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    Cracked neck?

    That’s what I would do. I’d also recommend maybe taping off the sides of the heel and the end of the fretboard with clear plastic packing tape just in case the super glue gets away from you. That water thin stuff goes everywhere, but it’s the right viscosity to wick into that crack. After the...
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    Is this a good or bad tap tone? I need honest advice.

    After I glued my necks in, I held the guitars loosely by the headstock and went around bumping the lower bout with my other fist to hear the resonance. It’s a neat trick, but no two sound alike and I really don’t know how much it matters when plugged in. I wouldn’t sweat tapping on an electric...
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    *Update* Anyone done a GuitarKitWorld build?

    I didn’t even bother with a leveling beam. Made my own with a piece of hard rock maple and sticky back sandpaper. But I also have a jointer and was able to get a nice flat edge on the piece of maple. I don’t expect it to always stay true, but it worked for the two guitars I used it on and...
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    *Update* Anyone done a GuitarKitWorld build?

    Don’t take this as me trying to talk you out of a kit, but I’ll share my own experience... When I first found this place 5 years ago, I was ready to pull the trigger on a Precision Guitar Kit, because I’m a DIY fanatic, but didn’t know where to start with guitars. I quickly realized that...
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    '59 design questions

    One other piece of advice...be cautious of the weight on the Sapele. One of Freddy’s videos shows how to use a scale and figure out suitable weight of a body blank. If the wood is too heavy but you still want to use it, you can drill a bunch of big holes in it before gluing the top down. Not...
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    '59 design questions

    An oscillating spindle sander and a pattern maker vice will be your best friends on a guitar build. From personal experience, don’t worry about doing it on the cheap. I was super cheap throughout my first pair of builds and still wound up nearing $1000 each and they don’t have any finish on...
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    Les Paul and neck pocket fitment (Now 1st build thread)

    I'm super interested in the proposed solutions here, because of my similar problem to the OP. I can say unequivocally that I will not be pulling my neck. The guitar is already setup and plays like a dream. I used Titebond 1 on the neck joint and I'm sure I would make a giant mess of things...
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    Les Paul and neck pocket fitment (Now 1st build thread)

    I have the same problem except my gap is in the cutaway where the heel meets the body. Slightly more than a piece of paper sized. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to fill it. Dust and epoxy? Dust and super glue? A plane shaving and yellow glue? Not sure...
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    Opinions on nut slot height needed

    What he said. If you fret a note and the string is still buzzing, it’s not the nut. It’s either a problem at the saddle, a high fret or the neck is too flat. And it could possibly be hitting a pole piece. I’ve done it myself and spent forever trying to figure out the problem only to feel...
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    First Two Guitar Builds, 5 Years Later

    I bought a couple pieces of Bolivian Rosewood and Macassar Ebony on ebay to make cavity covers from. I resawed thin strips off of each piece with my monster band saw. I spent all last weekend tuning up my homemade junky drum sander and plan on sanding down these thin plates today most...
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    First Two Guitar Builds, 5 Years Later

    I agree with everything you said here. That’s exactly how I feel about it. I’m trying to do all my homework and purchasing in the next month or two, so when I catch a warm weekend in April/May I can jump on it and get them done. Still so many unanswered questions though. I feel lost about...
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    Inlaying a radiused fingerboard Question

    Good to know. Are those the kind that are tradionally bent to fit a pocket with a curved bottom? I’ve only inlayed real shell, so they had to sit flat.
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    Inlaying a radiused fingerboard Question

    Dave, I’ve only done this twice, but I did exactly what you’re describing with both trap and block inlays that were .060” thick and had zero problems with sanding through. I even had the first fret inlay set in a little deep (.003”) and had to remove extra material from the whole board and the...
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    I paid for quater sawn - did I get it?

    That’s the definition of quarter sawn. Between that straight vertical end grain and the rays on the headstock.
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    First Two Guitar Builds, 5 Years Later

    Considering I’m about $1K each into these guitars, I could spring for another 600. But that would go a long way towards outfitting a moderate spray setup and teaching myself how. I’d love to be able to do it, and so far have accomplished anything I put my mind to. It’s just hard to take that...




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