Skiwan Posted December 5, 2022 Report Share Posted December 5, 2022 So I may be insane, but my dream guitar is a Gibson Es-345 in frost blue (as seen here: https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/187868/fs-ft-2016-gibson-es-345-64-historic-in-frost-blue-withdrawn) which I will never be able to justify purchasing! However I do have an IBG 335 I bought last year and the motivation and drive to try to push it as far as I can to look/feel like the beautiful example I linked. I have built a couple of solid body guitars before, but nothing that required the kind of work involved in doing some of the tasks required to get the result I’m after on this, so I’d love to get peoples thoughts/feedback before I start the process. Binding The ES 345 has 3 ply cream binding on the front - something I think is integral to the look of the final guitar. My main question is here, would it be best to treat the internal cream and black strips as 2 ply purfling and cut it to a shallower depth? Or should there be a full 6mm deep channel for all 3 layers? I haven’t done any binding before so any recommendations on how to approach the task would be appreciated. My thought after doing some research would be to use a gramil to cut a shallow purfling channel then use the stew Mac dremel router guide to remove the waste? The whole binding router jig seemed a little bit expensive and scary to attempt on a body with the neck attached. Neck - Frets and binding So I really want stainless steel frets, so I planned on removing the frets anyway - if so, would it make sense to remove the binding and put the binding on after adding the frets like the Gibson? I also wonder if I replace the binding there may be a colour discrepancy between the neck/body so perhaps I will need to replace it anyway. Fret inlay So I really want the parallelograms from the 345 - however since it currently has dots, I’m worried it would be hard to fill the holes in a convincing way. I see you can buy rosewood inlay dots - but the epiphone is Indian laurel, would the difference be noticeable? I intend to finish the fretboard with some montys vintage relic wax. Perhaps this would be more convincing? If not I will have to opt for block inlays - which aren’t what I was hoping for. Headstock I intend to shape the headstock to resemble the Gibson counterpart - however it appears that the “Epiphone” inlay would be very close the the very top of the bookend after comparing it to a Gibson template. I’d really like to keep the original inlays on the headstock - I can’t decide if it’d be better to cut out a portion of the headstock and move the inlay down and then add an extension to the top, or to extend the top and modify the traditional Gibson shape to be longer. Any suggestions would be appreciated, I don’t want to pretend it’s a Gibson - I like how unique an epiphone like this would be - I just much prefer the gibson headstock shape/design. Back plate? I’m not a fan of fishing things through bodies - So I was considering doing something like BB kings Lucille and having a control plate on the back. Can you buy these anywhere? Colour - Frost blue alternative? This is more of an opinion than anything, do you think Sonic Blue or Daphne Blue would be a better colour match? Or if there’s any other colours people think would be suitable, I’d love to know! I may be insane, but I think it’d be a really fun project, plus I think I’d love this guitar like no other. Let me know if you’ve ever considered something like this and how the results turned out, I’d like to hear any cautionary tales, or inspiring builds Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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