P90:

Here's the new rout shielded and ready for the new pickup:

Now to fit a cheap, no-name Bigsby and chrome pickup cover: 

Strip and refinish the neck:

I used 10 coats of tung oil on this one, it makes for a really nice feel:

Clean out the neck pocket:

Rerout the control cavity and replace the junky Asian electronics with CTS and Switchcraft:

Re-dye the fretboard, replace the tuners with GFS tulips, new speed knobs, a new nut...

...and....

 

Voila - a smokin' little beater you can gig with:

Cheers, Brian

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Comment by Christoffer Nelson on June 23, 2013 at 7:43am

it's funny - I had this exact design in mind, except with two P90s - and then I found this! awesome... hopefully pics soon mine will be about $200 in parts

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