#1
Ever since I modded my amp, I've had all of these ideas for different projects that I want to do eventually. My first project is building an exact copy of a Gibson Les Paul Standard but I don't really know where to get started.

1. My main question is wether I should start right away on the Les Paul (which I want to be a good quality guitar) or do something simpler like a Strat just to get some experience.
2. My dad has a band saw and a drill press and some other basic woodworking tools, but I was wondering what (if any) other tools I would need.
3. Is stewmac the best place to get the supplies I need? I've looked at warmoth and mojo musical supply and they don't have as big of a selection.

Thanks for the help. I had other questions but I can't remember them right now.
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#3
Don't bump after 15 minutes eh!

This has been covered a load of times, so search for it and you'll probably get your answer straight away, other than that, when the people who can help you log on, they'll help you - but they don't spend every minute of every day on here!

Edit: - a quick look using the search bar has revealed the following that might be useful

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=903471

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=921010
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Don't bump after 15 minutes eh!

This has been covered a load of times, so search for it and you'll probably get your answer straight away, other than that, when the people who can help you log on, they'll help you - but they don't spend every minute of every day on here!

Edit: - a quick look using the search bar has revealed the following that might be useful

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=903471

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=921010


Actually it was 12 hours and 15 minutes. Sorry I couldn't find anything on the searchbar.
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#6
Can anyone answer my first question? I think I have pretty much all of those tools except an orbital sander. Do I really need one?

How do you do inlays? Do you use a router to make the hole or do you use a chisel? I want to make an inlay with my name on it but how would I cut out the pearl or whatever I end up using?

One of my biggest issues is gonna be finishing the guitar. So far I haven't been able to find anyone who does that. How hard is it do a burst finish?
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#7
I've been looking at body blanks and I've noticed that some are 1 piece and some are multiple pieces glued together. Which is better?



That's the guitar I'm trying to build. I found maple top pieces on StewMac but I think the grain is going the wrong way. Are all of the pieces like that? Where can I find maple tops?

Here's the StewMac ones: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bodies,_necks,_wood/Electric_guitar:_Bodies/1/Solidbody_Top_Wood/Pictures.html#details
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#8
For aesthetic purposes you may or may not want to make it one piece. Sure, the grain will go across perfectly, but if it's one piece, the bond might not be as strong as if it were glued and one piece of wood is prone to warpage over time. Two pieces of wood, on the other hand, will practically never warp and the glue bond is sometimes stronger than just one piece.

Also, sound resonates better through one piece of wood, providing more sustain (or so I would imagine). If you can get the grain of the two pieces to match up really well, though, all the better for two pieces.
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#9
you've got a lot of researching to do before you build a guitar dude...

projectguitar.com

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#10
I got a couple books about building guitars and I've learned a lot. Before I build the Les Paul, I want to build an SG. It would be cheaper and easier since it doesn't have a laminate top or as much binding.
The question I have though is how do the wires get to the pickups? Do I have to drill a hole through the middle of the wood? How do I go about doing that?
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#11
the pickups come with wires sticking out of them, and you have to drill from the pickup cavity to the wiring cavity, yes. You just take a drill and drill through. It sounds a lot more complicated then it is. You just have to make sure that you either have a bit long enough, or can fit the bit to a small peice of dole rod to make it longer.
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#12
I found body blacks for a pretty good price.
http://www.doeringerguitars.com/servlet/the-545/Mahogany-Body-Blank-Back/Detail
It says it's only one inch thick though. Is that thick enough for an SG? I searched on google but I couldn't find anything. Also, in the picture there seems to be a pretty big gap in between the pieces. Is that normal?
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#13
1" thick is tiny, I think SG's atleast 1 1/2.

That is an decent price, but if you headed down to a lumber yard you could find a big enough piece for the same amount.
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1" thick is tiny, I think SG's atleast 1 1/2.

That is an decent price, but if you headed down to a lumber yard you could find a big enough piece for the same amount.


What about drying the wood though? I think the wood is usually good and dry when you order it from a place like that but what about from a lumberyard? Would the wood be the same grade?
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What about drying the wood though? I think the wood is usually good and dry when you order it from a place like that but what about from a lumberyard? Would the wood be the same grade?

The wood will be dry you will have to glue it up though. If anything it will be better than that. The maple you were looking for is flamed maple. You need an orbital sander the 3 tools I use most in my guitar builds are abandsaw, orbital sander, and a router.
#16
I'm in the process of figuring out what parts I'm gonna need and most of the supplies will be coming from StewMac. I'm getting the pre slotted 24.75 scale fretboard with a 12 inch radius but the pre slotted nut has a 16 inch radius. Will that work?
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#17
Ok, I would have liked to get started on the build by now but I figured out that I can do this for my high school graduation project so I'm waiting to get some information on that first.

Right now I'm trying to figure out what pickups I'm gonna use. I'm planning on using the pickups that are in the SG Standard which are a 490R in the neck and a 498T in the bridge. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm looking for something that will sound different than the active EMG's in my Schecter.
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#18
Might want to start with a bolt neck to get some experience. Doing inlays is not easy to do if you havent done anything like this previously or at least for em to look good first time around. Sounds like you are starting at square one. So start small. A set neck with laminate top, binding, and inlay work is a big step.
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For aesthetic purposes you may or may not want to make it one piece. Sure, the grain will go across perfectly, but if it's one piece, the bond might not be as strong as if it were glued and one piece of wood is prone to warpage over time. Two pieces of wood, on the other hand, will practically never warp and the glue bond is sometimes stronger than just one piece.

Also, sound resonates better through one piece of wood, providing more sustain (or so I would imagine). If you can get the grain of the two pieces to match up really well, though, all the better for two pieces.

And if you want the look of a one piece body you can always veneer.
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#20
I got a $25 gift certificate from Guitar Center so I decided to buy a couple parts. I got a Grover nut I'm pretty sure it's the right size because I held it up to the one on the Gibson. It was only 79 cents so I don't know if it's the best quality though. I also got Gibson tuners but I figured our they're actually made by Grover.
It may be a stupid question but on the bottom of the tuners, the side that goes against the guitar, there is a little number, three of them have the number 1 and three have the number 2. What does that mean? I could try and get a picture if that would help.
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Just a guess but it could mean what side the tuners go on if it's 3 a side.
Like 1 is on the left and 2 is on the right maybe?

Also, Grovers are good quality tuners so I wouldn't worry about it
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#22
btw, sg's are about 1 1/4 inch thick. at least mine is.
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#23
I've been looking at a few build threads and it seems like people aren't big fans of the StewMac truss rods. Is there a better place to get them? Are there any other things that I should stay away from when I order from them?
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#24
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I've been looking at a few build threads and it seems like people aren't big fans of the StewMac truss rods. Is there a better place to get them? Are there any other things that I should stay away from when I order from them?

I would try lmi see what they have. I only use stew ma truss rods because that's what I'm used too. I haven't bought from lmi but it seems that they have better prices but not as big of a selection to choose from. Other than prices I don't think there's anything else to stay away from.
#25
^ Have you had any issues with the stew mac truss rods?

How are the Doeringer truss rods? Does anyone have any suggestions for pickups, or are the 490r and 498t the best choice?
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#26
anyone?
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#27
doeringer. by a mile and a half. the stew-mac rods are s*** and overpriced.
for pups, u could do the 498/490 (personally i really like the 490's in my SG), but look at some other brands (i.e. duncan and dimarzio)
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#28
I'm still waiting for the ok to start my build but in the meantime I've been buying a few more parts. Today I received a Gibson TOM and a Gibson 490r.


You can see that the pickup has a circuit board connecter on it. Has anyone seen something like that before? I guess I'll have to buy a matching circuit board control harness.
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#29
^ Maybe that is so they are compatible with the robot guitars?
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#30
Couldn't you just clip off the connector so you could solder it like a normal pup?
#31
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^ Maybe that is so they are compatible with the robot guitars?


I did some more research and I found out that the new SGs have circuit boards installed but I have no idea where to get one like that. Any ideas? I could clip the connecter off but would the wire be long enough then?
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#32
My SG doesn't... it is from 2008! I don't think it does anyway... it had better not, I'll rip that ****er out! I don't need no fancy circuit board!
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