Les Paul Custom finally being built!

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  1. GuitarIV

    GuitarIV Well-Known Member

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    So in March 2020, before this whole Covid mess, I went to my luthier and put down a deposit for a custom built Les Paul Custom.

    Now, one and a half years later, he finally started building it. Here are some pictures he sent me:

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    Honduran mahagony body, flame maple top, ebony board. I am friggin stoked!

    Here's one of his 59 models he built:

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    Basically the Gibson LP Bengal Burst was my inspiration, it'll have the custom binding with the diamond inlay, the smooth neck joint cutaway and a nice fat neck. Other than that we're putting Schaller hardware on it and Häussel pickups.

    I'll keep ya guys posted, I've been waiting so long for this and can't believe it's finally happening! :fever:
     
  2. Eric'45

    Eric'45 Well-Known Member

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    That's good news for you! I like the Part about the Fat Neck- these are my favourites too.
    You can't go wrong with Häussel Pickups, either.
     
  3. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    That's a long wait I'm happy for you man! There's millions of guitars out there to choose from new and used, whats the benefit of building your own, and how does the cost compare to just buying one?
     
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    lespaul339 Well-Known Member

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    That's awesome! That guitar in the pic looks great!
     
  5. BlueX

    BlueX Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    This is great! You will know this guitar, already from conception. Looking forward to more pic's, and hopefully some recordings.
     
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    GregM Well-Known Member

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    Friggin sweet!
    I'll bet the end product could start a ballroom blitz!
    And on a side note, did you hear about the snare drum and crash cymbal falling down a cliff?
    Boom Boom Tssshhh
     
  7. StrummerJoe

    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    Right on! You should name the luthier, get his/her name out there.
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Awesome man
    I am sure I speak for many of us that can’t wait to see the finished product .
    Cheers
     
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    KraftyBob Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Very cool. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
     
  10. El Gringo

    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    That is some finely selected lumber for your Custom build . Top notch wood with great figure and inspired by the Bengal burst ! That doesn't get any better than that . I look forward to the build progress and can't wait to see more photos . Please keep updating us on this as I am most interested . Best Wishes !
     
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    Marshall Stack Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to ask a suitor stupid question. Why do they use two pieces of wood?
     
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    neikeel Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the year of the custom being copied.
    I am pretty sure some were all mahogany and the majority were single piece mahogany back with two piece maple top, but I guess your point why not just single piece maple top too as it will be black - or will it?
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    HN-finally getting this thing built-D.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    2 piece top cuz a single large piece can cup or curl as it dries out, they usually use 2 piece and reverse the grain when gluing to prevent this. Maple cap is a tone wood reason, paint or no paint its there on all LPs except the cheap ones.
     
  15. GuitarIV

    GuitarIV Well-Known Member

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    The fact that you can tailor the instrument to your exact specs. If you want to you can have yourself a Strat built with a Telecaster bridge, a Les Paul with a Floyd Rose and single coils etc. the sky is pretty much the limit :)

    In my case the smooth cutaway that does away with the blocky neck joint block, my selection of the thickness of the neck, the pickups, the hardware, the fret size, I get to choose what I want exactly which I'm unlikely to find in a production model.

    Plus he has a fine selection of naturally dried lumbers, some from the 1930s, and I get to pick the top which you have seen in the pictures. I already own a Strat he built me (my parents gift for my 18th birthday) and that thing resonates like crazy. Having a custom built instrument is something that you almost always get to keep for a lifetime :)

    His name is Andreas Neubauer, he is from Vienna, Austria in Europe. He worked 10 years for Gibson in the USA before he came back and started building his own guitars.

    This is his Facebook site: https://de-de.facebook.com/NeubauerGuitars/

    Here are some of his pieces:


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    He can even build some pretty crazy stuff if you want him to:

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    To bookmatch. It just looks more symmetric that way. Gibson has been doing that for ages on their Les Pauls :)

    The inspiration for my Les Paul is this model here:

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    The Les Paul Custom Bengal Burst. So no, the top won't be painted black, why bother about the nice figuring otherwise? Hehe


    Thanks guys. I'll keep you all posted. I'm so stoked this is finally becoming reality. If it wasn't for Covid I would have held the guitar in my hands already, but that way I guess I'll appreciate it even more when I finally get it :D
     
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    BlueX Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    ...or the wallet (sorry for the stupid remark).

    That's a great inspiration. I do look forward to more pic's!
     
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    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    Being the Freak for Les Paul's that I am this is the first time I learned the why of the 2 piece top and it certainly makes sense and explains it . Once in a blue moon Gibson will put out a single piece maple top but that is the exception to the rule . I always wondered why and scratched my head over that one .
     
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    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    A bookmatched set uses less lumber than a one peice billet. Cost is slighty less using two peices. You can get more tops & backs by using two peices. Uniforimity is also another reason - the book match offers that and to some is more pleasing to the eye than a one peice wich will not be uniform.

    Really, just cost and preference are the only real reasons.
     
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    Sir Don Well-Known Member

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    You're gonna love it!
     
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    Dont take my word as gospel why they do it, these are techniques In general that are applied in woodworking.
     
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