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1959 Les Paul Build

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

  1. Sterling Sound

    Sterling Sound Tele-Meister

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    Looking beautiful Gil!

    I have to ask: will you create the tone/vol knobs, the pickguard, switch ring etc. yourself too? Why stop at 99% right LOL ?
     
  2. preeb

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    Board is cleaned from excess fret glue etc... with a brass brush (I found it to do a better job than a wheel and I can control it better) This will leave the lines across the board as discussed earlier in that thread.

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    I chose not to talk about how to relic but I'll definitely show the results.
    I aged the trapezoid inlays to look correct... not amber yellow as I often see on some relics...

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    here it is compared to a fresh set... not too much... little goes a long way in relicing.

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    Board is done. It will get more treatments during final relic so I don't even wax it or anything.

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  3. preeb

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    I'll need to temporary install the tuners in order to locate the ABR-1 and do the nut...
    So.. the silk screening will wait a bit.
    Tuner ferrules pushed in

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    Tuners are set in a straight line. Originals were all over the place because they didn't use a template to drill the tuner mounting screw holes... I'll do it just a little off... to get the 50's vibe... (YIKES). I start with a straight line though...

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    drills are marked and set "off" just a hair...

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    I use NOS 50's screws. They are much better than moders screws and require a slightly larger drill (3/32"). Note they are partially threaded (-;

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  4. preeb

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    Done

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    STP stud inserts are unmasked

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    Aluminum STP installed

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    ABR-1 is set on top of its locator

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  5. preeb

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    Strings are set on the roughly slotted nut

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    and the ABR-1 is set by intonating the E and e strings

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    Locator is locked and ABR-1 removed

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    Drilled

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  6. sasparilla

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    stunning. simply stunning.
     
  7. preeb

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    I interlock two thumb wheels and screw the posts in

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    Nice and clean..

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    ABR-1 installed

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    Nut slots are cut for a low string action

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    and shaped to vintage specs (sorry... bad shots...)
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  8. preeb

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    I was amazed by the acoustic tone that projected from this thing... who needs PAF's... (-;

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    I'll go and eat something and continue with the assembly in preparation for the UV bombing.
     
  9. dynamohum

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    Useful info on the finishing Gil. I've a couple of bodies that are at a similar stage. I'm not finding it quite as easy as you demonstrate when it comes to flattening and buffing. It's fun learning though :lol:.
     
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    Man, The hookah (or do you call it nargila) looks like it is the main focus of this picture... :lol:
     
  11. bluesforstevie

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    May I ask, is this the chambered guitar? Somebody said two were being made...a chambered one and a non chambered one....did I hear incorrectly?
     
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    preeb

    what a wonderful job

    I do not understand something, how is that the UV for the bombing.
    to expose it to age?
    regards
     
  13. preeb

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    Thanks mrmorrison
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    At least 1 year to get really dark.
     
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    VVNY
     
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    I have plenty of correct knobs.
    The pickguard is already made (see this thread somewhere...)
    Got a lot of poker chips too.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Nargila...
    Just bought a fresh Cherry flavored juicy tobacco in Jaffa... I'll smoke it when I'm done with this build... If I'll be able to put this guitar down that is... (-;
     
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    This one is not chambered but it's weight relieved.
    See somewhere in the beginning of this saga (-;
     
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