Florentine Les Paul?

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  1. RAHAZ

    RAHAZ Senior Member

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    I asked this question in the Les Paul area but thought some on there might know as well. Is there anyone on here with a Gibson Les Paul Florentine? The semi-hollow body type with F-Holes. What I'm looking for is the older one made in the 90's like this one:
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    I am in need of some gut shots, specs and/or measurements if it is possible. I own an Epiphone version of this guitar and love it but I want to try my hand at building one out of real woods vs. plywood.

    Specifics: Perimeter and back thickness, What does the bridge support area look like through the control cavity? What do the pickup and control cavities look like on the inside?

    If I can get enough information I will create a PDF file to aid anyone else wanting to make one.:thumb:
     
  2. Raz59

    Raz59 Senior Member

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    It's not exactly specs of a Florentine BUT I hope it helps - John Catto made some plans based of the '59 Les Paul and they're available on the net:

    http://www.mondocatto.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Lespaul59-ver10full.pdf
     
  3. RAHAZ

    RAHAZ Senior Member

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    Thanks RAZ59.
     
  4. xsouldriverx

    xsouldriverx V.I.P. Member

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    maybe its just the binding but what you posted seems too round to be florentine
    this is more like what i think of a florentine
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    i do really like the guitr you posted though. love pauls with f holes. it seems natural
     
  5. MikeGates

    MikeGates Senior Member

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    I thought it was called an Elitist or something tho that effect. I am building a Spanish Cedar Cloud 9 LP with DC and thought since its already hollow on the inside to put f-holes on it. The f-holes look really nice on the LP, and its kind of a mesh of my favorite two guitars the ES-335 and the LP.
     
  6. w666

    w666 Senior Member

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    Try Gibson "Bantam Elite"

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  7. w666

    w666 Senior Member

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    Or, try "Florentine" :)

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  8. RAHAZ

    RAHAZ Senior Member

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    I agree, I love the F-holes on a Les Paul.

    I say do it, that'd be sexy as hell.:naughty:

    [​IMG]Love it!
     
  9. Imsomaha

    Imsomaha Junior Member

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    I just purchased a 2001 custom shop florentine. is there any ref sites to determine color. Prod run etc. mine is a solid color no burst. Honeysuckle I believe. There is just no info I have found. Ser. Cs11204. called gibson direct
     
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    zontar Senior Member

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    I believe you mean solid wood--plywood is real wood--it's particle board & mdf that, while it contains what once was wood, that wouldn't be real wood--or at least pure wood.

    But I get the point--sounds like a cool idea.
     
  11. RAHAZ

    RAHAZ Senior Member

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    I do not know of any database short of emailing Gibson customer service.

    Yeah. I've started on a Semi Hollow build inspired by mt old guitar but it isn't a Les Paul. You can find the link in my signature. It's one of three current builds I am working on.:naughty:
     

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