Home built "gibson" les paul custom xD
Damn fine work imo...
ANd the prize goes to....
I built this in 2010 and it is the best sounding I have ever owned. It has 57 Classics in it. I love everything about it. The finish required multiple staining stages and fading using light. The only paint is nitro clear other then the black headstock. It was made to spec from a '59 Les Paul Custom, except that it does not have back binding and the neck is simmilar to the newer 2008 asymetrical neck only on the thinner, wider side, but still enough beef for tone. Also, there is no serial number. All wood used was hand select and It was all hand made by me, and yes I am proud of it.
I posted becuase every once in a while I like to share it. I limited this because sometimes the flame war begins about making copies, and comments like "he is going to sell that to some poor sole someday,,,,,blah. blah,,,blah. The guitar is clearly marked that it is a replica made by me.
Two other reasons prompted me to post. I posted an Explore example a few days ago and also saw a post with a person asking if another guitar was fake. It always make me wonder how many people would see it has fake for certain aspects. I can tell you exactly which areas are slightly off on this (and I do mean slightly). Besides the markings from me, the hardware selection, and the lack of serial number there really is only one sign (or error). The rest was spec and hand made using original techniques.
All that being said, if I was a thief, you could not sell this as a real 59' because of the serial number and markings becuase the collector will look, so the 5-6 digit sale is out. But could it be pawned off as a mint Gibson Les Paul, ohh but wait, those cost between $3k and $4K, maybe $5k - $6k, right? Well not really becuase in reality the materials alone where very near $1200 - $1500 then there are the billion and a half hours I put into this, making the cost of the guitar about equal the national debt. It isn't going anywhere.
As I posted I began to wonder how the excellent members of Jemsite would respond, and as expected no flame war..... yet!.