Thinning out a G&L Kiloton body to shave weight

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Florijan, Dec 12, 2020.


  1. Florijan

    Florijan

    Mar 29, 2018
    So, I've done it!

    Here are the photos of the process:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/EagXGQdsrEAcMiyo6

    Ended up putting 5mm of wallnut on top. A bit heavy, but nice and local wood! Gift from a carpenter friend. Put some cherry veneer on the back.

    Shaved around 600g, without changing tuners. Still balances well! It has a really massive bridge (300g)... So, satisfied on that front. Super happy with the top finish, the sides (basswood) are a bit ugly and I messed up cosmetically on some points. But, for first try, pretty good!

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions and help!
     
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  2. TexasThunder

    TexasThunder Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2018
    Texas
    That looks freaking outstanding! Great work.
     
  3. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Nice! Weight? ;)
     
  4. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Well done!
     
  5. Florijan

    Florijan

    Mar 29, 2018
    4.00kg exactly! It was 4.65kg before, so, quite an improvement.
     
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  6. StevieMac

    StevieMac

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Nice job!
     
  7. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka Yes, I act just like this in person. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    awesome job!

    I have a 51 slabside I hate the weight on.

    If I can find a way to reliably plane down 5-6mm, I have some maple I could use to re-cap it.

    I will very likely go from the backside, BUT it currently has a control plate and If I go through the front I could eliminate it...
     
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  8. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Router Planing Fixtures :thumbsup:
     
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