Les Paul Style Guitar - School Project

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Project by DanSp posted 04-09-2012 12:04 PM 2592 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a guitar that I have made for my A-Level coursework. The body of the guitar is constructed using 2 layers of wood, the bottom layer is a thick Mahogany tone-wood and the top layer is what I think is an African wood but I don’t know the name of it.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to make the neck for this guitar but as its the first guitar I’ve ever made, I wasn’t too annoyed at this. The neck on it at the moment is an old Strat neck I took off a behringer strat replica. I’m pretty pleased with how the guitar has turned out, Its even got a nice tone which I was surprised about as the pick-ups only cost me £10 for the pair!

If anyone does happen to know what species the top wood is I’d be grateful if you posted it in the comments. All I know is that its probably African and its very hard.

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 05:14 PM

Good job on the guitar and Welcome to LJ’s.

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 06:44 PM

Looks like Alder.

check out hi res scans

Let us know.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 07:21 PM

Thanks for that Nicky but I’d say the top wood looks a lot more like this: I certainly wouldn’t expect alder to have such distinctive sapwood as the guitar does. I should mention that the top is made up of 4 separate pieces of wood that I arranged to make the guitar look sort of symmetrical with the sapwood running down the middle.
I’ll try to get a higher resolution image of the guitar so you can see the grain of the wood better, these pictures from my phone don’t really do it justice.

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 08:10 PM

Just put some higher res pictures on. Hopefully you can see the grain of the wood better now

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 10:57 PM

I’ll take a look.

BTW, I did not say in my post that the guitar is really nice, and you did a great job.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 01:09 AM

Very nice, how does it play?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 01:47 AM

It plays very nice. It has a very deep, rich sound from one pickup, perfect for playing chords and a bright, trebly sound from the other.
I think the sound quality is probably on par with my £400 vintage SG replica.

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 02:59 AM

beautiful guitar! I’d love to be able to build something like this one day!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 03:21 AM

Gotta love Les Paul’s music. I use to dj for a local jazz station years ago.

Nice work.

-- Harold

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 01:52 AM

Nicely done Dan!

I soooooo want to try to do this one time. I’ve said it many times that I’ve yet to meet an ugly guitar, though some are prettier than others, but the Les Paul is hands down my favorite!

If you think about it, post up something on youtube strumming this fine creation!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 11:00 PM

nice guitar

-- John

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 12:02 AM

Very nice work an “A” for a “A” class project.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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