Les Paul 2011 #1: Starting up

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Blog entry by Josh Sollows posted 12-10-2011 09:50 AM 1267 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Alright, well, I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now but never got around to it. I did this guitar last year in 2010/2011 and I figured I’d show you how I did it.

So, these stages here are the initial stages of building this guitar. The back of the guitar is mahogany, and the front is tiger maple.

I used a pre-created template to layout the pickup holes, and neck pocket

After routing out the neck pocket and pickup areas, the block of wood I started with, begun to take shape.

Tracing out the shape and drilling the holes for the switch, and the potentiometers.

-- There's nothing like the feel of a wood shop.

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David Grimes

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 10:33 AM

Sweet. Thanks for posting this. I’m in a build right now.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 11:16 PM


This build was awesome. Where did you get the templates?


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Josh Sollows

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 02:09 AM

I used a Les Paul plan from Stewart MacDonald and then transposed the measurements onto a piece of 3/4” ply. Pretty cheap, and pretty simple to do.

-- There's nothing like the feel of a wood shop.

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