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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 07-19-2013 08:55 PM 2506 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been looking for an electric guitar to play around with, but I didn’t want to invest a bunch of money. So…. I figured it was time to take advantage of my woodworking skills.

I picked up this slightly used Epiphone Les Paul on eBay for $124. The guy was basically selling it for the electronics because it had fallen off the stand and the headstock was busted clean off. A little research indicated it was repairable, so now I’ve got a very decent player at a bargain price.

There was no way to completely hide the crack on the plastic overlay, but some filler, sanding, and lacquer on the back of the neck made the repair nearly invisible. All in all, a pretty easy fix.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 09:03 PM

That’s a great save there Charlie.
Would this be a wood gloat or a tool gloat?

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 09:19 PM

Heh, heh… Good question, Michael!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 09:29 PM

nice score… more importantly – is this considered a gloat or theft?

I have mixed feelings about epiphone and the imported fenders, but this is a great save! hows the sound from this beauty?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 09:34 PM

Sharon, I haven’t played an electric in years, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I am very impressed with the action and the way it sounds.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Don W

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 09:38 PM

Great save, but the wrong forum for a instrument gloat.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 10:21 PM

I have a LP they play great deeep sound if run through a bass amp NICE fix

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 10:32 PM

Fun stuff Charlie …
Made me want to share this website.
Check out the guy. he punks out guitars for a living and makes up stories about them Rock stars buy his work. Very unique…

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 07-19-2013 10:42 PM

Hee Hee, I love it!

I just rescued a piece of junk (I thought), Starcaster by Fender. Strat wannabe lookalike.
It didn’t work, the owner had been trying to upgrade it to make it sound decent with the Fender Twin Tube Amp that came with it.
Humbucker Pickup, 250uf caps, bad soldering with lot’s of cold joints.

$50. Included the amp, Shur mike, cords, guitar stand and some pickups in a box I haven’t gone through yet, plus a set of new Strat replacement pegs.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 07-19-2013 10:55 PM

Dan: Good stuff on that website!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 07-19-2013 11:18 PM

Charlie; there is nothing like the old stuff redone to make a guy happy.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#11 posted 07-20-2013 02:04 AM

Charlie, you need to hook up with my Son, Billy. He has been playing guitar since he was about 14 – will be 45 this Oct. He has 40-50 guitars and also owns Airline Jewelry & Loan on Airline – give him a call if you want to talk guitars are in the market for a great deal on one. 504-836-2001

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 07-20-2013 02:32 AM

Bill, I know that place! I had no idea that was your son. I’ve seen his ads on Craig’s List…. he has some wonderful guitars. I’m going to have to pay him a visit just to chat.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 07-20-2013 02:51 AM

great save! and glad it sounds good!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 07-20-2013 12:30 PM

Hey Charlie,
That is amazing that you were able to repair that. You da man!
Good project.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 07-20-2013 01:45 PM

You did a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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