Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Guitar Build

About a month ago I decided that it would be an interesting project to build a guitar. I have never tried this before so there are no guarantees that I'll end up with an instrument that sounds and looks good at the same time. My inspiration is the classic 1950's Gibson Les Paul style guitar. The carved flamed maple body is what sets this guitar apart and will probably prove to be one of the hardest aspects of the build. I have the majority of the component parts and I am still waiting for a mahogany body blank and a neck which will arrive partially built.

Two pieces of bookmatched flamed maple for the guitar top
Mahogany body blank (13"x21"x1.75")
Five piece custom laminated neck with truss rod and fret board
EMG Select Humbucker Pickups (black)
Gotoh Tune-o-matic bridge (chrome)
Gotoh "stop" tailpiece (chrome)
Gotoh key-stone style tuning machines (chrome)
Gibson shaped white bone nut
Jimmy Paige wiring kit for Les Paul
White Plastic binding (1/4"x0.9"x65")
Medium Fret Wire (6ft)
Les Paul Pickguard (black)
Les paul style Power jack (chrome)
Les Paul truss rod cover (black)
Gibson style toggle switch
Strap buttons (chrome)
Pickup mounting rings, plastic (black)
"Dome" Knobs, 6mm shaft (chrome)
1 concentric pot knob (chrome)

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