My first homemade Les Paul, what do you think?

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Hey guys! I've posted this around the web but somehow I forgot about this site! (Sorry...)

Note: Sorry about the pictures. I resized them but it might take a while for them to change.

Well I'll start off by saying yes, I'm only 16. I made this as a project in my woodshop class as a 'scrap' wood project. Well, of course I had to buy the wood, but he didn't know...

Anyways, this was originally going to be easy. I wanted a nice Goldtop, something like Slash's model. I got my hands on some maple, as I couldn't get any mahogany. I laminated 4 strips of 2" thick maple, cut it out with a bandsaw and routered the cavities by hand. I put on binding after making a groove on the egde.

The maple top was then put on, a 1/2" thick laminated piece. I did the arched top, which I'm really not too satisfied with. I'm thinking of trying to fix it.

Next, the neck was mahogany, which was actually scrap wood. I laminated the top for the headstock, did the truss rod cavity and cut it out. I shaped it and sanded it smooth after cutting out the shape for the headstock.

I glued it in and started working on the fretboard. It was scrap walnut which was planed down to 1/4" and rounded. The inlays were some cheap polyurethane ones I found on eBay. The holes for them were cut out with a chisel and glued in. After the binding and frets were installed, I glued it on.

Finally, I originally painted it gold on the front and black on the back. I liked it at first, but I wanted something a little more authentic. So, with only a few days left, I stripped the black and stained it brown. I'm glad I did.

So, here's the pictures of my adventure!

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I still have to fix the shape, redo the finish, fix some chips, and do the headstock logo. It will say 'Grail' (my last name) in a special design.

Tell me what you guys think! Hopefully when I'm older, I'll make some more!
 

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pretty good looking! so if i understood correctly the whole body is maple?
 

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looks pretty damn good to me. i couldnt do that if you held a gun to my head.
 
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Haha, thanks dude! Well the truth is most of it was trial and error. I had a good bit of knowledge, but I had no idea what the hell I was getting myself into.
 

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You sir, have the best last name in the history of last names.
Perfectly suits your goldtop there. Nice work :thumb:

-Shotgun
 

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Question is, how does she play??? looks great kid, keep it up!
 
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You sir, have the best last name in the history of last names.
Perfectly suits your goldtop there. Nice work :thumb:

-Shotgun

Haha, thanks!

Question is, how does she play??? looks great kid, keep it up!

Well, not so good right now. The fretboard is pretty rough because I didn't sand it down, I still have to do the frets. And just to my luck, a day before I brought it in a roller off of the bridge fell off (the low E string). That meant I had to raise all of the other strings so I could have the lowest one. They were pretty much raised way too high to play properly. I ordered a new one but haven't touched it yet. I have yet so see if all of this work really paid off.
 

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