My 'Liberace' build

ARandall

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Just finished getting the clear on this last week. We had a hot Easter weekend in Melbourne (one day was 32 deg C!!) so I had to rush the last parts of the build in order to take advantage of the last warm days we'll see until spring.

The genesis of this build was a Fender scale fretboard that had too many tooling marks to be used for another build, a mix of tortoise and celluloid fretboard dots......plus some silver glitter that was WAY too sparkly for the silverburst build I did last (and some leftover blue and brown nitro from 2 builds over the summer). A bit of a theme developing really.
The non-leftovers consisted of a nice figured Queensland Maple 2-piece back and a honduran mahogany neck blank. Unfortunately the neck blank was a flat one, so a scarf joint was needed for the headstock angle, plus an additional block for the heel end too. I cunningly used the brown to hide the endgrain body seams and neck block join.....although the body seam (like the scarf joint) is very obvious in some lights.



So this is a 25.5 scale Les Paul.
Its sort of going to have a bit of a Gretch vibe with a Powertron bridge pickup - paired a mini humbucker neck for hopefully an interesting tonal combo
It will also sport a trapeze tailpiece.

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Yeah, that's looking killer. The pickups and hardware will really bring it together, can't wait to see it! :thumb:
 

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It's tacky, but in a GOOD way. I know I shouldn't, but I LIKE sparklebursts!
 

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Honestly I'm not feeling the trapeze tailpiece or the Fender amp knobs. I think the finish is wild enough that the hardware should be more subtle and classic. Balance exuberance with restraint.
 

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Interesting view.
The rest of the hardware is black and silver.....so IMO the knobs fit that as perfectly as possible - as well as being a 70's throwback type feel. About the only more subdued option possible is black speed knobs, and to me that feels too blocky.

A basic trapeze is also pretty understated - no fancy scrolls and all straight lines. You're not going to get that much more understated even with a basic Les Paul style tailpiece.
More importantly it fits the 'sparkle Gretch' theme perfectly - given that look was what I was aiming for. But even then these are actually more flashy.....both in the knobs and the trapeze's used.
 

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Great build and thinking "outside the box". Your bursting came out first rate mate. I like the mashing of the brands and wouldn't change a thing. Imperial tuners might set it off adding to the bling of the thing. I'm looking forward to see a video on the final unveiling.
 

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^ Thanks.....I was wondering what that tuner style was called. Got some Wilkinson variants
 

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They also call the tuners "Deco style". I looked up the Wilkinson Rotos and yes they would look great on your build.
 


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