Tenayo TK-EG-HM1
E-Guitar KIT „BCR“-like: Facts & Manual
Text and photos: Michael Koch
At all: Electric guitars were built to play loud and hard!!! And finally acoustic guitars were
much too faint to get through really within bigger ensembles or even orchestras. The first
acceptable representative electric guitars were built by Adolph Rickenbacker and George
Beauchamp at the beginning of the 30s in the last century. But the very first serial model
with a semi hollow body was constructed and distributed by the US American company
GIBSON around 1936. The still very famous and by now deceased “Les Paul” followed them
up around 1941 with his first Solidbody version of the electric guitar. It was an instrument
with a massive body and neck through construction which was able to diminish possible
feedbacks the semi hollow body guitars produced very often quite well. From this time on
the triumphal procession of the electric guitar couldn’t have been stopped anymore. Only a
few decades later the position of modern Rock- and Jazz-Guitarist should have been
compared with the same star violinist had until this time in orchestras. Great musicians like
Hendrix helped pushing the electric guitar for their final breakthrough in the mid of the 1960s. He was followed
up by more and more other unforgettable guitar heroes and virtuous players like Eric Clapton (Cream), Jimmy
Page (Led Zeppelin), Angus Young (AC/DC), Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Alex
Lifeson (Rush), Brian May (Queen), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Steve Howe (Yes), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep
Purple), Steve Vai (Frank Zappa & Solo), Joe Satriani (Solo), Adrian Belew (David Bowie, Talking Heads, King
Crimson), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and much more… But we won’t waste too much time with things like this
because we’d like to assemble our own electric guitar. So spending only a little of our precious time for this I
would carefully recommend…
We actually offer around 15 different electric-guitar and e-bass kits by Tenayo including nearly all popular shapes
and models. A few of them we provide as left hand models too. But all kits are very easy to handle. Even
assembling is possible and not very difficult for nonprofessional instrument builders of all levels.
Our TK-EG-HM1 kit is including the pre shaped
and well shaped massive body. All panels for
the neck, pick-ups, potis, switch, bridge and the
electric parts still exist. The neck with its
Trussrod, fingerboard and even the frets are
well pre handled. So all wooden parts included
in the kit must be only fine sandpapered and
finished. Furthermore the kit includes 2
Humbuckers (neck and bridge position), 2 Potis
(volume and tone) and 2 black Poti-knobs, a 3way toggle switch, different wires, 1 capacitor,
tin-solder, a plastic plate for the electric panel
and one for the tremolo bridge panel on the
backside of the guitars body, 1 licensed FloydRose tremolo unit including the bridge and the
strings saddles, three springs and the whammy
bar, 6 tuner mechanics incl. the sleeves, ring
washers and screws, 4 black ring washers and
screws for fixing the neck, 2 strap holders,
different hex keys (to adjust the Trussrod,
saddles and the tremolo) and a unit guitar
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Tools and Materials which will be needed to assemble the Tenayo electric-guitar kit…
A rasp, different files and sandpapers with variably granulation for a fine “rose”
Different metal files
1 block for sandpapering
Fill-in for wood repair
1 rubber-mallet
Rubber stripes or a small scratchpad to prevent damage on screws while hammering
A flat nose plier
Different screwdrivers or a battery powered electric screwdriver
1 wood drill and a cutter
A electric soldering iron and some tin for wiring the potis, PUs and the output jack
Oil (in case the instrument shall be finished with that)
Different lacquers and colors (if wished)
Seersucker adhesive tape (to prevent stains while coloring)
First steps…
Initially the neck and body must be connected together. While doing this you got to keep care on an exact fit
because the neck has to be absolutely straight after fixing it. Please check the three photos below too. But the
neck should fit into the pre shaped hole at the neck rudiment on the guitar body without having any trouble.
If not: take the file and a bit of sandpaper and remove softly some overcoming wooden parts. And please do not
press the neck into with using force. This can result into damaging the parts. After all the neck can be fixed with
the 4 big black wood-screws and their plastic ring washers on the backside of the body - please check the 3th
photo above too. If any slits or spaces occur at the rudiment between neck and body you got to eliminate that
with some fill-in. But if the neck fits correctly this should not happen.
Sandpapering and finishing your guitar…
Please check if there are no spaces ore damages in the wood which has to be repaired potentially. If all these
things have been done all wooden parts of the instrument should be handled with different sandpapers (down to
the finest granulation) until you’re satisfied or the guitar “feels like a child’s bum”. If there are any frets which feel
sharp at their edges last improvements can now be done with a flat and fine metal-file. Now all wooden parts can
be oiled or colored with different lacquers. Oiling can be done with a standard vegetable or olive oil. You only
need a primitive cotton flap. But oiling should be repeated a few times within days to get a good effect. Possibly
you have to use fine sandpapers again between these processes. If lacquering is wanted you should check for
professional (like literature or so) help in front of doing that. But please take care on all parts which shall not be
lacquered at all. To prevent stains on the fretboard or other parts you can use seersucker adhesive tape for
bonding them in front of doing the coloring or so. You can finish the guitar part by part too.
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Assembling of the hardware and the tuner mechanics…
If the guitar finish has been done completely the hardware like pickups, potis, toggle switch and all the other
mechanics should be mounted onto the guitar. At first the tuners can be assembled onto the headstock.
Fit on the tuners!! ((-:
Now the 6 tuner vertebras can be fit onto their right position at the headstock. This step is very easy. How to do
that is showed surely very well on the three following photos below. All tuner vertebras shall be fixed with their
little black wood screws at the back of the headstock which are included in this kit. Attention!!! The loops of all
tuners must show 45° to the middle. This you can see perfectly on photo 3. But in fact of that all holes for the
screws has been pre drilled so this should not cause into making any problem. Possibly you got to spread them a
little more with your wood drill.
Installing of the two humbuckers…
As shown on the three photos above you only got to put the neck and the bridge pickup into their pre drilled
holes and fix them with the 8 small wood screws which are included in the kit too. Their cables have to be lead
through the two pre drilled chutes to the electric panel which has its vent at the backside of the guitars body. So
please check the photos again.
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Assembling of the tremolo bridge retainers…
Now you have to install the both thread pins
(photo on the left) on the top of the guitars body.
For this it’s recommended using a small or a
middle size hammer. To prevent damage on the
thread pins while hammering them into the pre
drilled holes you should use rubber stripes, hart
plastic or for example a small scratch pat putting
in between. On the photo you can see we used
this unusual but very fine opportunity. ((-:
Both thread pins must be hammered in until
reaching its come through edge. The pins their
self have to be screwed in up to their half. Now
the retainer for the three vibrato springs can be
fixed on the backside of the guitar body. The
holes for the screws are pre drilled. But please –
both screws shall not be engulfed in the wood completely because later on the vibrato unit has to be adjusted
and the pulling on all of the three springs should not be too strong. The whole vibrato unit will be stabilized in
because of these springs and in contrary by the 6 guitar strings. More information you can find later in the
chapter “Putting on the strings / tuning of the guitar”.
Now the most difficult part of our “impossible” enterprise is following… ((-:
Wiring of the pickups, the toggle switch and the potis…
Before we keep on with that it will be really not stupid
mounting on the potis, the three way toggle and the output
jack (photo on the right). All cables should be lead on through
the provided channels to the electric panel too. This one is
something like a control center for the guitar and makes it
possible that the guitar comes alive later on. On the following
page there’s a wiring diagram. Please check it accurately to
prevent failures in wiring and soldering of the parts because
dysfunction or needless droning could be the result of this.
And please take care of grounding all electric parts too.
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All the colors of each wire/ all cables are only for better orientation and do have nothing to do with their function
itself. In relation to each kit these colors can vary too. The thicker cables of the pickups (mostly yellow for the
neck PU and red for the bridge PU) do include 2 single cables – one with a white sleeve and one blank. The
volume- and tone-poti can be differed easily by the letter B (volume) and A (tone) which you can find on the top
of them.
On the first photo on the left
side you can see the position
of each switch and other
electric parts inside of the
electric panel at the back of
the guitars body. Finally a
ground cable has to be lead
from the volume Poti to the
retainer of the vibrato
springs (2nd photo above).
Photo 3 above: Both cables
coming from the volume Poti
have to be soldered with the
inner ground ring and the
“hot” contact of the output
jack. On the wiring diagram
on the left side it can be seen
which cable has to be
connected/soldered with
which pole or contact.
But: if you have finished all
wiring you should make a
test before you close the
electric panel with its cover.
If a heavy droning occurs for
example this is perhaps not
only the result of wrong
wired cables. Often this is in
because of “cold” solder
bonds too. So please keep
care while soldering cable
with its contacts and work
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Putting on the strings / tuning of the guitar…
As described in the chapter “Assembling of the tremolo
bridge retainers” the vibrato unit/bridge will be stabilized
by the three vibrato springs and the pull of the six guitar
strings. But: the springs have to be adjusted a few times.
The traction should whether too strong neither too low.
The height of the bridge unit can be adjusted with the two
hex pins. A suitably hex key is included in this kit. More on
this topic later… To bring up the strings and fixing them in
their saddles you got to cut them off a few millimeters
above each ball end. Check the photo on the right side
too. The end of the string hast o be put into the vent of its
saddle and must be fixed with the hex pin at the tail piece
of the bridge. Please check the two photos below. To get
access on them easily you can push down the vibrato arm
a little with your left hand.
If you have finished with fixing all 6 strings in their saddles you got to lead each string (it is recommended to begin
with the first one) to the headstock and the complying tuner vertebra. To merge them underneath the three
plates for fixing the strings you got to detach them a little with their hex screw. You can check that on the
following two photos.
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Now all strings have to be wired up with the tuners - bit by bit.
In this case a standard string winder is a very good help. In
addition to that all strings have to be winded up from the
middle to the outside. You can check that on the photos at the
right side too. In fact of this the tuners for the three thicker
strings have to be rotated into direction of the headstocks end
– away from your body. Yet the guitar should be tuned a few
times from the thicker string up to the highest one. For
standard the guitar has to be tuned in E, A, D, G, b, e. If you are
not perfect in realizing each single note you can take a tuner as showed on the third photo on the right side. After that you
got to control the position of the tremolo bridge again. The
bridge plate should stand parallel to the top of the guitar body.
Please look at the two photos on the left side below. If this one
stands a slightly skew this is also allowed. But: if the character
skew is much too much
after the guitar has
been tuned you should
unfix the three vibrato
springs a little (2nd
photo on the right side
above). If the bridge
plate at the anterior
rudiment is too high or
too low – it can be
adjusted again with the
two hex pins (1st photo
on the left side). After
you have finished with
that the guitar has to be
tuned further more.
And now strings can be fixed with the three nut plates (3th photo on the
left side above). All six strings can be fine tuned yet with their tuners at
the end of the tailbridge unit (2nd photo on the left side).
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Adjusting of the truss rod and clearing the fret intonation…
After tuning your guitar correctly you will possibly
recognize that the neck is not straight enough.
Potentially it is introversive. In case of this the
Trussrod has to be adjusted. The vent is above the
nut on the headstocks top - please check the photo
on the left side. To straighten the neck it is
recommended to brace the truss while rotating the
hex screw with the complying key into the direction
of your body as long as the neck goes definitely
straight. If it remains staying slightly inwards this is
ok too. Before doing all of that you should loosen
the strings a little again. And don’t forget: In this
case the nut plates have to be unfixed too…
If the distance between the strings and the frets is
yet much too low you can adjust that further more
with the saddle mechanics on the tremolo bridge unit as described in the chapter before. But now you should
bring your guitar in tune again. If you put down strings onto the 12th fret your tuner must show you the same
note (the higher octave) as played with the blank string. If this note is too high - you can adjust it while moving its
saddle a little into direction of the tail-bridges end. In the opposite case move it slightly into direction of the
fingerboard. You should repeat this step by step with each string saddle too.
Fixing the strap-holders, mounting on the cover plates (electric- and vibrato-panel) and
fixing the output-jack…
Finally you should install the strapholders which are both included in the
kit. The first one has to be fixed with its
wood screw in the middle of the neck
rudiment underneath the backside of
the neck (photo 1) with the help of
screw driver. The other one you got to
place like shown up on the second
photo. But: Most of the time the little
holes for this were pre drilled. If not it is
recommended to mark the correct
position of both strap holder first with a
lead pencil before drilling.
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To prevent getting dirt into the electronic panel or diminishing
the danger of causing damage to electric parts and the tremolo
you should mount on the panel plate covers. The screw holes
for these have to be drilled in. So you got to mark the position
of all holes better with the lead pin before drilling them. The
plates itself are very good as template for this. To check out the
correct position of all holes you can also check both photos on
the left. If the plate cover for the electric panel does not fit
without forcing it into its place you should handle it in front of
fixing it with a fine file and sandpaper. After that possible
spaces between can be filled up with wood filler before finishing
it. Last of all you should fix the output-jack plate with its two
wood screws if you didn’t have done that some steps before
(photo on the right below).
Take care and have a lot of fun with your first self-made electricguitar by Tenayo!!!
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