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50's Style Les Paul build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by TenaciousP, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Holic

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    Sep 19, 2011
    michigan
    That just Drips with glow and depth.
    When do you think you might start winding the Humbuckers?
     

  2. smile-4-me

    smile-4-me Tele-Meister

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    Apr 15, 2011
    Arkansas
    Great color. Looking forward to the pickup winding stage.
     

  3. TenaciousP

    TenaciousP Tele-Meister

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    Apr 1, 2016
    Arkansas
    Wow! Thank you all for all the positive comments and likes! Although I’ve made a few mistakes so far and the guitar has a few minor flaws, I’m pretty excited about how it’s turning out.:D

    Stay tuned and I’ll try to have some new progress updates soon.:)
     

  4. TenaciousP

    TenaciousP Tele-Meister

    381
    Apr 1, 2016
    Arkansas
    Well, I think the first time I sprayed it, I could kinda see it faintly. After I had to sand the black off and redo it, I couldn’t really see it. But I knew about where it was and just started scraping. Once you get a little bit scraped and you know where you’re at, its pretty it’s easy to figure where to go from there. I don’t know how Gibson did it back in the old days, maybe they left the pearl a bit proud and sanded the black off? I don’t know. I always thought they glued the pearl in to the window of the holly veneer while it was separate from the headstock. But for me, I couldn’t figure out an easy way of doing that while keeping the veneer flat at the same time. So I just glued my veneer on the guitar and then glued in the pearl. Then I sanded the entire headstock face to ensure the veneer was perfectly flat and smooth. This of course brings the pearl down flush with the veneer. So I just sprayed black and scraped the best way I knew how.
     

  5. TenaciousP

    TenaciousP Tele-Meister

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    Apr 1, 2016
    Arkansas
    Thanks a lot guys!

    I need to work on a wire tensioner attachment for my winder and then I guess I’ll start winding. With the little time I have to work on it, I’m not sure how long it will take. But, hopefully very soon.:)
     

  6. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Meister

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    Feb 11, 2013
    10-uh-C
    Well, Tenacious P, we are all just a little envious of your skills, yet, simultaneously proud of you and, shall I say, tickled to have you share the details with us. Personally, I have a hard time assembling a Tele without messing something up; I'll massage a piece of wood with my bare hands until it gleams, and I can usually make a good guitar play great, but what you are doing just amazes me.
     
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  7. Marcelo R

    Marcelo R Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2014
    Uruguay
    Great, great job! Congratulations!
     
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  8. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    I keep coming back to this pic. I know, we've been waiting on the burst, and it looks great, but this one made me stop dead. The angle of the neck, the control routs, it's perfect. And of course I know what's on the other side...

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  9. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Holic

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    May 15, 2017
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Dude, that is one awesome looking guitar! Fantastic job.
     
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  10. draggindakota

    draggindakota TDPRI Member

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    Jun 28, 2017
    Lehigh Acres, Florida
    That turned out gorgeous!
     
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  11. GotTheSilver

    GotTheSilver TDPRI Member

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    Jan 4, 2015
    Houston, TX
    TP - I just read through this whole awesome thread! Lots of great info in here! Thanks for posting all of this!

    Quick question - Can you tell us what you used for the pore filler (type and color) and what color mixture you ended up using for the top?
     

  12. creekrat

    creekrat TDPRI Member

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    Feb 22, 2017
    Louisiana
    Makes me want to build a LP and I’ve yet to do my first tele. Have to keep telling myself “Baby steps grasshopper”
     

  13. TenaciousP

    TenaciousP Tele-Meister

    381
    Apr 1, 2016
    Arkansas
    Thanks! I’m glad you like it.

    The pore filler is oil based filler. I mixed my own so I could keep the quantity to about what I needed for only one guitar. I followed instructions given by Gil (Preeb) in his 59 LP build thread. It’s basically just 4F pumice powder and boiled linseed oil. I just sorta guesstimated the ratio and adjusted until it was the consistency I thought it should be. Kinda like a thick pudding but thin enough to be applied with a brush with the bristles cut down short. For the color I used J.E. Moser brand Red Mahogany oil soluble aniline dye. The Red Cherry didn’t look very red to me even at very high concentration.

    For the top color, I used Moser alcohol soluble dyes. It’s mostly Natural Red Cherry color. I added a few drops of the Royal Blue and a few of Light Golden Brown Walnut to try to darken the red a little. I found that using too much blue causes the red to start looking a bit purple as it fades. So I probably only mixed in two or three drops of blue and brown each with like 120 drops of red. I suppose this could all depend on how concentrated you mix your dyes with the alcohol. The dyes were desolved in denatured alcohol for a day or so and strained through a coffee filter. Then I added about 20 or 30 percent acetone. The acetone allows it to mix with the nitro lacquer. I read that if you add the alcohol/dye directly to the lacquer, it will cause the solids in the lacquer to precipitate out of solution. That would be a nasty mess I imagine.
     
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  14. TenaciousP

    TenaciousP Tele-Meister

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    Apr 1, 2016
    Arkansas

    Thanks y’all! I’m pretty excited about it. I can’t wait to get it playing.
     

  15. TenaciousP

    TenaciousP Tele-Meister

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    Apr 1, 2016
    Arkansas
    I’m glad you like the LP build.

    I can tell you that if you want to build a guitar, do lots of reading on this site first and then start building something. I learned most of my amateur guitar building techniques from reading the build threads found here. One day I just decided to take the plunge and started making saw dust. You’ll make some mistakes, but that’s also how you learn. Hopefully we’ll see that first Tele build on here before too long.:)
     

  16. GotTheSilver

    GotTheSilver TDPRI Member

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    Jan 4, 2015
    Houston, TX
    Thanks for the info. Very helpful.
     

  17. papa32203

    papa32203 Tele-Holic

    652
    Nov 4, 2011
    Surprise, AZ
    Awesome. I wish I could build stuff.
     

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