OK, I admit it. I have been putting this off for far too long. The only really irreversible part of the build is gluing in the neck. It’s taken me a good few weeks to convince myself that there’s not too much that I can get wrong in this stage, and I’ve finally taken the plunge.
A few drizzles of glue onto the tenon – not too much, not too little – and then gently slide in the neck and all is well. I actually masked off the fretboard for an earlier oiling stage, so I made sure to string up, roughly check the intonation without gluing, and mark up a few datum points on the tape so I knew where the neck has to sit. I don’t think this was a totally necessary step – the neck when in position is actually as far in as it will go – but it makes me feel more comfortable about the gluing up.
So, once the neck is in, I protected the body with quite a lot of cork floor tiles and added a couple of clamps – one in each pickup route. Wipe the excess glue that got squeezed out off and leave the glue to set. I’m keeping an eye on the joints in case there is more glue forced out, but it is almost done now.