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Thread: Chapter 1. Tools You'll Need For Building Your Guitar

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    Mentor Zandit75's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Barden View Post
    Not if you screw the neck on (have since seen Brendan's post about bridge positioning and clamps could apply in that instance) but if the neck holes are pre-drilled, you are better screwing the neck on.

    But I don't know on what kits they are pre-drilled and what kits they aren't (and it may very well change with time). I'm sure I've seen people attaching the necks with screws for setting up their Strat and Tele kits - but that's not to say they haven't gone and drilled the holes themselves first.
    My LP had a bolt on neck, and the holes were pre-drilled in the body, but not in the neck itself.
    Personally, if the neck was pre-drilled, I'd still want piece of mind to clamp the neck, run the strings through, and check the holes are aligned. We've already seen issues with holes drilled in the wrong place for bridge posts and cavities routed slightly out of whack.
    To drill the point home(so to speak!), I'm sure someone had to recently fill and re-drill the neck holes in the body because the neck plate didn't line up with the holes already there.
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    GAStronomist stan's Avatar
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    Yep , never trust the holes - I got a left handed ES kit with the bridge drilled for a righty - fill and re drill....

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    Overlord of Music Simon Barden's Avatar
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    All this stuff needs to go in the manual. If any pre-drilled holes don't line up with the neck plate, or the neck ends up skewed when screwed-on in comparison to an initial clamped arrangement, then what should the kit builder do? Contact PBG or fill the holes and re-drill (which is a mini-chapter in itself). Remember that this is for first (and maybe second time) builders, so they may not be confident in doing repairs.
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    Thanks everyone.. all good stuff. Will try and incorporate all these insights. Now... to find the time.



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    Just found thread unfortunately and as you said apply the KISS rule so I would not get too informative as you will find if you specify a certain item / Brand and the person cant get it then they become confused and depending on what they want the guitar for depends on the level of equipment, so if they want it for a piece of furniture, display or reading light, then you want minimal but if you want it to be a musical instrument then there is mandatory items that makes the difference between the 2.

    As copied and modified :

    You can build one of these kits with a few basic tools

    file - For the average person a file is easier and I like a half round as it will do internal and external profiling
    Pit Bull Sandpaper (180 grit to 240 grit) - and block
    Steel wool - the person should be able to make their own choice as to grade
    Drill bits, from 2mm and 3mm
    Clamp - I prefer an F clamp as they are quicker
    Pit Bull Wood glue (for set neck kits)
    Screw drivers, both phillips and flat head - and different sizes as a neck screw is way bigger than a tuner screw
    Long straightedge (600mm rule) - I use a 300mm rule as well for laying out for ease of use
    Soldering iron - I use an iron that produces 40w and 100w. Lower is for wires and higher for soldering to rear of pot
    Solder - they should have a basic understanding and I use lead free as my choice of solder
    Clean rags - I prefer paper towel as you don't cross contaminate yourself as it is a single use item and cheap
    Eye protection
    Wire cutters - I use needle nose pliers as they can also be used to tighten your jack nut
    Small allen keys for bridge - as stated you get it and the truss rod key in the kit

    I would also add:
    Ear and dust protection. I use a replaceable cartridge type for both dust and paint fumes
    Masking tape - for laying out and using as a clamp for gluing on nuts and trim
    Disposable gloves - Just keep stains and other undesirables off.
    Shifter / Adjustable Wrench - For doing up tuner nuts, one size fits all
    Coping saw - for use on a head that needs shaping

    To make it a musical instrument then you have to have a set of nut files as I have never found a kit that doesn't need adjusting.
    You also need a way of levelling the frets, I have my own, as all the kits I have put together need to be levelled.

    As for electrical items, it may make it easier but the person who is using them have to have the skills to use them safely.
    I have other extras that I use but that is because I can.

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