Les Paul Jr...of sorts.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Guitarnut, May 31, 2011.

  1. Guitarnut

    Guitarnut Friend of Leo's

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    Well, for my 3rd build started this past weekend, I decided to go with a LPJ. I've always wanted to have one and if all goes well, I will. :cool: Well, it won't be a traditional LPJ since it will have a single HB, flame maple cap and a different neck joint. More of a PRS style joint...the same as I'm using on my other builds.

    The plan:
    Peruvian mahogany body, .25" flame maple cap, faux binding
    Peruvian mahogany set neck, rosewood fretboard with flame maple binding and HS veneer, pearl dots
    Wraparound LPJ style bridge
    Singe HB with vol, tone, series/coil cut/parallel switching
    Not sure on the finish yet

    1.50" mahogany blank.

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    Profiled and ready for the neck pocket.

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    I haven't glued the top yet as I plan to set the neck first and then use the top to cover it. The cut off to the right will be used for HS veneer.

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    The fretboard is tapered, slotted and ready to go. I'll take my new approach on the radius and binding on this one also if it works on the other build.

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    Peace,
    Mark
     
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  2. LightninMike

    LightninMike Tele-Holic

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    I've been leaning towards this body for a while, but using a tele bridge (most likely a cutoff bridge) and 2 buckers...simple 3 way switch and one vol one tone..... sorta like this, but a little different
     
  3. flatfive

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    Great! I look forward to watching and learning.

    How thick is your maple cap? What kind of bridge will you
    be using? (Wraparound I hope... :lol:)

     
  4. Guitarnut

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    The cap is about 3/8" right now. Once it's surfaced it will be 1/4". The bridge is a wraparound, direct replacement for Les Paul Jr and Melody Maker.

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    Mark
     

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  5. Guitarnut

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    State of the builds as of Mon evening.

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  6. Guitarnut

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    Last night I had a few hours to work on guitars. I wanted to get the LPJ caught up to the others so I taped the cap down backwards onto the back of the guitar and ran it thru the planer to clean up the glue joint and do final thicknessing. It's still a hair thicker than 1/4"...it will come down when I clean up the other side.

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    After planing...it's ready to go. I'm going to have to really think thru the next steps on this one. To set the neck before the top goes on, I'll have to pretty much finish the edge of the cap in the neck area since I won't be able to get a router in there after it goes in. And, it needs to be notched for the portion of the neck that extends into the body.

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    Peace,
    Mark
     
  7. Guitarnut

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    I'm having to take a litle different approach with this top. I want the top to cover the neck tenon so I have to route the pocket in several steps. The first is to route the full length of the tenon in the mahogany.

    I lined up the top and clamped it in place. I made marks around the edges of the two so I can line them back up later. I could have screwed or pinned the top thru where the PU route will be, but since I'm altering the scale length, I don't know where that is at this point.

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    With the front braced up on scap to level it out with the clamps, I used a flush trim bit to dress out the area between the horns. I want this as close as possible so I have little clean up to do once the neck is glued in.

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    With the pocket template lined up and centered, I made a few shallow passes.

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    Then removed the template and took it to depth...remembering that part of pocket depth that will be made up with the maple cap. So, this route is the depth of the final pocket minus .25".

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    Looks pretyy good. I think I'm going to get the neck cut before I go any further on this one. A test fit is definitely in order.

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  8. axedaddy

    axedaddy Tele-Afflicted

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    I really like the idea of the top covering the neck tenon. I think it will not only look really good, I think the neck will be very stable. David Thomas McNaught does it on all of his guitars with a really long neck tenon. Great work!
     
  9. Guitarnut

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    Well, I have gotten some work done on the build but unfortunately my trusty Canon has bit the dust. It's suffering the widely reported CCD sensor problem that has been on gong since 2004. Canon will fix it but it's going to take some time. So, I only have a few shots for now.

    The fretboard has been glued up, inlaid and radiused. The neck has been profiled and fit to the pocket, binding is scraped, headstock shaped. I'm ready to cut the angle on the heel and glue the HS veneer. Then, carving and fretting.

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    State of the 3 builds I have going.

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    More soon.

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    Mark
     
  10. guitarbuilder

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    How heavy is the mahogany? I'm having a difficult time finding body blank wood that I can afford that isn't an anchor.
     
  11. Guitarnut

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    The LPJ, with it's maple cap, is 5.1 lbs. The prototype, which is chambered, is 4.1 lbs. (center guitar in above pic)

    EDIT: As a reference, my fully dressed Les Paul is 8.6 lbs.

    Peace,
    Mark
     
  12. Guitarnut

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    A couple more pics...I remembered my video cam takes stills as well.

    The bookmatch HS veneers are done. They're 1/8" thick so I can get a faux binding on the edges. Since I plan to carve in a volute on the back of the necks, I'll take the extra thickness off the backside of the HS when I set up to mill the angle in the heel.

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  13. R. Stratenstein

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    Very nice! Maple bookmatch is gorgeous.

    PS--My trusty old Canon A75 blew out a CCD, I was expecting to have to trash it. To my surprise, Canon supported it fully, did repairs, tuned and cleaned the camera, and even paid shipping. Not many outfits stand behind their products that well--I've had 5-6 good years out of it and with electronics, that's ancient--but Canon did. And earned a customer for life!

    Really looking forward to your LPJ build. Think I've got one lurking around my woodpile somewhere, trying to get out someday.
     
  14. Greg M

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    So it's a PRSLPJR :p?

    That looks really nice Mark, especially the flame maple top. Haven't used Peruvian Mahogany before, have you?
     
  15. LightninMike

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    so with the top cap...will it undercut the finger board?
    or will you just route the tenon to the end of the finger board and then route the cap to the finger board?
     
  16. Guitarnut

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    Exactly! :D

    This is part of a board that I bought last year. I've used it on my carved top prototype and my 2011 Challenge build. It's a true mahogany and easy to work. Doesn't seem to suffer the tearout issues of African species. No problems so far.

    Mark

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  17. Guitarnut

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    The neck will glue in after adding the angle to the bottom of the tenon. I'll then trim the top of the tenon flush to the body. The cap will be notched to fit around the end of the neck.

    Mark
     
  18. cmatthes

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    That's a fantastic build!

    I've been trying to get this built since the '80s...

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  19. Guitarnut

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    I've had this build sitting while I get the Strat build close to prepping for finish. Back on it today.

    I got some more work done on the neck...actually, I'm running two necks...one's for my flat top prototype build.

    I needed to thin out the headstock so I decided to run them thru the band saw. My bad saw has a custom table on it with large openings in the center so I can reach adjustments. So, running the HS on edge wouldn't work.

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    I made a temp table out of a piece of pine. I ran it half way thru and then clamped it down. Now I have a flat surface to run the necks.

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    I added a resaw fence to keep them flat to the blade.

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    Here they are after trimming the waste. With a flush cut saw.

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  20. Guitarnut

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    Next was carving the neck.

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