It’s safe to say that anything can be exciting if it’s your first time doing it as long as there’s the intent in the first place. This notion is also true for first-time DIY electric guitar kit builders as the enthusiasm in seeing the completed instrument can make anyone feel a sense of elation. So without further ado, you start searching for the right kit to start your hobby.
Unbeknownst to many first-time electric guitar kit builders, there are some things to consider before getting your first kit. Ask yourself some important questions so you won’t have any regrets with the purchase.
How Long Is This Going to Take?
A common assumption for first-time electric guitar builders is that they think the guitar can be finished in one sitting. Well, it can, but you might not move from the same spot for a long period of time. Connecting the pieces together might take a few moments of your time, but note that some parts may need glue or a special adhesive to connect them together. You need to let the glue or adhesive cure first before proceeding, otherwise, it can cause damage to the musical instrument and it can affect the overall outcome. Be patient grasshopper as all will be worth it in the end. You might even want to wait for about 2-weeks after painting the electric guitar as it takes this amount of time for the paint to fully dry and cure.
What Glue Should I Get to Connect the Neck to the Body?
If you purchased a set-in electric guitar kit, in which you’re required to use glue to connect the neck to the body of the instrument, you need to consider the right glue for the job. Look for a reliable wood bonder that’s reasonably easy to clean and is also FDA approved. Also, consider looking for an adhesive that’s waterproof while also being ideal to use for both interior and exterior surfaces. Lastly, make sure that the glue you’re getting won’t get affected by wood finishes and paint.
How Should the Finished Product Look Like?
This question is by far one of the most difficult queries to answer because the outcome highly depends on the individual. Albeit you do have to follow the instructions laid out to you in building the electric guitar, there’s still the matter of customizing it for your musical and design preferences. You can, however, look to other electric guitars for inspiration if you don’t have one already. In doing so, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what your finished output looks like.
Lastly, make sure that you work on your electric guitar kit where there’s a significant amount of space. Furthermore, the location should have a good amount of airflow in it. It doesn’t need to be a professional woodworking station; your living room or garage might even be good options to start building your musical instrument masterpiece.