The saga of the creation of my dream Les Paul.

The Vision: A Vintage style Lester, with minimal adornment - no neck inlays or anything. I am planning for a (HB sized) P90 in the neck and a PAF humbucker in the bridge. It will be blue.

I am indebted to Neil Morgan of Morgan Guitar Works who has endless patience with my foolish ideas - this isn't a custom build ....

There's some fine examples of his older custom builds here including various Les Paul and Double Cut styles, but he focuses now on his own Bird of Prey V and very closely spec'd vintage Les Paul style guitars rather than bespoke designs.

Friday, 20 August 2010


Up to date - in August 2010.

Body carved

Few days later, still June

Body carve finished, and detailed grain now visible (with some naptha to bring out the detail).

Shape emerging

Early June ...  after body glueing had time to settle

The Cap carve underway 
Nearly done
Cavities and Pickups

The Joan Miro guitar

Basic carves - looking like something from Joan Miro.

Joan Miro

My Guitar

First get your wood

This is back in May 2010.

I had a fairly short discussion with Neil about wood - decided on lightish figuring and a plain ebony neck with no inlays.  This is my wood before work started.