Replica Les Pauls show em!!

valvetoneman

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just final wiring to go, i will get better pics up, my phone camera is crap, probably when i didn't realise i was bashing it on the bench :wtf:

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And so it begins!
After playing /working on my own guitars and other people's for the last several years. I decided to make my own LP replica. I'm going to go fairly historically accurate, I'm going to modernize in certain areas. We'll see how that goes when I get there. I'm excited for my first build.

I just got my Brazilian rosewood fretboard. It's fairly dark and uniform in grain and figure. You'll see more as this takes off. It's currently wrapped in plastic.
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Now that I'm home from work, I unwrapped the fretboard and added just a small amount of fretboard oil. A before and after. I've heard to store fretboard blanks put in a dry place under a small amount of pressure. Like a box or something. I had a few books, in a box that should be okay.
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Looks killer, nice one
I'm struggling to see the seam, is that a one piece top?
 

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Looks killer, nice one
I'm struggling to see the seam, is that a one piece top?
Yes it's a one piece and the reason i built it, I'm not normally into over flamed tops but this is fantastic to look at
 

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Very nice! I'm still collecting my materials for my burst replica. I hope to start by the end of the month.
I got my maple top from an MLP member. It was fun gathering the parts and I learned lots. Choosing the finish is agonizing.
 

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i should get this strung up next week and I've been dying to get this finished
Original vintage bigsby and dogbone bridge which isn't quite the same as I've seen but if i can be arsed i can put the thumbweels from a 50's bow tie bridge on it then it'll be correct, original 1956 p90's with original bumblebee caps, i purposely did a greened out goldtop to start it off and the checking came out really nice, the more battered this looks the better but I'm not rushing it or it will look shit imo, i also did a darkback
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Is there any other finish that will check like nitro cellulose? Shellac? Or a luthier friend suggested ktm9 or a water based sealer over a dyed body.
 
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Is there any other finish that will check like nitro cellulose? Shellac? Or a luthier friend suggested ktm9 or a water based sealer over a dyed body.
Nothing looks as good as nitro imo if you want checking and natural ageing, i don't use anything else
 

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Here's what I have at the moment. Sold my 2014 LP Trad to fund this plus a late 70's tape echo unit





It has a really thin nitro finish so there's already marks from where the pick's hitting

 




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