i want to hollow out my les paul a little

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  1. scr@tchy

    scr@tchy Member

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    In Billy gibbon's rig rundown they mention sending some of his les pauls to be weight relieved. I have a les Paul special SL that I am wanting to do it to for the tone differences of a lighter body. How would a guy who is not Mr. Gibbons go about doing that?
     
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    P.s., to anyone who is going to caution me not to, I am a little stupid and won't listen to you
     
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    Termites in the control cavity.
     
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    well in that case.... just go grab a couple of clamps and a drill with a forstner bit. clamp the guitar down and start drilling holes. you can make the holes anywhere you want, but the fretboard would probably be a pretty bad place to put a hole. you can make the holes as deep as you want. stop drilling holes when you reach your desired weight.
     
  5. radiolab

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    I'm pretty sure the best and hardest way of doing this is to separate the maple top from the bottom , map out there all the metal bits will be (to avoid hitting them), and either drill with bits or make a swimming pool route like 90s strats.
     
  6. GrungeMan

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    Why don't you just buy a weight relieved LP?
     
  7. 696

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    Call Doctor Who and his sonic screwdriver.
     
  8. ixnay

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    Since OP's guitar is a Special, there is no maple top, so doing it this way would be even harder...
     
  9. HoboMan

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    This is the easiest thing to do.
    My Les Paul Classic is chambered and weighs 7.6 lbs.
     
  10. radiolab

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    If that's the case I would drill out the back making sure to not hit any metals parts and cover it up with a wood veneer and try my best to match the paint.

    But to the honest, I wouldn't do any of this. I would just sell it and but a different guitar. But I understand not everyone wants/can do that.
     
  11. buddaman71

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    Good luck in your future endeavors. :)
     
  12. SPROING!

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    Grab a forstner bit and bore some holes from the back side.
    Careful not to go too deep lest ye have a Holy Guitar.
     
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    This is an excellent idea! It has worked great for many who are a little stupid and refuse to listen. Please have someone video the process and post it here for us.
     
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    I recall a thread on another forum where a guy did exactly that with a boat anchor of an Agile LP, I think. Swiss cheesed it all the way through.
     
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    Unless you've got access to techs like Billy, I wouldn't do anything to your current guitars. Perhaps buy another Gibson LP (they have hollows now) or get a CS-336.
     
  16. chrisjw5

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    I can see into the future. A new scr@tchy post. Title?

    "WTB: replacement Les Paul"
     
  17. agquake

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    If you don't like the end result, or even mess it up, you'll have a ruined guitar that is un-sellable. I would sell this guitar and buy something more to your tastes.
     
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    Hi Willy, I like your band. Nice job reeling 'em all in with this post - I needed a little entertainment!
     
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    Oh, and say hi to Itchy for me.
     
  20. Guitarworks

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    Agreed. Don't do it. Unload the guitar you have. Buy the one that works better for you. If this is not an option, then by all means, put it on the bandsaw and start carving away until it's light enough.
     

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