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  1. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Cheers man 😁.
  2. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    It doesn’t have to be a slavish copy of an LP i guess. I’m just using an LP as reference really. I do not understand what you mean when you say not fixed in to the neck? I thought that is what the procedure was, that it is installed inside the neck. Do you mean make my own or buy one and cut it down to size?
  3. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    I can see the resemblance Andy! Im going to be buying a truss rod soon, think I will get dual action (the best really right?) Any idea what length I should get? Baring in mind 24.75 scale length.
  4. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Well there is no flat section towards the edges like on a regular Les Paul. That’s how it turned out originally however it had a tonne of gouges that I just couldn’t get rid of. I initially filled those gauges with filler, when I sprayed the guitar (my initial idea was a goldtop) it looked awful! No matter how much I thought I had sanded the filler plush with the rest of the body the result was a bumpy mess. So I ended up sanding a straight slope all the way to the edges with the orbital sander. This meant that on some areas the cap is very thin. Not perfect but I’m reasonably happy.
  5. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Awesome, so no need to do the angled thing. Cool 😀 Cheers!
  6. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Thanks for the replies guys. The wood has a darkish red hue, so if it is Meranti then I guess it falls in to the first category in Curtisas post. I am probably going to risk it, the wood does feel fairly hard...but then until I route the area for the true rod and start shaping it then its all a bit up in the air. Im a little confused however. The template I am using shows that the truss rod for an LP design is supposed to be angled (fairly low down next to the nut and much higher towards the body). This has added confusion on a number of levels, firstly I am confused as to how achieve this and secondly I have been watching videos of builds where the routed area has just been the same depth throughout...is it ok to route it unangled? Anyway...as for the body, the top is on and everything routed out. Don't get me started talking about the carve on the top! Lots of trial and error. I have used an 'antique pine' varnish on it. Quite pleased with it so far.
  7. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Ok, away from the forum I’m getting conflicting opinions about the suitability of Meranti as a neck. Will it be OK? I’m not even sure if it is Meranti as the guy I bought it from said it might be Sapele...
  8. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    I played a Traditional many years back and loved it, it also weighed a ton. I kind of liked that fact (at the time). Funnily enough it looks like my finished guitar will be around 11 pounds give or take (even after weight relief/chambering!)
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    Les Paul build revisited

    Routed out the rest of the body, apart from some chambering. Sanded down what I’m using as the cap (the table top) and it came out a very light colour...That varnish was obviously deceiving. I don’t know what I really think of the wood now! It’s still reasonably nice although I may well paint over it. However I have a number of other ideas. Hmmm
  10. ShatnersBassoon

    PRS-like project(s)

    Wow! What a corker, amazing seeing the transformation in to the finished product. Really nice.
  11. ShatnersBassoon

    Nick Drake

    Any fans here? My favourite album of his is probably Pink Moon, although they are all amazing. Such an amazing sound, his tunings, those beautiful fingerpicking patterns, combined with the breathy lyrical delivery made for a very dream like sound. Such beauty to be found in that melancholic atmosphere that he created. A very visual sound, if that makes any sense. I could wax lyrical all day about him 😁
  12. ShatnersBassoon

    Stainless steel frets

    Thank you for the detailed reply! I’m now somewhat tempted to either go for standard nickel frets, or to just buy a pre fretted fingerboard...hey it’s my first build 😁
  13. ShatnersBassoon

    Guitar Strings

    Im quite fond of polywebs on electric, although I do sometimes crave a tad more brightness. The best strings I remember using on acoustic were the Martin Bluegrass set, really nicely defined sound! Very crisp. Lovely for intricate fingerpicking pieces. However I don’t think you can get them in the UK.
  14. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Aw damn...I could have taken the credit there 😜 I have some wire wool soaking at the moment but will try it with some nails too!
  15. ShatnersBassoon

    Innovative guitar designs

    May be a somewhat acquired taste but I rather like this. I wonder how the finish was achieved? It’s apparently by ‘Gate Guitars’. Feel free to post up more cool designs.