The Unpacked Kit
Attaching the Back
Attaching the Top
Fitting the Neck
Fitting the Nut
Attaching the Neck
Attaching the Bridge
Saddle and Nut
Drilling the holes for the tuning
machines was done on a drill press to ensure that
the holes would be straight and properly aligned.
Marking the holes based on the blueprint took a
little time, but was not hard to do.
Once the holes were drilled, the
frets were installed. This was easier than I
expected. Basically, you use some wire cutters to
clip a slightly oversized piece of fretting wire
off the roll that is provided, wet the pre-sawn
groove in the fingerboard to make the wood swell
around the "barb" on the wire once it's
installed, and then gently hammer the fret into
Once the fret are hammered into place, they are
trimmed as close as possible to the fingerboard with the
wire cutters, and then filed down flush with the fret
board, and angled slightly. After that, a whetstone, like
one you'd use for sharpening chisels, was oiled and run
back and forth over the frets to make sure that any high
spots (relative to the other frets) would be evened off.
After the fretting is complete, the nut is shaped and installed.