I've always admired the Les Paul Standard, but it is way too heavy and has three strings too many. I was wandering around the shop and found a nice piece of 1 x 4 pine with only a few knots and wondered how hard it would be to carve that beautifully curved Les Paul top. So, what the heck. Some glue up, some isoline guides and I'm off and running.

I went with a body that is 67% of the full sized LP body. That seemed like a good proportion for a 3-string neck.

Some routing of the basic shape then a lot of work with a 5" disk sander with an 80 grit pad and I had a top.

Several days later and a good bit of sweat, I had a new guitar.

Some work with a cheap air brush and some different stains helped to transform pine from Home Depot into some "Tiger Maple-ish" finish.

The individual bridge pieces are from Gitty as are the pots for the tone and volume controls. It is a good player with a tone of sustain.

Surprising what you can do with basic scraps of wood.

Views: 198

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Good job......

very cool. nice job on that tribute

good job. looking good.

that's cool nice work

Holy smoke! That is one hell of a job! The "only" thing I can do with a piece of wood is cut it too short and drill the holes in the wrong place!! 

Hey, cutting things too short is how I get the scraps to build things like this. And boy do I have plenty of scraps to work with.

Thanks

LOL I do too! Its called firewood!

Looks sweet.  I like the individual saddles.  Love the carved top.

I was very interested in how hard carving a top would be. In the end, it was not as hard as I thought. Glad I did it.

Hi, yep that's a real good bit of work there, worth the effort.

Taff

Hi Taffy.

It is quickly becoming my daily player. The strings are fairly low tension so it does blues very well.

Nicely done. A fun build. I've always been a big fan of Les Pauls, so this makes me happy.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Forum

Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

Started by Habanera Hal in Feature Articles. Last reply by BrianQ. 6 hours ago. 25 Replies

Fret calculations

Started by Graham Wedepohl in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. 15 hours ago. 5 Replies

Upright Ubass

Started by Titch the Clown in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Greg Potts Jun 20. 1 Reply

New here

Started by Clarence johnson in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Road Rash Roy Jun 18. 13 Replies

Latest Activity

A.D.EKER commented on RTZGUITARS's video
Thumbnail

Fuk Trigger Finger

"blowing of a full grown man ,going 80 miles in a flinch of the eye, just bey being ready ! that…"
6 minutes ago
Rope Walker Country Star posted a video

Corsicana Girl (Dance Remix 21) - RopeWalker Country Star

DANCE REMIX 21 (feat. B.B.Q’ll)Rope Walker remixes the original smash hit! Featuring: B.B. Q’ll, and additional bass guitar by Gary Pickin’ Poe. “Walker upda...
1 hour ago
AGP # liked RON NORTHCUTT's photo
3 hours ago
AGP # liked RON NORTHCUTT's photo
3 hours ago
AGP # liked BUGGY (C)'s video
3 hours ago
BUGGY (C) posted a video

Dark

Three string CBG
3 hours ago
Rope Walker Country Star liked Lefty Clientele's video
4 hours ago
BrianQ. replied to Habanera Hal's discussion Discussion: Toothpick Frets?
"Actually foam files have been used by luthiers & techs for the last 10 or 15 years or more,…"
6 hours ago
Uncle John commented on RON NORTHCUTT's photo
Thumbnail

door guitar 2

"Super nice, Ron."
6 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Dave Lynas's photo
7 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Dave Lynas's photo
7 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Doug Thorsvik's photo
7 hours ago

Music

© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->