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First Build-Les Paul Junior DC

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by JRtele, May 27, 2020.

  1. JRtele

    JRtele Tele-Meister

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    Decided to start this while I was away for work for a couple months and have no had the time at home to finish. While away I Didn’t have access to a lot of tools or supplies (like grain filler or quality sandpaper) but made do.

    It’s an ultimateguitar custom kit (which I do not recommend whatsoever), I’ve got a lot of pictures of how a $500 kit should not come. I also did not plan this out well. Lots of lessons learned.

    All said and done, with the higher end parts I put in including Gibson P-90, Emerson pre-wired kit and Ratio tuners this has been quite the money pit.... good to be done one all the same
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  2. kris ford

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    Sweet!
     
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  3. W.L.Weller

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    More of a Melody Maker-style body tho, right? Excepting the full-size headstock.

    Absolutely gorgeous no matter what you call it.
     
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  4. JRtele

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    “Les Paul Junior double cutaway” is what the kit was called... not sure.

    Pretty wild how much an old school P-90 screwed into the wood will buzz and hum with a little gain (actually pretty ideal to play some simple/classic green day riffs). Gives me a new appreciation for humbuckers and shielding.
     
  5. bsman

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    Looks nice, but that string-tree thing sort brings to my mind everyone's favorite Gibson headstock:

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  6. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    I love double cutaway Juniors. :D:D
     
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    Melody Makers have the knobs,Jack and pickup mounted to a pickguard. The kit built here is more like a late 50 DC Junior but the shape is different.
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Pretty.
    I’m on the fence about kit guitars.
    Seems like you really do it for the experience, not so much a cost savings.
    That about right?
     
  9. JRtele

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    Correct. I replaced every single part from the kit Except neck, rear cover plate, and body (some of which I had paid extra for to get certain colours). The body was terrible, even the cavity needed routing to accept the pickup.

    The neck was in such terrible shape I needed to bring it to a luthier. Some frets needed replacing altogether and the fretboard wood itself cracked at the higher end.

    My total cost was about 150% the cost of a brand new Gibson LP jr DC. Is it worth that for the experience? Maybe, but the frustrations were real.
     
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  10. JRtele

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    I think some kits can end up well, and there is the matter of pride and accessibility to people that don’t have access to tools to craft body/neck, but I would strongly discourage anyone from ultimateguitar.com
     
  11. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I am in the throes of finishing a kit that could have been better quality, myself (a StewMac SG-ish affair). You did a good job. It looks great & I love the Made in Quaranteen label.
     
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