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L.P. carve templates - A little stunned by the price . . .

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  1. old wrench

    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    I've got a Les Paul copy in the queue and was looking around for accurate templates for the carve.

    I came across these from StewMac; they look good, but are pretty far out of my price range.

    Routing Template for '59 Les Paul<sup>®</sup> | stewmac.com

    Does anyone know of a more economical set?

    What I really need is just the carved profile templates.

    Maybe I'll just end up working off of what I have on hand - my old R9 :).
     
  2. old wrench

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    Doh!!! :)

    I looked closer and saw they offer just the carved top templates for a pretty reasonable price.

    Never mind, my mistake.
     
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    If you have an R9, why not make your templates directly from that? Super easy to do, using small pieces of thin card stock and some tape.
     
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    They used to sell drawings for a 59 LP as well. I bought a copy way back and had difficulty building from them, so I made my own based on the Bartlett plans, which were much better IMO. I actually worked with Tom Bartlett and drew up some more "construction" friendly drawings. They look like this -
    Tom'sPlans.jpg

    Acrylic is expensive, but it is nice to be able to see through them. Not that price nice though! ;-)

    For the top carve there is this set of drawings going around, which are 7 - 1/16" carve steps. Print this out and then create 7 of your own templates of your own.
    carve-template-set.jpg

    with carve profiles / sections as noted by the letters above.

    One of the things that is perplexing about those templates and the plans they used to sell was the neck template. It shows a heel block which is incorrect AFAIK. This was one of the things that bothered me about the drawings and if that was incorrect then what else what not quite correct.

    Cheers Peter.
     
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    The problem with that carve ^^^ is that the top sloped down to the binding at the neck. More like this

    LesPaul contours.jpg


    When I built mine I routed an edge that corresponds to the recurve at the top of the binding and made some cross body templates from the StewMac plans. The shape of my guitar isn't perfect, it doesn't matter



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    Thanks Peter, that's some helpful looking info :)!!!


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    If my Les Paul copy wasn't so pretty I would take it apart and stick it in my duplicator and make myself a carve template.
     
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    I spent some time reading through that thread on the Les Paul forum regarding the top carve; lot's of great info.

    Between that info and the info the forum members here are providing, and @preeb's excellent thread, as well as using my own R9 as a template, I think I'll be OK :).

    Thanks again!
     
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    I was just checking out @photondev's build thread and came across this video on a Les Paul top carve.

    Looks pretty good :)!



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    That is the guy that came up with the carve steps and also is working on the other thread that was posted here. The vintage LP Burst tops were all sanded by hand in the final stages and varied quite a bit. Using Scott's carve steps is an easy way to get a decent carve for the hobbyist. Definitely takes a bit of the guess work out of it and results in a nice top carve.

    If I was building an LP, I would probably head over to that other forum for specific questions. Similarly, when I build a Tele I do not post a lot of questions over there.

    Cheers Peter.
     
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    Yeppers, very instructive
     
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