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    Slash: Derrig vs Max - The AFD Period

    Slash | Vintage Guitar® magazine
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    Zappa Trivia #3 (where in the world is w666)

    Esquire Magazine
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    Preacher, yes thats all cavities routed with no hardware. Actually come to think of it... I forgot to put the hole for the jack. Maybe that will make up the .07 lbs? Haha, Ill fix it and let you know. BTW anyone know what the Black Beauty bodies weigh with the solid mahogany?
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    Ok Ren, you got me. I know standards have rosewood fretboards but I just cant help it. I love a pitch black fretboard on a guitar. :)
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    Finished the 3-D Model for the body based on the Stewmac plans. The body mass comes out pretty close at 6.57 lbs compared to Gibsons' Average weight of 6.5 lbs. Pretty cool.
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    Black Beauty Mass Properties

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    Les Paul Mass Properties

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    Black Beauty

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    Looking for an elegant jack plate if there is such a thing.

    I dont know about elegant but these are definately out there! http://cgi.ebay.com/SKULL-JACK-COVER-fit-gibson-les-paul-knobs-guitar-pick-/380361940940?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item588f569fcc
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    New twist: Lutherie trivia (Four plan sets for the winner)

    Chladni patterns Ernst Chladni Glitter
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    After looking at it a little longer I realize the neck tennon is extremely long. Is that correct vintage?
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    Hey I just stumbled across these plans for a 58 Explorer, can anyone verify that they are atleast close? http://www.guitarplansunlimited.com/Explorer.htm "a VERY close approximation to a Gibson Explorer. Scale length is 24 9/16" compensated to 24 3/4" What does he mean compensated to 24...
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    I made a neck thru soloist body with a Floyd about 6 months ago. I did that by hand though and it did not turn out good enough for my very picky standards so I never painted it. These will be much better since I have done tons more research and I will be making them in a much more familiar...
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    Here's one: A 1958 Gibson Explorer | Christie's They only want $134,500 for it. I wonder how much the would charge me to trace it. Thinking I could make a jig for tracing guitars with a round pencil then offsetting the outside profile by the radius of the pencil and this would allow me to...
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    As for the top I think I will draw some lines approximately where the others lay and just rough on the CNC then sand the rest until I'm happy. Should give it an authentic look:)
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    Pwhite, thanks for the very helpful info. I'm assuming the templates you used are the ones from guitarbuildingtemplates.com?
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    '58 Explorer, '59 Les Paul, '60 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Replicas

    Hey guys, This is my first post and Im just letting you know that Im going to be building 3 guitars in the next couple of weeks. I'm not so much worried about building exact replicas but I would like to get the correct woods and sizes correct with modern hardware and pickups. The explorer...

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