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I have been building guitars for the past few months and have finally come up with a decent design that I'm happy with and I am going to be selling a few soon.

I will not be selling them on the forum so this is not SPAM. I just want opinions on what people think about the guitar.

It is based on the Gibson Les Paul Junior and is made in my basement workshop.

I am using a two piece mahogany body and quarter sawn mahogany neck with either a rosewood or ebony board. I am building one of each right now.

The body has one P-90 pickup and a volume control and nothing else.

I am finishing using clear nitrocellulose and the tuners are grovers.

After figuring in my materials and time I am thinking $600 - $700 would be fair for these. I know a Gibson Jr costs about the same but I'm not looking to sell a million guitars.

I would be interested in others that are building guitars for a hobby.
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Right now I have the body cut out and the templates made and have made my new design out of some very cheap wood to get a feel for my new bandsaw and to make sure my design was right before cutting into an expensive piece of mahogany.

I don't have too many pics but this will give you a general idea of the shape. I also am not ready to release the new model so I am going to wait to post until it's done.

I would encourage anyone to do it.

Before I actually order wood and build I always square up some 2x4s and glue them up. I make a complete dry run like this to ensure I like the body/neck and everything is planned out. Costs about 10.00 to do this and then you know what to expect when cutting

I'm using simple tools.

As I said, I just bought a 14" bandsaw at Sears and I have a Delta Industrial table saw, a bench top sander (which is great - ebay find for $20.00), a Craftsman Drill Press and a Dremel. I also have an old router.

To paint I use a production spray gun and my Porter Cable compressor

Here is the template and the cheap wood body I made.

Again, I'm a total hobby woodworker.







My shop which is in my basement:







#6
Looks nice bro. Keep us updated on these things. They look very cool.
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It's always been my dream to build guitars!

I'll do it one day, when I have the money and means!

Looks great, how much were you going to charge for it?

EDIT: NVM, i didn't thoroughly read your original post.

Sounds great! I've never been a fan of P90's though.
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Well the one above is made from about 4 dollars worth of 2x4's that I squared and glued together.

The one I'm working on now is kind of a way for me to attain a goal.

I want to make a 100% hand made electic guitar with great wood and a nitro finish for 600 - 700.

My base model (called the KS-1) will have the following features:

- Two piece Mahogany body
- One piece quartersawn mahogany neck
- clear nitrocellulose finish
- one volume knob (CTS pot)
- P-90 Pickup (still deciding on a brand - leaning towards Duncan)
- Grover tuners
- Baddass 1 piece bridge

Fretboard - right now I'm doing one rosewood and one ebony

I am going to offer a couple options after I sell the first 4.

- Tone control (Let's face it most of us don't use them) with CTS pot and orange drop (+50)
- Three other colors - TV Yellow, Cherry and Sunburst (+75)
- Humbucker instead of P-90 (not sure yet how much $)
- One piece body (+100)
- Choice of tuners (depends on brand)

I also have a really cool control cover for the back pot that is home made.
Last edited by IceTele at Feb 7, 2008,
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Quote by IceTele
Well the one above is made from about 4 dollars worth of 2x4's that I squared and glued together.

The one I'm working on now is kind of a way for me to attain a goal.

I want to make a 100% hand made electic guitar with great wood and a nitro finish for 600 - 700.

My base model (called the KS-1) will have the following features:

- Two piece Mahogany body
- One piece quartersawn mahogany neck
- clear nitrocellulose finish
- one volume knob (CTS pot)
- P-90 Pickup (still deciding on a brand - leaning towards Duncan)
- Grover tuners
- Baddass 1 piece bridge

Fretboard - right now I'm doing one rosewood and one ebony

I am going to offer a couple options after I sell the first 4.

- Tone control (Let's face it most of us don't use them) with CTS pot and orange drop (+50)
- Three other colors - TV Yellow, Cherry and Sunburst (+75)
- Humbucker instead of P-90 (not sure yet how much $)
- One piece body (+100)
- Choice of tuners (depends on brand)

I also have a really cool control cover for the back pot that is home made.


Wraparound badass bridge sounds cool.

Where are you getting it from, Guitar Fetish?
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Wraparound badass bridge sounds cool.

Where are you getting it from, Guitar Fetish?


Not to go on a rant but I tried the GFS P-90 because of the site and my prototype which I mailed to a friend to try out and he loves it - sounded horrible.

I thought I really messed up the guitar. Slapped an old Gibson P-90 from 53 (low gain) and it sounded amazing. Bought a Duncan for a good price and it sounds great.

I want to go the extra mile on hardware and electronics which raises the price a bit. I could make it for about $450 - $500 with GFS/Import stuff but with the effort it would be like getting old steel wheels and hubcaps on a restored corvette.

I was kind of excited to try GFS because I live in MA but they just don't cut it for me. If I'm going to put all this time into these guitars I would rather they cost $200 more and people got great hardware and electronics.

I really like Duncan but I suppose after the first 4 I could put anything someone wanted in there.
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Not to go on a rant but I tried the GFS P-90 because of the site and my prototype which I mailed to a friend to try out and he loves it - sounded horrible.

I thought I really messed up the guitar. Slapped an old Gibson P-90 from 53 (low gain) and it sounded amazing. Bought a Duncan for a good price and it sounds great.

I want to go the extra mile on hardware and electronics which raises the price a bit. I could make it for about $450 - $500 with GFS/Import stuff but with the effort it would be like getting old steel wheels and hubcaps on a restored corvette.

I was kind of excited to try GFS because I live in MA but they just don't cut it for me. If I'm going to put all this time into these guitars I would rather they cost $200 more and people got great hardware and electronics.

I really like Duncan but I suppose after the first 4 I could put anything someone wanted in there.


You make a strong point there.

Where are you ordering the hardware from, though?
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I am planning on offering Tone Pros as an option but it would bring the price way up. Not that it's not worth it - just that it would make the guitar not such a good value.

Right now, I am looking at Gotoh and also have a PRS bridge to try.

I'm open to suggestions from people.
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I am planning on offering Tone Pros as an option but it would bring the price way up. Not that it's not worth it - just that it would make the guitar not such a good value.

Right now, I am looking at Gotoh and also have a PRS bridge to try.

I'm open to suggestions from people.


Sounds like a great idea.

One of my teachers laughed at me when I told her I wanted to build guitars.

My master plan is to send her a pic of my shop and a custom made guitar once I succeed.

I'm going to inlay the following words into the back of it:

"NOT SO FUNNY NOW, IS IT?"

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#14
That doesn't look hard to do at all.:|
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#15
I learned to build and paint just by doing it.

The tools are affordable. Wood is expensive which is why I practice on junk.just start reading and do it
#16
The more threads like this I see here, the more I am convinced I should build one this summer. I don't wanna have to deal with the fretboard, though, so I'll probably either get a neck or a fretboard off the internet.
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The more threads like this I see here, the more I am convinced I should build one this summer. I don't wanna have to deal with the fretboard, though, so I'll probably either get a neck or a fretboard off the internet.


It's not bad. Or you could build a Fender style 1 piece neck.

If you just make a body you still have to worry about the pocket and the angle

Here is the body next to my two Les Pauls (79 and 90) both Gibson

I would LOVE to put a Bigsby on the new guitars I'm building but it would ef raise the price

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If you just make a body you still have to worry about the pocket and the angle

Nah, I'm definitely going with a neck-through, and it's pretty hard to screw up the angle on a pre-made neck-through neck. If I end up making the neck, it'll be something to worry about.
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Thanks! Good luck to you too.
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