A while ago, when Monoprice started selling $100 Les Paul knockoffs, I briefly considered putting several hundred dollars on an order of several of them, and then getting wraps made at any of a number of available guitar decal companies online, and turning them around for a profit on eBay - not being misleading about their origins, but also figuring I could easily double my buying price.
I'm not especially good at this capitalism thing though, because the whole thing felt kind of dirty, even though all I really wanted was to profit enough to cover the costs of my own knock-off Fragility guitar.
Over on Reddit, user N1I2N3, aka Liam O'Brien
, felt this same struggle. Unable to locate an original Fragility guitar, or even high quality photos of them (Liam, I could have helped you out buddy), he set forth to build his own replica.
As in from scratch.
In this imgur gallery
, Liam documented everything from the chainsaw cutting through an elm tree to the CNC machines shaping the slab into a body, a few false starts and lessons learned, all the way through to the finished product.
For as much as the original guitars go for these days, he might still have come out ahead in terms of dollars spent. Liam does not yet know how to play guitar, so we don't know how it sounds either, but it sure does look nice, and I bet it's got some heft to it, too.