The Unpacked Kit
| Shaping the nut was interesting,
mostly from the viewpoint that the Martin kit directions never
mentions it! Basically, in a small part of one sentence,
the instructions tell you to install the nut. However,
the nut is simply an oversized block of either plastic or
bone (I assume plastic, but am not sure). I fell back on
the two guitar books that I mentioned on the first page,
and used mostly sandpaper and a round mill file to shape
the nut to the proper angles and curves. It is glued on
with the same Duco cement that was used for gluing the
bindings and rosettes.
Most of the guitar is assembled at this point. The next steps are sanding the guitar up to 180 grit paper and sealing the grain with a grain filler, finish sanding and lacquering.
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