Epiphone Body Goes Orange (not a spray Tan!)

Nice body from an Epiphone Les Paul. Very thin Maple Veneer and a neck that had been snapped then crudely cut off.. cheap ebay scoreNice body from an Epiphone Les Paul. Very thin Maple Veneer and a neck that had been snapped then crudely cut off.. cheap ebay scoreVeneer looked quite good but paper thin over Mahogany and also damaged so it had to goVeneer looked quite good but paper thin over Mahogany and also damaged so it had to goStarting the sanding.. with an orbital sanderStarting the sanding.. with an orbital sanderDSCF0328Mahogany looks OK!Mahogany looks OK!Back was in good nick so was kept as isBack was in good nick so was kept as isDSCF0323 (Large)All strippedAll strippedWet with white spiritsWet with white spiritsDSCF0332 (Large)Trail of the parts I had earmarked for this gutarTrail of the parts I had earmarked for this gutarNeck Added after tenon routedNeck Added after tenon routed Frets dressedFrets dressedA but naught it is not a Gibson but an epiphone body with a  custom made neck (long tenon)A but naught it is not a Gibson but an epiphone body with a custom made neck (long tenon)DSCF0344I in the end went with a Wilkinson Wrap around bridge (aluminium) and a low neck angle so the bridge was recessed a little (I like the stings close to the body)I in the end went with a Wilkinson Wrap around bridge (aluminium) and a low neck angle so the bridge was recessed a little (I like the stings close to the body)A bit Bolan influenced colour scheme.A bit Bolan influenced colour scheme.Nice orange finish from a oil paint based stain and a secret finishing oil mixNice orange finish from a oil paint based stain and a secret finishing oil mixAll strung up and setup and playing well.All strung up and setup and playing well.Nice Alnico II pickups sounding sweet!Nice Alnico II pickups sounding sweet!Changed to a real PRS BridgeChanged to a real PRS BridgeDimarzio Super Distortion in the Bridge sounds much better on this guitarDimarzio Super Distortion in the Bridge sounds much better on this guitarKnobs now reflectors!Knobs now reflectors!Simple HeadstockSimple HeadstockGotoh humbucker in the front around 11.5K matches the 13K Dimarzio wellGotoh humbucker in the front around 11.5K matches the 13K Dimarzio well

5 thoughts on “Epiphone Body Goes Orange (not a spray Tan!)

  1. Hey, do you have pictures of how you routed the neck pocket and set in the new neck? I’m planning to do something like this to an old epiphone as well with a shot neck that has the same offset joint like this one.

    Thanks, and a job well done!

    • I am sorry I did not photograph that part but I made up a tight fitting MDF gig (10mm) cut out to fit the neck tenon then clamped that onto the body with the correct neck angle (which involved shimming and a lot of “adjustment. Then routed with a flush cut bit and adjusted to get just the right depth. It is tricky and next time I will photograph the process/ If you look on the mylespaul.com forums there are good examples of people doing this.

  2. I am actually a member of the forum there ^^; though I haven’t found anything as of yet.

    Here’s a few more questions for ya:

    Did you completely remove the old wood or left it in there for the new neck? what kind of a connection did you end up doing? (long tenon, short, etc..) and was the neck built by you or bought off somewhere?

  3. It was a long tenon in the centre of the neck (not offset like the original Epiphone. So some of the original neck is still in the body. The neck came from China and was incredibly low cost and pretty good quality (one piece except for a very little bit added at the base of the heal, no scarf joint. I have made necks from scratch but for this project I did not want to put in the hours

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