Setting up the LP Guitar Kit

Setting up the LP Guitar Kit
LP Custom Guitar Kit
Assembly Instructions
Parts List
LP Custom Parts List
Mahogany guitar body with flame maple veneer
Mahogany with rosewood fingerboard neck
1 Electric cord, 6 strings
Jack with 4 screws
2 chrome strap buttons, 2 screws, 2 rubber washers
Wiring harness with 4 pots
2 Vol knobs
2 Tone knobs
3 way switch with selector plate
Rear cover with 4 screws
Rear switch cover with 3 screws
Pickguard with screws
Bridge Assembly
Tune-o-matic bridge with 2 posts
Stop Tail piece with 2 posts
Neck
6 tuners , 3 each side of headstock
6 small tuner screws
6 bushings and washers
Nut
Truss rod cover with 3 screws
Pickups
2 Chrome Alnico V pickups, 4 mounting screws each
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Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 4
Installing the tuners ...................................................................................................................................... 5
Installing the set neck ................................................................................................................................... 5
Checking the Scale length ..................................................................................................................... 6
Neck Alignment ..................................................................................................................................... 7
Installing the Bridge and Tailpiece .............................................................................................................. 10
Installing the Pickups .................................................................................................................................. 10
To attach the pickups to the guitar body:............................................................................................... 10
Installing the Nut......................................................................................................................................... 10
To install the nut: .................................................................................................................................... 10
Finish ........................................................................................................................................................... 11
The Body ................................................................................................................................................. 11
Solid Color Finish ..................................................................................................................................... 11
The Neck ................................................................................................................................................. 11
Pickup wiring diagram................................................................................................................................. 12
Installing the Electronics ......................................................................................................................... 13
To install the electronics ..................................................................................................................... 13
Using the wiring diagram, complete the soldering ............................................................................. 13
Setup ........................................................................................................................................................... 13
Adjusting the Action................................................................................................................................ 14
The Nut................................................................................................................................................ 14
The Bridge ........................................................................................................................................... 14
Pickup Height ...................................................................................................................................... 14
Intonation ........................................................................................................................................... 14
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing a BYOGuitar.com guitar kit. This kit includes everything you need to build a
complete custom guitar.
These instructions assume you are familiar with the anatomy of a guitar. Many of the terms used are
show in below diagram.
Here is the order of operations to complete the guitar:
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Fit the neck.
Drill the mounting holes for the bridge.
Sand the body and neck.
Sand some more!
Finish the body and neck.
Assemble the guitar.
Wire it up.
Final set up and adjustments.
Plug it in and enjoy!
It’s recommended that you assemble your guitar before applying the finish. Drill all the holes to
eliminate any accidental chipping of the finish while drilling. Fit the neck and locate the bridge before
finishing the guitar. After the finish is complete all you should need to do is put it together and do some
fine-tuning.
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Always centerpunch the hole locations before you drill; this will ensure that the holes are properly
located (very important with bridge screws). If you don't have direct access to a drill press, have a friend
with a drill press drill a series of holes through a block of wood that correspond to the holes required for
your bridge. Then put the block on top of the body and use it to guide your drill bit.
Installing the tuners
Each tuner consists of the tuner, washer, and a threaded bushing. The tuners are attached to the
headstock with a small wood screw that attaches between the tuners.
To install the tuners:
1. Place the six tuners into the holes on the back of the headstock. The holes may need to be widened
with a peghead reamer or a round file. DO NOT widen the holes too much—the tuners should fit snug.
2. Slide a washer over the tuner shaft and screw the threaded bushing onto the tuner.
3. Align the tuners perpendicular to the edge of the headstock and parallel to each other. Use a strip of
masking tape to secure their position on the headstock.
4. Using a 1⁄16" drill bit in a drill press, drill 3⁄8" deep holes into the headstock.
Note—Drilling the holes deeper than 3⁄8" could result in drilling out through the front face of the
headstock. Use a depth stop or tape wrapped around the drill bit at the correct depth as an indicator.
5. Secure the machine heads to the guitar headstock with the tap screws.
Installing the set neck
The neck in the kit come fitted to the body. It should fit in the correct position. But there are a
few things to consider when installing a set neck. First is the scale length. Again, this should be
correct, but it should be double checked to be sure (figure 2). Second, is the alignment of the
neck with the center line of the body (figure 1).
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Figure 1
Checking the Scale length
To determine the location of the neck in and out, it’s important to understand how to
determine where the neck should be located. The distance from the nut (edge closet to the
fingerboard) to the 12th fret is equal to the distance from the 12th fret to the bridge (figure 2)
Figure 2
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When measuring from the 12th fret to the bridge, you want to measure to the saddle on the
high E string. (Figure 3) If the bridge holes are drilled with compensation (usually the case on a
tune-o-matic bridge) the saddle on the high E string will be closer to the nut then the saddle on
the low E string.
Figure 3
Neck Alignment
Next you need to align the neck with the center of the pickup cavities and bridge. This step is
the same if you are installing a set neck or a bolt on neck. It’s important to get the correct neck
alignment. If the alignment isn’t correct the E strings won’t run parallel to the edges of the
fingerboard.
Clamp two straight boards to each side of the neck and use a ruler to align the neck with the
center of the bridge (figure 4). If the bridge holes are already drilled, the center is known. If
they haven’t been drilled, align with the center of the pickup cavities. Once you have located
the neck, make a mark on the heel of the bridge and pickup cavity so you align it when gluing
and clamping.
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Figure 4
The last thing to check is the neck angle (figure 5). If the angle is not correct you won’t be able
to get the correct action. With the neck in the pocket, place a straight edge on the frets. Push
the straight edge back until it’s over the bridge. The straight edge should be just over the
bridge (figure 6).
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Figure 5
Figure 6
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Now that you know where the neck should be located, all that’s left is to glue it in place. Use yellow
wood glue, make sure the neck is aligned correctly, clamp it in place and allow the glue to dry.
Installing the Bridge and Tailpiece
1. Place two inserts into the forward holes.
2. Place the wooden block on an insert and lightly tap the insert down until it touches the top of
the guitar body. Repeat for the other insert.
3. Thread the bridge adjustment screws into the inserts and place the bridge over the inserts.
4. Place the remaining inserts into the back holes.
5. Place the wooden block on an insert and lightly tap the insert down until it touches the top of
the guitar body. Repeat for the other insert.
6. Thread the bridge adjustment screws into the inserts
7. Slide the tailpiece onto the adjustment screws.
Installing the Pickups
The LP Custom kit has two humbucker pickups. The easiest way to identify the neck and bridge pickup is
by looking at the edge of the mounting ring. The thinner mounting ring is the neck pickup. The thicker
one is the bridge pickup. The thin edge of the mounting rings should be installed toward the neck.
To attach the pickups to the guitar body:
Push the wire on the neck pickup (the thinner pickup) through the hole to the hollow body and place the
pickup in the pickup cavity with the thin edge towards the neck.
Push the wire on the bridge pickup (the thicker pickup) through the hole to the hollow body and place
the pickup in the cavity with the thin edge towards the neck.
Mark the locations of the 4 holes in each mounting ring. Remove the pickups and drill pilot holes for the
pickup mounting screws.
Installing the Nut
The nut holds the string at the peghead the correct distance above the frets. It is not necessary to cut
the string notches in the nut that comes with this kit.
To install the nut:
1. Use a chisel or razor blade to scrape any finish out of the nut slot. DO NOT remove any wood
from the nut slot.
2. Spread a thin layer of wood glue in the nut slot and center the nut in the nut slot.
3. Install the strings
4. The strings will hold the nut in place until the glue dries.
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5. Wipe away the excess glue before it sets up, then allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
Finish
Before starting the finish make sure all holes are drilled for any remaining hardware (pickguard, jack
plate, strap pins etc).
The Body
Sand the body and neck with #220 dry sandpaper, followed by #320. If you are applying a finish, other
than natural, you should consider using a grain filler on the body. This will fill in the valleys in the grain
and result in a nice flat surface allowing you to get a nice high gloss finish. An oil based grain filler is
recommended. For most finishes, use a natural colored filler. The dyes used in darker fillers may, over
time, find their way through the color coat. We carry a full line of Behlen Por-o-pac grain fillers that
work perfectly for smoothing out your guitar body.
Apply the filler by wiping across the grain. You can use a course cloth or your fingers to wipe the grain in.
After it has dried about ten to twenty minutes the excess can be removed with a cloth dampened with
mineral spirits. After about an hour repeat the process and let dry overnight. If you have removed most
of the excess with mineral spirits the remaining filler on the field of the wood can be sanded off (use
#220 again) in a few minutes. It is also a good idea at this time to reopen any of the screw holes in the
body. Use a toothpick or small drill held between your fingers to clean out any filler in the holes. The
body is now ready for a sand and sealer coating.
Vinyl sealer is used to give the final coat a level base. It is also helpful in filling scratches which are too
deep to sand out. We recommend Behlen’s Vinyl Sealer, available on our website.
Solid Color Finish
The last step before applying the color coats is to apply a white primer coat. We recommend Ohio Valley
Nitro’s White Primer, available on our website. This is a white pigmented shellac in an aerosol can that
will cover the grain and prevent any previous finishes from bleeding through. The white background will
also let you apply an opaque color coat with less paint. Spray on two coats. When dry you may notice
that the surface feels rough. Sand off the roughness with #320 dry and re-spray. Sand again. If the
surface now appears smooth and all grain is opaqued you are ready for the color coat.
We carry a full line of finishing products to give you the beautiful finish you are looking for, whether a
clear natural finish or a bold, colorful finish. We also carry an instructional DVD made by Behlen that will
give you step by step instructions to help you achieve the look you want for your custom guitar.
The Neck
On a maple fingerboard you can apply a clear finish to the entire neck and fingerboard. Apply several
coats and remove buildup on the frets between coats. An easy way to remove the finish buildup on the
frets is to take a nail and file a half round slot in the head about the same size as the frets. You can then
use this to easily scrape any finish build up.
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If the neck has a Rosewood or Ebony fingerboard be sure to tape off the fingerboard before applying the
finish. Behlen’s Fingerboard Oil is a great product for your fingerboard.
Pickup wiring diagram
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Installing the Electronics
The electronics come in a prewired harness. The only connections needed to be soldered are the switch
and pickups.
To install the electronics
1. Install the 3-way switch in the switch cavity.
2. Run the long red, black and white wires through the wiring channel to the switch cavity.
3. Place the pickups in the pickup cavities.
4. Run the pickup wires through the wiring channel to the electronics cavity.
5. Place the volume and tone pots in the holes.
6. Put the washer on each pot and thread the nut on until it is snug.
Using the wiring diagram, complete the soldering
Solder the switch wires
1. The red wire coming from the jack gets connected to the center lug on the switch
2. The black and white wires get connected to the end lugs on the switch.
3. The bare wires (grounds) get soldered to the lug on the center edge of the switch.
Solder the pickups to the pots
Each pickup has 4 wires. Only two are used, the green and the black/bare. The red and white wires are
soldered together and be taped off so they are insulated. (These wires can be used for coil tapping if
desired). The signal and ground wires get soldered to the volume pots according to the diagram.
Setup
Truss Rod
First, check your tuning. Put a capo at the first fret and press the sixth string at the last fret. With a feeler
gauge, check the gap between the bottom of the string and the top of the 8th fret—you should have
about 4/64th
Sight down the edge of the fingerboard from behind the headstock, looking toward the body of the
guitar. If the neck is too concave (action too high), turn the truss rod nut clockwise to remove excess
relief (only adjust ¼ turn at a time) If the neck is too convex (strings too close to the fingerboard), turn
the truss rod nut counter-clockwise to allow the string tension to pull more relief into the neck. Check
your tuning, then re-check the gap with the feeler gauge and re-adjust as needed.
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Adjusting the Action
The Nut
Setting the string action that is right for you starts at the nut. The slots should already be close, but you
might want to make some adjustments.
Push the sixth string down between the second and third fret. The space between the first fret and the
bottom of the string should be about .006 or just about the thickness of two sheets of paper. If the gap
is wider than .006” you should deepen the slot with a small needle file. DO NOT FILE TOO DEEP! Make
sure when you file, the file is angled down toward the headstock. This will ensure the string sits on the
edge of the nut closest to the fretboard.
Repeat the procedure for the remaining 5 strings.
The Bridge
This will adjust the height of the strings over the 12th fret. Minor adjustments are made by raising or
lowering the bridge. This adjustment is a matter of personal preference. There should be a gradual
increase in height from the first string to the sixth string.
Pickup Height
Each pickup is adjustable on the bass and treble sides. Finding the best combination of tone and volume
will require some experimentation. A good place to start is to adjust the pickup height so the first string
is 1/8” over the pickup pole and the sixth string is about 3/16” over its pole.
Intonation
Adjustments should be made after all of the above have been accomplished. Set the pickup selector
switch in the middle position, and turn the volume and tone controls to their maximum settings. Check
tuning. Check each string at the 12th fret, harmonic to fretted note (make sure you are depressing the
string evenly to the fret, not the fingerboard). If sharp, lengthen the string by adjusting the saddle back.
If flat, shorten the string by moving the saddle forward. Remember, guitars are tempered instruments!
Re-tune, play and make further adjustments as needed.
We hope you have enjoyed building your guitar! If you have any questions along the way please email
us at sales@BYOGuitar.com.
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