YesInteresting. Definitely easier than building a specific guitar just to have a Floyd
Looks good.Hi folks, lurker here coming out of the woodwork to say thanks for this series of pics and plans. I’ve been building guitars (strictly hobby) off and on for almost 24 years, mostly PRS-inspired style for electrics and my own acoustic shapes. I’m busy putting together a CNC machine (long term project finally coming to a head), and started playing with Fusion 360 back in mid-July, with zero CAD background. I started my attempts at modeling carved tops with these Les Paul plans. Didn’t go so well first time around.
Since then I’ve been getting more comfortable with the software ((a few renders of initial own designs) and thought I’d challenge myself and model it properly. I’ve got the body mostly done, will do the neck as well (but without the Gibson headstock because lawsuits) and share source the file with a Creative Commons attribution - give back to the community. I would have loved to have some files to play around with and learn from when I was starting out!
I don’t own a Les Paul, so I have a few questions:
- what’s the proper back radius for this vintage?
- I’m assuming pots are drilled roughly perpendicular to the top, what’s the thickness under the controls supposed to be?
- Correct depth for the control cover recesses? 1/8”?
here is a preview of what I have so far. View attachment 566411
The roundover radius on the back is 3/16”
Thickness under the controls is something between 1/4” and 3/16” (so long as a short-shaft pot will fit)
1/8” cover recesses
here is an initial model. Not perfect, for sure, but I think it’s close. And the neck is very non-Gibson in terms of headstock -use a modified version of my standard neck for this model. The tunomatic and tailpiece are models off GrabCad (Here, tailpiece by the same user)
for the fusion users: top created with a pair of lofts, using a cutout of the first to define the midplane for the second, which gave me smoother results. The neck is parametric (modify -> edit parameters to tweak things like nut width, headstock angle), although it breaks the model if you don’t roll back to before the heel and tenon were modelled, and then roll forward again. Not sure why. It’s version 1.
I’ve got the profiles tweaked to the splines and the height, which don’t adhere all that well to the isocurves, but I think the look is right. For machining, the tenon and pickup cavities are extruded at the 4 degree angle of the neck plane.
comments and suggestions more than welcome, still pretty new at modeling! Do and modify as you see fit, if you do use it I would love to hear about it, and credit this post/resource! View attachment 567096
Brother those tops are very good !!! Did you use a regular router and body templates ?? I’m very new to this I know that probably sounds like a stupid question
This is the overview of the process, and the “plans” sticky-thread contains the topographical map used to make this top. (It’s slightly modified to improve it since I did mine)
Thank you very much man I appreciate those plans you made my day.This is the overview of the process, and the “plans” sticky-thread contains the topographical map used to make this top. (It’s slightly modified to improve it since I did mine)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4sushhsj2gfp8wv/GOLD STANDARD Vintage Les Paul Plans V-2.0.pdf?dl=0
HiAwesome work, and thanks for sharing! I've messed around with modeling the carve top using NX, but I don't have the CAM license for NX, so once I eventually build a CNC I will have to lean Fusion so this will be very helpful!