Members Dan0steck Posted February 2, 2010 Members Share Posted February 2, 2010 Hi, I'm new to this thread, but my brother BSS(member) has been on here for a while. He too is doing a self build of a Les Paul Singlecut ESP/LP style.http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=2549352He encouraged me to also do a thread on my build, so here I am! A few years after my first build(Les Paul-I'll post pictures of the final project), I decided I wanted to tackle a hollowbody. My goal originally was to replicate the McCarty I. This is the guitar I got most of my measurements for the body from. But I decided that I am not going to go with the Piezo system, so the end result will be more like the Hollowbody II. http://www.prsguitars.com/hollowbody2/index.html The wood being used in the build is mahogany for the body and neck and Lacewood for the carved top. The block of lacewood I started with was not thick enough to saw and book-match, so the top of the guitar is not symmetrical. So far on the project, I have rough cut the body shape out of each of the sections, top middle, and bottom. I carved the inside and outside of the top section out and simply cut out everything from the middle section. I also carved out the inside of the bottom section. I left the outside of the bottom section flat so I have a flat plane to work on. To carve all of this, I used a grinding wheel with a sanding disk. (Patients is key) Once a good amount of the carving was done, I took a finishing sander and smoothed it out. The next step was cutting out the f holes on the face of the guitar. I drilled out the round ends of the holes and used a jig saw to cut the rest out. Once the holes were cut, I sanded them till they both looked like they matched. Gluing the three pieces together didn't take much. First I glued the middle section onto the bottom and then the top onto that after it had dried. The latest step I have completed is creating the motrise and tenon joint. I have seen recently that this may not be how PRS joints are actually done, but I believe it will suffice. A lot of the previous steps are done very similar to my brothers build. So if your curious, you can look at his pictures for a reference. I plan on getting my pictures up by the end of the day. I don't have as many as my brother yet, but if you guys take interest in this, I will definitely show as much as I can along the way. As I said I will try to get pictures up soon for all to see. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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