We are getting close to the end with our DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit. I am back today to show you the steps I took for gluing the set-in neck to the body of the guitar. This is not necessarily a difficult process in this project. However, it is one of the most nerve-racking steps we will take to complete this guitar kit. You really only have one chance at this.
The items you will need consist of wood glue and some clamps. The glue that I will be using is Titebond II Premium Wood Glue, but as mentioned in the video, any wood glue will work. The clamps I am using are inexpensive hand ratcheting clamps. As with the glue, any wood clamps you have on hand should work.
As you will see in the video above, I started with sanding off the extra wood stain that I had applied to the neck joint. The reason I am sanding the joint back is because I want the wood glue to be in contact with as much wood as possible when connecting to the guitar body. I did not want to take any chance of the stain affecting the bonding qualities of the wood glue.
Once the neck joint was cleaned off, I simply applied a generous amount of wood glue and rubbed it all around. This step can get pretty messy. Don’t worry though, any extra glue can easily be wiped up with a damp rag.
It is now time to join the neck and body together, the moment of truth. All the joints were routed precisely on this guitar kit, which made the neck and body fit together rather nicely. Just go ahead and clamp the two guitar parts down with your clamps. I decided to use a few folded up pieces of paper in between the clamps to prevent any damage to the guitar body.
Follow the dry time instructions for the wood glue that you are using. Once ample dry time is given, you can now release the wood clamps and marvel at your accomplishment! Not bad huh?!
That’s all it takes for gluing the set-in neck to the guitar body. See I told you this wasn’t a difficult step in the guitar kit build, but it sure was nerve racking. The wood glue does a great job at bonding the two guitar pieces together and the joint it made is very solid and sturdy.
I will be applying several more layers of Tru-Oil before I start installing other pieces of this guitar kit. You can take a look at Part 4: Applying Tru-Oil Finish to see the process it takes to complete the guitar finish. The next article for this DIY Les Paul guitar kit series will involve the bridge installation for this guitar. So as always, stay tuned!