Thorn Project

Thorn Project

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Model Name: Thorn
Color: Natural Walnut
Body Material: Walnut
Body Shape: Les Paul
Body Finish: Tung Oil
Neck Material: Walnut
Neck Style: 3×3
Neck Shape: Uber Wizard “C”
Scale Length: 24.75”
Fingerboard: Wenge
Fingerboard Radius: Compound 12″-14″
Number of Frets: 24
Fret Size: Jumbo
Nut: Granite Corian
Nut Width: 41 mm
Side Inlays: White
Pickup Configuration: Humbucker Bridge
Bridge Pickup: Bare Knuckle Warpig
Neck Pickup: N/A
Controls: Master volume, Coil-split
Pickup Switching: N/A
Bridge: Schaller STM Black/Bigsby B700
Hardware Finish: Black
Tuning Machines: Schaller Da Vinci
Pickguard: N/A
Control Knobs: Schaller Black Knurled Brass
Switch Tips: N/A
Unique Features:

  • Crimson Guitars hand-made neck
  • Owen Jackson hand-made body
  • Treble-bleed wiring modification
  • Humbucker coil-split switching volume
  • Chambered Walnut body

Burning Sun Les Paul Diary

Built and finished during an unforgettable Spring and Summer living in a converted barn in the Peak District…

Burning Sun Les Paul

Burning Sun Les Paul

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Model Name: Burning Sun LP
Color: Burning Sun
Body Material: Mahogany body, Spalted Maple top
Body Shape: Les Paul
Body Finish: Wudtone – ‘Burning Sun’
Neck Material: Rock Maple
Neck Style: Gibson style headstock, oiled finish
Neck Shape: Modern “C”
Scale Length: 25.5”
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Jumbo
Full-body String Nut: White plastic
Nut Width: 42 mm
Fingerboard Inlays: N/A
Side Inlays: Black dot
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt gold – MG ‘Demon’ custom design
Pickup Configuration: HB-HB
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ’57 Classic with plastic cover
Middle Pickup: N/A
Neck Pickup: Epiphone ’57 Classic with plastic cover

  • Volume 1 – Neck pickup
  • Volume 2 – Bridge pickup
  • Master Tone
  • Arcade style kill-switch

Pickup Switching: 3-way toggle
Bridge: Tune-o-matic stop-tailpiece
Hardware Finish: Black
Tuning Machines: Epiphone ‘Tulip’ style
Pickguard: N/A
Control Knobs: Black speed-knob
Switch Tips: Black

Unique Features:

    • Custom designed ‘MG Demon’ neck-plate
    • Kill-switch modification
    • Locking strap buttons
    • Treble-bleed wiring modification


This guitar body was salvaged from the manufacturer as it had a slight imperfection in the left shoulder, which had been inlaid with a mismatch piece of timber. The sponge-like spalted maple top absorbed all of the golden tones of the Wudtone Burning Sun application, and was a pleasure to apply.

I decided to add a prog-metal style kill-switch into this guitar as a prototype for one I intended to add to my own personal Les Paul. This works very well in execution for staccato-style riffs, but it just wasn’t for me so I never adopted this for my own Les Paul.

Follow the design & build diary of the ‘Burning Sun’ Les Paul…