There are a thousand ways this can go wrong
Posted December 13, 2013
With lots of little pieces to be made, then assembled, potentially lost or broken, I was nervous about this kit from the time I first opened it until I assembled it for the last time. But the results were worth it. Made the first one as a gift for my granddaughter's guitar teacher. Now I'm working on one for her. Beautiful when finished but be patient and very careful. Plan on spending more time than you expected.
I had a problem with the...
Posted January 27, 2013
I had a problem with the epoxy going soft on me but during the sanding process before I put on a CA glue finish. I suspect the epoxy softened from the heat of sanding even though I sanded lightly and didn't feel hot to the touch. Next time, I will fill the hole with CA glue instead of epoxy.
My review is already in, just...
Posted January 2, 2012
My review is already in, just wanted to get this photo up.
Man this was fun. It was...
Posted December 3, 2011
Man this was fun. It was quite challenging to get all the pieces in. I did feel it necessary to drill out the holes in the fretboard to allow the silver wire to go all the way in. I didn't put in the paper for the frets but the fretboard still looks good. Unlike one of the other reviewers, I didn't have any trouble with interactions between CA and epoxy. The biggest problem was finding really clear epoxy. I finally found a 5 minute epoxy double tube from a home center. I used 2 fillings, one to mostly fill the hole, and the second to get the level a bit above the wood so that there wouldn't be a dent. And there are a couple of small bubbles. Overall, it's a fun pen to put together, it looks great, and it'll be a great gift.
This was my fourth laser inlay...
Posted September 30, 2011
This was my fourth laser inlay pen and by far the most complex. The instructions were hard to read, especially as I do not know guitar parts. Once I figured out where the silver wire went, that was smooth. The white plastic stick was too large for the designated holes. I would either enlarge them, or whittle down the white stick next time. I did not use epoxy glue to fill the sound hole as another review said that would smear it. I used medium CA, which kept running out, and I ended up filling it like 6 times, finally using tape to create a pocket above the height of the barrel so there wouldn't be a low spot in the middle of the sound hole. I had one small air bubble, but it is barely noticeable. The parts were not super tight, but a little ebony dust filled in nicely. Overall, having attempted one, I would be willing to try another. I would not recommend this as your first laser inlay kit. Looks super sweet when done.