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Top 3 Mistakes When Building an Electric Guitar Kit



One of the beauties of using a DIY electric guitar kit as it’s a relatively inexpensive way to getting your first electric guitar. Albeit it does come with unique challenges, the final output of your troubles will all be worth it, that is, of course, if everything is in its proper place.

Human error is one of the prime culprits when creating an electric guitar out of a kit. It’s quite easy to forget to forget a piece only after when you’ve already sealed the body, or perhaps your hand suddenly slid while attaching the neck and it incurred some damages. Knowing about the mishaps that might occur is the first step to properly building your electric guitar. Here are the top 3 errors you can make when building your electric guitar from a kit.

“I Swear I Put it Here Somewhere…”

The first thing that you should do once you bring your kit home is to check if all the parts are there. Also, before you start building, line all the parts in such a way that you’ll gain easy access to them while still letting you know that they’re there. It’s very easy to lose parts while you’re building the instrument as it’ll most undoubtedly come with tiny pieces. These small elements can roll under the bed, or worse, they could get eaten by your dog if you’re not careful. It’s always a hassle if you discover a missing piece, especially if that lost component is an integral part of the electric guitar.

Gluing the Neck

There are a number of things that might not go your way when you’re trying to attach the neck of the electric guitar to the body. For instance, you might use too much glue which will leave residue on the surface of the instrument, and this can impact the music and even the lift of the item. Most guitars use bolts for users to attach the neck to the body, however, you can’t rule out the possibility that some users will use a special glue to make sure the two components will garner a tight fit. If so, then just make sure that you don’t use too much or too small of the adhesive substance.

“What Happened to the Color?”

 Every time you’re going after a solid color finish for your electric guitar, an undercoat will always be required. There are far too many people who make the mistake of not priming the guitar first before putting their desired coat of paint. If you’re curious as to what might happen if you don’t undercoat the guitar, just think of an uneven paint job when you’re trying to paint the walls of your home. In other words, it’s not going to look very attractive.

Remember, proper preparation is key, and this requires the right amount of knowledge and understanding so that you won’t commit to a lot of mistakes while creating an electric guitar from a kit.


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