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  • Guitar Of The Month - October 2020

    The Les Flaus

    Finished weight: 8lbs 6.9oz
    Body material: quilted maple(core), 3/4" 4A quarter sawn curly maple carved top
    Body construction: full length hollow chamber on each side, solid center block

    Binding: single ply cream
    Neck material: curly maple/wenge/curly maple
    Neck joint: 4 degree angle set neck
    Nut: bone
    Scale length: 27.5"
    Fretboard: 24 fret
    Fretboard radius: 16"
    Fretboard material: granadillo
    Fretboard frets: Evo gold medium low
    Fretboard inlay: gold mother of pearl

    Truss rod: at heel thru 21st fret (Allied Luthier)
    Headstock material: Indian rosewood
    Headstock angle: 14 degree
    Headstock inlay: gold mother of pearl + imitation gold leaf
    Tuning machines: Gotoh SD90 3x3 vintage auto-locking 1:15 ratio

    Bridge: Gotoh GE101/103 tune-o-matic
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan Sentient bridge/Nazgul neck
    3-way toggle (Allparts), 2 master volumes (Bourns)
    4P4T (Alpha) rotary (1:parallel/para, 2:parallel x-pattern, 3:series x-pattern, 4:series/series)
    Push/pull (Bourns) active dirty booster
    Electrosocket jack (Neutrik 3 conductor)

     

    Was planning on doing a series of teles... as I thought I'd save effort by using a common set of templates more than once.  While I was busy thinking about plans for the first two, I came across a Craigslist ad for a Tele body.  It had a cedar top that was meh, but a quilted maple body that caught my eye.  That was the random start to this build and so the "Les Flaus" was born! 

    I wanted something that was going to be equally apt to play sphagetti western to more modern rock, and I figured the two humbucker format would be best for that. I settled on a design to turn the guitar into something resembling a Les Paul, but with a Tele shape and a baritone scale length.

    Why "Les Flaus"?  Well, mostly I just thought it was funny!  It needed to be 'less something' to pay homage to it's origin, and "flaus' is a little less obvious than 'flaws' but means "imperfections' in German. 

    I thought a lot about how one might improve on the Les Paul format, and a common complaint about them is the typical neck break.  By moving the truss access to the 22nd fret and away from the headstock/neck transition - I strengthened that transition.  I also added a volute, and a spline going down the headstock as well. 

    I like to set milestones for myself - to try and raise my skills beyond myself.  This guitar would represent a number of challenges for me:
    first time doing a carved body, first time doing a headstock with such delicate curves.  First time doing a multi laminate neck.  First time doing a traditional angled Les Paul neck joint.

    As usual, it is only through the examples set by the luthiers here on ProjectGuitar.com, the encouragement, wisdom and friendship, that I arrived at the end of this journey with the following guitar... so thank you to the many members who made this possible!

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    VIDEO DEMO:

     

    Build thread located here:

     

     

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