Replica Les Pauls show em!!

fretboarder

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ive got serious G.A.S for a replica les paul so much i'm selling my r8!


those of you lucky enough to have one could you please help me out and cure me of my sickness,

atleast until a few years when i'l have my own...:naughty:



bring on the :photos:
 

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Hell yeah!! New replicas!!!! Very nice posts Brian, and SC54!
 

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ive got serious G.A.S for a replica les paul so much i'm selling my r8!


those of you lucky enough to have one could you please help me out and cure me of my sickness,

atleast until a few years when i'l have my own...:naughty:



bring on the :photos:

IYO, what are the minimum build requirements for a LP type guitar to be considered a 'replica' ?


I ask because, seems that everyone has a differing opinion on what represents a replica ............
 

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Anyone here pinning for a replica wants the closest possible copy of whatever guitar they are replicating. At best, you are talking about exact specs using leftover original materials. At worst, you are talking about a faithful representation of the original using whatever materials are available and cost effective.

It's all about how much money you want to spend for minute and historically accurate details. That's in the eye of the beholder.
 

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........... my opinion of what constitutes a LP replica is not near that lofty ...........
 

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4 me, minumum requirement 4 a LP replica =

1 piece body back
2 piece/center seam solid top
1 piece neck

that's not even specifying lumber species ..............
 

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That's not specifying a lot actually. Nobody needs to hear the dictionary definition of the word replica but each detail that differs from the original pushes it further from true replica status.
 

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Amazing guitars!!!


i guess for me a replica of any perticular year of les paul for example 50's..

would be correct or close as possible to the material's and building techniques..

also the looks and feel plus the tone.

i think a lot of the luthier's are getting very close to this to be calling these guitar's true replicas.
 

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Single cut 54.......absolutely STUNNING!!!

Love those guitars! Well done mate! :thumb:
 

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I would say that Dave who built mine is more concerned with the guitar being a great instrument......He believes that being totally anal about every part of the build is just smoke and mirrors.

He's a great player and plays in his Blues band but also tours Europe as a guitar player for another band so the instrument side comes first to Dave.

He does what I consider to be the majority of the build spot on......period correct one piece body woods, one piece neck, two piece solid top.......correct neck angle and headstock taper.....correct bridge and knob placement........long tenon etc.

The fact that he doesn't use hide glue is irrelevent to me and that I chose a lightweight Gotoh tailpiece instead of bankrupting myself looking for an original is not even important to me.

It depends how far you want to go and how much you want to spend......I think that between us we have found the right balance......:)
 

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I'm not sure what the minimum requirements for a replica are - but I'd say this guitar exceeds them:



Lovely checking, and the flame is very subtle, not in your face at all:


OTPG pickups sound awesome. Rings and pickguard similarly "real" looking. Pigtail tailpiece, Historic wireless bridge, Fatboy control knobs and switch tip.


Beautiful attention to detail with the aging work:


The playwear could have been done by me! I'm adding to it slightly now, but in the same places. Maybe the guy that aged it had seen some of my other guitars... :fingersx:


Lovely piece of Braz, with fishscale and nitro inlays:


Checking, flame, mineral, grain, nicely aged nickel - are we missing anything?



The flame never quite pops in the same place twice:



Just in case anyone ever gets offered this as a real one - make a note that it's not, but it's no Waldstein either:


Looks as good from behind as it does from in front.




Previously posted on another forum, but thought I'd share my love for this guitar a bit wider. I understand there might be an option to trade it for a gold one later this year, but it will be a very, very tough decision. The '59 replica really is the nicest maple top LP I've played. Great sounding, great to play, and I'm glad it's not being touted around as a real one as it's utterly convincing aside from a couple of bits of hardwear.

Liam
 

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To me "replica" almost has a negative connotation of obsessing about things that have nothing to do with tone, like correctly aged plastics and so. But regardless of that (to each their own and I have my own obsessions), to me it's more of a binary either-pregnant-or-not thing. Either you go the whole hog to copy the 50s LPs to the last detail, or else it's just another Les Paul style guitar. I'm having one built, but I think of it more as a custom-built LP than a "replica". I'll ditch the nibs, asked for MOP inlays because I like them better, it will have a center-joined 2-piece neck because he doesn't have old-growth mahogany of sufficient thickness to do one in 1 piece, it'll have Madagascar RW instead of Brazilian, etc. The only thing I hope to replicate is the tone. I may be wrong here, but isn't it only LP guys who talk of replicas? I don't think the term is used with Fender-style guitars.
 


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