1959 Les Paul Build

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  1. preeb

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    The corners are chiseled (much like the way the neck will be chiseled in the actual build)

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    Like this

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    Truss rod anchor drill location is marked. This build will include the period correct anchor type (Not the Gibson VOS type)

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    and drilled

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    It is very important to test the master templates against the actual hardware that will be used in the design. Here I test fit the anchor

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    Neck sides (including the thin bindings) are sanded down to the line

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    Nut width measured

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    16th fret width too

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    Fingerboard template is set on top of the neck template to verify accuracy and fit. It's OK.

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    The most important place of the neck... is cut with a triangular file

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    Note that it's not 100% symmetrical... that was the case with the burst too... (-;

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    Headstock area is done. It will be decapitated later...

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    Main neck templates are complete (I hope...)

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    and the pile is starting to build up...

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    Can you smell the HDF already?

    Next are the smaller utility templates. I'll start with the tenon and pu routing templates.
    They are not taken from the body top view of course since the routing is done from the neck plane @ the neck angle (NOT THE PU PLANE!!!) and therefore have a slightly different size as a result of the angle perspective distortion.

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    Mostly straight lines with 1/2" and 3/8" router bits...

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    I cut them to a smaller size and will glue and cut them tomorrow... my tooth is killing me and I don't like to rout my fingers today... toothaches and routers don't mix well...
     
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    LOL... very funny MatthewK... )-;
    I think gold top will look nice.... with MOP inlay too.
     
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    It's not in Israel any more. The owner dropped it at my place personally and picked it up when it was all done. We had a lot of fun together visiting the Galilee, Ramat Hagolan and Jerusalem. Where are you from in Israel BTW?
     
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    Suprised you actually got round to doing the customer's refret, what with you sizing his guitar up and all. This is looking really good. The quality of your template making is fantastic, I'm sure this guitar is gonna turn out 100%. Really is quality work, looking forward to your updates, and thanks for sharing :)
     
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    Nice work, Gil.

    You're brave using that headstock shape!
     
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    This is looking absolutely beautiful

    You REALLY know what you're doing!
     
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    LOL.... yeah... right.
    And I'll post the entire build with blured headstock shots too...
     
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    ohh ok now it make sense
    i wonder if there is a burst hanging around our little country
    i'm from Jaffa
    by the way here is my version of a burst
    it might be look like a burst but it's not even close to the real thing
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    it's my first guitar so i guess it's ok to not have it 100% accurate to the real thing not mention that i never even hold 1 in real
     
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    What's happen in Israel, does every single guy build guitars in his garage?
     
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    I'm truly amazed with your eye for detail even up to the smallest things, I admire your passion towards building guitars! This will be very interesting and exciting to watch it unfold. Thank you for inspiring us! =)
     
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    What's THAT Gil ?! Double jointed fingers? :confused:

    I'm sure you have them because the 50s guitar builders also had them :lol:
     
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    Nice Watch... Omega Speedmaster Professional

    You really are a man of taste, Preeb.

    Can't wait to see how this one works out.
     
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    Back to work.
    tenon and pu routing templates are glued

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    I measure the template size by placing my smallest 1/4" router base to make sure it doesn't fall over the Cliff edge (-;

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    Roughly cut and drilled for router start holes

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    I use Plexiglas straight edge templates to form the squared fences for the routing.
    I use 3/8" dia router bit because it's good for both 3/8" and 1/2" template routing bits.

    When two templates interlock (like tenon and mortise) I use the first one made to verify tight and straight fitting with the second

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    Tenon routed

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    and measured @ 1.498 out of 1 1/2". When routed the actual width will be exactly 1 1/2" because the wood surface is getting warmer and expands as it gets routed, when it cools down it will shrink. It's a very minor issue but it's there.... so if you ever wondered why the routs are not the same as the templates....

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    Checking that it is still 100% squared to the body center line (SUPER IMPORTANT!!!)

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    The pu "ears" are done the same way with the plexiglas trick...

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    routed

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    done

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    Same is done with the pu template. Cleaned

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    and routed

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    I now need to align both templates (they interact with each other) so... since I don't trust the paper blue print as mentioned earlier, I mark the center lines om both

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