1959 Les Paul Build

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

  1. gagidlof

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    First thing I want to say is how much I have enjoyed this thread. Gil, you have shared so much great knowledge with us it makes it less intimidating to go ahead on my own builds. I only wish I had the kind of patience and skill you do. All of your builds are so spectacular.


    Now that I see you are building multiple LPs based off of your proto build. Have you decided on the finish of them all? Are they all planned to be classic burst? If not I have a suggestion. The late 70's early 80's version of the silver burst.

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    I only mention it from a purely selfish point of view, so I could see your method of creating that aged patina on the silverburst, it has a nearly green look to it. If nothing else do you have some tips on how to achieve such a look that it looks authentic?

    Again great thread.
     
  2. preeb

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    Thanks gagidlof!

    One is going to be an exact JP and the others are aged/faded to some degree. I'll post the end results which are somewhat different than the proto to show the possible variations in the relic and colors which are virtually endless when it comes to bursts...
    No plans for silver burst at the moment (-;
     
  3. preeb

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    I'm leaving to the U.S. tonight.
    If anyone wants to get together for a beer or two I'll be cruising through the Californian coastline for the next 3 weeks including S.D., L.A., S.F., L.V. and Arizona.
    Send me email or PM with your location and ph# (-;
     
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    Guess I'll have to wait for the New Zealand leg of your world tour :D
     
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    I second that Kwerk - Aotearoa is a long way out of town.. but its worth it!!
     
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    What a coincidence... I was just watching a TV program about New Zealand and thought how much I'd like to go there... what an amazing piece of land...
     
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    You'd be more than welcome. The prime minister meets everyone at the airport. ;)
     
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    the next 3 weeks will be hard. i wish you greate vacations. greetings
     
  9. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Hey Gil, I was wondering what's going to distinguish one of your builds as a JP clone (his #1, I assume?). I know about the odd neck shape on it, but other than that, what qualities will set it apart from the others?

    Thanks again so much for this thread.
     
  10. preeb

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    Actually... for this particular instrument I replicate everything but the shaved neck...
    Mainly the top curve, the maple figuring, colors, pu's (trying to aim for *that* JP #1 tone). I also think about JP and Led Zeppelin while working on it... so it must count for something too (-;
     
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    Thanks ordenes10
    I'll be back.
     
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    You haven't even left and you're already speaking like the Governor of California!

    Have a great trip.
     
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    LOL... Thanks B.
     
  14. Sterling Sound

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    So you're going for a T-Top pickup, not a PAF ? :D
     
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    What preebanator for California Governor? That works for me :)
     
  16. micpoc

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    "That JP *1 tone? Which one? :lol:

    Will be very interested in hearing your discoveries and insight on this; have a great vacation.
     
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    You would certainly be welcome here Gil.. Many thanks for your great build threads, they are inspiring to say the least..

    G
     
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    Absolutely fantastic

    Preeb,

    Many thanks for such a detailed and thorough description of your build. I caught the building bug last year and am planning to make a LP style guitar later this year (once i've finished making stuff for my wife .. just moved house). I can't wait to get started. This thread has been really helpful.

    Best regards,
    P
     
  19. bigDschramm

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    Hi Gil, Hope we can hook up. In about 7 days I'll be buffing out my ax and installing the hardware and electronics. Maybe it will be ready for you to play! :)

    For you LP experts I got a question. How important is it to shield the body cavities? Since this is my first electric build, in some of my reading I found that some folks shield the cavities and some don't. I don't think Gil did on his.
     
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    The late '70s / early '80s LP I once had had metal boxes inside both the control as well as the switch cavity, the old ones that Gil draws inspiration from didn't have any shielding other than metal pick-up covers and braided wires. Personally, I prefer shielded guitars, no matter what type.

    :)

    Cheers,

    Moggl
     
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