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how to build a les paul...

a (not so) basic guide to guitar building


The final chapter of my "family of three" group of guitars. This guitar had more issues and quirks than the first two combined. As this guitar has an arched top, mathematics and carful measuring had to be combined to ensure a uniformed arch across the entire surface. Also, as the bridge and tailpiece are seperated, this involved some careful measuring, and a very nervous time drilling holes at right angles to the neck to ensure correct intonation.

The following is a not so basic tutorial on how I went about building this les paul, and also how the issues were adressed, including neck angles, arched tops, bridge angle, wiring and overall balance. This is definitely NOT a guitar to consider as a first build!

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