Les Paul Guitar Kits, A DIY Classic

Easily the best selling of all project guitars, Les Paul style kits are a popular choice for guitar builders. This mirrors actual sales of electric guitars with the Gibson Les Paul remaining very popular up to this day along with the Gibson SG and Les Paul Jr. But how simple are they to assemble? Do they sound anything like the real thing?
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A history lesson, Les Paul Guitars

You are probably familiar with the name Les Paul, one of the early pioneers of electric guitar and a highly regarded musical pioneer in his own right. Gibson and Les Paul collaborated on the first version of the Les Paul introduced in 1951, featuring the distinctive archtop single cutaway body, two P90 pickups and distinctive trapeze style bridge.

Ten years later most likely due to dwindling sales Gibson re-engineered the Les Paul adding a second cutaway and reducing the thickness of the body which eventually went on to become the Gibson SG. Best known as the guitar of choice for players such as Angus Young Jerry Garcia and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Les Paul himself wasn’t overly impressed with the SG and parted ways with Gibson. However after a number of well known guitarists such as Eric Clapton started using the traditional Les Paul the guitar regained it’s popularity and Les Paul again started working with Gibson. Here’s an early clip of Les Paul playing his iconic Les Paul guitar. Out of interest the lady in the clip is Mary Ford, Les Paul’s then wife prior to their divorce in 1961.

Why Buy a Les Paul Kit?

Why not purchase a Stratocaster or Telecaster Kit? Why are Les Paul guitar kits popular? It really comes down to the style of music you prefer playing. Les Paul’s are fitted out with two humbuckers (more on guitar pickups here) allowing for more gain than a single coil guitar such as a Stratocaster, making them ideal for rock and heavier styles of music. Les Paul’s are traditionally a warmer sounding instrument and many argue they also have better sustain. While some may make the point that these qualities are only the case with an actual store bought guitar, many of these characteristics of the guitar are due to the actual style of the guitar e.g. shape of the body, timber used for crafting the body, the bridge and electrical components.

Obviously the pickups and associated hardware won’t be of the same quality but in most cases the body will be made from Mahogany with flamed maple top as per the real deal. If fitted out with P90 pickups (or something of a similar quality) and hardware you can expect to have a pretty decent guitar on your hands.

Check out this video to see how a Les Paul Guitar Kit sounds: (*please note the owner has fitted this out with Seymour Duncan Pickups)

Our Les Paul Guitar Kits

Our LP style kits are bolt on neck unlike traditional Les Paul’s. Many kit guitar builders prefer this, but if you prefer a set neck we can arrange this for you. We also offer the option of sealing your timber for finishing in a solid color or leaving the timber bare if you prefer to stain and seal the body yourself. You can customise your order to include three humbuckers, a range of timbers including Mahogany with flamed Maple top (which looks much like the traditional Les Paul) and your choice of neck and fretboard timbers. Available in left and right handed.

You can see our full range of guitar kits here.

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12 Responses to Les Paul Guitar Kits, A DIY Classic

  1. Alex vasiloff December 13, 2015 at 2:37 am #

    i have my own hardware. Is there a pricing model that only includes the body and neck?

    • Marty December 14, 2015 at 3:30 am #

      Hey Alex, thanks for the question. Not at this stage, but I can arrange this on a case by case basis. We are looking at options for 2016 and offering the choice of no hardware is definitely on the list.

  2. Mario January 6, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Really interested in body and neck only

    • Marty January 7, 2016 at 12:19 am #

      Hi Mario, thanks for the question.
      We can provide any of our kits without hardware, just drop me a line at info@guitarkitworld.com and I’ll follow up with pricing information for you. We will also be offering this as a custom option in the coming weeks.

  3. Adam April 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi,

    This is driving me bonkers!!! I am after a Left Handed Les Paul Kit…BUT! I really am after a maple fret board top on the neck or any light woods ! Is this doable?

    Kind Regards,

    Adam

    • Marty April 6, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

      Hi Adam
      Thanks for getting in touch. Actually, all of our guitars are available with a maple fretboard. It’s one of the custom options available under each product listing. Feel free to shoot me an email if you run into any problems.

  4. Murray April 26, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Hi,

    If I were looking only to purchase the LP neck, with no other components, would that be possible?

    • Marty April 27, 2016 at 12:26 am #

      Hi Murray. Thanks for your question.
      We don’t supply single units e.g. bodies or necks unfortunately.

  5. Mike May 8, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

    I’m wondering if original Gibson Les Paul hardware will fit on the body of these guitars.

    • Marty May 9, 2016 at 8:43 am #

      Hi Mike

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      In almost all cases aftermarket hardware that fits a Gibson Les Paul will also fit our LP Guitar Kits. If you are unsure however please feel free to drop me a line at info@guitarkitworld.com and let me know the brand and specific hardware item and I’ll confirm for you.

  6. Rob July 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    How much would it be un finished Gibson 2016 ES-Les Paul with the florentine f holes? With and without the hardware? I might wanna add my own

    • Marty July 26, 2016 at 2:20 am #

      Hi Rob

      We can supply our hollow body LP without hardware. When doing this we can generally reduce the price by $40.00

      Hope that helps, if you have any additional questions just let me know.

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