Les Paul Clone


This Les Paul clone is based on a kit by Saga. The Saga kit comes with a "ready to paint" flamed maple top and mahogony back. I intended to stain and finish the top. Unfortunately, there was so much built-up sealer applied to the surfaces that I could not remove it all and get stain to penetrate the wood. I decided instead to finish it in 6 coats of flat black piano lacquer.

 

I then took it to New York and had Mr. Paul troubleshoot it! It spent an evening in the greenroom with his personal guitars before he looked it over after his show. Then we talked for a little while and he signed it on the headstock for me.

It was really cool. An evening to remember.

And now that Mr. Paul Paul is gone, it is even more memorable.