It’s no secret that we love Gakken kits here at MAKE, and the Mini Guitar kit is no exception. It has a built in amp, speaker, and line out so it’s a lot of fun, even if you don’t own an amp. After building the kit, just pop in some AA batteries and you are ready to rock.
Most of the Gakken kits don't need any English translation because the illustrations are so well done and they go together easily. This kit has the same great step-by-step instructions, but because it is a little more complicated, we thought it would be a good idea to make our own how-to just in case you needed a little extra help. So let's get started building the Gakken Mini Electric Guitar kit from the Maker Shed.
"Note:" You can see all the pictures from this build in my Flickr photo set found here.
Next, wrap the end each string around its individual screw on the back of the neck, and tighten down each screw. Make sure the string is pulled tight. Now you can add the last bolt that holds the neck of the guitar in place.
Now you can gently cram everything into the plastic housing. It's a snug fit! Once it's seated properly, use a few screws and attach it permanently to the plastic housing. Don't worry about that extra wire; we will attach it to the neck of the guitar in a later step.
Now we need to secure all that wire in the pickup. Use another piece of tape, preferably electrical, and cut it down to about 1/8" wide and about 3-4" long. Wrap it around the coil, making it secure and clean-looking.
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