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New Guitar: My Custom built LP Jr/Tele hybrid.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by PraiseCaster, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

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

    Nor does it look like an LP Jr.


    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.

  2. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    greenville, sc

  3. modestglock26

    modestglock26 Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2009
    Cumming, GA

  4. BradL

    BradL Tele-Afflicted Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 9, 2009
    Sussex, UK
    wowza! really lovely.

  5. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    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.

  6. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    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!

  7. Canuckcaster

    Canuckcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 12, 2006
    Calgary, Alberta
    Very nice guitar Praise. I really admire folks who can create such works of art. Too bad that I can't. :(
    Enjoy it.


  8. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Yeah, my buddy does wonders with wood!

  9. modestglock26

    modestglock26 Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2009
    Cumming, GA
    That's what she said...

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

  10. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire


    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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  11. DrumBob

    DrumBob -------------------------

    Jul 23, 2009
    Highland Lakes, NJ
    Very nice. I would put a pickguard on it.

    And may I ask what one of these would cost?

  12. sharks

    sharks NEW MEMBER!

    Feb 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Can I have one?

  13. timmytVA

    timmytVA Tele-Holic

    Nov 15, 2009
    Reston, VA
    Super cool.

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


  14. dblues

    dblues Tele-Holic

    Apr 3, 2011
    smyrna tn
    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.

  15. kman900

    kman900 Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 23, 2008
    Trier, Germany
    Cool guitar, Steven. Is there any chance we can hear this baby?

  16. choupique

    choupique Tele-Holic

    Aug 14, 2009
    Jarreau, LA
    I'm really diggin' those open back tuners. That is one sweet geetar.

  17. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Hopefully I'll have a video up of my bands recent performance soon......

  18. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    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.

  19. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    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!

  20. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    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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