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Itch for a new build.... ES Les Paul-ish Semi-Hollow

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by rscalzi, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. rscalzi

    rscalzi Tele-Holic

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    Been poking around on the site off and on for that last year or so. Outside of fixing my LP bolt on Japan copy, I have not built anything. I was hoping for a challenge to pop up to maybe spur me on, but that's not gonna happen.

    But, things change/happen and now I feel the urge to start a new build (I'll tell you about that as we go).

    I love the LP I built a couple years ago, but it does get heavy playing it at practice so,

    the plan is to build. A semi-hollow ES LP :)

    Something like this….
    ESLP15LMNH1_MAIN_HERO_01.jpg

    I don’t think there will anything new happening here you guys have not seen before, but starting a thread
    seems to help me stay focused on progress.

    Basically all the techniques I will use will be found in 2 of my other build threads, one for an ES 335 ish and the other the LP

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/my-own...-335-casino-ish-build-by-end-of-april.549672/

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/les-paul-more-rick.618287/



    I have it worked out in my head, and will start documenting it here as I go.

    The only wood I have so far is the Ebony fret board. The sides/top/back will be maple and the neck and the inner structure will be mahogany.

    I will be bending the sides so the first thing I’m going to do is build the molds to shape and hold the sides.

    More to follow. ( Maybe I'll even finish before Jupiter finishes that ES 335 :) )
     
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  2. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

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    I kinda get the itch for something like this ES + LP combination:

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  3. rscalzi

    rscalzi Tele-Holic

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    First things first... clean the shop that is a complete mess....

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    Gather up some templates I might need.

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  4. LPTyler

    LPTyler Tele-Meister

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    I cant help with the build, but I have an ES-Les Paul, and I really like it. So light, and it sounds great!
     
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  5. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    I must ask and I almost hope you say no so another plan doesn't start in my head.. Is there a flat version of that beautiful guitar?
     
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  6. LPTyler

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    They made the ES-Les Paul Special, which had a flat top, and a little less bling.
     
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  7. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    I feared this... Challenge accepted
     

  8. rscalzi

    rscalzi Tele-Holic

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    Still clearing my shop and other work space before I can dive into this project.

    I did get plywood for the mold. I think the curve in the pic is just an optical illusion. Board is straight.


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  9. Freeman Keller

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    Are you going to do an ES style laminated top and back? If so I'll be watching carefully.
     

  10. rscalzi

    rscalzi Tele-Holic

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    I'd love to try a laminated top and bottom, but unfortunately I don't have right equipment to attempt it.
    I will be carving the top. The bottom will be flat.
     

  11. Freeman Keller

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    Yeah, unfortunately it is nearly impossible for a home builder to put together either the press or the vacuum system to make the plates. If you do you'd better turn around and sell a bunch of them on evil bay to amortize the investment. I was lucky a few years ago and score two sets of double cut backs, sides and tops and on of single cuts. The guy was going out of business, this was the last of his inventory. He offered me the molds and tooling, in retrospect I should have taken it.

    [​IMG]

    I'll still follow your thread
     

  12. tdoty

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    For me, the vac system would be easy enough. Justifying the cost of the veneers might be a bit tougher nut to crack though................

    I have a number of venturi vacuum generators and a couple of vacuum pumps - leftover industrial stuff that got outdated.

    Tim D.
     
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  13. rscalzi

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    Those look real nice. Yea, i would have taken those molds and tooling :)
     

  14. rscalzi

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    Slow going here. Working on the body mold. Also got some sides ready to be bent once I get my bending mold made.

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  15. Freeman Keller

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    I'm not sure how you bend your sides but I learned that when I cut out my outside building mold to keep the "innies" which become the bending mold for my Fox bender. It would work fine for a hot pipe too - I find in difficult to fit sides into the outside mold.
     

  16. rscalzi

    rscalzi Tele-Holic

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    I usually ( the 2 times i have bend sides ). just make a MDF mold. like this. I soak and heat the sides with water and a carpet iron and when its
    good and "bendy". I clamp it in the mold. A little unconventional but it works for me.

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  17. rscalzi

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    Mold is almost ready....

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  18. rscalzi

    rscalzi Tele-Holic

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    Minor update.... Have my bending/laminating molds for the sides just about done.

    Might start bending some sides tomorrow. Will add pictures then.
     

  19. rscalzi

    rscalzi Tele-Holic

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    No bending today, but the molds are done.

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  20. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Always a treat to see you in the shop again, Rick.

    I found I’m too much of a klutz to use a heat pipe effectively, but luckily was able to find a relatively cheap silicone heat blanket, and cobbled together a Fox-based bending jig. You’re kind of giving me the bug again . .
     
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