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Building an electric guitar from kit

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Post by AndyC » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:06 pm

First up, I'm a terrible guitarist - really, I know chords and barre chords and such but I'm not very good other (I can, however, hold down a decent rhythm). I've purchased a few courses and intend to dive on in.

With that said, I bought a black Les Paul style kit a few years ago that I'm finally motivated to finish; the one thing holding me back was installing the tuners so I got a pro to do that, after which I put some parody stickers in place:

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I got to work installing the electronics (which is still a work in progress):

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Taped off the fretboard today for the much-dreaded fret-leveling and crowning - that will be done after the electronics are finished:

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I forgot - for the guitar-geeks, the pickups are Seymour Duncan Invaders.
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Re: Building an electric guitar from kit

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Post by kayt00 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:56 pm

That'll be a sweet little unit once it's done. I play a little and would like to get better but time vs priorities. Kits something I've wanted to do but that's also a whole nother tool set to buy. Filing frets making sure the neck is straight, fiddling with electronics, tuners, and the plethora of pickup choices. As it stands I've got a BC Rich Mockingbird, an Ibanez, and a fender acoustic to keep my plucking and strumming away. Maybe I can get to a kit when I end up with a bit more free time.
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:44 pm

Be REAL careful and take your time when you’re dressing the frets. Taking metal off is easy, but you can’t put it back on, and nothing will wreck the intonation of a guitar like a crooked neck with worn/damaged frets.
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Post by AndyC » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:57 pm

I'm aware.
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Post by Grayling813 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:26 am

I’ve looked at kits, decided to continue letting Taylor build my guitars.


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Post by mayor » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:54 am

building an AR from an 80% is easier. tinkering with an already built musical instrument i can do, but building from 'scratch' is a waste of my time and a good kit - good luck. it looks nice.
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:49 am

Grayling813 wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:26 am
I’ve looked at kits, decided to continue letting Taylor build my guitars.
Ditto, except make mine L'Arrivée guitars.
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Post by AndyC » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:03 pm

I enjoy soldering - but taking a drill to a guitar gives me the creeps:

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Post by AndyC » Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:20 pm

Using string to set the proper locations for the pickups before screwing them in place:

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