This depends on the design and length of the neck and is not a set size. As a general rule, 330 – 400mm would be used in an acoustic guitar, 400 – 440mm in an electric guitar and 530 – 600mm in a bass.
We would suggest that 3 lengths of fretwire would be more than enough for most instruments, allowing for trimming and perhaps the odd mishap!
‘Titebond’ glue (stock code 9950) is best for wood purfling and binding and our binding cement (stock code 9889) is ideal for plastic.
This is a matter of choice – you can either use an under saddle transducer (fitted in the saddle slot of the bridge) or an adhesive bug transducer that is usually mounted on the soundboard of the instrument.
All our tremolo systems are supplied with mounting hardware.
All our machine heads are supplied with screws and bushes
The post spacing on our machine heads is 35mm (industry standard), unless otherwise stated. Single machine heads can be used for non standard spacing.
Guitar Kits - What components are included in an electric guitar kit? What is the body / neck wood?
Our electric guitar kits contain all the components and hardware needed for construction – They do not include the lacquer for finishing the instrument (car spray paint works well). The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard and the body is basswood – with a maple top on the Les Paul and PRS style guitars.
Usually, yes – but not always – again you need to check your measurements against those on the Schaller website
Our high quality guitar necks (made in Japan) are vintage specification – 7.25” (185mm) radius with 2mm frets.
We do supply the materials and tools for this job. However, if you do not feel confident, we recommend that you seek out a guitar technician or maker.
How do I know which size REMO banjo head will fit my instrument?
You need to match the outside diameter of the rim (pot) of your banjo with the measurements listed under the Remo banjo heads on our website. These are available in three different heights: High - ½”, Medium - 7/16”, Low – 3/8”. Check this against the original head.
We have instructions on how to do this job - email us to request these.
What is the difference between a ‘fitted’ and ‘unfitted’ violin bridge?
A fitted bridge has the crown shaped and the string slots cut, whereas an unfitted bridge has surplus wood on the crown that needs to be taken down and shaped to suit the fingerboard radius. The feet of both types needed to be shaped to match the top (belly) of the violin, viola, cello or double bass.
The correct way to fit pegs and ensure a good friction fit is to use a peg shaver to cut the pegs to a set taper, and then ream the peg hole to the same taper using a reamer (a full range of luthier tools is available on our site). This is a skilled job and should only be undertaken by a trained luthier or technician.
The most reliable way to tell the size of an instrument is to measure the back along the centre joint (not including the button) – a size chart is available on request.