Steven Thompson: with the set neck i would let that glue cure for about a week before
stringing it up and i would keep it in clamps the full week i was
in wood shop in school and when we used wood glue we used a 1 week cure
time the strings will pull alot of tension on the neck so the stronger
your bond the better also if you have a long enough clamp i would also
clamp it sideways for added support that way the bond is pushed
together and when released its as solid as if it was a single piece
but this is an awesome project im thinking of taking a old guitar of
mine and sanding it down now and staining it lol
Amps for Buddha: It looks really nice so far (watching the videos now). Have you had any
problems or things you would do differently now (assuming you've completed
the guitar and are playing it)?
Baghuul: Love the gap between the neck and body.
gsstrings: Did you go over the neck checking for high frets and dress her up before
you glued it in?
Please oil that neck,can't stand seeing rosewood so dried out!!
chazzy licks: why not use epoxy?
Brony Kingdom: Can't get your neck to settle? LEAFBLOWER CAN
Dojix: I like how he's completely unsure of what he's doing every step of the way.
Jorge Barreiros: hi fred, im doing some research because im really thinking on doing one of
this kits instead of buying a brand new guitar, but here when u glue the
neck to the body, thinking in long terms wouldnt it be better to put some
screws?? what are your thoughts about this??
Cheers Great Videos
Venancio Portalatin: How was the fit of the neck? I have been thinking about building one of
these kits but hear the necks sometimes don't fit tight.
Samarth Patel: no neck plate?
fahd s: How long would the glue last? Shouldn't you leave it clamped for 24 hours
instead of a few hours
Ryan O'Toole: I would have left the clamps on while installing hardware/wiring. I know
nothing about wood glue but I'd want it clamped as long as possible.
UsMaLeMan1: Oh, and you should have put glue in the neck pocket too, not just on the
neck. Maybe next project?
Steve Stell: Great tips. Thanks!
Guitar Riffs Drop D Tuning: FYI when you apply the glue it should be applied to both the neck and
J.Burdette~2112: Fred,Where did you order your Kit from..? Who made it..? Mine had lot of
play/wiggle room in the Neck Joint when I got it...
Robert Fullone: Hey my kit didn't come that easy ! I had to check for the measurement
between the 12th and nut, then between the saddle and 12th, I had to cut
off about 1/8 of an inch to get closer to being correct ?!
Richter12x2: I have the same kit, and the fit on the neck is very nice, the bridge post
predrill is right at the correct scale length (24.75" on this guitar). You
can debate the merits of screwing vs gluing guitar necks all day - this is
a Gibson clone and gluing is appropriate for the copy - traditionally
Gibson glues and Fender screws. This is very helpful for learning to
assemble the kit, he doesn't pretend to go into all the things it takes to
build a proper guitar from scratch.
I just finished building two guitars from scratch, both intonated correctly
and sound great - but the thing I learned most is that I never want to go
through all that again. I picked up this kit because I wanted to duplicate
a PRS Grand Am, and for the very low price, I'm very impressed. The only
thing to change is to spring for some better pickups and electronics
probably, but these are perfectly fine to start with.
Vincent Lema: Looks amazing! Great work
jim dijimo: also , and sorry for breaking balls :S did u have any noise issues ? u
need to shield with copper tape the holes of the guitar ?
Connor Yarbrough: Could you stain the fret bored without doing damage to the inlays? Im
trying to get a darker fret bored.
Sergio Merenda: i have not even finished watching the rest of of the videos and so far,
I've got to say, this looks amazing! I'm considering getting on of these
kits. i don't care if it ends up sounding crap because in the end it will
have been an awesome project.
Dominus Svantevitus: First of all you used wrong glue. The one you used gives "gummy" and
flexible joint which affects the sustain very badly. Simply - it is NOT a
luthier glue. Stickin' to Titebond: Titebond Original would be a much
better (maybe the only...) choice.
Anyway, don't know how it sounds, but the guitar looks f&*kin' cool :-).
UsMaLeMan1: Major mistake when you oiled the neck too far down. I think I would have
glued the neck pocket first then finished it. You want a very snug fit and
you sanded it?
Richter12x2: Also,@Tioga- the neck comes pre-fit and pre-shimmed, and the fit on it is a
lot better than I was expecting.
jim dijimo: Fred, Do you use after that car wax ? or the tru oil wax ? to get it
shinny or so and remove the scratches ...
MotiveToKill: Why would you not screw in the neck? Gluing it seems so weak, and also if
you needed to take off the neck for whatever reason in the future, that
makes it a bit of a hassle doesn't it?
kyle wilcrout: great video's. I just got my kit today as a summer project. Did you use a
jig saw or band saw to finish the head stock of the fret board instead of
leaving it just flat? thanks again for the videos great work.
Shagg Nasty: Motive screws are for cheap guitars. Sorry. But this is a set neck.
Caleb Elliott: that rosewood really needs guitar honey...
klepetar: a few hours? should be at least 48 hours for some carpenter's glue like
RunawayThumbtack: Lots of stuff I would have done differently, but here's the big ones: -Glue
first, finish second; this was done in the wrong order. -Make sure the neck
is joint is in the right spot; install the bridge to make sure things line
up. You don't want it to be set and then find out that the guitar is
unplayable, and you can just remove the bushings afterwards before
finishing. -Use less glue, and use something that can be steamed out if
needed. Glue affects the sustain adversely.
Brisco45acp: For more strength, apply glue to both neck and body- use a small glue brush
to get it in all crevices and corners. Also, you don't have to drown it in
glue. Modern wood glues are stronger than the wood itself.
Colton Swapp: it's turning out nice! i'm getting excited for this!
Boudreau Guitars: You really should glue the neck long before you start applying and finish
to the guitar
smartass23t: I was thinking about getting one off ebay. LMK the site though, I'll still
check it out. I'm curious to know how it sounds being a kit and all.
fred yen: thanks!
MrNeeles: when are you going to upload part 5? ;D
fred yen: Unfortunately, the kits do not come with instructions. At least not the kit
I received. That is the main reason why I decided to make these videos.
ABCDEFR: Lmao @ "use decent instrument glue on a guitar". Do you understand just how
many luthiers use Titebond (Titebond I usually, mind you, but nevertheless)
almost exclusively on their builds? Hide glue is primarily used in
Danny Sybrant: Titebond II drys a lot faster.
Guadalupe Alvarado: Thanks a lot for the information.
Tioga Fretworks: Stain or not the only glue that matters is what is under clamping pressure,
so the glue slathered on the sides of the heel was useless (unless it was a
fitted joint) this was not fitted.
pokemondmnd: I've seen people that screw the necks in. Would that be better option?
Tioga Fretworks: It'll be pure luck if either the intonation, the neck angle, or the
alignment side to side is correct. All of that should have been carefully
checked and marked before glue-up.
Mahmood Butt: 4:13 BUMP!!!!
The Hunger: Did you pre-measure scale length for intonation or was it notched to fix
the distance to the bridge?
Billy Robertson: did you have to cut your headstock to match the gibson?
Pentatomic: Great videos and awesome job!! Quick question. How did you shape the
headstock? Or did you leave it the way it came? I would like to shape it
into a LP style if I get one. Thanks!
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