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Project by Tony Z posted 03-23-2011 03:36 AM 5800 views 8 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my copy of a Paul Languedoc G2 guitar. I couldn’t afford the $10,000 for the real thing so I thought I would try and make my own.

I’ve been working on it on and off for the last 6 months. I had no idea how to construct a guitar and taught myself by watching hours of Youtube videos and doing about 1000 google searches for information. I love the internet!

The semi-hollowbody is maple and stained red mahogany on the sides and back and an amber shellac on the arched/carved top. I bought the neck pre-made. The tailpiece and bridge are walnut along with a walnut veneer on the headstock. It has about 8 – 10 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer and buffed out to a nice gloss. I’m planning on building another soon where I’ll be making some minor adjustments and building the neck from scratch.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 03:49 AM

amazing job, very nice,you should loads of fun playing it.

-- Paul

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 03:54 AM

Wow! I can’t believe that is your first guitar. Just outstanding!

Judging from the Pabst Blue Ribbon, I’m guessing you’re a blues player. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 03:54 AM

Tony this look super, you got to be one proud craftsman. Hope that it play as great as it looks, thanks for posting enjoy…BC

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 03:58 AM

That looks sweet! I love the contrasting colors between the top, binding, and sides. Oh, and that is a comfortable Ikea chair that it is sitting on.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#5 posted 03-23-2011 04:09 AM

Very nice,

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 04:41 AM

Tony, that is a gorgeous piece!!.

So you couldn´t afford a $10.00 guitar, and made a $50.000 one, Yeeeeah

Great job.

I do also love the internet. An endless source of knowledge

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 05:06 AM

Ahh, my goodness. what a beaut.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#8 posted 03-23-2011 05:39 AM

i don’t know quitars,but,it looks like you got this one right.

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#9 posted 03-23-2011 05:49 AM

Great axe!! How does she play/sound? What kind of electronics did you put in it?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 03-23-2011 06:21 AM

That’s really something to be proud of, it’s beautiful! Do you have pics of the guitar during the build process?
Is the top of the guitar arched? The finish really shines. On your next guitar maybe you could blog about the build and share some of your skills with us :) .

-- There are no mistakes in woodworking , they're learning expierences ;)

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#11 posted 03-23-2011 08:20 AM

awesome spade you have made and in a first shot makes it even more impressive :-)

thank´s for sharing , and yes take the time and make a blog over the next building


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#12 posted 03-23-2011 09:07 AM

How sweet it is….great axe.

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#13 posted 03-23-2011 10:51 AM

That is a really nicely made guitar a semi is not the easiest of constructions so you jumped in at the deep end & did a fine job. Well done!
Charlie: it’s a floating bridge, he might be a Jazzer. Do they drink blue ribbon? C’mon Tony end the debate which is it, Blues or Jazz?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#14 posted 03-23-2011 01:41 PM


-- Doug...

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Tony Z

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#15 posted 03-23-2011 01:42 PM

Trevor and Charlie: All of the above! I’m actually a drummer, but play guitar a little also. Those PBRs got me through this build.

I have some pics of the guitar through the build but, of course I didn’t remember to start taking pics until I was a third of the way through it. I’ll post a few more.The biggest pain of this build was the binding in the F-holes. I super-glued my fingers to the guitar a few times. I had to make a few tools also, like a binding lamenator and some routing jigs. I have about 75-100 hours into it.

Matt: The guitar sounds and plays awesome! Honestly, even after taking numerous measurements and trying to make sure things were right, I thought it wouldn’t work at all. It was intonated almost perfectly from the start. It surprised me. The electronics are from wiring kit and consist of volume/tone 500k pots, 3-way switch and their Golden-Age humbuckers.

-- Tony, Ohio

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