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M Tracy
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May 10th, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve been gassing for a junior for a while and got a deal on a Precision Guitar Kits junior so I took it. This is my first go at a set neck but I’m not too scared.
I’m wondering how far people go with the finish before gluing the neck on. I figured I’d at least want to do the grain filling but I’m not sure. It’ll be a solid gloss color on the body, some kind of pearl this time, no sparkles. I want to play it this year. The neck will be grain filled and cleared. I usually just wet sand to around 1200 on the playing surface the rest will get buffed.
Any tips?

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May 10th, 2018 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes.

Assemble the neck to the body (1/2” clearance between the end of a straight edge—laid on the frets on a straight neck—and the face of the guitar body at the bridge location). Then grain fill the entire guitar, followed by masking off the neck and finishing the body. Next, mask off the body and finish the neck.

Finishing the body and neck separate creates a lot of extra work.

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May 10th, 2018 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo, I figured you’d know the best approach. I’ll post a crappy picture when it’s done.

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May 10th, 2018 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh come on now...We all know you have wonderful finishing skills.

You want a snug fit of the neck (use Titebond II). The neck fit should be snug, but not so tight you have to use a mallet to seat it. Too tight and the glue will be forced from the joint, creating a weak connection.

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Lafayette IN

May 10th, 2018 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks but my finishing skills aren’t that great, I just have lots of sandpaper. I will definitely take my time and measure 600 times before I even open the glue.

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May 11th, 2018 05:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lots of sandpaper = how my recent paint job turned out so well.

Don’t knock it! (-:

Keep us posted. Your current project is going to be one of my future projects.

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May 11th, 2018 05:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also: if the bridge mounting holes are pre-drilled, don’t assume the scale length is correct with the end of the neck fully seated in the pocket.

Do a test fit and measure before you glue it up, because some kits like these can be inexact.

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May 11th, 2018 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys, I will definitely triple measure everything. I’m going to try a different approach than the usual BFMI ( brute force, massive ignorance). Still going to use a ton of sandpaper though, that’s never going change.

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May 11th, 2018 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Juniors are awesome.

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May 11th, 2018 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We want to see!

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May 12th, 2018 11:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another Jr project found on U Tube!

External link He works fast !

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