#1
So I have been on these forums for quite a while... starting out as looking up tabs and then realizing there was a lot more to this site then just tabs. Being new at the guitar I was hoping to buy a somewhat decent guitar but then scrapped the whole idea when I saw that people were building their own on here. I decided to build a les paul custom using some blue prints my older brother gave to me from when he "attemped" to make one. (which was pretty much look at the blue prints and think it would be cool to make it)
I have a few of the things cut out already but I'm working at an extremely slow pace because I can only cut stuff out when I go to my grandpa's work shop which is a fair amount of time away. So bare with me on the slow updates and progress... I'm hoping by making this thread it will keep me motivated to keep going and finish the project soon.
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Last edited by Ponchibego at May 5, 2008,
#3
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hey thats great man, good luck!

as for posting pics theres probably some code thing to do...i just use photobucket


Thanks... I actually asked the question the remembered I had a photobucket account. I feel stupid for forgetting about it but as you can see from the post above it works pretty good
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#4
Tips and pointers from people have had experience with making an LP would be awesome too... At the moment I'm freaking out about how to succesfully carve the top and put the angle on the maple top to match the neck angle.
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#5
^ i would have waited to glue the top laminate to the body before cutting and glued the fretboard to the neck before fretting it but it looks good so far
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#6
The fretboard looks pretty good for a first time. Good luck.

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#7
Ok.... So far I haven't gotten anywhere new at all other than starting all over and making it to the same place I was before. The wood I got was very cheap and off of ebay but wasn't the best so now I got some good mahogany and the same old piece of maple for the top. I'm much happier with the quality of wood and didn't really lose that much money so I'm over it.

Here are some new pictures of the body and neck(both haven't been cut out yet as you can see):
As you can see I already routed the control cavities and the path between them for cables and then I can just glue on the maple top and rout the neck and pickup pockets.




I also made a new template since I was doing everything over I figured I might as well have a really good template that didn't have small mistakes on it and yadda:


Here's the old maple top and fretboard:




Like I said in previous posts this is a taking me forever because I don't have access to my grandpa's shop, but I will be going down in the next few days(either monday or tuesday) to cut everything out and from there on I have everything else I need at home.
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#8
wow that looks fantastic so far, i'm definately keeping an eye on this thread
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#10
i hope it turns out perfect! looks nice so far!
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#12
HOLY WOW... as I stated in my first post "Bare with me; progress will be slow." It's almost been a year since I started this thread and I have a lot of knowledge gained, but little substantial material to show for it. I naturally was unsatisfied with how my attempt at doing a carved maple top came out. I found out the the grain in curly maple likes to go in all different kinds of directions and doesn't handle a chisel like some other woods do. I really screwed it up and I threw out the top, but kept the main mahogany body. I have now decided I'm going to put off the carved top stuff for a later build. I figure why go overboard because just building a guitar for the first time with little wood working experience is a lot to handle so I can settle for a flat top for this build. Here is what I now have so far and I hope to keep my pace up and finish this puppy in the next few weeks.

Here's the body finally cut out with a new maple top that I bought and bookmatched it.... It's not the most figured piece of maple, but I'm not going to pay a lot of money for a good one when I don't know how well its going to really turn out after I'm done chopping it up.


Here's a side angle and as you can see I have already routed around the guitar to put the binding on, but I just haven't done that yet.


Here's the neck that I just finished shaping a few hours ago. It looks small in the picture for some reason, but it is the size that the blue prints state.


Finally here's just both of them together... Even though I didn't put it in the neck fits nicely in the neck pocket after a lot of fine tuning and hopefully I will get the t-rod in place and the fretboard on by this weekend.
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#14
It may be an illusion but that fretboard looks a bit too wide at the bottom?
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#15
Is there any way for you to dovetail that? like an acoustic normally would?
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#16
This looks great! The maple top looks cool, plenty of nice curl in there if you ask me. Just wait till you get it wet to see what it's really made of, that top has some serious potential.
#17
looks good so far!
as for taking to long, you obviously haven't seen callums double neck.. haha
is that thing even done yet?


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#18
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It may be an illusion but that fretboard looks a bit too wide at the bottom?

the fretboard has a taper - its thinner at the nut and thicker at the bridge end.


Very nice build. With all the wood you got you couldv'e got 2 bodies, but its good to see you want it to look nice

What body wood was the old one?
#19
This looks really good!

Is this your first build if so it is going great!

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#20
Awesome so far


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#21
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the fretboard has a taper - its thinner at the nut and thicker at the bridge end.


Very nice build. With all the wood you got you couldv'e got 2 bodies, but its good to see you want it to look nice

What body wood was the old one?


The first one was african mahogany and I still have it, but I'm going to have to make a different neck to fit it so that one is currently set aside for later work. That was my actual first body ever cut out and I screwed up the location of where I drilled the holes for the bridge so I'm going to not only have to make a new neck to fit the pocket, but a new neck with a different scale length to compensate for my error. Like I said before I don't have a bunch of actual finished product to show for all the time spent on this, but I have learned an unbelievable amount about making guitars.
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#22
you can just dowel the bridge holes in the old body so that you can get a neck for what ever scale length and then redrill the holes
#23
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This looks really good!

Is this your first build if so it is going great!


I like to consider this Build 1 Round 2 because I have made a body and attempted at a neck once before this . As I just posted before this one I screwed the body up and my first attempt at a neck didn't turn out very pretty, but I gained plenty of experience on what to do and what not to do next time. That's why these pictures look so great because I have a better feel at what I'm doing now.
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#24
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you can just dowel the bridge holes in the old body so that you can get a neck for what ever scale length and then redrill the holes


I could do that... At the time I realized what I had done I was more at the point of just starting fresh because I felt like it was going a little too sour for me. I have to make a new neck for it anyways so it might just be cooler to have another guitar with a different scale length so that all my guitars don't look exactly the same.
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#26
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looks good so far!
as for taking to long, you obviously haven't seen callums double neck.. haha
is that thing even done yet?

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It might just be the angle of the pictures, but that top looks REALLY well figured. Any decision on finish yet? If not, please do an oil and wax finish. pleeeeeeeeeeeease?
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#28
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Put a bigsby on it, make it arctic white and i'll love you forever.

Maybe on another build... It would kind of defeat the purpose of having my curly maple top if I made it white.
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#29
you probably should have done the neck laminated or left some sort of volute for strength in the headstock..

(too little too late.) be careful with the headstock.