1959 Les Paul Luthier Replica

ExNihilo

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Up for sale is my 2018 replica build.

This guitar is a hand made vintage correct 1959 Les Paul replica built by Scott Wilkinson (aka ExNihilo) in 2018.

Neck: Holly headstock veneer with MOP “Elineke” signature. Serial number 9 1638. 1-piece genuine South American Mahogany with Honduran headsock ears. C shape 1959 profile. Ebony fret board with vintage correct cellulose nitrate inlays and royalite binding.

Body: 1-piece genuine South American Mahogany; chambered. Eastern Maple flame flitch matched top. Vintage correct royalite binding.

Finish: Vintage nitrocellulose lacquer finish with authentic cold checking.

Electronics and Pickups: Jonesyblues Historic 1959 style Les Paul harness with LUXE .022 Paper in Oil Bumble Bee Capacitors. Fully Aged "Kalamazoo" PAFs with braided leads, unpotted. Butyrate bobbins, maple spacers, nickel silver base plates with PAF decals, nickel silver covers) Machine wound on a 1950's Gibson type winder Approx. DC readings 7.6K Neck 8.6K Bridge.

Construction: Vintage correct carve with hot hide glue and fish glue adhesion.

$3,800 USD

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Why are you selling it? Hows the action/setup ? This is dangerous for me lol
 

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Hello everyone,

As many know, if you have followed my builds since about 2008, I usually build and sell about one guitar a year. Lately, I have come to the point where I don't have time to build or play, so this thing just sits in the closet. I have another all mahogany Les Paul just about finished sitting under my bed (you can see the build thread in Luthier's Corner -link below). The all mahogany LP will replace this one for my 2019 LP (if I ever get it done).

The weight of this one is about 8 lbs.

Great action. Very loud, upper-mid tone when unplugged (being chambered). Great sustain. If you want to see the chamber design I use check out my latest build thread. You can also watch my videos to see how I build these things.

http://www.mylespaul.com/threads/a-mahogany-les-paul-from-one-tree.417190/

If it had a "G" logo instead of my signature "Elineke" It would be hanging on a wall at Wildwoods for 10k. But, that's OK.

Oh, there is one thing I forgot to mention. When I have Jonesy build my pickups, I always have him flip the neck magnet to get the Peter Green, out-of-phase, tone in centre position. I love that tone.

Thanks for your kind comments everyone.

Sincerely, Scott
 
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Good lord, that's nice. Also more vintage accurate than anything G makes, judging by the glues you used (fish glue for the top, vs. hide glue).

This is quite possibly the nicest Burst in the classifieds right now, and almost certainly the best deal. GLWTS!
 

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Great looking piece! Reminds me of Frank Pines burst.
 

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Great looking piece! Reminds me of Frank Pines burst.

Actually, it's funny you should say that. There is a piece to the story of this guitar that I imagine you might be able to put together. But, I will leave it at:
There is a reason why this one looks like Frank's.
 

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By the way . . . Who can guess what is significant about the serial number of this monster?

I chose it for a very special reason. I wonder if anyone can figure it out. ;)
 

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By the way . . . Who can guess what is significant about the serial number of this monster?

I chose it for a very special reason. I wonder if anyone can figure it out. ;)

You’re a Columbo fan? Peter Falk was born Sept 16, 1938.

9 1638. Shot in the dark. lol
 
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And an ebony board to boot, should have been an option on all LPs.
 

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holy cow. that is a les paul's les paul right there. fanastical !!!
 

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Beautiful, just beautiful! That's the kind of figuring I like in a maple top.
 

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Thank you all.

As for serial number 9 1638, it does not commemorate Columbo. Although, I am a fan. Hint: The serial number has to do with Scotland.

As for the ebony board. I love the sound and feel of ebony. However, for a replica, it doesn't look right with its tight grain. I had to spend a day carefully carving all of the open grain patterns on the board to make it look right. A "light brown" ebony board was selected too. I was pleased with how it all came out.
 

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Thank you all.

As for serial number 9 1638, it does not commemorate Columbo. Although, I am a fan. Hint: The serial number has to do with Scotland.

As for the ebony board. I love the sound and feel of ebony. However, for a replica, it doesn't look right with its tight grain. I had to spend a day carefully carving all of the open grain patterns on the board to make it look right. A "light brown" ebony board was selected too. I was pleased with how it all came out.

Can you give some insight on why you chose to try to make an ebony board look like Brazilian instead of just getting a board off of eBay? Granted, they’re getting harder to come by, but the build I had completed in the last few months has a beautiful, dark example that was purchased off eBay. Is yours ebony because of a sonic preference for that wood?
 

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