Some have the LP buying fever and some the building fever... I have both! Here is my new project: building a LP from a DIY kit bought for about $200! The basic kit is $199 (includ. shipping) butI asked for custom options : - one piece mahogany body (basic kit was 2 pieces) - ebony fretboard (basic kit was rosewood) - solid flamed maple top (basic kit was flamed maple veneer) - no hardware (as I already have a lot of things and want quality pieces) - no holes on the headstock (because historic tuners have smaller holes than the modern ones) Total (incl. shipping) is now $359 I have also some spare stuff from my previous LP mods: As you can see on the above picture, I have two brand new '57 PU that were on my SG. As they are Quick Connect equipped, I plan to use a Quick Connect Gibson Standard board with the 4 CTS push-pull pots. As for the guitar finish, I still don't know what I'll do. It will depend on the wood that I'll discover when I receive the kit... May 25, 2018 A little communication bug happened between the vendor and I. He already sent me the basic kit. Therefore I will receive 2 kits instead of one : - the basic one ($199) with a 2-piece mahogany body, a flamed maple veneer on the top, and a rosewood fretboard - the custom one ($359) with a one-piece mahogany body, a solid book matched flamed maple top and an ebony fretboard. There is 99% chance that the basic kit mahogany body pieces don't match in the back. So, I'm thinking of a dark finish. Some weeks ago, I discovered the ES-339 2018 Vintage Blues Burst, and really loved its finish. But I already own a 339 and don't need one more. So, why not inspiring from its finish for the basic LP kit? Conclusion, for the basic LP kit I'll try to mix the finishes of: - the ES-339 2018 Vintage Blues Burst : - and the Les Paul Standard Limited Edition 2004 Manhattan Midnight: June 1, 2018 I just received today the basic kit for the first guitar. Opening the box : Looks pretty fine, but let's have a closer look. The maple veneer looks nice and is quite regular : ... but it's super extra thin indeed: I will have to be very careful when sanding it to remove the glue residues before applying the color. Regarding the body/neck junction, the two pieces show the same number and fit pretty well at first sight: I still have to check the alignment.. and sand a bit of wood. I will also have two small dings to take care of behind the neck: The trussrod hole doesn't have the Gibson shape, but it will be hidden behind the veener and the nut needs to be replaced, which was already scheduled: The trussrod is really basic. The body is made of two mahogany pieces: Their colors are quite different but the fibers are pretty aligned. A dark blue color die will minimize these differences. Regarding the pots cavity, I will have to cut a bit of wood to let the Gibson Quick Connect board fit in: At last, good surprise, he hole to ground the stop bar is already drilled: This basic kit corresponds to what I expected. I will see how things go on during the assembly. I won't talk about the cheap hardware that comes with this kit as I will use much better quality stuff. June 2, 2018 Today was quite productive! First, with the re-cut of the control cavity in order to let the Quick Connect board fit in: I had a heavy hand with the Dremel, and bit some wood but I am sure it will be invisible after the finish. Then, I put on the a first layer of blue dye to raise the grain and sand it with 400 grid, surprise, surprise : the body is full of glue! And it's even worst at the top book matched junction: Fortunately everything disappeared with the sanding and the veneer is still here. And at last: the burst ! First layer to set the colors in place (blue, dark blue and black): I took a little break and then... One Antique Blues Burst, one !!!!! Wet, the burst has a lot more colors. I am HAP-PY ! And now, let me have a beer! June 8, 2018 #2 custom kit neck is done: ... and the maple top is on its way: I stop reporting every step in post #1 because this too many pictures to load at once. To follow the guitar building, scroll down the thread.