Les Paul Build 3 & 4

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  1. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    Time for a couple more. both will be alternative les pauls - not normal gibson spec but they will look like something Gibson might have done

    The first will be a 59 inspired, but with P-90 routes ... about as close as i get to proper gibson stuff

    maybe like this
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    Number 2 will be more of a challenge - I have done thinlines before, but never with a carved top. I really liked the trapeze on my recent goldtop, so that makes a reappearance here
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    Pickups will be non standard - likely staples, dynasonic coils or gold foils - or some mix of those

    the top on the 59 will be a nice bit of lightly flamed sycamore.
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    Bodies will both be Khaya. 2 piece is for the custom, 1 piece for the 59

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    TheZ Senior Member

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    Looks like you're off to a great start. Best of luck! Can't wait to see more.
     
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    Pesh Senior Member

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    Sub'd. Lovely pieces of wood - these look to have the promise of some great builds! I watch with anticipation!
     
  4. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    I must get back on them soon. My Firebird is nearly done, these are next in line
     
  5. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    Just spent the last hour or two prepping wood for these two

    all the tops, fretboards and necks are now ready to go, and got a spare top to boot

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    The necks and mahogany tops are old stock honduran, a gift from a woodworkers widow. I got loads of big wide planks, some too heavy for bodies and too erratic for necks, but it makes nice tops where the extra weight pushes it a bit towards maple tonally.

    I also got some big long square chunks which are perfect neck wood.And i will be going one piece with dual CF rods this time to make the most of this wood, usually I laminate. the rods will not be solid CF bars, but hollow rods as i think this makes the neck controllable and predictable without making it too stiff


    here is the neck blank
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    roughly cut for 2 long full width tenon les paul necks
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    Indian rosewood and ebony to go with them
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    Here are the tops - ths started as one long plank. I think B is too nice to paint
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    and the sycamore
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  6. Fez Bear

    Fez Bear Senior Member

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    awesome!! looking forward to seeing how this ends up!
     
  7. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    had a bit of a moment with these. I marked up the weight relieved burst for chambers, and weight relieved the custom which was going to be chambered

    Also,i think my last scale reading was off. because i weighed them again with the same scale today and got the same reading off both bodies again, even after weight relieving one of them. I tried a new set of scales and working backwards i think it was the 2-piece that was 6.4lbs. The one piece closer to 6lb


    The one piece is now 5.7lb, 2 piece is 5.3lb after weight relief, although there is still a bit to do
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    I have changed my mind again on going chambered thinline for the custom, i think they will both be weight relieved instead
     
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  8. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    i got the one piece for the burst weight relieved. took a lot of holes but its bang on 5lb now so should give 8.5-9lb when finished. you can ignore the pen line, this one was never going to be chambered.

    The sycamore top is also cut and drilled with some template holes to help alignment

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    quite a bit of colour variation, some small knots at the waist, and a fairly inconsistent flame - but i like this kinda top
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  9. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    i started the carve, contour map method. I still need to add the neck and pickup angles but started the sanding stage anyway

    fairly happy s far[​IMG]

    but the slight flaw at the edge has moved inwards and grown. there was no sign of this on the other side of the wood
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    but if your going to have a flaw on a les paul top, it may as well be under the plate :)
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    That stinks about the flaw but they are looking great. What awesome wood :applause:
     
  11. Freddy G

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    I feel for you about the flaw bro...I really do!

    Otherwise, looks great!
     
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  12. WezV

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    i don't mind too much. It was a cheap top but has a lot of character, its just part of that. rippled sycamore like this is about a quarter of the cost of similar maple over here

    i don't like perfect tops on a vintage style les paul
     
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    both of those tops are too nice to paint ! looking good for sure.
     
  14. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    fully carved
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    I am actually thinking of changing my plan on this one. Maybe make it totally unbound with a dot neck.
     
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    WezV Senior Member

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    got the fretboards prepped for these 2

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    The indian is nicely quartered and straight grained. Not sure if i have mentioned it but that's what i aim for with my fretboards ;)
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    The ebony is less perfect. It has colour variation and a light flame, but you can just about make out that the grain is still fairly consistent. nothing too erratic going on
     
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    WezV Senior Member

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    got the top started for the custom


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    It gives me high hopes for the matched set i am saving for a later build
     
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    I love both the flame top and the ebony fb, specifically for the inconsistencies! :)

    Impressive work and I'm looking forward to seeing that Custom finished.
     
  18. WezV

    WezV Senior Member

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    i skipped ahead a few steps in the last 24 hours.

    Body got chambered until it weighed 4.1lb. I stained it black inside in case i want to add an f-hole later, but i probably won't

    i glued the top on and decided to go back on my comments regarding double bound customs... its routed for 7-ply binding front and back, still need to finish the bit of the carve in the cutaway though.

    And i have roughly carved the top
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    WezV Senior Member

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    checking the binding fit
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    Compared the the 74 custom i have on long term loan
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    Most impressive!
    What glue do you use for the top and body?
    I have a few projects I'm starting and they will be my first builds, gathering as much info as I can.
     

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