My Ultimate '59 Les Paul build

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  1. Alex Dovnar

    Alex Dovnar Senior Member

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    Hello friends. This is my first Thread on this forum. But this is only because of the language barrier. I am from Belarus (this is not Russia!). If someone does not know, is a small, almost poor country between Poland and Russia, with the president-dictator and the terrible weather.
    *By profession I am an artist and a bit of a musician. But I love guitars and vintage. I had a lot of guitars and Aging Project. But three and a half years ago, I planned to build a 59 Les Paul, but such as I need. That is - really right and without compromise. Wood glue, hardware, paint - all must be like in the fifties. In my profession I am constantly confronted with the study of the history of ancient art, analysis and recovery technologies. I need to delve very deeply. I started to study the issue and searching for information. Over the years spent on the forums, I was able to learn a little English, and now I have fewer problems. I speak German, Polish, Belarusian and Russian. Now I can even speak English, but still I often have to Use an online translator. So do not judge strictly my writing.
    So, in 2012 I began to collect material for the drawings. Since none of that is accessible even for money, I have not found the drawing full compliance history, I began to draw my own. In many ways it has become for me an equation with many unknowns. My working trip to Europe gave me the opportunity to meet with several masters and hold it in the hands a few guitars of fifties. Since I do not have a carpenter's workshop and a serious experience in fine wood, I asked for help from my friend Valery Vaschenko. (I think some of you know his work). However, we have adjusted the process steps and started creating.

    Specifications of this guitar are:
    Body - Light Honduran mahogany. One piece
    Neck - Light Honduran mahogany. One piece
    Тор - Eastern maple
    Fretboard - Brazilian Rosewood nearly 100 years of aging
    Vintage fret scale 24 3/4'' Rule 18
    Holly on the headstock
    Royalite binding, cellulose inlays, Tortoise dots on the neck binding
    Nylon nut, Montreux and DMC parts, Stephens Design PAF pickups...

    So much more is possible to write, but it is better to show the pictures.

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  2. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Congratulations on your guitar so far, and on the languages you speak! As an English speaker we generally can be lazy and just learn only our own.
     
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  3. fatdaddypreacher

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    bravo on many fronts. reminds me once again of how blessed i am to live where knowledge and materials are so much easier to obtain. the diligence you have shown and will continue to employ will make your victory all the sweeter. very nice entrance to the forum. welcome.
     
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  4. Alex Dovnar

    Alex Dovnar Senior Member

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    Thank you!
     
  5. 61LPSG

    61LPSG Senior Member

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    Welcome to MLP Alex, :wave:
    Your project is off to a great start. Excellent pictures,materials, and work.
    I will be following your progress

    Alec
     
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  6. Barnaby

    Barnaby Senior Member

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    Hi Alex - your guitar looks great! That Brazillian and mahogany are really spectacular pieces of wood, and your work so far looks very clean. I am one of many people on this forum who will be watching to see how the guitar develops.

    By the way, your English is really good. Perhaps I understand how you feel as I have to work in Japanese (including paperwork!) and always feel the stress of trying to say something clearly in a language that is far away from my natural one. Even with translation software, however, I wish my Japanese was as good as your English! :applause:
     
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  7. gplayer

    gplayer Junior Member

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    Really nice build I'm still saving for my first build and I'm on a similar situation like you so this really inspires me, as for your english don't worry too much it can't be worse than mine and the guys here are super friendly and helpful more than anywhere else I've been to and trust me I'm subscribed to several forums so I know what I'm talking about,this is by far the best forum to share and learn with so many talanted guitar builders and good attitude towards us mere mortals, keep us updated with your progress.
     
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    mux164 Senior Member

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    my english is limited to about 30 words at the most, and id say maybe half of them shouldnt be repeated on this forum, good luck, ill be eyeing this build off aswell
     
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  9. KnightroExpress

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    Wow! What a beautiful build.

    Your English is fine, no worries :D
     
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    ARandall Senior Member

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    Is that your 'english' english

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  11. Alex Dovnar

    Alex Dovnar Senior Member

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    some more pictures:
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    Barnaby would be proud!
     
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    Looking bloody good so far! :)
     
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    Excellent job so far. Love the use of finger planes. Can't wait to see more.

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  15. Alex Dovnar

    Alex Dovnar Senior Member

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    For bonding wood parts we use Hide glue. But for bonding inlays to the fretboard, use fish glue. It is made from sturgeon air bubbles. But so that they can work, it must be soaked for three days. He is considered the strongest natural glues.
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    И здесь русские.

    Nice to meet you. So as you, I have my own building project (Les Paul too).

    Anyway, I subscribe. Very neat work. Respect.
     
  17. Alex Dovnar

    Alex Dovnar Senior Member

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    I wish you luck with your project. :)
    But I'm not Russian. I am Belarusian. It is important.
     
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    your fish glue is great
    cant find this stuff here, i find one like that
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    but hard to find like yours in france.

    acetone melting binding for glue the binding?
    you press the inlays or you let they dry without pressing? cause fish glue take time to dry...

    great great build!! and you doing the binding like old days:thumb:
     
  19. Alex Dovnar

    Alex Dovnar Senior Member

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    Yes, this is acetone based adhesive. The old way of fixing the border is much more convenient and more efficient than fixing with tape. Binding lies tightly over the whole vertical surface of the wood and does not remain between the cavities, and a minimum adhesive layer.
    each piece marker pressed clamp.
    Sturgeon glue is difficult to obtain and it is very expensive. Just like black caviar. )) Your piece of adhesive looks like already cleaned and prepared. It's good. In my main profession I work with archaic natural materials. I order some of the materials from this site.
     
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