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1959 Les Paul Build

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

  1. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    A few shots from today... just a couple of plastic parts... nothing new of course (-;

    Three ivory colored rolled plastic layers bonded with acetone to create this

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    and countersunk

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    Done. Note the 3 layers on the edge (identical to the real thing)

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  2. preeb

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    Trying to fit as many pickguards on a sheet... I'm so cheap...

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    Slicing

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    Shaping

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    I use a smaller cutter bit for the pu rings corners but I forgot to take a shot (next time)

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    Countersunk

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    and scraped lightly to break the sharp top edge

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    Done

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    A couple of lefty guards as well... (I'll post a lefty burst build soon)

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  3. exluthier

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    This thread just keeps getting better. I was at Hibdon Hardwoods yesterday and spent twenty minutes talking to the owner's brother about this build.
     
  4. preeb

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    Another "Plastics" day..
    This time I'm doing the black back covers. They're made of 5 layer of rolled Vinyl sheets glued with acetone. I only keep the protective nylon over the top layer to avoid scratching.
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    attached to the templates

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    Note how the layers are melted together leaving those familiar lines... (-;

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    mounting screw holes drilled for the #3 wood screws

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    Countersunk

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    Done

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    I also slightly bevel the bottom edge to compensate for pore filler and lacquer buildup in the covers cavities corners (like on the originals) and do a little scraping cleanup where needed...

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  5. preeb

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    Got this blurry plan in the back of my head to build an accurate 52 LP... the first ones that came out came without neck binding and many of them were made from Spanish Cedar. They are considered to be unique in many ways since the SC wood is much lighter and warm sounding than Mahogany and the early P90's pu's were slightly different too... I never had one in my hands and I can't find a clean one to inspect so I was very happy and surprised to see one in the brand new MIM (Musical Instruments Museum) in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago... I took about 100 closeup shots of the thing... here's a few

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    Anyway... this museum uses state of the art technology to offer you a trippy experience while you walk around the exhibitions. They have that system that starts a video and transmits audio to your wireless headsets as you get closer to each instrument so the museum it totally quiet but each visitor gets a HiFi clear sound of every instrument he's looking at... very nice indeed.
    There are instruments from all over the world and I definitely got some amazing ideas over there.

    I'll edit this post once the photobucket site is up again soon.
     
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  6. exluthier

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    That's cool, but didn't those 52s have some playability issues because of the neck angle/tailpiece combo they used initially?
     
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    Yes they did. I never had an issue with 52's... They make me play differently which is a good thing sometimes. One of the things I'm still considering is exactly that. I can do a correct early 52 or do a corrected 52... LOL
    It's also possible to design and build a trapeze bridge that will accept the strings from above and still keep the original 52 low angle (which is beautiful TMHO).
    We'll see...
     
  8. exluthier

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    Well it sounds like a cool build.
     
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    I know I 'd love to see a build thread for that!
     
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    A few more showing the unbound Palisander FB and pu's.
    This is one of the first 50 ever made!

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    I'd like to show you some other photos I took at MIM... and believe me it's only the tip of the iceberg... this place is out of this world...

    Pre war Gibi with the most beautiful finish...

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    The famous first electric Rickenbacker A-22 from 1934 !!!

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    Awesome. I never noticed that the bridge PU was mounted differently.
     
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    Now... this is what I call a BASS

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    Too big to be played with the hands it was equipped with this lever system. It is a real instrument that was actually played!

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    You know what this is... looks almost identical to my 56

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    John Lennon's piano. Imagine was recorded on this piano...

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    Some famous celeb amps that can tell a story or two...

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    Here's a cool Luthier work bench from the old Martin factory

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    You all know what this is right ?!?

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    And the real deal... this old lady has the early Ivory bridge. I once owned one of those and it sounded amazing for it's size. A perfect sofa time guitar...

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    I couldn't not notice this amazing instrument, a 1905 style 125 Washburn made by Lyon and Healy...

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    has a little celluloid binding issue... but the amazing thing about those particular instruments except for their outstanding tone and projection is the fact that the necks are always arrow straight and the tops are flat as a salt lake... I wish I could inspect one to see the bracing structure...

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    Cool museum, did they have an ophicleide, serpent, or double-bell euphonium?
     
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    What a cool Neck Holder. Thanks for the pics Gil. Go for the Goldtop! ;)


    Back to the '59 Build. How thick is the Rolled Vinyl sheet. That seems such a lot of work. Were the ones on the 52 the same in manufacture?
     
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    A 1932 12 stringer Stella made by Oscar Schmidt in NJ

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    Another beauty...

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    Harp style 6 stringer

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    The beginning...

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    This museum is inspiring with the tons of uniquely designed instruments...

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    I do not recommend building that...

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    and definitely not that

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    They show you how gongs are traditionally built from scratch to shine

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    Paulownia wood instruments...

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    Here's Shelly using the interactive video/audio wireless system

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    and... of course... our favorite booth...

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    Yeah... and it sits tightly against the body which gives it a fatter tone... like it should be...
     
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