Project Guitar Kit SG Style – Part 2: Drawing and Assembling

Teased in the first part of this report, here is the final outcome of the art design. I pre-sketched the robot with a pencil and then finished it cautiously with a black permanent marker.

A rather minimalistic design.

A rather minimalistic design.

The final step to finish the body was to add some layers of clear coat. Hence, the final look becomes more glossy and the drawn image is fixated.

Neck is not yet mounted, just placed.

Neck is not yet mounted, just placed.

Now on to the even more interesting part in guitar building: assembly of all the different parts. First I mounted the machine heads into the headstock. A rather easy task.

Small signature.

Small signature, no matching headstock.

Next step was to mount the neck into the body. This was quite difficult as the screws were quite exhausting to turn at the end. Nevertheless it is important ro have the neck mounted firmly so that the joint withstands the string tension.

Fits quite nicely.

Fits quite nicely.

The electronic parts in this kit only have to be plugged, not soldered, which makes this step quite easy to do. Everything fits into the compartment.

Not as messy as I feared.

Not as messy as I feared.

After mounting the pickups the pickguard didn’t fit into the slot between the humbuckers. Placing the pickguard first and then fixate the pickups solved this. The tailpieces were not that easy to mount as the drilling holes were a little too close together. After hammering the pins into the body, which went quite easy, it was not possible to mount the stoptail and the bridge. I solved this by mounting these parts with the screwable pins removed and then screwing them into the lower pin pieces already sitting in the body.

Before the pickguard was added.

Before the pickguard was added.

Finally it looks like a real guitar with the knobs attached. Only thing missing for a working instrument are the strings. In the next post I will tell you about the final setup.

The stringless guitar.

The stringless guitar.

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