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  • Home made Les Paul

    First, an introduction. My name is Freeman and I don't own an electric guitar. I've been playing acoustics for fourty years or so and have built a few, but until lately I've never owned or hardly even played an electric. But that is changing

    Second, are build threads OK here? If so I'd like to share my progress - I've posted some acoustic builds at that forum and they've been pretty popular. If this stuff is boring or not appropriate or something, let me know and I'll stop.

    Next, it all started last summer when my son was visiting. He brought a couple of guitars along, including his candy apple Epi and a little amp. Plugged it in and handed it to me - I played a few of my usual thing - Dust in the Wind, Freight Train, Candy Man - they sounded pretty good but the string are sure light. My son said "dad, you should build one of those".

    A few days later a package arrived

    Then another.

    Thought the red wood might make a nice cutting board, the grain on the light stuff wasn't very straight and I thought about throwing it away. Oh, well, I traced the plans on the red wood and cut it out

    Clamped the cut off onto my belt sander so I could true up the body

    And drilled some holes

    Last steps for the red wood was a little work with the router

    I'm going to put this away for a while and see if anyone want me to continue.

  • #2
    proceed please...

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    • #3
      While your comments may have been tongue-in-cheek, as they say, yes, some here may say build threads are amongst the most valued threads, and some beautiful work has been done and documented here.

      See FlyWithV's build threads - or Meandi's work, which you, as a frequenter of HCAG, very well may be familiar with. Also SDShirtman has been posting some very fine work. Linus had a nice build going. In the past, Atrox, AJCoholic, and GuitarNoobie put together some fantastic work and documented it here. Also check out the In The Shop thread if you have not already.

      For what you're doing I cannot recommend GuitarNoobie and FlyWithV's threads highly enough - they should be an enjoyable read. Ah, but apologies for the lengthy digression.

      Anyway, I would love to see the ongoing documentation of your build, and thank you very much for posting the work you have done already. Oh, and mighty fine wood you have acquired as well...


      • #4
        - Gibson ES-335
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        - Fender Strat MIM
        - Ovation Tangent & Tangent Bass
        - Vox AC15C1 - British Racing Green


        Originally Posted by GreatDane

        the player plays, but the instrument should inspire.


        • #5
          Looks like you're off to a great start. I'm looking forward to watching as you move toward the finished product!
          Since Dylan went electric, man things just ain't been the same; now DJs are making records, could you please just be ashamed? -- Two Cow Garage

          Yes, I can actually play: Falstaff


          • #6
            That Melvyn Hiscock book is great. Nice progress so far!!
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            • #7

              Let's see some more!
              Originally Posted by pasteface

              MAN for that kind of thing U got to go Back to the Old boxes from back when!! In those days we would bring are AMPS to the lake and wnen U tilt the Cab down by the water U can see the ****************in DENT it made! With the waves coming off it and Everything ****************!!!!! NOwadays they all play in there Dens and home bars or watever kind of **************** they get up to


              • #8
                Definitely keep going!
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                • #9
                  Looks great! would love to see more.
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                  • #10
                    OK, thanks. I've got a few more pictures and lots of questions, probably most of them pretty dumb.


                    • #11
                      keep um comin...
                      "Anything that is complex is not useful and anything that is useful is simple. This has been my whole life's motto."
                      -Mikhail Kalashnikov


                      • #12

                        Please, keep sharing!
                        Originally Posted by VÃ****ctor

                        ..Si te separas, espero que no, avÃ****same podÃ****amos vivir juntos, eso si, sin mariconeo...

                        Originally Posted by artiem

                        The truest indicator of one's character is how he acts when there are no consequences.

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                        • #13
                          OK, thanks. I've got a few more pictures and lots of questions, probably most of them pretty dumb.

                          No such thing as a dumb question, only dumb answers.

                          Looking good so far, keep the pics coming.
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                          • #14
                            If it were me I'd chamber the hell out of that mahogany before the cap went on. Pearly Gates style

                            Yea I know it wouldn't be a Les Paul that way but hell...I can BUY a Les Paul.

                            Like this but I'd probably not have that channel for the pickup select wires...I'd just run them around the back of the tailpiece. You'd get "long tenon" sustain more that way.

                            "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen


                            • #15
                              Plays Roy Orbison and builds Les Pauls?

                              woo hoo!
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                              and no one ever goes to hell unwillingly."
                              -CS Lewis