The first thing is to fit the neck to the body in this case with bolts (I’ve mentioned this method in several different posts). When I’m satisfied, I make sure all of the pin holes and gaps are filled so I don’t have any sinking finish and seal and fill the grain with marine epoxy.
I’ve described the finish process before so I won’t go into much more detail than to say I spray about 6 coats on the top and about 8 or 9 on the back and sides. I wet or dry sand every 2 coats and try to get the entire job done in 2 days.
I let the whole thing dry for about 2 weeks and do the final compounding. I finish the neck and body separately to make the job easier.
When I’m satisfied with the gloss, I put the neck on for the last time, gluing the fret board end to the body.
Next, I locate the bridge and carefully glue that to the body. I then drill the bridge pin holes, taper them for bridge pins and relieve the hole with a slot for the strings. I make a saddle and nut out of bone and fit those to the bridge and neck.
I have to say I still get a big kick out of hearing the guitar’s voice for the first time. Of course all the bugs need to be worked out and the guitar set up.