Les Paul 2011 #8: Hardware and wiring

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Blog entry by Josh Sollows posted 12-10-2011 11:22 AM 1227 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was my favorite part of building my guitar. It’s just so satisfying to see something you’ve spent countless hours on, come together and turn out gorgeous.

That’s what $400.00 in parts looks like.

Started with the wiring. Wiring is a very painstaking process

Now on to the good stuff! Attaching the tail piece

Attaching the bridge and speed knobs

Installing the pickups

Attaching the tuners

Installing the switch

All strung up and at home =)

I hope you enjoyed the walkthrough of my project, and there will be more to come soon, as I am starting work on an archtop acoustic guitar.


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

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 03:02 PM

I have always wanted to build one of these guitars. I bought the StewMac 1959 re-issue plan, mahogany and maple, but there the parts sit…waiting…I will get up the nerve sooner or later and start making the jigs, shaping the body, etc. Again, your guitar looks great! Can’t wait to see your arch top

-- Regards, Norm

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Josh Sollows

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 09:35 PM

Thanks! Yeah you should definitely give it a shot. It’s a long process but it’s a very rewarding one too. I am already a little ways into the archtop making so I will be posting my pictures thus far in a blog shortly.

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

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 07:16 PM

How about a link to your u tube video? Lets hear dome hot licks from that great guitar.

-- Oji's cave in Tucson

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 07:38 PM

It’s incredible. Is everything from Grover? $400 doesn’t sound too bad for what you’ve got in the end. I can only imagine what that finished guitar would cost, if you were even able to part with it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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David Grimes

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#5 posted 12-16-2011 07:01 AM

Very, very nice results, Josh. I really like the natural. Sure did simplify the finish and polish (versus nitro lacquer).

You know I gotta be curious: Are you going to foil shield or conductive paint for hum ? Did you ground to the tail piece or bridge ?

@Bertha, I’m betting just the parts in the box (bridge, tail piece, p’ups, tuners, strap locks, caps and pots, etc.) are $400. Just judging by my build, $400 won’t come close to buying everything for a quality LP build.

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

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 03:16 PM

I’m just starting my LP build. If it comes out half as nice as yours I’ll be thrilled. You did an awesome job!

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