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Finally finished my first prototype of a Les Paul style electric guitar. All the bindings/inlays, etc are made from either wood or real Mother of Pearl shell. The top of the guitar is one piece of figured maple and the back is Claro walnut.
Jul 01, 2015
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#1 posted 06-30-2015 03:18 PM
I hope this sounds as good as it looks. Nice!
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#2 posted 06-30-2015 03:21 PM
That looks really good. Those knobs are pretty sweet!
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#3 posted 06-30-2015 06:17 PM
What did you use for the finish?
-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA
#4 posted 06-30-2015 11:24 PM
I finished it in Tru-Oil (lot’s of coats and then a good buffing). It came out like glass (although it is a very labour intensive process!)
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#5 posted 07-01-2015 12:57 AM
OUTSTANDING! I am very impressed. Oil only finish? WOW mine I have put layer upon layer of lacquer. I may just go oil next one. Very nice sir!
-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.
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#6 posted 07-01-2015 02:29 AM
I don’t know much about guitars, but I know what I like and I like this a lot! Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations on a beautiful piece
-- "Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?"
#7 posted 07-01-2015 02:59 AM
Tru-Oil seems to be a bit of a combination of varnish and oil. It goes on like oil and then dries to a hard finish. My understanding is that it was designed for finishing gun stocks.
Doing the maple top was a lot easier than the Claro walnut back. Walnut has pretty deep pores in the grain and it took a lot of applications to eventually fill them up to level. Next time I think I’ll use some kind of a filler to cut down on the number of coats.
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#8 posted 07-01-2015 12:24 PM
Very nicely done. I want to do a build with curly walnut some day, but have not as yet found the right piece or the right guitar to use it with.
-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science
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#9 posted 07-01-2015 01:05 PM
Beautiful craftsmanship to match the wood and the finish. Absolutely gorgeous.
-- Scott, Irmo SC
#10 posted 07-01-2015 01:30 PM
To Ripthorn – I’m currently working on my curly walnut Les Paul. Here’s a picture of the body.
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#11 posted 07-01-2015 01:36 PM
Gorgeous! I love the walnut one you’re working on as well.
Do you build your own necks also?
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
#12 posted 07-01-2015 08:06 PM
I build everything from scratch (other than the tuners, pickups, and switches). As a matter of fact, I spent the morning roughing out the neck for the walnut body that I’m currently working on.
I like to laminate the necks so that I can get the grain of the two outside pieces running in opposing directions (seems to me that this should help cancel out any tendency to twist).
There isn’t much that’s easy on these things, but the most difficult challenge I’ve had is to figure out a way to bend the flame maple binding around the “horn” part of the body. It’s a very tight radius and I’m still not entirely confident that I can repeat the process consistently.
When I get a little time I’ll update my blog to go through the processes and tools that I use to make these guitars.
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#13 posted 07-02-2015 10:48 PM
I hope this sounds as good as it looks. Nice! It is beautiful…. Great work.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
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-- rob, ont,canada
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