1959 Les Paul Build

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  1. koolaide

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    Yes my heart did skip a little....


    Just so you know the guitar was/is "right", and my heart did skip a little....
    and still does every time I play it. I know Preeb did his very best and more.

    Thanks Preeb for not only building me the best guitar I have ever owned
    ( and I own just a few) but for putting your heart into that guitar.:D

    Now on with the Lester Show.
     
  2. preeb

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    It warms my heart to read this.
    Thank you J. May you have many many years of pleasure (-;
     
  3. Bob J

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    Preeb

    I just wanted to let you know that you have another fan! I stumbled across this thread from the Hamer Fan Club Forum, and the only reason I was there is because I bought my son a used import Hamer as his first guitar. I play only a tiny bit (but I am learning the ukulele), and knew next to nothing about electric guitars (or acoustic for that matter) before I started researching to buy him his. Then I got hooked on their site, and now I'm hooked on yours! Your amazingly thorough documentation of each step (and simple explanation) has inspired me to try building my own ukulele, even though I only have basic woodworking skills and tools. We'll see how it turns out, if it is not a disaster perhaps I'll try posting a thread somewhere documenting my experience. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Bob J
     
  4. preeb

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    Preeb,

    Let me join the many admirers you have on this site by saying thank-you for your tireless attention to detail and sharing with each and every one of us the joy you take in guitar building. You are an inspiration to us all. If everyone did their job with the passion and commitment that you have the world would be a marvelous place.

    Like many others I have a question. Is the neck for a Les Paul, a Junior and a 335 about 95% the same neck? I know there would be cosmetic differences perhaps structural such as somewhat different headstock angles. I guess I just want to know if I jig up will I be able to use the jigs or templates for more than one type of Gibson.

    Thank-you for your time and consideration. I learned from my father a long time ago that a master tradesman is never afraid to share or teach others about his/her trade. You defintely fall into that category.

    Thanks
    Steve Mc
     
  6. preeb

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    Thank you Steve.
    When you say "neck" do you mean the visible part or are you referring to the tenon as well?
    They are not exactly the same... I never made a 335 or a Junior Blueprint from an original so I can't tell you the exact differences but from repairing them I remember major difference in the Junior tenon and minor with the 335.
     
  7. preeb

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    OK... I have a little time to deal with the M-69's today.They will come off of a PAF loaded 61 blonde ES-175 that needs some refreshing anyway.

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    The pots need deep cleaning and the switch has that typical angle that needs to be fixed as well... so the harness will come out for conditioning while I cast the M-69's... kind of killing two birds in one shot (-;

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    It will also be a good idea to let it breath a little after so many years in the case... it smells real bad from the celluloid fumes.

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  8. preeb

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    A few closeups shots

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  9. preeb

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    Gil you may want to watch out that they don't deform from the heat.. and stay that way forever !
     
  11. preeb

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    Those rings are dirty and slightly scratched and deformed so the first step will be a good worm bath after 50 years of service...
    Normally I wouldn't do a stupid thing like that of course and try to keep original parts undisturbed... but I have to get a clean and smooth mold... so I'll sacrifice a little mojo dirt for a clean mold (-;

    First stage is a hot soapy bath to remove the dirt and oils

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    then I use a soft tooth brush to remove the dirt from the tight corners and some rust from the screw holes

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    In order to get them straightened they need to get a little softer first so I let them sit in hot water for about 10 minutes.

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    Next I set the tap water on hottest and move the curved part of the rings back and forth

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  12. preeb

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    I set them on a flat surface and hold down for a minute until perfectly straight

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    I now let them dry. They will spring back a little so I repeat the above until they stay straight.

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    Much better now...

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  13. preeb

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    Now to the scratches...

    The area around each scratch and ding is wet sanded with 1200 grit

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    CA blue is gently applied to scratches at the face of the rings first

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    and set to dry for about 5 minutes

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    and then to the sides and corners

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  14. preeb

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    and set to dry for 30 additional minutes in our Mediterranean sun

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    Wow! I love that 175!
     
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    I would buy the dirt you washed off :D
     
  17. preeb

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    LOL
     
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    That reminds me that a customer of mine once bought an EXTREMELY DIRTY
    but potentially valuable vintage flattop guitar at auction. After cleaning, it became obvioius that the dirt had been deliberately applied to hide badly repaired damage and non original parts. When he saw it clean, his first words were " Do you still have the dirt? "
     
  19. preeb

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    I'll start with the neck ring. CA is wet sanded flush with 1200 grit paper

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    and the whole thing is buffed to high gloss with "Safe Cut" paste

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    like that

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    The clay base is set on a flat surface

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  20. preeb

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    and the ring is embedded face down

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    some plastic parts and two thick spacers are placed. They will create the "register keys" for the two mold parts

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    Frame is set and tightened in

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    two straws are placed. They will be used for poring and air escape

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