For a while now I have been looking for a project to keep me occupied in my spare time, something that preferably does not revolve around technology as I spend majority of my life glued to a computer for both work and pleasure. After hunting around for a while I discovered that it is possible to purchase DIY Guitar kits in a variety of different types modelling famous guitars. This struck me as the perfect project given my love for music, and the fact that although I love playing guitar, I know next to zero about how the internals of a guitar actually fit together.
I discovered a local company called DIY Guitars that stock a large range of different models and decided that I would take a shot at building myself a Gibson Les Paul inspired kit. Specifically I went for the Les Paul shaped guitar with Spalted Maple top, bolt-on neck and all black hardware. The exact model which I purchased can be found here.
Now that I had decided on the guitar, the next big question I had to ask myself was how was I actually going to finish this thing! After a lot of Google searching, I finally stumbled upon the following image which instantly struck me as the right decision on how to finish the guitar, especially considering I had opted for a Spalted Maple top over a standard blank body. If mine turns out to look anything like the below I will be stoked! I am pretty happy with the overall figuring on the front of the guitar, I am hoping that once I start to add a bit of colour to the surface, the grain will really pop and bring out some nice patterns.
Body – Front (Spalted Maple)
Body – Back (Mahogany)
Headstock – Spalted Maple
Neck – Rosewood Fretboard
Hardware – All Black
That’s all for now! Next step in the the process I will begin preparing the body to be finished.
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