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1959 Les Paul Build

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

  1. Pellwell

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    Among all these beautiful, gorgeous, incredible etc. etc. guitars, I couldn't help to notice the black sheep among them. How in the world did a pink sparkle star-shaped Daisy Rock guitar find it's way in there? And especially next to one of the things that are almost holier than Jesus' cross? :neutral:

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  2. preeb

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    I'm not sure... but they can probably be found at the 'Spanish Inquisition Torture Basement Museum'.
    Just joking... Yes, I believe they had those winds over there but I didn't take any photos... lots of winds there from all over the world and from all eras.
     
  3. exluthier

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    Oddly enough alot of the smaller parlour guitars I've worked on were ladder braced. In fact I worked on an old Gibson Navy(?) model that was ladder braced with a floating bridge, it had warped near the soundhole but the rest of the top was in great shape, had a real unique sound once it was back together.
     
  4. preeb

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    It's 0.02" thick. It's not a lot of work but the acetone fumes are horrible.
    I think it's the last time I'm doing this for a while... Gibson had them in solid sheets as well... they once ran out of stock after not paying their bills to the manufacturer and had to start making them in house... so you can find a few variations... including solid Vinyl ones.
    The early ones were made from CAB. Most early bindings too. It's easy to tell by the smell...
     
  5. preeb

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    That's the cool thing about this place... it shows you a wide variety of instruments and sometimes the idea is to bring the "spirit of the period" more than the best quality instruments.
    I promise you, more people would love to get the sparkle pink star over the 60 year old cracked gold guitar behind it...
     
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    I hear you... but I highly doubt the A-22 Washburn had ladder bracing.
     
  7. exluthier

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    The internet seems to suggest that it's x-braced.
     
  8. preeb

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    I assume it is... but there must be something unique in the way they do that... or it could very well be just my imagination...
     
  9. Scatter Lee

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    thanks for the pics, the 52 is on my build list

    and these as well

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    Please, you go first Scatter...
     
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    BTW... those little ones were made for Les Paul by his request. He needed that for the 10000 guitar tracks recording he did in that period... some of that stuff is pretty cool though.
     
  12. Scatter Lee

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    yeah i hear they only made two, thats why i want one, this is the only pic i can find of them
     
  13. oigun

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    The '54 on mine...:D
     
  14. preeb

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    Here's more info

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  15. Scatter Lee

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    thats beautiful, single master volume, do you know what the switch was for?
     
  16. Paradoxo

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    thanks a lot for sharing this pics.... really a cool museum!
     
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    Gil,

    Thanks for sharing of your builds. Not only the quality of your craftsmanship, but all the information you provide. Its truly appreciated. Thanks also for the museum pictures, imagine my surprise and embarrassment of finding the museum is in Phoenix and I've been here for 8 years now. I eat and breath music related information and to find such a treasure in my home city is terrific. The wife is really supportive of all this and we definitely plan on heading to the museum and shooting many pictures. Thanks again for the pictures and heads up and your kindness for sharing your builds and journeys. Take care.

    Kindest regards,

    Rev. D.
     
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    Maybe a turbo boost?

    I vote for making a 52. At one time, I owned two of those early guitars but sold them to finance having parts made and unfortunately, they both ended up converted. Repro versions of all the parts are available including excellent top wrap tailpieces.

    And, that museum looks like paradise!
     
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    Woah! Sounds like a very cool place indeed. Gotta remember that for the next time I visit my sister & her kids in Phoenix. Thanks for the heads up, Gil. And thanks also for your generous sharing of knowledge and ideas, as always ;)
     
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    Hey B.
    We need to punish the converters of original 52's... by converting a 59 burst into a 52... LOL
    I'd rather make all the parts myself... just for the fun of doing this... otherwise there's no real reason for me to build it (-;
     
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