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Old March 5th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Guitar: My Custom built LP Jr/Tele hybrid.

I will concede up front, that it does not look like a Tele.

Nor does it look like an LP Jr.

"Hybrid"

The headstock and body design is my buddies, for his line of guitars.

The spec's where my requirements as I had em in my head for a very long time.

















Mahogany Body and Neck.
Body thickness is that of a 58 LP Jr.
Solid body (No chambering except for pup cavity
and control cavity).
Neck profile/shape/radius of a 58 LP Jr.
Rosewood fretboard with Abalone dot inlays.
25.5" Fender Scale length.
Bone Nut.
Kramer String retention bar.
GFS P90 Soap Bar.
Wilkinson bridge/compensated saddles.
Black anodized string thru ferrules.
DR Tite-Fit 11gauge strings.
500k CTS Pot (volume).
Sperzel Tuners.
Gibby/LP Speed knob.
LP Style 1/4" jackplate/jack.
Schaller Strap Locks.
Color: Stained/clear-coated. Close to a
Heritage Cherry on a 58/59 LP Jr.
(Target water based lacquer: about 21 ultra thin coats)

6 Pounds, 2 ounces.

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Old March 5th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You know that "KERAANG" ya get from an LP Jr?

Yeah, it's in there.

And I gotta say, I do believe that the GFS P90 Soapbar pup is one cool sounding P90! Roll off the volume knob just barely, and she cleans up. bump it right back to 10, and she's raging!

This guitar is the perfect compliment to my Number 1 partscaster!

And the feel of that big ole, U-Shaped Baseball bat neck! Close your eye's, and you will think your playin an LP Jr.

And no, she is not neck heavy. She is perfectly balanced.
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Old March 5th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When I first got this guitar in my hands (after she was all finished), I automatically went to the 2nd fret and banged out a one-fingered "Em" chord, and let it ring out.

First thing I noticed was, the guitar was really resonating big time. Matter of fact, I couldnt (and still cant) recall any solid body guitar resonating that strongly, or as long as this one did!

So I ran me a lil experiment:

Took my trusty ole Number 1, and strummed an E chord, and timed how long the body resonated. No amp, just dry, (acoustically). I did this 5 times.

Average time: Varies between 20 - 30 seconds. Decent, steady decay, every time.

Did this with my new jr, same thing, E chord, 5 times.

Average time: 1 minute PLUS!

And you can still feel the energy coming off the strings, and when I play it through my amp, the sustain is incredible! And dry (no amp), this sucker is loud!

And the decay of the sustain is perfect: it holds STRONG for 10 seconds plus, then just a nice steady and even decay. Even my buddy who built it for me was really surprised at it.

I think it's one of those things where it all just came together right:

Nice piece of book-matched Mahogany

Big FAT Mahogany neck.

String-Thru bridge with Brass Saddles.

Bone nut.

I think I got a special guitar here!
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Very nice guitar Praise. I really admire folks who can create such works of art. Too bad that I can't.
Enjoy it.

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Very nice guitar Praise. I really admire folks who can create such works of art. Too bad that I can't.
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Yeah, my buddy does wonders with wood!
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Yeah, my buddy does wonders with wood!
That's what she said...


Sorry I had to. But it is a lovely setup. I'm digging the simplicity.
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That's what she said...

Sorry I had to. But it is a lovely setup. I'm digging the simplicity.
Hahaha!

Yeah, the simplicity of the LP Jr is what I was going for, and since I really don't play with the tone knob, I figured, why have one? So, no tone knob.

She is a straight forward lil guitar, and she just gets right down too it!

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Very nice. I would put a pickguard on it.

And may I ask what one of these would cost?
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Super cool.

My two favorite electrics (of my six) are the Orville Junior and an Esquire'd CV50. Something about one pickup guitars...

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Looks really nice! I'll bet the clean tone of that p90 is nice with the 25.5 scale length. Jrs can twang with the best of 'em.
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Cool guitar, Steven. Is there any chance we can hear this baby?
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I'm really diggin' those open back tuners. That is one sweet geetar.
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Cool guitar, Steven. Is there any chance we can hear this baby?
Hopefully I'll have a video up of my bands recent performance soon......
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Very nice. I would put a pickguard on it.

And may I ask what one of these would cost?
I'm not sure of the price points on it. It only cost me materials. For me, under 200 bucks.

I was thinking a pickguard, but that grain is so pretty (the photos dont do it justice), but I am still considering a pickguard.
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I'm really diggin' those open back tuners. That is one sweet geetar.
Those tuners are so cool! I think they are 15 to 1 ratio, and one of the smoothest set of tuners I have ever used! I'm thinking about getting a set of nickel ones, for my partscaster.

And they are very light-weight!
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Super cool.

My two favorite electrics (of my six) are the Orville Junior and an Esquire'd CV50. Something about one pickup guitars...

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One pick-up guitars just get down to business! It's sorta like, "I know one thing, and I do it really well!"

Thats simple enough, even for me!
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