Step 1: Assemble the Sides and Bindings
Step 2: Add Top and Bottom Bracing
Step 3: Attach the Top and Bottom
Note the overhang on top and bottom. This will be removed later with a router and flush trim bit.
Step 4: Soundhole Purfling
Step 5: Neck Work
The frets will be added to the fretboard before it is glued to the neck. The frets come as a long piece of fret wire, which is gently hammered into the fret slots. Then the ends are trimmed, and smoothed with a file.
Step 6: Prepare for Finishing
After the neck is attached, mask off the fretboard and the spot where the bridge will be attached with masking tape. Very important not to get finish where the bridge is glued on, or it will not stick!
I used several coats of sealer and spray laquer for finishing. It really brought out the figure in the mahogany beautifully.
Finally, add some strings. The strings that came with the kit are not very good, and probably should be replaced before you play it for the first time.
A bit of fine tuning, and you are ready to tiptoe through the tulips.