[Forum Luthier content] Something wicked comes this way...

Discussion in 'Other Single-Cuts' started by Kølabrennern, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Kølabrennern

    Kølabrennern Senior Member

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    A while back I decided that I wanted a Les Paul built to my specifications, as I found myself not completely content with some of the usual features of this guitar; although I also agree that a nice Burst is as close to perfection as you get. I'm a rather small and skinny guy, so LPs both feel and look rather bulky on me - not exactly optimal. What this means is that I wanted a guitar with a thinner and lighter body than normal; sort of like the Les Paul Lite models Gibson did a few of back in the 80s - just in the form of a 1960 Burst otherwise. Another feature I was looking for was complete tonal versatility, so I decided to go some nifty wiring and cool pickups - listed later.

    Now who could build me this guitar, I was thinking. After going through countless build threads here on the forum I decided that I'd approach none other than our own Ex-Nihilo with a hypothetical idea to build me the guitar of my dreams. Let it be said that I'm not a wealthy guy by any stretch of the imagination and I'd never really imagine this to ever happen, but Scott offered me a deal I really could not pass on (don't ask for the price, that's between him and me and you can ask for your own quote if you want), and so it happened that dream turned to reality and I've been spending the last few months frantically awaiting every small update on the guitar's status. :laugh2:

    And you know what? Now the guitar is done! I do however not have it in my possession yet since it was shipped just yesterday, but I can't curb my enthusiasm and just needed to share some info on this guitar. Some of the specifications include:

    -1-piece chambered SA Mahogany body
    -1-piece SA Mahogany neck - really thin
    - Figured maple top with vintage style deep carve
    - RW fretboard with Zamm celluloid nitrate inlays
    - Aniline pigmented thin nitro finish
    - Long stainless steel ABR bridge posts
    - Jonesy Tonemojo Jimmy Page 21-tone wiring rig
    - Skatterbrane Metalbrane pickups - double creme of course
    - Reflector knobs :thumb:

    And just so we're completely clear: The headstock does not say Gibson. The guitar is proudly signed in the builder's name and brand, even hand-signed in the place of a serial number as this is definitely a one-off.

    Here are a few pictures of the guitar in various stages of completion. Scott can add some information to go with them if he wants, I just know that I like what I'm seeing!

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    With some lacquer:
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    And finished. Mine's on the right, hanging with its sister chambered LP:
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    The plastics and hardware on it is currently only temporary, I'm going to get Faber hardware, better looking pickup rings and of course a pickguard for it. Hopefully it will arrive within 10 days of this post and I will take loads and loads of good pictures of it, record sound clips and write a thorough review.

    GAWD, I'M SO EXCITED! :D
     
  2. nwobhm

    nwobhm Senior Member

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    Looks great! :)
     
  3. JIM'S GoldTOP

    JIM'S GoldTOP Senior Member

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    That is beautiful!!! Congratulations! :)
     
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    mrpesca Senior Member

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    So how much?:laugh2:

    Just kidding. Nice axe Kol.
     
  5. Kølabrennern

    Kølabrennern Senior Member

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    Three fiddy. No, but seriously, if you had the choice between a hand-built-in-Canada-by-a-skilled-craftsman to your own specs or a run of the mill reissue (not mentioning plain- or flametops on account of guesstimations), it's a pretty simple decision to make. :thumb:
     
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    Leumas Senior Member

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    That's great! I love it, can't wait for your pics.
     
  7. Udonitron

    Udonitron Psychedelic Stoner Rock Premium Member

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    Oh Canadian builder? Can you please PM me his contact info if possible? Freakin gorgeous!
     
  8. tonebone

    tonebone Senior Member

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    The sister has something going on with the bridge, but not in a good way. Looks to be just a little too close to the pickup.

    But the tailpiece looks to be absolutely correctly placed!

    UDO, if you go this route, keep me posted. Prob dreaming on my part, but a guy can dream.
     
  9. -=[Shifty]=-

    -=[Shifty]=- Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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  10. Udonitron

    Udonitron Psychedelic Stoner Rock Premium Member

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    Indeed it does and it almost looks like the tailpiece is listing a bit on the left.
    I will keep you posted as well...most likely too pricey for me but we will see. Seems he uses the same type of wood that Edwards use minus the solid flame top so they should be light, resonant, and save on costs as well.
     
  11. tonebone

    tonebone Senior Member

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    I think it's supposed to. Or is it a little too much on the replica?

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  12. Udonitron

    Udonitron Psychedelic Stoner Rock Premium Member

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    Yeah almost looks to be too much.
     
  13. tonebone

    tonebone Senior Member

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    The one Kola got looks perfect. Maybe the luthier learned something from the sister.

    <jokes to follow?>
     
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    Udonitron Psychedelic Stoner Rock Premium Member

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    It was also a great movie as well.
     
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    PINKBITS Senior Member

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    Beautiful and love the fact that the builder has HIS name on the headstock.

    Congrats.
     
  17. Ace Warslave

    Ace Warslave Senior Member

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    pinkbits any idear who could make them like that here in australia:hmm:
     
  18. Udonitron

    Udonitron Psychedelic Stoner Rock Premium Member

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    GammyBird Senior Member

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    Great looking guitar!!!
     
  20. Cookie-boy

    Cookie-boy Senior Member

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    That looks the bollocks, Kola!:thumb:
     

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