1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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EXCITEMENT!

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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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GrantB wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:21 pm Pickups - I will make it so pickups can be changed around easy enough. I have a hum cancelling P90 coming, and I purchased Mal's mini humbuckers too which I will load the bridge into a P90 sourround. I want to experiment. Maybe Mr Glyn can fabricate something unusual for this? Goldfoil P90?

Finish - not done a TV yellow before. I have a formula which I will explain once I've succeeded. Plan B is black ;)

Frets - my fav for a Gibson StewMac 0154. https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-a ... twire.html
I’ve been toying with putting together a PGK junior kit for a long time, but the stumbling block has been finding someone local that can do a good TV Yellow.... 🤑

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murky wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:17 pm
GrantB wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:21 pm Pickups - I will make it so pickups can be changed around easy enough. I have a hum cancelling P90 coming, and I purchased Mal's mini humbuckers too which I will load the bridge into a P90 sourround. I want to experiment. Maybe Mr Glyn can fabricate something unusual for this? Goldfoil P90?

Finish - not done a TV yellow before. I have a formula which I will explain once I've succeeded. Plan B is black ;)

Frets - my fav for a Gibson StewMac 0154. https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-a ... twire.html
I’ve been toying with putting together a PGK junior kit for a long time, but the stumbling block has been finding someone local that can do a good TV Yellow.... 🤑

What wood is the PGK? Needs to be a deep grain like mahogany to get the proper look. Korina would make a nice TV Yellow base. But say, Kauri would be Awesome Random Samick Experience. As would Alder.
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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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GrantB wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:21 pm Pickups - I will make it so pickups can be changed around easy enough. I have a hum cancelling P90 coming, and I purchased Mal's mini humbuckers too which I will load the bridge into a P90 sourround. I want to experiment. Maybe Mr Glyn can fabricate something unusual for this? Goldfoil P90?

Finish - not done a TV yellow before. I have a formula which I will explain once I've succeeded. Plan B is black ;)

Frets - my fav for a Gibson StewMac 0154. https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-a ... twire.html
Oh MrB, we need to talk.
Is it std. P90 dimensions?

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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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MrGlyn wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:06 pm
GrantB wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:21 pm Pickups - I will make it so pickups can be changed around easy enough. I have a hum cancelling P90 coming, and I purchased Mal's mini humbuckers too which I will load the bridge into a P90 sourround. I want to experiment. Maybe Mr Glyn can fabricate something unusual for this? Goldfoil P90?

Finish - not done a TV yellow before. I have a formula which I will explain once I've succeeded. Plan B is black ;)

Frets - my fav for a Gibson StewMac 0154. https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-a ... twire.html
Oh MrB, we need to talk.
Is it std. P90 dimensions?
It is...with a Dogear mount. Vintage spec, so shallow.
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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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Fingerboard ready to go!

That's my grandfathers old plane. I restored this week, took an hour to sharpen the blade...still need a little more on the 2000 grit. It's awesome. Cuts super cleanly and has a nice wide mouth for the shavings to go through.

Everyone knows tonez live in the flame maple truss filler strip! Man that was a nice piece of wood.
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Home made sanding jig. Planed the sides to shape then 240grit on the straightedge. Often its easier to move the wood, than the sanding device.
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GrantB wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:23 pm Home made sanding jig. Planed the sides to shape then 240grit on the straightedge. Often its easier to move the wood, than the sanding device.
That's a really nice piece of wood!

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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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You're a guru
Loving this thread

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Re: 1959 Les Paul Junior Build

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So satisfying...Pops old wood plane.

Fingerboard has been glued on today. checked the measurements about 20 times to ensure the scale length will be right.

As an FYI - there's a funny shaped metal dodacky behind the yellow sandpaper covered radius block. Thats a multi shaped scraper. I love scrapers. This one I used to ever so slightly concave the underside of the fingerboard. This is so when it was clamped the outside edges pushed down hardest against the mahogany, leaving no little glue lines.

I used a lot more clamps than that initially, this is after about 4 hrs....needed to check a few things so just had the small ones on.

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