1 (edited by TIGLJK 2018-08-18 15:21:36)

Topic: NGD - I made it myself ! :)

My friend that I taught with for 25 years retired and I gave him my Les Paul as a gift.
I was missing it one day and decided to build one.
This is what I made. It has 2 Dream 180 Humbuckers.  It sounds really good to me.
It was really,  really, really hard to make - a lot of thinking - angles and alignment etc....  a lot of patiencea lot harder than making the strat. Here are the pictures of it finished.  I was going to upload some of the work photos - but it took much data space.

The wood is layered  - Cherry on top, Walnut in the middle, and butternut on bottom.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/JK072652/IMG_9469_zps8pymne4z.jpg

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/JK072652/e8aa26f9-ac86-4432-b45c-ed5b26103dbd_zpskah9evfg.jpg

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/JK072652/IMG_9464_zpsxrr9qowb.jpg

the neck plate is an engraving of my three daughters..
http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/JK072652/IMG_9467_zpsiihwlwdl.jpg


http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/JK072652/IMG_9468_zpsflo534al.jpg

I learned a lot about the workings of a Les Paul in building this.  If only I could play well ! smile

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/JK072652/IMG_9470_zpsa6sawxoj.jpg

Thanks for looking at these

Jim

Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but what your mind can imagine.
Make your life count, and the world will be a better place because you tried.

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

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Wow, nice job T! That's beautiful.
Love the walnut grain around the bridge and pickup.
Happy pickin'
Jim

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That's a beauty Jim!

Rule No. 1 - If it sounds good - it is good!

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Wow!!! Superb.

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What a fabulous job! You are a very clever and talented person...are you taking orders?

Ask not what Chordie can do for you, but what you can do for Chordie.

6 (edited by Strummerboy Bill 2018-08-18 17:33:41)

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Lord, ain't she purrrrr-dee! smile

So what don't you do well, Jim? wink

Also, if you were to sell this fine looking instrument, what would it cost me?

Bill

Epiphone Les Paul Studio
Fender GDO300 Orchestral - a gift from Amy & Jim
Rogue Beatle Bass
Pearl Drums

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Schweeeet!

DE

I want to read my own water, choose my own path, write my own songs

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Just curious Jim, are there any trademark infringement issues involved with using Gibson's logo on the headstock?

I want to read my own water, choose my own path, write my own songs

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I don’t know. If they call me and tell me to remove it , I can easily do it.   I’m not selling it.  I would think they have better things to do with the state of their finances than chase me down

Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but what your mind can imagine.
Make your life count, and the world will be a better place because you tried.

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

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I'd take a Les Paul over a gold watch any day! smile

Bill

Epiphone Les Paul Studio
Fender GDO300 Orchestral - a gift from Amy & Jim
Rogue Beatle Bass
Pearl Drums

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Jgreen

Thanks for the compliment -  all the top wood is Cherry  Walnut is middle - I used it to look like a band around.  It has  great tone. I picked the cherry bc I liked the the litlle grain waves and the worm holes.

I lined all the cavities with copper tape - it takes away all the buzz. - it sounds so smooth

Topdown and Roger  - TY  it screams for someone who can really play to give it a go - it has a beautiful sound to it.

Bill- trust me- there are a lot of things I don't do well - i.e..    haven't you heard me sing ?   smile   If you need a list - contact my wife - she could give you plenty of examples! smile
(P.S. - I haven't forgotten the songs I have promised you - I have some stuff down already -  I've just been overwhelmed at moment with a million things going on)



Phill and Bill  - TY   it was quite a project.  I am so happy I didn't screw it up...  The neck angle was quite difficult - and the cavities for the pic ups also had to match that angle  ( 4.5 degrees)

Ed - Thanks for the comment  it was strenuous but fun building it.

As you can probably tell - I love to imagine things - and then create them

Thank you to all the chordians for your encouragement.
This place is the greatest !

I was not comfortable after all the work I had put into it to try to put a binding on it.  I thought the cherry top sufficed as the bing look.  smile

Bill - I wouldn't have a clue about a price.   I really have built these last two guitars ( Strat and LP) as kind of a long term plan - I am hoping my grandkids will someday be playing them and think of good ol' "Pop" when they do.

Thank you so much all of you -

Jim

Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but what your mind can imagine.
Make your life count, and the world will be a better place because you tried.

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

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That's one gorgeous guitar, TIG ... you can probably hear my lower jaw hitting the floor all the way from Nova Scotia. I made a set of night stands out of cherry for a friend's wedding gift years ago, and the beauty of it's grain / color is stunning. Nice work, dude!

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