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#1
Hey everyone,

It's that time of year again, custom build time! This time, I've commissioned a les paul style custom guitar, 100% handmade by my favorite luthier.

Specs: dragonburst finish (blue/turqoise/green) over a supremely quilted maple top, african mahogany body, ebony fretboard, custom paua abalone w/MOP frame inlays, mahogany body with quilted maple neck-thru, Bareknuckle Mule/Warpig pickups, tonepros string-thru body bridge, and Sperzel locking tuners. 25.5 inch scale, 24 frets . It's in the final couple of phases, here's a couple of pictures for you to enjoy:













All that's left is finishing and hardware installation. More to come.
Last edited by CustomAxe at Oct 2, 2009,
#2
Awesome build, man! All we need is to see that finish.
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#3
I need to see that finish! That wood on the body is very very nice!
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#4
Thanks kranos and oosh! Here's a rough example that we'll be working from, although mine will have a more gradual transition and more color:

#6
Thanks savage. The african mahogany is pretty insanely figured too , all i have is this crap quality photo but here it is anyway:



And here's a pic of the top wood wetted a bit to show how it'll look finished:

#7
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Thanks kranos and oosh! Here's a rough example that we'll be working from, although mine will have a more gradual transition and more color:



Christ! I have to see the final product, im really looking forward to it!
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#8
Thanks man. I can't wait. This is my 3rd project with this luthier and he always goes above and beyond my expectations, so I'm excited. This is the first time he's handbuilding the ENTIRE thing (1st project was a Jackson body I had him build a custom neck for; 2nd I had someone else do the neck and he did the body).
#9
Does anyone have any experience with Bareknuckle pups btw? I hear AMAZING stuff about them but this'll be my first time giving them a go.
#10
I have heard a demo of another custom made LP (for the luthier I'll be using in the New Year) and I thought the Warpigs sounded a bit muddy. That could be down to the guitarist, of course. I looked long and hard at BKPs and would have gone with Abraxas but I'm currently favouring Iron Gear Hot Slag for the closest to a '59 sound but with loadsa power.
Meanwhile those timbers look the business. Keen to see the result as well as hear a demo.
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#11
Will do sir, thanks! It could of course also have been the amp or the settings. I never have muddiness issues with my rig so hopefully it won't be a problem.
#13
Don't you worry good sir, my luthier simply takes bad quality photos, and this was before some sanding and such. The pieces for the top were a tiny bit smaller than we had hoped, so some finagling had to be done, but everything is now perfecto.
Last edited by CustomAxe at Sep 2, 2009,
#14
i love dragon burst!
if i ever build or repaint a guitar it will be dragonburst
interesting to see this done on a les paul
should be interesting

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Is there any manufacturer in this world that knows what dragonburst is other than Carvin? (they invented that finish, didn't they)?
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Is there any manufacturer in this world that knows what dragonburst is other than Carvin? (they invented that finish, didn't they)?
I've seen that burst on a Les Paul before, but it may have been an aftermarket job as I've only ever seen one.
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I've seen that burst on a Les Paul before, but it may have been an aftermarket job as I've only ever seen one.

Warmoth does it. there's isn't as nice though.
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Warmoth does it. there's isn't as nice though.
That could be, it wasn't as nice as the pic OP posted. That one looks gorgeous. I can't wait to see this one done.
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This is going to look awesome, I am awaiting updates
#22
for some reason, Dragonburst doesn't seem to be a common finish on LP's. I'm curious to see how this'll look, for some reason this burst seems more suited for a strat shape to me.
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#23
I am a happy camper!! All that's left is some minor sanding and then finishing, and hardware installation. should be done in two weeks or less. Some photos :





#25
close-up of the inlays kthnx, they look purdy :3
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#26
Sure thing dude. For now I wanna leave my luthier alone to finish this, I've bugged him for enough progress photos . It should be done in about two weeks and then I'm sure there will be a non-56k safe post by me.
#28
And a not-so-great photo of the side of the guitar, with some of the tummy cut visible. The top woods gonna be left unpainted along the edges. I wanna see that african mahogany finished...

#33
Gettin' there . My builder got tied up with some personal stuff, so it's expected to be finished in about two weeks.
#35
looks like a great guitar. Who is your luthier?
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#36
That's some funky routing for the control cavity

Hope that glue seem comes out alright, and daaaayum on the finish choice, do you have any more shots/a source on that guitar you're using as a sample? That's one of the best "liquid" looks I've seen.
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That's some funky routing for the control cavity

Hope that glue seem comes out alright, and daaaayum on the finish choice, do you have any more shots/a source on that guitar you're using as a sample? That's one of the best "liquid" looks I've seen.


Control cavity is perfectly fine now dude, it was a rough cut and unsanded in the photos above. He does all his stuff by hand and then spends tons of hours fine sanding everything. And no, that's just some dude's carvin, but I got a photo of some stain we're gonna be using. Ours has more color variation, because that Carvin one just seemed like a turqoise ocean thing, not too many different hues of green and blue. This of course is unfinished, just stain on wood, but here it goes:

My luthier shot some photos of the finish colors and sent em over for my approval. I think these look pretty damn good. It's gonna be blue around the edges, turqoise next, and then green in the middle. The blot on the top is the dragonburst in general, the turqoise is shown separately on the bottom blot. It'll be a blue-er turquoise where it meets the blue paint, and a greener where it meets the green in the middle.

Last edited by CustomAxe at Sep 14, 2009,
#38
Looks awesome! The two-colour burst needs to get more popular.
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#40
Lookin' fine! That quilt is so nice you could put almost anything on it and it would look amazing, but those colors are great choices...can't wait to see this one finished!