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Project by David Grimes posted 936 days ago 2377 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The blog on this project can be found here (if you’re interested): http://lumberjocks.com/DMIHOMECENTER/blog/26492

Basically, I started with an unfinished body and neck from a kit on this one. I tossed out all of the hardware and electronics from the kit and used high quality parts. I also changed out the yellow plastic nut on the neck to a bone nut. The neck head required that I shape it to my preference (which I did to Gibson style). I ebonized the fretboard. The neck was set with titebond (as most are if not hide glue).

I had very much fun with this project. So much so that I have three more guitars started. But not Les Paul style, these are much more from scratch and have a distinctly original body design.

As for the finished product: It looks and feels genuine. I’ll eventually inlay (tools on order) the mother of pearl cursive G-word at the end of the headstock to complete the replication. The weight and balance is accurate, too. Most important, the playability and sound are authentic. I am pleased with the outcome and have therefore now added this instrument to the herd. Whether it becomes a regular player remains to be seen and heard, but I’m sure it will be the go to for awhile until the new wears off.

The wiring configuration is 50’s style and I need to thank and plug David Jones at Jonesyblues Custom Shop Professional Guitar Wiring Upgrades: www.jonesyblues.com for his free advisement and as a resource for quality volume and tone pots, tone capacitors, etc.

So, much like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”, I have found my purpose in life… not really, but my shop is quickly going luthier oriented and a finishing shop building is in the planning stages.

Thanks for stopping in.

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





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Skylark53

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#1 posted 936 days ago

Beautifully done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Cato

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#2 posted 936 days ago

Wow, impressive David.

I’ve always wanted to try a Les Paul, but for my skill level they are pretty expensive. Maybe a kit would be the answer.

I’ve got a few guitars, American Strat Lonestar, Godin LG, and a vintage Princeton reverb, which as a player you would appreciate the sweet sound from that amp.

Very nice work and something I may want to look into as a personal project.

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FretFool

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#3 posted 936 days ago

Great Job! My son wants a Les Paul for our next build. Does the reversed Neck Pickup alter the sound at all?

-- It's not the wood;it's in your fingers and heart

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 936 days ago

Very genuine looking, David. Better watch out the “G” police don’t come knocking at your door. :-)

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

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CampD

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#5 posted 935 days ago

Nice job
Gibson’s on my to do list, I have a nice piece of maple burl drying.

-- Doug...

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David Grimes

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#6 posted 935 days ago

Thanks, Skylark53

@Cato, Nice guitars you have. I have an 80’s Princeton Chorus (and an Ultimate Chorus)... the only Fender’s I have, so yeah the Princeton is a great amp in any configuration IMO.

@FretFool, You would have fun building one with your son. Re: reversed neck pickup… looks mojo but does only one thing… feeds the wires more directly to the routed channel ! lol didn’t think anyone on this site would even notice that.

@CharlieM1958, I believe it only becomes serious when the serial numbers go on and it goes up for sale as genuine. They lost their suits on shape, but are pretty protective of the headstock design and appointments / markings. I also modified the cursive decal I got from England to read Ler Paul Model. lol My Grandson’s name is Alex Paul, so I could have a Lex Paul, I suppose. The Chinese have their Gibsun’s, too.

These next ones will be 100% unique (and that’s not an easy thing to do… dodge all of what is out there). We’ll see. Some examples: Can you imagine book-matched spalted pecan top and back ? 4+2 headstock ? Flush neck plate on a bolt-on ? and lots more weird but logical stuff. Two (beside my #1) spoken for already and not even built yet. That’s why three at once.

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

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 935 days ago

@CampD, You know you are way too busy to do that Maple burl any justice. Send it to me and I’ll be eternally grateful ;=)

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

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#8 posted 935 days ago

If it sounds as good as it looks it’s a big winner!

-- Joe

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 935 days ago

Beautiful instrument David. I wish you many years of playing it.

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David Grimes

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#10 posted 935 days ago

@ajosephg and Grandpa, Thanks for the kind words. :=)

Happy New Year all !!! May 2012 be the best ever !

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

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 935 days ago

Amazing job a beautiful guitar.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mafe

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#12 posted 932 days ago

Rock and rool.
Lovely.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 932 days ago

Thanks a1 Jim and Mads.

Now to decide whether the inaugural recording should be either the “Lumberjocks Boogie”, the “Wood Gloat Blues”, the “Mystical LJ Groove Thang”, or the “Non-shop Talking Heads Funk in A minor” ... hmmmm

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

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mafe

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#14 posted 931 days ago

“Non-shop Talking Heads Funk in A minor”

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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SiuineirROCHE

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#15 posted 829 days ago

Beautiful guitar, how long did it take to build after everything was said and done? (From kit to first play..?)

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