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    Ahh alright stan, thanks

    Another question about the neck alignment, in all the videos and tutorials and guides online; everyone checks the neck alignment by stringing up the two E strings.

    How do I go about aligning the neck without having the bridge drilled in?

    Which should I fit first, neck or bridge?

    Sorry if I'm asking too many questions, it's just that drilling these holes seem pretty daunting and I'm afraid that if i mess this up I wont be able to come back from it.

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    Hi Christian,
    Normally the neck doesn't have much wiggle room at all. It has its position and that's that. You should be pretty safe pushing the neck right into the pocket, clamping it, and drilling the holes. You are then able to mount the neck with the screws (dont forget to lubricate them!) and then concentrate on placing the bridge using the two-e-string alignment method. You can check the position of the bridge w.r.t distance from the neck using the stewmac fret position calulator.

    https://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator.html

    If things look good from the calculator you can be confident that the guitar will intonate perfectly.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks Gavin I also found this video that might help other people that had the same misunderstanding as I did.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xrPoP7ddt0

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    It took me 2 days to get the headstock to the shape I wanted. Really coulda used some power tools but I dont think i did that bad of a job for someone just using a hand saw, files and sandpaper. Super proud of this.

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    Christian,
    I like that headstock - well done! Next build maybe get a coping saw - $10 at any hardware stoer - it makes getting the basic shape sooo much easier.
    I'm at the same stage with my tele build (alignment) and what I did is clamp the neck in place, then took a rough measurement for scale length to get general bridge position. then I measured back from the neck route to make sure the bridge would be parallel to it then taped the whole thing down. Make sure the saddles are moved almost all the way forward then check your scale distance and adjust bridge bridge front/back if necessary. With everything taped down, run the E strings through and hold them with just enough tension to keep them straight and see if the distance from string to edge of fretboard changes. If it's the same (mine was ~4mm) then you should be straight, if it's not, move the bridge up/down until the distances are equal.
    Here's what I did yesterday -

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    Headstock looks good mate. Thanks for video. Makes it a bit clearer for me.

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    Ooh Peter I've seen those in a few videos online but i never knew what it was called, thanks! I think I'll sand the neck up to a 360 grit tomorrow and do what you did in that picture.

    juddernaut, glad it could help

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    Headstock looks great Christian!

    cheers,
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    Cool headstock shape.
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    Neck is drilled and aligned, felt kinda surreal being able to hold it like a real guitar for once and not just parts.

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    Hey guys, quick question, if I'm going to be handpainting a section of the face of the body; should I spray paint half of it and handpaint the other half or should I just handpaint the whole thing (face)?

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