DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit (Part 4: Gluing Set-In Neck)




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Scott McKinstry: I'm loving the fit on this kit. Looks like there aren't any extreme spacings. No need for shims and all that. Looks great so far Fred!

Dan Selvig: A better glue to use would be Gorilla Glue because it will fill in the minute amount of slop introduced by sanding off the stain on the glue joint.

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

Phil Angus: Very informative, but the most over used phrase of (this video) the century, 'go ahead'. Drives me crackers! :-(

Dojix: I like how he's completely unsure of what he's doing every step of the way.

TheCodebreaker6191: How do you carve the headstock like a Gibson one. @fred yen

Robert Brook: +Fred yen im thinking of getting a 335 kit what do you think

chazzy licks: why not use epoxy?

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. 

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!

Connor Yarbrough: Could you stain the fret bored without doing damage to the inlays? Im trying to get a darker fret bored. 

Samarth Patel: no neck plate?

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?

Guitar Riffs Drop D Tuning: FYI when you apply the glue it should be applied to both the neck and guitar body.

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)?

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...

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.

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. 

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 ?!

Baghuul: Love the gap between the neck and body.

Brony Kingdom: Can't get your neck to settle? LEAFBLOWER CAN

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 :-).

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!!

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

Shagg Nasty: Motive screws are for cheap guitars. Sorry. But this is a set neck.

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 ?

Richter12x2: Also,@Tioga- the neck comes pre-fit and pre-shimmed, and the fit on it is a lot better than I was expecting.

klepetar: a few hours? should be at least 48 hours for some carpenter's glue like this.. 

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 ...

fahd s: How long would the glue last? Shouldn't you leave it clamped for 24 hours instead of a few hours

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. 

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

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?

Caleb Elliott: that rosewood really needs guitar honey...

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.

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.

guitargamery: lolol

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 acoustics nowadays.

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 S: 4:13 BUMP!!!!
Rating:
DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit (Part 4: Gluing Set-In Neck) 4.9 out of 5

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