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!
2494 3/4" diameter x 2" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
We also have the specialty bits you'll need when using these templates. These are the bits we recommend:
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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