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    New Member, First Build!

    Hey All!

    Just got my first kit, the RCA-4 the other day. Very excited to start, but after taking it out and trying to put it together just to make sure everything fits it seems like the neck is too big? It wont go in easily, and I dont want to force it. Is this something I can just sand down to get right or should I return it?

    Thanks!
    Dan
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    Some neck fits are tight. Also some slide in better fro the front and some drop in better from the top - depends on the neck and pocket taper. Check these before you sand anything. A neck should be tight enough to stay in situ with no glue. Welcome and enjoy

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    Tighter the better Danny - if it won't fit at all, give it the lightest of sands until it will fit in and be tight. Ideal is as above - the neck should be tight enough to stay in without glue. That said, some are slightly thicker at the heel of the neck than where the front of the guitar meets the neck, so be sure to put it in vertically (which it looks like you're doing in the photos, but just in case).

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    welcome to the forum Dan, as others have said give the neck heel a light sand on each side till it fits. Keep checking regularly as a tight fit is best. The neck alignment isn't critical as you will be drilling your bridge in place to get equal string alignment to the edge of the fingerboard
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    Hi Dan
    Welcome mate, these guys have a ton of knowledge so you should be fine with your build, if you are sanding just make sure you use a sanding block (or scrap square timber) just to keep everything nice and square.
    Good luck with the build and enjoy!

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    I was able to sand it down lightly and get it so that its sitting well in the pocket now. Thanks for the advice, and look forward to future wisdom!

    Dan

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    good result Dan, glad it worked out. Ask any future questions you have we are here to help out !
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