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DIY Semi-Hollow LP-style Guitar by Guilford LP.

Guitar Name: 
SKU #: LPH-RMBC-1
Semi-Hollow LP-style Guitar

“Second build of same kit. My son-in-law liked the first one so much he asked for one just like it... hence the headstock. Colortone Pale Yellow and Red Mahogany stain burst. Eleven coats of gloss wipe on poly on the body; satin on the neck. Wet sanded through 12000 grit and polished with drill mounted foam wheel. Aside from pickguard and switch plate, all stock GKW parts. Love the neck fit and multi layered binding in the front, back, neck and headstock. Looking for another family member who wants a guitar.”

Experience Level: N/A

Guitar Build #: 2

Builder Name: Guilford LP.

SPECIAL FEATURES / HIGHLIGHTS

  • Colortone Pale Yellow

  • Red Mahogany stain burst

  • Eleven coats of gloss wipe on poly on the body

  • Satin on the neck

SPECS

Body

Body Timber:

Mahogany

Body Top Veneer:

Spalted Maple

Body Finish:

Colortone Pale Yellow, Red Mahogany stain burst

Neck

Neck Material:

Mahogany

Neck Shape:

C-shape

Fretboard Material:

Ebony

Number of frets:

22

Nut Material:

Bone

Inlays:

Trapezoid, White Pearl

Neck Finish:

Satin

Scale Length:

628mm / 24.75″

Fret Size:

Medium Jumbo

Nut Width:

4.318 cm / 1.700

 

Electronics

Bridge Pickup:

Humbucker

Middle Pickup:

None

Neck Pickup:

Humbucker

Pickup Configuration:

2 Humbuckers

Controls:

2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Toggle

 

Hardware

Bridge:

Stock

Tuning Machines:

Stock

Control Knobs:

Stock

Hardware Finish:

Chrome

Pickguard:

Stock

 

Tools

  • 2 X Timber clamps (*set neck guitar only) 

  • Electric jigsaw or coping saw (*If shaping the headstock) 

  • Steel ruler (at least 40cm) 

  • Hard sanding block 

  • Center punch (or similar tool for marking hole locations) 

  • Electric drill and assorted drill bits 

  • Large and small screwdrivers (Phillips head and flat head) 

  • Pliers (needle nose preferably)  

  • Soldering iron

Consumables

  • Disposable gloves 

  • Titebond, PVA, or similar wood glue (*set neck guitar) 

  • Small paintbrush  

  • Woodgrain filler (If open grain timber such as Mahogany or Oak) 

  • Sandpaper. Various grades, from 120 up to 1500 (*depends on finish) 

  • Finishing supplies. (This depends on your choice of finish) 

  • Painters masking tape 

  • Assortment of clean rags and paper towel 

  • Denatured alcohol (or cleaning product with degreasing ability) 

  • 0000 fine grade steel wool 

  • Solder (and sponge for cleaning tip of iron) 

  • Container for storing finishing supplies.

Assembly Instructions

Preparation and finishing

Step 1. Inspect the body

Step 2. Insert the Neck

Step 3. Check the scale length

Step 4. Check the neck alignment

Step 5. Check the neck angle

Step 6. Cut the Headstock

Step 7. Setting the Neck

Step 8. Prepare the body

Step 9. Grain Fill

Step 10. Masking

Step 11. Finishing 

Hardware Installation

Step1. Drill pilot holes

Step 2. Install the truss rod cover

Step 3. Install strap buttons 

Step 4. Install the Tuners

Step 5. Install and ground the bridge 

Step 6. Install Pickups

Connecting the electronics

Step1. Soldering

Step 2. Wiring

Step 3. Install the pickup selector

Step 4. Connect the pickup wires

Step 5. Install the electrical components

Final Setup

Step1. Adjust neck relief

Step 2. Adjust the action

Step 3. Intonate the guitar

Step 4. Adjust pickup height

Notes:

Assembly Video

Learn how to build your own LP Semi-Hollow Guitar using a guitar kit with this helpful video tutorial.

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