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DIY Semi-Hollow LP F-Holes Guitar by Mark M.

Guitar Name:
SKU #: LPH-RMOC-3B
DIY Semi-Hollow LP by Mark M

“Nice kit that plays well and sounds good if you pay attention to detail. I did use custom parts for my tastes but all original pots tested at 500K and the pre-wiring was nice. This was finished in water-based stains and Gloss clear cellulose lacquer. ”

Experience Level: N/A

Guitar Build #: N/A

Builder Name: Mark M.

SPECIAL FEATURES / HIGHLIGHTS

  • CTS brass mini pots
  • 022 Orange drop caps
  • 50's style wiring with 22 ga. copper wire, 
  • Switchcraft 3 way switch and output jack, 
  • Parsons Street Alnico 2 PU at the Bridge and Alnico 5 at the neck, 
  • Kluson tuners and TUSQ nut. 

SPECS

Body

Body Timber:

Mahogany

Body Top Veneer:

Flamed Maple Veneer

Body Finish:

Gloss clear cellulose lacquer

Neck

Neck Material:

Mahogany

Neck Shape:

C-shape

Fretboard Material:

Engineered Rosewood

Number of frets:

22

Nut Material:

TUSQ nut

Inlays:

Trapezoid, Abalone

Neck Finish:

Satin or Matte?

Scale Length:

628mm / 24.75″

Fret Size:

Medium Jumbo

Nut Width:

4.318 cm / 1.700

Electronics

Bridge Pickup:

Parsons Street Alnico 2

Middle Pickup: 

None

Neck Pickup:

Alnico 5

Pickup Configuration:

2 Humbuckers

Controls:

2V, 2T, 3-Way Toggle


Hardware

Bridge:

Stock

Tuning Machines:

Kluson tuners

Control Knobs:

Stock

Hardware Finish:

Chrome

Pickguard:

None

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  
  • Wood grain 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

Step1. Inspecting 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. Set the Neck

Step 7. Prepare the body

Step 8. Grain Filling

Step 9. Finishing 

Hardware Installation

Step1. Drill pilot holes

Step 2. Install strap buttons

Step 3. Install the Tuners

Step 4. Install and ground the bridge 

Step 5. 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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