1959 Les Paul Build

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

  1. Sterling Sound

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    Is this the fastest growing thread on TDPRI? Active one day and more than 2000 views and 5 stars already. This could eventually equal the popularity of the Jimmy Page Aged conversion thread over at the Les Paul Forum.
     
  2. ksharpe10

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    Well Gil is well known around here!!! Thanks Gil on the outcome info. on the 59 refret. It was a one at a time cut file job, on the frets. Hey I would do it for a chance at a 59 blueprint opportunity. You always say you only trust your own measurements. Well, someone certainly provided a real sweet opportunity!!! Wink, Wink, Will be Watching.Thanks.
     
  3. The OB

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    great job.
     
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    ...usual super meticulous work Preeb!

    ...and i find your comments on mineral content in wood to be interesting and i am in full agreement over the impact (re:weight) of this oft-neglected attribute of certain woods growing in certain locations...
     
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    Gil, this is another amazing build ! And well timed as i just started work on a Les Paul Junior. I'll be watchining with interest [​IMG]
     
  7. Lostheart

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    I'm gonna keep my eyes on this! The only Les Pauls I'm interested in ATM are Juniors, Specials and Goldtops with P90's but I appreciate the look of a late 50's burst.
    You have mad skills, Gil, and you're reputation as a luthier is going to take another giant leap when this beautiful axe is done!
    If I had the dough and would be on the lookout for someone to build me the guitar of my dreams I'd contact you right away....
     
  8. preeb

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    Just wanted to thank you ALL for the kind words and let you know that it is *my* pleasure to post here. I'm overwhelmed by the number of positive replies... for a Les Paul in a Tele forum @#$?!?
    I broke my tooth big time yesterday (Pistachios...) so I'm not at the shop this morning... I'm in the "Why did it happened to meeeeeee" pain stage...
    Instead I'll get myself free hand routed by my dentist (-;
    I'll be back soon enough as good as new!
    Thanks again my friends and please stay tuned.
     
  9. bentooshape

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    My first post here, and i have to say that im sooo impressed by your skills Preep. I red your Tele B-benderthread as well and just have to say congratulations!

    Keep up the good work Preeb. Im really looking forward to see the upcomming post for this build.

    Best regards,

    Andreas
     
  10. MatthewK

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    I can only hope you took the time to make a few templates of your original teeth - the only question really is, bone or Tusq?

    Get well soon. I'm not a Les Paul fan but I'm a Gil Yaron fan, can't wait to see it unfold.
     
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    can't wait to see that build Gil
    i didn't know there is a burst in Israel!!!!!:eek:
    hope you feel good
     
  12. paulskirocks

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    I am now a fan, as well...

    Sorry to hear about your tooth... a few years back I was eating pistachios and there was a shell in there... blew apart my first molar... never got it fixed...
     
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    I like the last maple top option too.
     
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    sorry to hear about your toofus , hope the dentist is as skilled as you with the tools :)
     
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    Good stuff, Gil. I heard someone say a while back that a solid electric guitar is not a musical instrument. it is half of an instrument with the amplifier being the other half. While you could eaisly play an "electrified" D'Angelico or L5 without plugging it in as long as you didn't have a big space to fill and get the sound you were looking for, you can't do that with a Tele or Les Paul.:D
     
  16. preeb

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    Today I'll start with the new neck templates. There are a few but I'll start with the bigger ones which include the fingerboard (without bindings), the neck profile and the neck top & tennon. It's important to keep the center line straight when gluing those long paper prints. First I glue the center line alone and then I glue the rest.

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    And the board line on the profile template

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    Roughly cut on the band saw.

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  17. preeb

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    the straight surfaces are sanded flat on the long belt sander

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    keeping everything square to the belt of course

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  18. preeb

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    Smoothed to 220 grit on the flat bar which is straight +- 0.0005 from edge to edge.

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    and a little spindle sanding for those curves

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    All is measured and verified accurate to the blue print. It's very important to measure and NOT completely trust the printed lines. Paper is a little flexible and if 100% accuracy is needed the only way is to take measurements all the time...

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    One down two to go...

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  19. preeb

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    Fingerboard template is done the same way as above... I do it a hair oversized since the edges will be sanded further when the fret ends are trimmed prior to binding.

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    Edges need to be super straight

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    and the width super accurate...

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  20. preeb

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    The third template includes the tenon which is extremely important.
    1) it needs to be 100% centered
    2) it needs to fit the mortise like the glass shoe to Cinderella

    I start with the tenon area and measure every few sanding strokes

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    Until its exactly as wide as the mortise width

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    I leave the base of the tenon a little wider because it will be chiseled a little at final neck to body fitting.

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