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LPish Tele suggestions

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Capel, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. craigoslo

    craigoslo Tele-Meister

    Feb 6, 2009
    oslo, Norway
    I think it does have some importance, but what I think is more important is neck angle, especially for feel.
  2. uOpt

    uOpt Tele-Meister

    Jan 2, 2009
    I see several problems with this project.

    A thin flat maple veneer is not the same thing as a carved maple top. If you don't want to go through the trouble of carving one I would rather go with pure a pure mahogany body, and it must be closer to 2" than 1-3/4". A thin veneer can easily be nothing else than a dampener. I would give it a LP-ish look with body binding.

    You need to be careful about the APH pickups. They sound great, sure, but the bridge pickup is much brighter than a person who casually picks up Gibson Les Pauls in a shop expects. Better ask that person which LP specifically he liked. Your choice of pickup will be the most important factor in his/her judgement whether the guitar came out "correctly". The APH neck is comparable to a 490R and most LPs have the 490R, so that should be fine.

    You might want to consider a high neck angle and a tune-o-matic with stop tailpiece. A string-through body will change things. For a flat bridge the Schaller flatmount is probably better. Looks better, too.

    Whether a mahogany neck is required or not is a different matter, it's probably less important than the other factors.
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