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    I fear the neck alone precludes a kit version. ...

    I fear the neck alone precludes a kit version. You'd need far more accuracy to manufacture a tightly mating join than the factories the kits come from are currently capable of. If they used CNC...
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    Great! You've also got the benefit of the kit...

    Great! You've also got the benefit of the kit 12-string bridge only being suitable for left-handed use. it's missing the tapped threads in some holes that allow it to be set up for right handed...
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    All looking very good!

    All looking very good!
  4. One thing I'm struggling with is the control...

    One thing I'm struggling with is the control layout. The selector switch right by the volume and tone knobs will put a lot of people off as it will get in the way, especially if you are someone who...
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    If you are thinning the neck depth, then...

    If you are thinning the neck depth, then double-check the length of your neck screws. You don't want them poking through the fretboard!
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    The kit comes with the Y-style tuners.

    The kit comes with the Y-style tuners.
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    I presume the 4 frets the are shown with are of...

    I presume the 4 frets the are shown with are of different heights, s that they can match the height of the guitar frets?

    On a Fender-style fitting, the 'teeth' are going to be very thin and the...
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    Your headstock-type sand-throughs are where I...

    Your headstock-type sand-throughs are where I reach for the black Sharpie. Apply, then a bit of finger smudging, and you're normally looking fine.
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    Measured a set of standard D'Addario acoustic...

    Measured a set of standard D'Addario acoustic strings and they came in at 98cm for the wound length, so I'd have thought that dedicated baritone strings would be more than long enough.
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    Just do it.

    Just do it.
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    I had a Warmoth Tele with a 4-way switch. I 'd...

    I had a Warmoth Tele with a 4-way switch. I 'd much prefer it had had a 3-way switch and a switched pot.
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    You still get the same visual clue as the knob...

    You still get the same visual clue as the knob still sits higher when engaged.
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    Push-push are definitely easier to use than...

    Push-push are definitely easier to use than push-pull pots, though some people prefer push-pull if they are in the habit of hitting the knobs with their hands and inadvertently bringing in the...
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    I fitted a 0.015uF Russian-made PIO cap on the...

    I fitted a 0.015uF Russian-made PIO cap on the Tele I just fitted a BK to (it was a Boot Camp range pickup, so cheaper than their more 'bespoke' range). Even that at full roll-off is too dark and...
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    Well, you could rout out the cavities and stick a...

    Well, you could rout out the cavities and stick a new piece of wood on for the top. I expect the Gretsch is a bit deeper in the body than the DM1, though the JRM-1 might be a better candidate as it...
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    Are all the pickups buzzy, or just the single...

    Are all the pickups buzzy, or just the single coils? Even with poor shielding, the humbucker should be a lot quieter.

    Fluorescent lights give off a lot of electrical noise, so not a good idea to...
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    And if you are going to change the pickups, then...

    And if you are going to change the pickups, then I'd go and change the pots and switches as well whilst you're at it. Always easier to solder to clean pots, and better pots and a switch will last...
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    Two of my three Teles have overwound neck pickups...

    Two of my three Teles have overwound neck pickups (all Iron Gear Steel Foundry overwounds) which really help to give a clearer and louder output that balances the bridge pickup. The other has a Bare...
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    Those 'solid' Gretsch guitars are almost hollow...

    Those 'solid' Gretsch guitars are almost hollow inside, so regardless of the shape, you'd end up with quite a different guitar.

    They are all rather like this inside:

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    So it really...
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    A bass that Neil Murray used for 500-odd...

    A bass that Neil Murray used for 500-odd performances of We Will Rock You, when he was in the house band. He sold it on eBay and I went to his house to pick it up from him.
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    Not specifically, but it will certainly roll-off...

    Not specifically, but it will certainly roll-off some treble. If you are likely to use it with the tone pot rolled back a fair way, then it won't make much difference anyway. 250k will move the...
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    It also gets more amber with age.

    It also gets more amber with age.
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    Hi and welcome. Just use masking tape to...

    Hi and welcome.

    Just use masking tape to cover up the neck mating areas on the neck and in the pocket and you'll be fine. The finish wants to just run over the edge of the pocket to ensure it...
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    String-through affects the tone more than...

    String-through affects the tone more than sustain. Top-loading is supposed to give a slightly brighter more janglier tone, whereas standard rear-loading has a bit more in the mids. But you can...
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    Well, with the ES-3 you've only got two pots and...

    Well, with the ES-3 you've only got two pots and the distance between them isn't large. So you've either got one short length of wire or a capacitor joining the volume to the tone pot. The...
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