I want to color the back of the neck, and the back of the body red. I needed to mask off the top so I wouldn’t screw it up. I also made a handle to hold it by. The handle is mounted in the bridge pickup hole.
I applied a couple coats of clear lacquer to the headstock, and now it’s time for lettering!
I laid out the area where the “Les Paul” goes using blue tape and a photo of a ’58 headstock as a reference.
Next I enlisted the wife to use her cursive skills and a silver paint pen to write Less Paul (punny, right?)
I scraped the binding on the neck and body. It looks really sweet, but there are now some scratches in the lacquer that need to be cleaned up. I scraped the lacquer off the body using my wood marking knife. It was very tedious.
Point of no return here (or at least a real pain on the ass to go back). I glued the neck on just now. Thanks to advice from some helpful redditors, I didn’t use the wrong glue! I used Titebond original glue because it can be undone with water if I ever need to take it apart (hopefully never).
I took the clamps off this morning and started the final assembly. I installed the pickups, finished the wiring, installed the pickguard and trussrod cover, installed the strap locks (Dunlop is my jam), and strung it up.
There are a few things left to do, I need some screws for the back plates, and the knobs don’t fit my pots unfortunately.
Overall I’m happy with the result, and it was a lot of fun getting here.
It looks pretty good. Now for the bad parts…
The kit was supposed to be ready to go, but I had to do some surgery on the neck. Apparently, I didn’t do enough surgery
I think the angle is too steep because the bridge is WAY high.
I’ll have to remove the neck to fix this, and it’s gonna be a giant pain in the ass. Not looking forward to this.
Also, I think I have a bad ground connection or something because o have a HORRIFIC buzz when it’s plugged into the amp. I’m not sure what kind of pickups are in it. I assumed they are humbuckers by the size and shape, but they only seem to have 1 set of magnets.
Soo… Looks like I’m gonna chase a wiring problem.
So I played around with the guitar all week and decided I don’t like to play it with the neck angle too steep. Sooo…..
Time for major surgery. Spoiler, it went as good as I could hope.
I used Titebond original glue which is water soluble and softens with heat. So it seems getting hot water to the glue joint is the thing to do. Luckily, the wife has a nice clothes steamer I could use.
I didn’t take any photos of the steaming because o was home alone and I’m not an octopus.
Although I won the war, there was a casualty. The lacquer got pretty messed up from the heat and steam. I should be able to repair it, but it’s a bummer for sure. Scars tell stories, and this is a good one.
This week I will work on the neck angle and repair the lacquer. Stay tuned!