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Project by mjon posted 2344 days ago 5638 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my wife said i can’t buy anymore guitars , but she cant stop me from making one . this one is made from curly maple ,mahogany body a white maple neck with ebony head and a rosewood fretboard, the inlays are mother of perl . it is dyed with a blue pigmemt in the first coats of high solids waxing laquer all 9 coats were sprayed during a three month period . to my utter amazement it plays and sounds great and stays in tune and everything!! .im going to make a “telacaster” next don’t tell my wife -michaeljon





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2344 days ago

Great looking guitar! Excellent choice of wood. What does the back look like?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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rikkor

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#2 posted 2344 days ago

Nice, very nice. Is it from scratch or a kit? Does it sustain like the Les Paul? What would make an otherwise rational person believe that a guy can have too many guitars? I hear that around here, too.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 2344 days ago

Is that a hollow body with out sound holes? Or a solid body guitar? Beautiful in any case.

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juniorjock

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#4 posted 2344 days ago

If you’re going to make a Les Paul style guitar, you pretty much have to use Curly Maple…. don’t you Mjon? That’s what gives the Les Paul the distinctive sound. You’ve done an excellent job. The body could pass for a Les Paul. I don’t think I’ve seen a LP with the wood shaped like that where the tuning keys are though. Did you come up with that idea or was it part of a kit?

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2344 days ago

Very nice guitar.

In order to get more shop time to work on another one (without complaints) you are probably going to have to make your wife something. I am sure that, if she is anything like mine, she has no trouble coming up with projects for you. So just cross a couple of things off the list for her and I am sure she won’t object to you spending some time on yourself.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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toyguy

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#6 posted 2343 days ago

I don’t know a single thing about guitars, but I sure like the looks of this one. The blue dye I have never seen done before and that is very interesting as well as looking good to say the least. If you can play as good as you build then you are on the road to fame!

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Blake

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#7 posted 2343 days ago

Way to “beat the system.” This is amazing! That blue dye is sick.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2343 days ago

You did a fantastic job with this beauty, but I’m sure all of the hardware for it sure wasn’t cheap.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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jeremy

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#9 posted 2343 days ago

Great looking guitar. My father has a ‘54 Goldtop which he just had refinished. His mother got it for his sixteenth birthday for $75. Someone had stripped off the gold paint and painted it black. So after a $2500 refinishing job it lookes like new. I love the look of the Les Pauls, and you’ve captured that very well with yours. Great job.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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YorkshireStewart

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#10 posted 2343 days ago

Beautiful instrument michaeljon. I love the blue finish but don’t think that’s something I would have thought of doing. It really works well without losing any of the maple’s figuring. Did you do the inlays on the fingerboard? On the subject of Tele’s did you see mine?

Blake – I just hope ‘sick’ has a different meaning in Santa Cruz to what it has in Yorkshire!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Napaman

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#11 posted 2343 days ago

wow…amzing…who would think…a hunk of would…could make beautiful music…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 2342 days ago

Tag your Guitar.

So it will be with all the other Guitars.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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juniorjock

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#13 posted 2338 days ago

I don’t think I’ve seen a LP with the wood shaped like that where the tuning keys are though. Did you come up with that idea or was it part of a kit?

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Texasgaloot

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#14 posted 2240 days ago

I think the blue is very inventive. I’ve been kicking around doing a “Black Beauty” myself—did you find the plans online? The headstock almost looks Gretsch or older Epiphone. It’s a good balance, I think. Very cool project. SWMBO just needs to know that you don’t sell guitars, you buy guitars.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 2219 days ago

Thats a nice looking guitar,

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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