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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 398 days ago 1300 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been looking for an electric guitar to play around with, but I didn’t want to invest a bunch of money. So…. I figured it was time to take advantage of my woodworking skills.

I picked up this slightly used Epiphone Les Paul on eBay for $124. The guy was basically selling it for the electronics because it had fallen off the stand and the headstock was busted clean off. A little research indicated it was repairable, so now I’ve got a very decent player at a bargain price.

There was no way to completely hide the crack on the plastic overlay, but some filler, sanding, and lacquer on the back of the neck made the repair nearly invisible. All in all, a pretty easy fix.

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

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#1 posted 398 days ago

That’s a great save there Charlie.
Would this be a wood gloat or a tool gloat?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#2 posted 398 days ago

Heh, heh… Good question, Michael!

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

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#3 posted 398 days ago

nice score… more importantly – is this considered a gloat or theft?

I have mixed feelings about epiphone and the imported fenders, but this is a great save! hows the sound from this beauty?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 398 days ago

Sharon, I haven’t played an electric in years, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I am very impressed with the action and the way it sounds.

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

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#5 posted 398 days ago

Great save, but the wrong forum for a instrument gloat.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 398 days ago

I have a LP they play great deeep sound if run through a bass amp NICE fix

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#7 posted 398 days ago

Fun stuff Charlie …
Made me want to share this website.
Check out the guy. he punks out guitars for a living and makes up stories about them Rock stars buy his work. Very unique…

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 398 days ago

Hee Hee, I love it!

I just rescued a piece of junk (I thought), Starcaster by Fender. Strat wannabe lookalike.
It didn’t work, the owner had been trying to upgrade it to make it sound decent with the Fender Twin Tube Amp that came with it.
Humbucker Pickup, 250uf caps, bad soldering with lot’s of cold joints.

$50. Included the amp, Shur mike, cords, guitar stand and some pickups in a box I haven’t gone through yet, plus a set of new Strat replacement pegs.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 398 days ago

Dan: Good stuff on that website!

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

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#10 posted 398 days ago

Charlie; there is nothing like the old stuff redone to make a guy happy.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#11 posted 398 days ago

Charlie, you need to hook up with my Son, Billy. He has been playing guitar since he was about 14 – will be 45 this Oct. He has 40-50 guitars and also owns Airline Jewelry & Loan on Airline – give him a call if you want to talk guitars are in the market for a great deal on one. 504-836-2001

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 398 days ago

Bill, I know that place! I had no idea that was your son. I’ve seen his ads on Craig’s List…. he has some wonderful guitars. I’m going to have to pay him a visit just to chat.

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

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#13 posted 398 days ago

great save! and glad it sounds good!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 398 days ago

Hey Charlie,
That is amazing that you were able to repair that. You da man!
Good project.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 398 days ago

You did a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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