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You will need, from the top:
- measuring calipers - digital.
- Philips head screwdrivers - small and medium
- Drill bits:
- 7/64" for neck and bridge plate.
- smaller for headstock (tuning machines and string tree)
- medium for pickguard.
- Soldering iron
- Solder and flux
- Neck (21 frets)
- check width of peghead holes with calipers and be sure to choose tuning machines with bushings to match:
- Vintage is [8.9]mm
- modern is mm.
- String Tree = vintage is a round button;
- Tuning machines - six in line
- vintage - kluson style - have push in bushings of a narrower guage. You can buy wider bushings.
- Waterslide decal
- Body. check:
- Neck pocket width/depth. Has to fit neck snugly. Note if loose and neck holes aren't drilled straight, strings will miss the fingerboard at the hupper registers
- Routing: for single coils or humbuckers or both?
- Width of jack output (fairly sure these are consistent).
- Gauge of ferrule holes at back - vintage are slightly narrower
- Is it a top loader or is it drilled straight through for strings loaded at back
- if back-loading, check width of strong spacing (important because has to match up with bridge) - 54mm standard? is vintage wider?
- Pickups: Check:
- Single coil or humbucker?
- number of windings.
- pole pieces on bridge (Alnico 5) and does it have a brass baseplate (if not you will need to earth pickups)
- cloth covered wire (preferable but slightly more fiddly to work with)