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Let's Build a Guitar! #1: Starting Out, Let's do it together!

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OK, here goes,
Awhile back I bought a nicely put together Les Paul clone guitar kit. It is so nice that I don’t want to put it together as my first kit so instead I bought a cheaper kit to practice with.
I want to do it this way because I have absolutely no experience building musical instruments.

If anyone is interested I would like this blog to be a community effort.

I got the box today and am posting the pictures of the grand opening.

The first impression is that this kit so far seems to be well built and designed. The neck and the body seem to fit nicely together and without any real work I got the neck into the slot for it where it rested nicely.

The tuners, egs and pickups seem to fit well without too much effort, but enough there won’t be any slop.

The body and neck are pretty rough texture so there will be quite a bit of sanding. It has a flame maple veneered arched top so no radical sanding will be possible. The back is just a collection of unmatched pieces of basswood and we may end up using paint on that side.
The edging seems tight and well aligned but we’ll see as we go along.

I don’t get a lot of time to work in the shop so this may take awhile. Input is welcomed, and please stay tuned for updates!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!



10 comments so far

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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 344 days ago

Ok now…. Where’s Angie? She talked about the possibility of building a guitar :-)

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AngieO

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#2 posted 344 days ago

Lol! Can’t wait. :)

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Dallas

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#3 posted 344 days ago

All input will be appreciated…. Angie I paid less than $50 for this kit. I think it’s a great learner, although I’ll probably send it to my grand son after it is finished.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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LittlePaw

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#4 posted 343 days ago

Good luck, Dallas. You’re braver than I!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Dallas

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#5 posted 343 days ago

Paul, for the price I couldn’t not do it.
From what reviews of the kit that I’ve seen, it’s pretty reliable. Mostly the complaints I see are about the electronics and I have a suspicion that those are coming from people that have no idea how to solder correctly.

Today has been a busy day, I hope to be able to even open the instruction sheet tomorrow.

Question….... for all who are interested, should I scan and post the instructions or just describe what I think they are saying?

Next, where do we start?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Buckethead

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#6 posted 343 days ago

Whenever I have a kit for a build, I build it, wonder what went wrong, read the instructions, then disassemble, and try to salvage the build.

I hope this is helpful!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 342 days ago

Man-rule #778… NEVER read the “destructions” BEFORE starting the build. They are only there to refer to after you realize that part B, which you just installed, should have been put in AFTER sub-assembly A2 was permanently installed.

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Dallas

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#8 posted 342 days ago

Instructions? We don’t need no stinkin’ Instructions!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Don W

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#9 posted 342 days ago

mind if I just watch?

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Dallas

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#10 posted 342 days ago

Don, feel free.. I’m just trying to figure out where to go from here.

I ordered 5 bottles of different aniline dyes today, hopefully they will give the color I’m hoping for.

Then comes the sanding and lacquer, I’ll have to get my spray gun out and practice a bunch for that.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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