Make your own guitar using parts from a cheap Epiphone Les Paul. The Epiphone only costs around $130 brand new and is cheaper than buying all the parts separate. I’ll be saving the neck, electronics and hardware from the cheap guitar and using them on this custom body.
I’m using a brand new Epiphone Les Paul with P90 pick up for this build. I’ll be using the neck, electronics and hardware.
Mill Up Your Lumber
I’m using some 2" thick ash for this guitar.
It may be difficult to find ash wide enough so you’ll likely need to to glue up two pieces. Once the glue dries plane it down to 1 5/8" thick.
Clamp Down the Material
When carving material this hard and thick it’s necessary to screw down the material right to the waste board.
Cut out the neck pocket. You’ll want to be sure the neck fits snugly into the body. One of the things that separate a cheap guitar from a well made one is how this fits.
Pickup Pockets and Control Cavity
Next carve out the pickup pockets and control cavity.
Carve the Outer Shape
And finally carve out the body shape.
Round Over Edges
Next round over all the edges with a 1/4" round over bit in your router.
Next I use an angle grinder to carve out the arm contour and belly cut. You may need to reference a Fender Strat.
Drill Neck Holes
Next you’ll want to drill the holes for attaching the neck.
Carving the Pick Guard
Now you can carve the pick guard on the X-Carve.
Add the Guitar Bridge
Now its a matter of drilling holes for the tailpiece and bridge. I bought a higher quality bridge than the one that came with the Epiphone. Bridge placement is dependent upon the scale length and fret count of your neck.
Attach the Pick Guard
Now it’s time to drill the holes for the volume, tone and pickup switch into the the pickguard and attach it to the guitar.