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  • My Gretsch Style Guitar Kit Build

    The Kit
    The kit has arrived with a rosewood fretboard, Mahagoni neck and maple plywood hollow body. The fretboard has acrylic block inlays.

    Preparing the Neck
    The neck was way off. To korrekt the neck position I made some wooden studs, so I could set the bridge temporarily.

    With thad I was able to measure the angle for the action and the rotation of the neck. To measure the alignment to the centerline of the body, I used my self made Centerline Finder.

    With some Mahogany veneer I'v shimed the neck to the proper angle and centerline.

    The build on YouTube:

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    Where did you get the kit?
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    • #3
      The kit is from guitarkitworld.


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        Thank you.

    • #4
      Happy New Guitar (Kit) Day. Looking forward to more pics.
      Last edited by DeepEnd; 07-30-2017, 11:15 PM.
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      • #5
        Shim the neck to the soundboard

        Through the alignment process, the neck has become a little far up from the soundboard. So I decided to shim the gap to the soundboard.

        Trem screws reinforce

        To screw the trem system with two screws only through the soundboard seems a little weak to me, so I made me two blocks of wood to glue under the soundboard. To glue them in the right spot, I made a Template of paper, thad I taped on the inside.

        Glue the neck

        To glue in the neck was fairly easy. I glued the neck with Titebond wood glue. I'v spreaded the glue with a thin peace of cardboard on the body side of the joint. The neck I clamped with two clamps an two blocks of plywood thad have a layer of cork. The block on the fretboard side have a radius thad matches the radius of the fretboard.

        Superglue the neck joint

        The wood glue has left a slight grove on some spots on the neck joint. This grove I have filled with superglue. On the side of the body and neck joint I made a barrier with painters tape and some teflon to prevent the glue from dripping out.

        Part 2 on YouTube