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Routing Template for '59 Les Paul<sup>&reg;</sup>

Routing Template for '59 Les Paul®

Full Template Set

Full Template Set

Item # 2375
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List Price $300.88
Your Price $240.70

Routing Template for &#39;59 Les Paul&lt;sup&gt;&amp;reg;&lt;/sup&gt; Body Set

Body Set

Item # 2372
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Routing Template for &#39;59 Les Paul&lt;sup&gt;&amp;reg;&lt;/sup&gt; Neck Set

Neck Set

Item # 2373
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Routing Template for &#39;59 Les Paul&lt;sup&gt;&amp;reg;&lt;/sup&gt; Top Arch Set

Top Arch Set

Item # 2374
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Routing Template for &#39;59 Les Paul&lt;sup&gt;&amp;reg;&lt;/sup&gt; Option For &#39;56 P-90 Template

Option For '56 P-90 Template

Item # 2364
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Routing Template for '59 Les Paul®

About This Item

Build a 1959 Les Paul®
These are not based on just some run-of-the-mill guitar, but on a beautiful original 1959 Gibson® Les Paul® Standard Burst.

We're lucky to work with the most incredible guitars on the planet. We've been meticulously measuring every inch, curve, and detail to bring you these incredibly accurate routing templates. With these high quality templates you'll build one of the most revered guitars ever made.

Built to vintage specs
We sweat all the details—from the size and shape of the routs, to the bridge placement, to the wiring channels, it's all there! We went the extra mile and made perfectly curved arching templates for the top. The top curve of the Les Paul® has changed a number of times over the years, and this set matches the vintage-correct contours exactly.

Get the options you want
We've also made a separate template to accurately rout for P-90 pickups for an earlier Les Paul® sound. Each template is available separately or as a set:

2375 Full Template Set
Includes body (set of 2), neck (set of 2), and arching templates (set of 5)

2372 Body Set
Includes two full sized templates with body shape, neck mortise, control and switch cavities (including cover plates), wiring channel, humbucker pickup cavities, jack, and bridge and tailpiece location

2373 Neck Set
Includes two full sized neck templates with side profile, tenon, headstock, fretboard locating pins, and nut location

2374 Top Arch Set
Includes 5 templates to dial in every angle of the iconic carved top

2364 Option For '56 P-90 Template
Includes template for routing both the neck and bridge pickup cavities for two P-90 pickups. These measurements were based on a '56 Les Paul Goldtop.

  • Clear acrylic
  • Laser etched centerlines
  • Accurate locations for routing pickups, neck tenon, mortise, control cavities, hardware, nut location, and more
  • 1/4" thick—no need to shim when routing

Don't forget the bits!
We also have the specialty bits you'll need when using these templates. These are the bits we recommend:

2494 3/4" diameter x 2" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
2493 1/2" diameter x 1" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
0583 3/8" diameter x 1/2" Ball Bearing Router Bit
5310 1/4" diameter x 1/4" Ball Bearing Router Bit
4848 1/4" Aircraft Extension Drill bit
2475 1/8" radius Round-over Router Bit
2498 15/16" diameter Forstner Bit for Output Jacks
Fisch Brad Point Drill Bits (0097 or 0098 depending on your hardware choices)

Get precision cuts every time
We recommend using Double-stick Tape to keep the templates in place. Align the body template's centerlines with those drawn on your wood and tape in place. The Bosch Colt Router and Router Bits make it easy to get clean and precise cuts.

Body and neck templates thickness: 1/4" (6.35mm)
Neck side profile template thickness: 1/8" (3.175mm)
Arch templates thickness: 1/8" (3.175mm)

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Previously a dream!


Verified Buyer

Many of us had younger selves that wished for templates taken from the real thing, don't lose sight of our very isolated pasts. Having said that, I can't verify the accuracy compared to the original 59' Bursts as I've misplaced mine. It may be with my Bitcoin Wallet? The price probably and fairly reflects StewMac's access to the real thing.
These template sets are well made and the curves are mostly fair. I found a small irregularity 60mm from the Tail Strap Button on the bass side. You may want to do some light sanding around the outline? The internal cavity routes are good and four more templates are supplied than photographed. They are for the cavity covers and the inserts to complete the screw/spring wells in the pickup cavities. The profile templates for the top look good and include the all important recurve area. Overall I think they are worth the money for anyone who lacks the access to the originals.




Verified Buyer

I bought this for my latest guitar build, which is a Les Paul style with P90’s. I almost bought your single P90 template, but I thought the dual template would make the process a lot easier. The problem is that the dual template pick up spacing is almost 3/16 wider than my ‘59 pick guard spacing. So I will have to route one pick up and then move the template. It looks great and my pick ups fit perfectly in the template, just wish I would’ve went with the much cheaper single pick up option.

Response from StewMac

Hi Mark,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the P-90 Routing Template for '59 Les Paul® did not work for you as expected. P-90 Les Pauls use a different pickguard than humbucker loaded models and our template was based off a P-90 loaded '56 Goldtop. I have attached a picture to this reply that should give you a good visual reference but we fully understand the confusion this caused. Thanks to your feedback, we have updated the product page to make this more evident. We are also more than happy to refund your purchase. We will be reaching out to you directly and truly appreciate this excellent feedback.


When accuracy is important


Verified Buyer

I have been searching for top carve templates like these for years that are affordable. StewMac has done it again.
Some claim their templates and jigs are accurate but are not quite right. However I've checked these templates myself against an actual original Les Paul and they are "SPOT ON".
What an absolute relief knowing these can be relied on for carving a LP style top.
Thank you StewMac

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