Finishing a Guitar With the Bridge and Neck Separate?

Q&A Woodworking Forum IndexCategory: Guitar MakingFinishing a Guitar With the Bridge and Neck Separate?
Westfarthing Woodworks asked 9 months ago

Just just about ready to attach the neck to the body of a parlour guitar I am making.

Most sites say to do the finishing first, then attach the neck and bridge. This requires scraping the finish from the area under the fretboard and bridge.

It looks as though in your pictures that the neck is already on- any advice on that?



1 Answers
Westfarthing Woodworks answered 9 months ago

Thank you Jim. I never scrape off the finish. I always finish with the bridge in place, and it’s been a perfectly good method for a lot of guitars. I have never really seen the benefit to doing it like that, so for me the bridge and neck have always been attached.

That being said, make sure you apply a little less finish to the bridge area and the fretboard. The back of the neck can take less too. The neck really doesn’t need as much as the body, and it can get sticky if your hands sweat, so don’t over do it.

I’ve finished nearly all of my guitars in one piece, and it’s super easy. Plus, no scraping off the finish after you applied it.

If you have any questions please let me know, and happy building.

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