Les Paul solid body guitar

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Project by Eddie G posted 10-31-2014 01:00 AM 2422 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the latest completed project. Took 5 months of meticulous sanding, lacquering and wiring. Turned out spectacular. Spalted Maple top. !0 layers of lacquer and weeks of wet sanding and buffing. Discovered a great trick for the times we get the little white spots of sanded lacquer that pack in the micro pits that always form when spraying then sanding lacquer… I tried a micro pick, I tried sanding down passed the pit… then on a whim I took my sonic tooth brush to it…. Success. the hardest part is always making sure that neck is set square to the world. Took it in to the local guitar shop for a test drive… they were really impressed. Upgrades include Gibson pots, nickel strings and a tunomatic bridge. Don’t forget to ground EVERYTHING…. I missed running a ground to the bridge and found a pesky hum. Once I figured out my mistake and ran a ground wire to the bridge… This AX rocks. This is my second kit guitar. I have already ordered a Stratocaster kit to build over the winter.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 02:28 AM

Awesome, looks good!

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 03:42 AM

That’s pretty.

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 12:57 PM

Great axe!! Very well done. What kind of ‘kit’ did you start with?

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 02:39 PM

Looks nice. I recently finished my take on a ‘54 gold top from scratch. It’s my first Les Paul, and I’m pleased, but man are they a lot of work with how they were traditionally built.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 10-31-2014 05:38 PM

I’ve always liked the the look of maple bodies on electric guitars. Nicely done.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 07:03 PM

very nice Ed!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#7 posted 10-31-2014 07:15 PM

Wow that is really nice. I used to play and studdied classical guitar.And then ended up playing paul simon eagles soft type of music.Now I cannot play at all really well.My two older sons did learn and my middle son Russell is actually a neat player and was once in a band playing lead guitar before going to university to become a doctor .I would love to make him a nice guitar.I therefore have to ask how did it end up in economic terms when you bought the kit of parts and bought made the project how much did you save in the end? I shudder to think what modern pick ups would cost.I once met a guy ( nice guitar maker) who told me he made all his own pick ups he said it was not that hard at all. I remain to be convinced.LOL I figure I could do the woodwork though with enough time given should I try it???? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 03:23 AM

Thank you all for the nice props. Here is a link to the kits:
As for the cost… What I have done in both projects is go to eBay and search for original wiring sets.. So what happened was I found a complete wiring set with pickups that came out of a Les Paul that got sat on and broken. I paid $100. The kits come with crappy Chinese pots and pickups. HUMMM>>>BUZZZ>>> Not good. So I put actual Gibson hardware into the furniture I built. Sounds like a dream. Now, you can also go to Stewart MacDonald and buy complete wiring harnesses pre soldered from here:
This still means you have to buy new humbuckers that can range up to $200 each. There is a definite time investment involved in these projects. And you will spend some $ on lacquer. The first guitar I purchased this kit to finish with:
But this time I just purchased spray lacquer from Home Depot… I am absolutely glad to give any tips and help if you think you might want to take on one of these projects. I would say in closing… I spent right at $400 on this LP. and another $80 on the case. A new LP will run you between $400-$4000 and up.
I say yes you should give it a try. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IS THE NECK SET!!!!!!!! get that even a little off and you made a nice door stop. I have the factory set up specs from David the final inspector at Gibson Memphis… I will gladly share.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#9 posted 12-11-2014 08:33 AM

Nice… and yeah, don’t forget the ground wire!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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