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LP Jr DC type thing

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by CraigB, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. CraigB

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    Hope ya'll had wonderful Christmas festivities with family and friends! It's hard to believe that 2018 is soon coming to a close. Been spending quite a bit of time playing (unplugged, unfortunately) the kit LP goldtop I started building earlier in the year. It turned out quite nice, and looking forward to doing some recording with it when the decorations come down and I can get my recording area back in shape. Will post some sounds when that happens.

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    Pretty decent weather today, so seemed like a good time to move the work table outside and resume work on the LP Jr build. Here is where I left off with the body blank planed, cut and flush trimmed to shape.

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    And the 4-piece neck blank laminated, side profile rough-cut, and fretboard gluing surface and headstock surface trued up

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    Here's what the end-grain looks like

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    Started today with my manual thickness sander (which also doubles as a tricep fitness machine) truing the top and back. When I ran the the body blank through the planer, I intentionally left it about 1/16" proud of 1-3/4" thick, having been left with some tiny spots of snipe to sand down to, as well as a little hump near the tail to sand flat from the feed table not being perfectly adjusted.

    The top wasn't too bad, about 30 minutes of sanding got it nice and flat

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    The back on the other hand was slightly cupped and took quite a bit more effort to flatten. You can see the planer marks and freshly sanded outer edges in this shot

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    Eventually, was able to get the marks out, but I'm left with about 1/32" shy of 1-3/4" thick. Seems like a pretty minor discrepancy, so not something worth worrying over, right?

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    Thankfully realized before starting to cut the trussrod channel that the [email protected]$$ plastic fence that comes with these tables is literally unusable, so with a makeshift fence clamped on, made a bunch of shallow passes with a spiral straight bit for the trussrod channel. I was planning to do the trussrod access like Freeman does it using the same bit, moving the position of the fence a tiny bit to widen either side of the channel to accommodate the adjustment nut, then remembered a 3/8" core box bit might work to avoid having to move the fence around. Not bad, not bad at all. And the potential for a big old screw-up was greatly reduced

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    Being a novice at best, your input is always greatly appreciated. One of the things I've never liked about the traditional Gibby headstock is the lack of clearance of the A string passing the E string tuner on the bass side and same with the B and E on the treble side. I drew this headstock as a tentative design to try and position the tuning posts at a slightly different angle. And then the top, I like the classic "open book" cut, but what do ya'll think of this offset sort of cut?

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    And that's it for today!
     
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    Looking great Craig. Love the headstock change.
     
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    Nice, and yeah, a little thinner body is fine. I often make em a bit thinner on purpose for weight reduction.
     
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    I really like the looks of the offset headstock. I think that it will look great.
     
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    I like the headstock also. The lines are not over exaggerated.
     
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  7. GotTheSilver

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    That is the Collings "haircut" shape! I have always liked it.
     
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    Got that off center thing going on. Looks good.
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    The double cut jr is one of the sexiest guitar shapes IMO! I love it!
     
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    that sharp notch in the HS looks cool, but it's kind of a pita to shape/sand/finish just sayin
     
  11. CraigB

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    Ahhh, you're right, that does look a fair bit like a Collings headstock. Darn, that is just too close...and I was really starting to like how it looks...well, back to the drawing board!

    Very true. What do you think of trying to come up with a variation of something like this one I did a couple years ago, except a little longer and slightly wider at the top?

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    I'm also trying to decide for the body, binding on the top, roundover on the back? Or just roundover on both sides?
     
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    Sorry, didn't mean to ruin it for you! It is extremely difficult to come up with a new headstock design that actually looks good.
     
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    I love LP Juniors! My last two builds have been Juniors. The first one I dressed up like a Les Paul Custom, so I did 7 ply binding on the top and 5 ply on the back. I still need to paint that one black (insert Rolling Stones song here). The one I am currently building will be blue. I am doing 3 ply binding on the top and a roundover on the back. Of course, now that I think about it, maybe I should do single ply binding on the back!

    Obviously, I like binding!
     
  14. CraigB

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    No, I'm very glad you caught that!
     
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    That headstock design looks great Craig !
     
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    No its not , I like your shape, the Agile curves out and your curves go in.

    Well if your not going to use it...
     
  18. CraigB

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    Thanks 2blue2! I was referring to GotTheSilver's post, he points out that it looks like a Collings headstock. I think he's right. I thought I came up with something original, but really comparing the two the only difference on mine is the placement of the notch and how it kind of rolls into about a 45 degree angle, and mine is wider at the top. Scroll down this page and check it out:

    https://www.collingsguitars.com/electric-guitars/290-dc-s/#&gid=1&pid=7
     
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    Def has that Collings look albeit flipped. Looks great!

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    I'd still go for it. It looks great.
     
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