Gibson ES 335 clone

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Project by Eddie G posted 02-03-2014 12:04 AM 4446 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the guitar I made for my son. It comes in a kit. The wood is rough and required weeks of sanding. Then staining. The finish is 4 coats, wet sanded to 2000. 4 more coats sanded to 2000, and 4 more sanded to 2000. Then polished with compound to a crystal shine. The knobs I customized by drilling out the tops, inlaying abolony disks and setting with Easy cast clear casting resin. The project took 3 months of nearly daily attention. Thanks for looking.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 12:16 AM

Ed > kit or no kit – this is really nice work and a great show of love from you to your son.

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 12:30 AM

Man this turned out beautiful! By far my favorite semi-hollow. Fantastic work Ed.

-- Billy

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 01:42 AM

wow, you did an amazing job, your son will love it

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 01:45 AM

Wow! That is beautiful!
My hat is off to you. I hope my LP project turns out at least half as nice.

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

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 05:51 AM

what a wonderful, gorgeous gift. I’m sure it will be treasured

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#6 posted 02-03-2014 11:53 AM

Love it! I have always wanted to build one of those. Could you share the source for the kit?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 02:42 PM

Great work. Is this the Rockler kit? I have been wanting to build a semi hollow for awhile but have yet to pull the trigger.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 04:16 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind words. His exact words were “best gift ever”. The kit was from Ebay. Here is a link to the one I made: If you search DIY guitar kit you will find many options. I did put in some upgrades like the Bigsby vivrato, better potentiometers as the Chinese ones can hum/buzz, and a roller tunomatic. I got all my finishing supplies from and did all my building and finishing studies on youtube. Next project is a kalimba for my daughter.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#10 posted 02-03-2014 06:46 PM

Great job!

I’m very tempted to try one of these, but I’m really interested in playability and intonation. What does your son have to say about the way it plays?

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

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Eddie G

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#11 posted 02-04-2014 04:55 AM


The key to the build was the neck set. GREAT care was taken to ensure square, 24 3/4” scale length and setting it to factory specs. He was thrilled at it’s playability. It took care , patience and a very accurate ruler to setup, and took some resetting as the string tension settled into the guitar neck and body. It is now holding tune and very playable. Again youtube was my go-to classroom. I will gladly send you my “guitar build” notes.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#12 posted 02-04-2014 05:14 AM

Yeah, I had a feeling the neck set was the critical element. Thanks again for the information!

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

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