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  • That truss rod cover looks perfect, Freeman. Excellent job.
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    • Yes! You should get started on my chambered version of the first one asap! I'll pm you my address. If you bring it with you when you come for a holiday I'll trade you my '75 Ibanez 335 and '80 USA Strat for it, plus a guided tour of Auckland.


      Some day I am going to visit your beautiful country - it has been on my list for a long time.

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      • were the stew mac plans complete? I cant find them on the website now.... did you use the book much? did you make the templates or did you buy them? thanks. really gonna do this!

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        • what were some of the guitar building specific tools or gauges that you feel are must have items to make this guitar? i am thinking the angle gauge for neck and tenon angle? what others

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          • what were some of the guitar building specific tools or gauges that you feel are must have items to make this guitar? i am thinking the angle gauge for neck and tenon angle? what others
            I'd suggest you read the whole thread. Freeman goes into lots of detail, with pics. Quite an education!

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            • Some day I am going to visit your beautiful country - it has been on my list for a long time.
              Excellent! There's an Air NZ direct flight between Vancouver BC and Auckland
              that's only 14 hours. We'll pick you up at the airport.

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              • The TRC is the cherry on top of the sundae...astounding work, Mr. Keller.
                Originally Posted by caveman


                I'll bend over backwards to make things work but I'll be damned if I'll bend over forwards.



                Digital Me

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                • Well, I happened on this thread and had to read it from the very beginning, which was nice as it had the continuity factor. I was jaw-droppingly astounded.
                  I will never say I 'build' guitars again...I will henchforth use the term 'assemble', which is really what I do anyway.

                  Not only are you a true craftsman and luthier, but let me say that reading your comments has impressed upon me the fact that you are a remarkable guy as well. I really admire the fact that you are out of the corporate rat-race, and doing things that you love/like rather than simply toiling to make a few bucks.

                  As a fablulous luthier/builder, and as a man, you have my ultimate respect. I only wish I had your courage to do the things that I love and not be so concerned about just paying bills as I slave away for the corporation that I have worked for for 17 years.

                  You are an inspiration, as well as being being very daunting in your talent and craftmanship. Thank you, sir, and God bless you and your family.

                  NOTE: On the finished guitar, all I can say is "Holy fracking mackeral!!" That thing is a work of art, as well as being a musical instrument. WOW!

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                    Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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                    • Yup, thread still delivers. Killer. Now if only I could open some of those other build threads...

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                      • This has been said before but I just read through the whole thing and am humbled by your skills, Freeman. I must have had my head firmly implanted to have not noticed that this was going on nearly THREE YEARS ago. Let me add my congratulations and admiration on yet another stunning build. You sir are an inspiration and part of what kept me going as my own build languished. Thank you for sharing this journey and inspiring us with your artistry. I hope to see many more of these builds, both acoustic and electric.
                        Gear:
                        2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
                        2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
                        2010 Martin D-16GT
                        2006 Larrivee OM-03R
                        1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
                        1989 Kramer Stryker
                        197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N

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                        • I know this is an old thread but this is pretty stunning. I've built parts guitars but I'm always amazed when someone can build a Les Paul at home.

                          Originally posted by Freeman Keller View Post
                          I found my wiring mistake, and it was mine. I had installed a ground on one pot but didn't like it, removed it so I could relocate it and simply forgot. Duh.<BR /><BR />Lets call this fini for the present - I still need to make a new truss rod cover for it and the end of the month I'll pull all the hardware off and give it another buffing. But for now, i want to play some blues<BR /><BR /><IMG src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f387/Freeman_Keller/Les%20Paul/IMG_0805.jpg" /><BR /><BR /><IMG src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f387/Freeman_Keller/Les%20Paul/IMG_0807.jpg" /><BR /><BR /><IMG src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f387/Freeman_Keller/Les%20Paul/IMG_0806.jpg" /><BR /><BR />(I really don't like that t/r cover, but it was fun to try)<BR /><BR /><IMG src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f387/Freeman_Keller/Les%20Paul/IMG_0809.jpg" /><BR /><BR /><BR /><BR />I'll take some better pictures too, these are flash and are pretty hot. And once I figure out how to play it (LOL) maybe I'll post a clip or two. Thanks to everyone for all the support and nice comments<BR /><BR />Freeman
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