Deciding to build an electric guitar from a kit will no doubt give you unique challenges, but it’ll all be worth it in the end if you do it properly. It doesn’t mean that just because you have everything you need to start creating your musical instrument masterpiece that you should just mix-and-match different parts together in hoping that it’ll look great in the end.
In building an electric guitar using a kit, there are always right and wrong ways to do it. However, the wrong path might not be easily detectable right from the beginning. Keeping yourself in the correct, straight, and narrow path to completion will help you marvel at the outcome in as little time as possible instead of wasting away with all the errors that you might do. So without further ado, here are some tips to help you build the ideal electric guitar using a kit.
Two (or Three) Pairs of Hands Are Better Than One
It’s always fun to share the DIY electric guitar kit building experience with friends and family, especially if you’re all into music. Let others join in on the fun if you want to finish the instrument as fast as possible. One member of the group can handle building the body whereas the others can focus on the neck. You can even seek the assistance of a seasoned pro in the music scene (if you know anyone) to help you in creating your first electric guitar. Who knows, they might even sign the guitar for you.
Keep Expectations Realistic
Even though it’s very exciting to see the complete product of all your hard work, don’t even think for a second that it’s all going to go smoothly. Set expectations well enough that it should include possible errors while doing the task at hand. For example, your hand might slip which might cause some screws to fly off the board, and sometimes this happenstance can damage the body. With that in mind, you’ll now tread carefully as you make sure that each screw is properly tightened but with due care.
Do Your Research
The electric guitar kit might come with instructions, but it shouldn’t limit you from doing an extended amount of research. In fact, before you should even pick your preferred guitar kit, you should feed your mind with all the information about the upcoming task. In doing so, you’ll minimize errors, and perhaps even shorten the building time.
Lastly, you might want to watch the humidity of the surroundings, especially if your kit contains a lot of wooden elements. Wood can react to hot or cold weather, and it can warp or stretch the materials which might damage the outcome of the instrument. Keep these things in mind the next time you’re going to build an electric guitar from a kit.