Here it is, a Columbus Crest Les Paul style guitar in bits. As far as I can tell it is all there but it has been messed with.



The first image is a the "bits" that I think are all there, although some are somewhat rough and will need replacing.

Next along is the body which is laminated, a posh way of describing plywood.


Not sure what the black coating is. It is in a bad way so will probably have to be removed. Hopefully the "wood" underneath will be able to take another finish.

The neck will need a bit of straightening and the frets require a bit of work. The nut will need to be glued back.


The neck binding has been removed but I do have a coil of binding to use.

It looks like two, or maybe three, types of machine heads have been fitted in the past. The ones with it are useless so new ones will be needed.

All in all the previous owner has turned a fairly collectable instrument into a pile of junk or, to put it another way, "A Project!"



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What's next? A bit of investigation to decide if it is worth spending any time on this then try to get the neck level. If I can then I will remove some of the coating to see what the "wood" is like underneath..............more as and when along with pictures of course.

UPDATE! After some investigation I have decided it is not worth spending much time or money on this. As noted above, the body is laminated, which I once saw described as Zebra Wood, the "paint" coating will be a pain to remove and it is doubtful that then top ply layer will be good enough to stain. I will rebind the neck, replace the machine heads, sort out any other problems, put it together and see how it plays.

Neck binding glued in position, bound with masking tape and clamped. 30009
New binding in place. Final shaping in progress. 30010
The holes have been filled and the rear of the head painted ready for the new machine heads. 30011

Neck in place with new machine heads fitted and restrung for alignment. No electronics yet, but it plays OK.

Yes, I know that the 3 higher strings have been are wound incorrectly but it was late and they will be replaced with new ones when I refit the electronics.


The finished article. A couple of problems with final assembly. the bridge pickup did not fit through the surround, it was to large by about 1mm. It also did not fit the odd ones in my box, so I modified one with a file to fit. Naturally, the tone and volume knobs did not stay on the pots until I splayed the spindles a bit.
Suprisingly enough, it sounds prety good, bit fuzzy below the 12th fret so may have to tweak the neck a bit.

Total cost £7.86. I said it was not worth spending much on.

Now it it finished I just need to decide what I am going to do with it.