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M-69 rings (at least the bridge one) measures in at 3/8” (short side) and 1/2” (tall side), and they’re 1.75” across. That’s a change in height of 1/8” over the width which comes to a 4.085616 degrees.

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Hi Dan, forgot to add your post which I am commenting on. Here it is again ... Thank you kindly for the extrodinary dedication to detail (as always). Makes all things that much more understandable!
 

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New builder here with a simple Q?

On the Gold Standard plans, where is the recommended location for the securing drill hole on carve (contour) template #3? Is one missing on the plan, or is it to suggest there is only a single recommended location for this one template?
 

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This thread invites all who are willing to share their resources of where to obtain plans or templates for popular guitar builds. Also for those to inquire where one can obtain plans or templates . Thanks to you good folks who have been so generous with your time and efforts to make resources like this accessible to our community.

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VERSION 2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!

Greetings Everyone!

Daniel Dean, Frank Pine, and myself, have completed the first stage of a set of vintage correct Les Paul plans for you all. This project was begun by Daniel Dean, who has been compiling information and measurements on vintage Les Pauls for years. He was the master mind, and ensured that every measurement was verified and then worked into the final plan in such a way that truly represents extreme vintage accuracy. Frank Pine, supplied a ton of measurements, images, and even video of his vintage Les Pauls. I did the easy part, I drew the plans. They are drawn in a way that reflects my own building experience. Every messurment and detail is drawn into the body so that the plans can be made into templates, thus disposing of the need for a separate paper plan.

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The shape (including the body outline and elevation contours) and measurements for these plans were derived by carefully studying 7 vintage Les Pauls. Four of these guitars no longer have their serial numbers. They are:

1. A 1953-57 conversion (original finish)

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2. A refinished 1953 gold top

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3. A refinished 1954

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4. A refinished 1959 burst

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The other three guitars studied and measured were:

5. A 1956 gold top (serial #6 2510)

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6. A 1959 burst (serial #9 2044)

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7. A 1959 burst (serial #9 1152)

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All these guitars were surprisingly similar to each other. The conventional wisdom, which maintained that vintage Les Pauls were pretty different from each other, being hand made, did not prove to be the case. There seemed to be much more uniformity than what was expected.

We hope you enjoy these plans. As you know we are very passionate about being "vintage correct." We assure you that we have proceeded very carefully and thoroughly to create a "gold standard" set of plans.

This first set contains just the body plans. A set of neck plans will come in the future along with some plans for jigs to help you do your own build.

Print these plans at 100% without a boarder. Everything should print perfectly to actual size. Bring your measuring ins
Brilliant idea!
 

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Neck and headstock drawn by @DoneOne

the original file was not to scale...the second one should be as far as I know
Hi Daniel,

May I kindly ask if there is an update/news on the progress of the neck templates? Body templates printed spot-on to scale! Thank you "Gold Standard Vintage Correct" Team!
 

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Hi Daniel,

May I kindly ask if there is an update/news on the progress of the neck templates? Body templates printed spot-on to scale! Thank you "Gold Standard Vintage Correct" Team!
Somewhere in this thread Scott posted a headstock/Fretboard profile, but other than that there’s just the one I posted (in the post you quoted above) with the neck profiles that was more or less a work in progress by DoneOne. It is more than adequate, and is pretty spot on (the heel side profile is a bit oversized, but the curves are correct). That may be the only drawing that ever gets made.
 

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Somewhere in this thread Scott posted a headstock/Fretboard profile, but other than that there’s just the one I posted (in the post you quoted above) with the neck profiles that was more or less a work in progress by DoneOne. It is more than adequate, and is pretty spot on (the heel side profile is a bit oversized, but the curves are correct). That may be the only drawing that ever gets made.
Are you referring to the 1.5 MB file (by DoneOne) which is the second file listed at the beginning of this thread?
Thanks Dan.
 

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Greetings friends, someone has a vectorized dxf version that they can share to make a template in cnc machine
 

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Hello friends, last night I asked you for a digitized vector file for a matter of time, a friend kindly gave me his cnc to cut a body template but with a little work today and with the valuable help of some friends who handle the Corel draw well it could be done.
Here I share this body template for you to review and correct it if necessary
Greetings from Colombia
Ruben
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I do not know how to upload the dwg file this page did not allow me
 

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Hello friends, last night I asked you for a digitized vector file for a matter of time, a friend kindly gave me his cnc to cut a body template but with a little work today and with the valuable help of some friends who handle the Corel draw well it could be done.
Here I share this body template for you to review and correct it if necessary
Greetings from Colombia
Ruben
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I do not know how to upload the dwg file this page did not allow me
Looks pretty good from here :thumb:
 

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By the way Daniel
what is the diameter of the switch cavity
I understand that before it was narrower and that later to facilitate handling they made it wider
What is true in here
 

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Pre 1958 the 3-way cavity was 1.375”, but when they switched to humbuckers the cavity increased to 1.6875”

(there are some 58s where the cavity is stepped, and the top half of the cavity is 1.6875” and the bottom is still 1.375”)
 
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Hi guys
I repeated the template this time more detailed using the spline tool in corel draw. I made sure that the vectorized drawing was on the line all the time and this time I sent it to be cut with a laser in 5.5 mm mdf. I only spent the equivalent of 4.3 dollars adding the mdf and the cutting service.
If anyone wants me to share the vectorized file, you can request it and I will gladly send it to your email
greetings Rubén
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Hi guys
I repeated the template this time more detailed using the spline tool in corel draw. I made sure that the vectorized drawing was on the line all the time and this time I sent it to be cut with a laser in 5.5 mm mdf. I only spent the equivalent of 4.3 dollars adding the mdf and the cutting service.
If anyone wants me to share the vectorized file, you can request it and I will gladly send it to your email
greetings Rubén
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Please, could you share that file with me? My email is [email protected]
Thank you so much
 

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Hi guys
I repeated the template this time more detailed using the spline tool in corel draw. I made sure that the vectorized drawing was on the line all the time and this time I sent it to be cut with a laser in 5.5 mm mdf. I only spent the equivalent of 4.3 dollars adding the mdf and the cutting service.
If anyone wants me to share the vectorized file, you can request it and I will gladly send it to your email
greetings Rubén
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I'd appreciate a copy of that file as well, [email protected], thanks!
 


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