Note -- This Saga kit represents some incredibly artistry...we should
all try to be this good! Click on the photo to see it
From James Fecteau
A little info on my attempt at a Saga kit.
Let me start by saying that I have been a carver for the past twenty five years or better and am just now applying it to guitars. This is the fourth guitar I've done. The others being used ones or inexpensive new ones bought just for the enjoyment of carving. I have also built a couple of complete new solid bodies with different woods and inlays so I'm not a complete stranger to working on one.
getting the kit from David Drake , a Saga retailer and guitar builder
himself, I started by trying to remove the finish that came on it. It
was tough as nails! I tried different strippers but ended up just
sanding it all off. After finishing the carving I sealed the wood ,
antiqued it with chestnut stain and sprayed a whole can of nitro lacquer on
it. I didn't sand in between any of the lacquer coats so the finish
ended up slightly textured. Unintentional but acceptable considering
it enhanced the carving some what. I didn't use it on this one but I have
used Deft lacquer in a can before and I think I like it better. Seems easier
to use and less expensive with same results.
I used all the hardware that came with it except for the tuners. I got some Ping tuners from David as an upgrade. I think it was worth it. All the routs done on the body seemed good. The neck pocket and neck fit good and tight. No adjustments were necessary. I do think that all the predrilled holes, pickguard, jack plate and so on were done either late on a Friday afternoon or first thing Monday morning. Nothing matched! This fortunately was the easiest to fix .
When I got the kit the neck was straight. After stringing it up the neck moved a good bit. I've started twisting the truss rod some a little at a time . Its still waiting for the next twist so I can't say how well it will straighten out.
All things considered I think the kit was worth the money and a good way to get introduced to guitar construction
Incredible job, James-- I'm not worthy!