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Old 11-27-2023, 02:42 PM
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As others have said, a guitar in this shape could work, though it won't be the loudest acoustic guitar. The luthier Jake Wildwood recently recently made something along those lines from the top and neck of an old Gibson L-30. Specifically hollowing out a Les Paul will not work well because of the woods it is made out of. The maple top of a Les Paul isn't a great wood to make an acoustic soundboard out of, flat or arched, and will be fairly acoustically dead compared to the standard softwoods used, or even mahogany.
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Old 11-27-2023, 02:43 PM
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I didn't vote, because Les Pauls just don't do it for me. But it's been done. By Gibson:

https://www.vintageguitar.com/3083/g...paul-acoustic/
Not really. That guitar was still meant to be played plugged-in, but using a piezo pickup instead of magnetic ones, to have an "acoustic" tone.
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Old 11-27-2023, 06:57 PM
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Um, I'm afraid you are a little late to the party...


Gibson ES Les Paul

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Old 11-28-2023, 12:00 PM
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Um, I'm afraid you are a little late to the party...


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But I thought it was to be an acoustic instrument.
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Old 11-28-2023, 05:33 PM
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Thanks Colins. Yes I'm planning to X brace it as well, forgot to add that. Let me see if I can edit the post.

My budget is limited, plus I have no experience with building archtops, so it will be hard to fine tune it. Unfortunately.

i voted yes but now that i know that you have no experience can i change my vote!?!?!

i hope you can do it. certainly sounds like a cool idea!
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Old 11-30-2023, 04:16 PM
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I voted no, for all the reasons mentioned above. One thing that you need to consider is that the grain of the top is probably not in the direction you want it to be. Almost all acoustic instruments use quartersawn wood so that they can get the lightest weight with the maximum stiffness, but the maple top on a les paul is probably a different cut to maximize the beauty. The maple itself isn't the greatest for acoustic tone, but it being a different cut will probably make it worse. You'll probably need to make it thicker to have the requisite stiffness (although the arch will help), and it might still be a bit floppy.

It'll probably be a lot of time and expense for a pretty crappy sound.
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