I thought there can never be too many Les Paul DC Junior build threads, so here's another one! This may take a while as I've got some boring house projects to get done at the same time, but this should be a nice distraction.
So far, I've built a guitar from scratch at Crimson Guitars, and 2 bodies at home since using bought necks. This will be my first attempt at a scratch build without any help (wish me luck!). I'm planning on making this pretty close to vintage, my main divergence will be using a dual-action truss rod both because this is what we used at Crimson, and it reduces the amount that needs to be cut away at the headstock, giving a little more strength.
Step one was obtaining some plans - all the ones I could find to buy seemed to be not quite right for some reason, but then I stumbled on these (LINK
) which are ridiculously comprehensive. I was planning to buy templates online but the only comprehensive set I could find were going to cost me over £100 to get them from the USA. So, I had the plans printed at 1:1 scale at my local print shop, and proceeded to make templates from 9mm MDF.
I like to use a combination of a short router bit for the first cuts, then a longer one, so 9mm templates work well for me, and don't require as much sanding as thicker MDF. I've struggled with making templates before using a jigsaw, files and hand sanding but it was a breeze for this build using a combo of my cheapo Aldi router table (for the straight bits), a new band saw and a spindle sander. Having decent tools meant this only took a day and the edges are lovely and square.
So, I'm now waiting on lots of goodies to arrive, so I can start building proper.
Goodies in transit:
- African mahogany body blank
- African mahogany 1-piece neck blank
- Indian rosewood slotted fingerboard (I'm not brave enough to slot myself yet)
- Oil City Firewatch P90
- Faber 'tone bar' bridge
- 3-on a plate Kluson tuners
- Dual action truss rod
Next update when the wood arrives from Guitars and Woods in Portugal.