Maucacaube Les Paul

A friend and fellow Industrial Designer asked me to help him build a swamp ash Les Paul over the summer of 2004. While shopping for the materials for his guitar, I found a piece of extremely rare rosewood from the Amazon, called “Maucacaube”. It was a small piece, so I decided to build a LP of my own.

To speed production, I used a neck-through-body design incorporating carbon fiber neck bracing, I also incorporated Brazilian rosewood repurposed from a Mid-Century Scandinavian couch, rock maple for the center lamination, and super-light Honduras mahogany for the side wings.

The Macacaube was bookmatched, and the front and back were both carved to yield more svelte handling.

The entire build was under 30 hours, including planning.

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