Width of headstock without wings?

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Both my LP's have black backs so i cannot measure this. For a modern Les Paul what is the width of the headstock without the wings? it's gotta be somewhere between 2" and 3"

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The largest width of the fret board. 2 1/4” works well. This maximizes the use of wood. It also keeps the thickness required for a one piece neck to a minimum.

I cut a little thicker and thickness plane to that width.

Regards Peter.
 

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Thanks. Regardless of what works well, what does gibson have as width without wings. I/m trying to do a repair
 

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Do you know the widest part of fret board width? Not sure if they ever changed them but the vintage LPs were very close to 2 1/4”. The idea was to cut the necks the width of the fret board and then add wings for the wider head stock. Again, this was the best use of wood.

How many years and how many guitars has Gibson made? I’m sure they differed in many and many instances. There are lots of drawings and lots of threads here that would contain that info.

Regards Peter.
 

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Both my LP's have black backs so i cannot measure this. For a modern Les Paul what is the width of the headstock without the wings? it's gotta be somewhere between 2" and 3"

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Here ya go...this is for a vintage guitar...probably close
 

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That’s a melody maker. No ears. Should be about 2 1/4” wide.

Cheers Peter.
 

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I think they started with 2 1/4 inch, this doesn't leave much, this is what I use
 

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Here's a pic to give you an idea of what i'm working with. Looks like i'll be headed to GC with my calipers. Headstock is MIA

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Here's a pic to give you an idea of what i'm working with. Looks like i'll be headed to GC with my calipers. Headstock is MIA

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There are lots of free PDFs online and some for purchase plans that would give you this.

Have you done repairs like this before? I’m on the road now but could send you something with all the dimensions. Google it and I’m sure you’ll find the same documents. Search the German guitar plans website. I know the have plans there.

Cheers Peter.
 

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Yes i've done headstock repairs with splines . The LP plans i have but they don't show the wings they just show the headstock dimensions overall. I have an NOS headstock overlay which will give me the correct shape. Can someone that has a USA modern day LP measure the width minus wings and post it here?
 

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2-1/4" . This picture is one of a 59 replica in progress.... Not mine. You can see the neck blank is still square which makes a lot of work much easier.

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