1959 Les Paul Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. kwerk

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    maybe we could ask Preeb to age it naturally? Then we'd still be able to get our fix from this thread in 50 years time!
     
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    Your supurb talents would be much better represented if you bought a decent camera, Gil! :D
     
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    Looks like I'll be getting my next guitar from you then :) I mean any new gibson I see from now on is just not going to look the same knowing Gil is blowing $5000 "reissue" bursts out of the water, brilliant...
     
  4. kwerk

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    I bet Gil could build one!
     
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    I've been following this thread since the very start, and I must say that your work is nothing short of amazing. I agree that seeing the finished product will be bittersweet, but it's been an incredible ride so far.
    Thank you for the knowledge, and craftsmanship that you've shared Gil.

    CC
     
  6. mrmartin

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    I joined this forum just to follow this amazing build. I can see that I need to start a first guitar if I want to work my way up to such a level.

    Thank you, Preeb, this build is like having your hand held through every step of a project.

    - and thank all of you who post for your insight and discussion. This is what it takes to make another convert.

    Now, I gotta go buy some wood . . .

    David
     
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    Wow...This takes building a guitar to a whole 'nother level.
     
  8. preeb

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    Yes. I have to fine tune the colors to the NOS look since it will be getting a U.V. bomb treatment after final assembly as part of the relicing.
     
  9. preeb

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    I always take better shots once it's complete... no reason to use a better camera for the build pictorial as long as it's clear enough to show the idea...
    I got a better camera but I can't use it in the shop... The cellphone is much easier because I can load the photos and post directly from the shop laptop in seconds.
     
  10. preeb

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    No commercial posts here please (-;
     
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    Welcome Steve.

    This is the idea!!! Go and buy some wood and do some damage (-;
     
  12. preeb

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    I forgot to post the photos of the binding scraping...

    I could use a simple jig to get a super accurate binding joint line but that wouldn't be fair (-;
    They used to scrape it manually (yes!!!) and probably still do... Once you get the hang of it and don't think about it too much it works just fine...
    The trick is in the fingers..
    I set the binding size by the amount of blade extruding from my index finger and hold it like you hold a fret but very firmly. I can't let it go till I'm done scraping !

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    I run the tip to create the inner joint line first. I move back and forth across ~ 10" at a time... single forward and one backward strokes trying to lock my hand against the edgw of the body but still allow it move freely (it's a feel thing.. I can't describe this any better... sorry)

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    When done with the joint line I scrape the rest in a slight back angle (~ 10°)
    Note the joint line on bottom and second pass above

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    When done with the face of the binding I scrape the sharp edge off at about 60° to create a soft edge...

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  13. preeb

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    I decided to add a little more red to the Mahogany back and neck.... after looking at the guitar yesterday I noticed that the top is so much more vivid than the back that it makes the back look brown...
    So... I'd better do it now before the clear coat... I used the same mix but added about 20% more red to it since it only needs a touch of red... not too much...

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    Much much better!!!

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    You probably can't even see the difference... it's minor but it's there...
    Added some red to the back of the neck as well but still kept the worn in look (-;

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    I'm done with the color coats!
    Next is tinted old clear top coat.
     
  14. preeb

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    Thank you guys.
     
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    Thanks and you're welcome (-;
     
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    No.. it takes it 50 years back (-;
     
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    Serial gel paper was sprayed with the same red used for the last "fix" coat.
    I use the same color because although the decal is super thin I still like it to dissolve to its surroundings without any traces or discoloration...

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    Placed in warm water for a long time. I don't want the gel glue to stay on its back... just clean nitro film with some ink
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    I lightly wet sand the area and apply the decal

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    I make sure there are no air bubbles trapped under the film and spray a mist of clean nitro thinner. I don't use lacquer because I only wish to melt the decal film into the surface and allow the ink to smudge a little... too much thinner and the finish will be damaged... just a tiny bit.

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    I keep the neck horizontal until the thinner evaporates to prevent serial ink runs...
    and it's done... a perfect serial with lightly smudged outline and no trace of the decal film...

    Pesach Sameach !!!

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  18. Dalton

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    Do I understand it right? You made the printing on a gel paper. You put the laquer on the paper. Let it dry. Put it in water. And you got just that laquerfilm with the serialnumber? With other words the serial number is now applied without a foil of different material. That sounds perfect!
     
  19. preeb

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    Yes, you understand it right.
     
  20. Dalton

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    Now I don´t understand that discussion about those inkstamps. :lol:
    That´s the save way you are going.

    What is gel paper?
     
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