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    1. Member OptimusGlen's Avatar
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      09-27-2016 10:01 AM #1
      Hi all, I'm big into doing illustrations of cars, mostly Porsches, but I've always loved the designs of a lot of classic electric guitars. For one of my projects recently I decided I wanted to create one of a Gibson Les paul.

      Here's a somewhat medium sized picture of it. Of course natively there is no "resolution" because it's a vector image and can be blown up to any size I wish.


      My wife plays bass, but unfortunately I don't play anything. Well, I can eek my way through a couple songs on bass but really, pretty much no skill. Anyway, we have her bass hung up in our livingroom. After I created this illustration I was going to print it life-size and hang it up too, but then I started thinking about how much less cool a picture would be compared to the real thing.

      So I went out and bought this beat up Epiphone Les Paul Special


      Plan is to rebuild it a bit (broken nut, strings are gross, maybe new pickups, etc) and paint it in a similar fashion to the illustration I made. I'm also wanting to start learning guitar. Not wanting to be a rock star or anything, but it would be fun to just jam out with my wife.

      And for anyone interested, here are a couple of my car illustrations.
      http://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8596/28...ed67593c_b.jpg
      http://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7568/26...b3e556e4_b.jpg
      http://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7053/27...8e426a9f_b.jpg
      http://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1671/25...33bd74bf_b.jpg
      Last edited by OptimusGlen; 09-27-2016 at 10:34 AM.

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      10-06-2016 11:17 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by OptimusGlen View Post
      Hi all, I'm big into doing illustrations of cars, mostly Porsches, but I've always loved the designs of a lot of classic electric guitars. For one of my projects recently I decided I wanted to create one of a Gibson Les paul.

      Here's a somewhat medium sized picture of it. Of course natively there is no "resolution" because it's a vector image and can be blown up to any size I wish.


      My wife plays bass, but unfortunately I don't play anything. Well, I can eek my way through a couple songs on bass but really, pretty much no skill. Anyway, we have her bass hung up in our livingroom. After I created this illustration I was going to print it life-size and hang it up too, but then I started thinking about how much less cool a picture would be compared to the real thing.

      So I went out and bought this beat up Epiphone Les Paul Special


      Plan is to rebuild it a bit (broken nut, strings are gross, maybe new pickups, etc) and paint it in a similar fashion to the illustration I made. I'm also wanting to start learning guitar. Not wanting to be a rock star or anything, but it would be fun to just jam out with my wife.

      And for anyone interested, here are a couple of my car illustrations.
      http://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8596/28...ed67593c_b.jpg
      http://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7568/26...b3e556e4_b.jpg
      http://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7053/27...8e426a9f_b.jpg
      http://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1671/25...33bd74bf_b.jpg
      I dig the color on the first one. I have the exact same Epi Special II in your 2nd pic. If it has the original plastic tuning knobs, replace the tuners with a set that has metal knobs. One of mine twisted right off. You can go all-out and get high-end tuners or treat it like a lower-end guitar to learn on and just split the difference with a set that works and will last. I took the 2nd option but don't remember the brand. Pickups and electronics are also terrible as one should expect on a sub-$200 guitar. Here is a great place for parts and instruction: http://www.stewmac.com/. Their Golden Age Overwound pickups are decent but anything is really an improvement over stock. Get a Tusq faux-ivory or bone nut. Makes a big difference in sustain and staying in tune.
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      10-19-2016 10:04 AM #3
      Mine just says Special, not Special 2. Not sure what the difference is but my tuning knobs are all metal. I have a new bone nut for it, new strings, replaced the humbuckers with some that are way better. Also picked up a pick guard that I trimmed to clear one of the knobs, new knobs and pickup rings, and then tore the guitar down for refinishing.

      Since this guitar doesn't have a binding I painted a faux binding. Turned out ok I think, but not great. The radius on the edge was big, which meant the paint stripe had to be big too. I will be finishing the build but will probably sell it and start over on a carved top bare guitar kit.

      Still need to wetsand, but it looks pretty neat I think.


      If anything, it's a good starter project.

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    6. Member OptimusGlen's Avatar
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      10-20-2016 01:56 PM #4
      Got it all together, I still have to do some soldering though.



      Decided against wetsanding/polishing it. 95% of the time it'll be hung right here and too much reflection could be distracting.

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