Donahue Guitar Arts USA
One Less Paul (DGA5)
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“One Less Paul” is a tribute to the late Minnesota Senator and great American hero Paul Wellstone.
Using the classic body shape of the Gibson Les Paul as a basis, the One Less Paul has “one less” of everything. It has one less string (5). Tuned to open G, it is reminiscent of the five-string guitars popularized by Keith Richards. It has one less fret (21) not including the zero fret. There is one less pickup, a Bill Lawrence L500XL rail humbucker (also used by Dimebag Darrell). There is no control switch and no tone or volume knobs (one less of each). The photo collage of Paul Wellstone on the body (one less Paul) punctuates the concept.
It features Grover V98N open gear tuners, a brass nut, brass neck markers, and direct wiring to the output jack for a clean, uncolored, high output signal.
The low E string is removed and it is tuned to open G (low to high: G, D, G, B, G). Les Pauls usually have Tuneomatic bridges but I couldn’t find a five-string Tuneomatic anywhere. (In fact, it is very difficult to find ANY kind of five-string bridge.)
The green duck cloth around the body matches the color of Paul Wellstone’s campaign school bus.
Tuners: Grover V98N open gear
Bridge: 5 string (unbranded)
Bill Lawrence L500XL
Neck: Maple, Walnut, Oak
Body: Redwood, Douglas Fir, Pine, Maple, Mahogany
Handmade from scratch!