|Project by David Grimes||posted 12-31-2011 10:51 AM||3109 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
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