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Recommendations for builder/luthier to carve LP from blank?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:49 pm    Post subject: Recommendations for builder/luthier to carve LP from blank? Reply with quote

I received a slab of reclaimed California Redwood for a gift and I'd like to make an LP (deluxe) body from it.

Unfortunately, I don't have those skills. Laughing

So, can anyone recommend someone who could carve it, rout it, add binding, and glue in a neck (which I'd buy separately, probably a Bulldog)? Preferably someone with experience working with odd woods like redwood.

I may finish it myself.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Redwood is soooo soft.
Good luck
I'm interested to see how it turns out tho.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right about it being soft. But, I finished one and it was gorgeous. You will just have to be REAL careful with it. LOL

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fender has done runs of both strats and teles with redwood bodies (and a gel urethane finish). I think the teles came out in 2011 or so, and seem to have held up well enough. I don't mind a few dents Cool although I'll probably use Minwax Wood Hardener first.
Assuming I can find someone to carve the LP body Laughing




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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A plank is a lot more simple than an carved top.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gibson offers redwood topped carved Les Pauls. Carving the redwood is clearly doable. The Gibbys are redwood tops over mahogany bodies. Are you talking about overall stability issues with a fully redwood LP?

http://www.zzounds.com/item--GIBLPSRW16?siid=184275

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keith Horne of Marvin guitars may be one option:

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/my-les-paul-bass-build-i-need-a-gibby-too.1120298/

http://www.marvinguitars.com/

This is a bass, but you get the idea:

https://images.talkbass.com/attachments/img_1543-jpg.2752167/
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'll check him out.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SG Lou, of course...

http://www.freewebs.com/stmoritzguitars/customwork.htm

https://www.facebook.com/StMoritz-Guitars-150305525052357/
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