Exp-Style '58 Template Set

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Classic '58 Exp-Style template set.  Also available as a 25.5" bolt-on body.

Also available:

1/2" MDF with engraved center lines and reference markings.

Requires body blank minimum 23" x 18" (59cm x 46)

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Bridge Options

▶ TonePros Tune-o-matic Bridge and Tailpiece Set

▶ Gotoh Tune-o-matic Bridge

▶ Gotoh Stop Tailpiece



▶ Strap Buttons

▶ Strap Button Felt Washers

▶ Pickguard Material

▶ Pickguard / Cavity Cover Screws

▶ Humbucker Pickup Mounting Rings

▶ Humbucker Mounting Ring Screws

▶ Humbucker Pickup Height Springs

▶ Gibson Truss Rod

▶ Bone Nut

▶ Fretwire



▶ Control Pots

▶ Control Knobs

▶ Toggle Switch (right-angle)

▶ Toggle Switch Knob

▶ Capacitor

▶ Output Jack

▶ Jack Plate

▶ Wire

▶ Shielding:

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7 Reviews

  • 5
    Vintage Explorer

    Posted by Patrick H on 2023 Jul 24th

    I used this template for a personal build a few months ago. I added a Floyd Rose for some additional awesomeness. Potvin templates are the best (the FR template too)!

  • 5
    All the templates!

    Posted by Dan P on 2023 Jun 24th

    If you’re searching around for the best templates/tools you can get to help facilitate your build, this is the place. I have used three of mikes sets so far and even mix and matched. Love them and he is always available for questions. If nothing else it is great to support a good small business.

  • 5
    Review of my explorer template

    Posted by Tom Grose on 2022 Mar 3rd

    I am extremely happy with the outcome of the template it will prove to be very beneficial in the building of my new explorer! Thanks Mik for doing such a great job sir!

  • 5
    Great template

    Posted by Nelson Arruda on 2019 May 28th

    Have built guitars with other templates before. They never seemed spot on and I always had to tweak them a bit. I had no such problems with this template from Mike. Very accurate and well built. The 1/2 inch MDF is a joy to work with compared to the normally 1/4 inch used. Highly recommend his templates. Worth every penny. I'm actually ordering the Les Paul Special Double cut model as soon as I finish writing this review!

  • 5
    Exp 58 template

    Posted by Alex young on 2018 May 18th

    I can tell I'm going to be making an awesome guitar just by the quality of this template. Haha let's hope! Thanks potvin for all your help

  • 5
    Great Experience

    Posted by Scott Topa on 2016 Aug 18th

    Mike made me a set of modified Explorer templates. The accuracy is unbelievable! Working with Mike was a genuine pleasure. I will be recommending him to everyone I know!

  • 5

    Posted by Paul on 2014 Dec 11th

    I am fairly new to guitar building. I couldn't decide on plans or templates. After asking some advise from Sully I ordered a set of these Explorer templates. Let me tell you, the quality of these things is amazing. The came with centerlines scribed in them already. The dimensions are spot on and the ease of use is great. Mike is a top notch guy, he answered all my questions and made me feel very confident with my purchase. I plan on ordering several other sets from him in the future. If your looking for top quality templates at a great price, then you've come to the right place. A+++++++!

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