RAS Kit Stine Design Double Neck Guitar

Stine Design - RAS Kit Double Neck Guitar
Stine Design – RAS Kit Double Neck Guitar

This lovely thing is a double neck guitar kit that has been completed. This kit was obtained through eBay and built by me and professionally set up by a luthier named Gregg Hall from Greenfield, Indiana.

I wanted to dedicate a page or two to this project to not only document but to also encourage anyone else who may be thinking about buying a kit and building their own guitar.

This particular kit arrived in a flat box with all hardware necessary to complete the entire guitar. I knew from the beginning that I did not want chrome hardware so I decided to go ahead and order new gold hardware and then sell the entire hardware package that came with the kit on ebay to help pay for the new hardware.

 

The Opening of the Box
The Opening of the Box

Below you see the body. The craftsmanship and quality is outstanding! All screw holes were pre-drilled and all routing completed except for the neck cavities which were not quite deep enough. When the necks were installed the bridges had to be set way to high so the options were to carve out some of the body or to shave away some of the necks. Being that I was not confident of my abilities to do either I elected to send the guitar to a luthier after assembly.

DOUBLE 6 and 12 string NECK SG ELECTRIC GUITAR BUILDER KIT
DOUBLE 6 and 12 string NECK SG ELECTRIC GUITAR BUILDER KIT

The image below shows the complete kit in its entirety.

I decided that I did not want to go for the common Gibson coloring of their double necks but would like to stay with a more natural wood look.  I loved the blond color but knew that it would be next to impossible to maintain so I went with a redder color. Below you can see the first application of stain.

Body gets stained and sealed
Body gets stained and sealed
Back of body is stained and necks are test fit and trimmed
Back of body is stained and necks are test fit and trimmed

A view of the back of the guitar after staining and the necks have been installed.

 

Close-up of shielding
Close-up of shielding

The inner cavities were shielding with high quality copper tape. Also, the stock pick ups were replaced with Dragonfire Screamers.

Running pickup wires
Running pickup wires

A view of the replacement Dragonfire Screamer pickups. One of the great things about these pickups is the fact that they come from the factory ready to be set up for coil tapping or coil phasing. In this case I left them as straight humbuckers but maybe in the future I will tap them.

Darginfire Screamer neck pickup
Darginfire Screamer neck pickup

Electronics are complete and guitar is ready for final assembly. There was some modification that needed to be done on some of the harness as there was too much wire to comfortably fit in the body channels. One of the nice things about the wiring, though, was the fact that instead of solder joints for all of the components there were connectors. This made assemble very easy for the most part.

Headstocks are trimmed to match the SG body
Headstocks are trimmed to match the SG body

Coming up with a shape for the heads proved to be more difficult that what I imagined. It took me a long time to finally decide on a configuration and even now I am not fully satisfied. If I had better tools for cutting and shaping I would have come up with a more elegant design that still would have complimented the body shape.

Double neck build is complete
Double neck build is complete

This project guitar was well worth every penny and every minute I put into it. I am extremely impressed with the kit. I wished the necks and body fit better. Again, if I had better tools available it would not have been as big of a deal.

Fully Complete
Fully Complete

The gorgeous and awesome sounding double neck guitar with gold hardware and Dragonfire Guitar Screamer pickups. The guitar returned from the luthier set up perfect for my playing style.