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1959 Les Paul Jr. Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Scatter Lee, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Mojotron

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    -This is sweet! But let me ask a question about this. I've been thinking of building a DC lately. More of a Special than a Junior. Sorry, but I just love neck p'ups whether it's a Strat or a Lester. What I was thinking of is a walnut neck with a mahogany or korina body. Just kind of thinking and planning things out in my head. Has anyone here used walnut for necks? I have some left over from my Grandpa's small stash that he cut up when my Dad was a teen. So the wood has been cut and sitting for almost 50 years now. I was also thinking of maybe a cherry body, but I'm still thinking things through like I said. Also the guitar would probably be True Oiled for a finish. Gotta love the neatural wood grain showing through.

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    That is a very nice guitar, you did a great job unbelievable.
     
  4. Scatter Lee

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    :confused: it didnt come with instructions, i dont think it would go in any other way
     
  5. Scatter Lee

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    neck heel 2.5 degrees, headstock is about 17.5 degrees, bridge roundabout 8 or so
     
  6. Scatter Lee

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    i use this jig to radius the fretboard which is 12" radius

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    and a sanding block

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  7. Scatter Lee

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    i measured off a real 59 for the bridge studs, and i do have blueprints too
     
  8. Scatter Lee

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    make the whole thing from walnut, it will work
     
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    That guitar looks amazing.
     
  10. Scatter Lee

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    and thanks for the replys guys

    so on with the case, i never made one before so ........
    I need to ship this 900 miles and just need something that is sturdy enough

    went to the store and picked out some clear pine 6'x6" and ripped it and cut lenth and width i wanted

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    and cut a 1/2" lip

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    the rest i cut into corner pieces

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  11. Scatter Lee

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    glued it, clamp it and screwed it,

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    top and bottom

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    got some thin plywood, glued and clamped

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    test fit

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  12. Scatter Lee

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    and glue on the top piece

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    ran the router around the top to clean it up

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    glued in four corners

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  13. Scatter Lee

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    glue and clamp a little support on the inside

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    more corner support, i love gorilla glue

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    and a little brace on the lid

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  14. Scatter Lee

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    i didnt want any screws in it so i drilled and pegged it with a 1/2" dowel

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    after sanding

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    then stained it with some water base stain, cleared with poly

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    then added two latches and a handle

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  15. Scatter Lee

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    added piano hinge and some little feet so it will stand

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    then stuck on some little leather straps for the top

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    they fold out of the way when closed

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  16. Scatter Lee

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    then i put in a flat thin board

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    with screws in the corners for adjustment

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    adjusted it

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    like so

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  17. Scatter Lee

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    then i figured i'd use this stuff

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    in the corners

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    just seal in the board

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    and dont get the stuff on the guitar for sure

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  18. Scatter Lee

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    i took all the screws out then carefully wrap the guitar in plastic spray in the foam and shut the case and let it expand

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    and you end up with something like this

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  19. Scatter Lee

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    ready for some fake suede upholstery

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    snug as a bug in a rug, i'll finish it up tomorrow

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    speaking of bugs, this thing hit the house like a rock, had to get some pics of it

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    coolest colors on a bug i'ver ever seen

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    Nice case, scatter! That ought to be one happy honcho on the other end of the 900 miles.

    Cool beetle, too!
     
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