FAQ

Shipping

Where are your Guitars made?

Our guitars are made in China. Due to less expensive manufacturing we are able to ship directly from China at a far more affordable price for our customers than manufacturing in the USA or Australia would allow.

How much does it cost for delivery?

To most countries, delivery is free. If your country is not included in our list of free shipping destinations a $30 surcharge will apply to your order.

*Please note for delivery to some countries, custom fees will also apply and are not covered by guitarkitworld.com

If you are unsure if this applies to your country, you can check here: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/

How long will my guitar kit take to be delivered?

In most cases, delivery should take approximately 60 days. Please note there are factors outside of our control including how long the destination country holds stock when inspecting before allowing to be imported. In most cases, however, our guitars are delivered within the specified time frame.

* Please be aware that the stated delivery period of 60 days is approximate only.  Whilst every effort will be made to deliver your guitar within or close to this period, occasionally some orders may take longer to produce.  We request your patience, as timber is an organic material and each kit is custom-built to your specification.  We trust that your guitar kit will be well worth the wait!

How do I create a user account?

We have two ways of creating an account with us.

Firstly we have the mailing list, which you can join to receive information on latest articles and any specials we are running.
The form will appear when you scroll halfway down any page on the site, all we require is a first name and your email address.

Secondly, we have the registered user account which is provided as an option when making a purchase.
The advantage of this is you will be able to track the delivery of your order from your order history page using our software.

Product Information

Should I order a set neck or fixed neck?

We recommend only choosing the set neck option if you have prior experience as it is critical to ensure the correct neck angle. If choosing a bolt on neck, this is set at the factory, however if choosing a set neck you will be responsible for achieving the correct neck angle.

What’s the correct neck angle if I purchase a set neck guitar?

This can vary from one guitar to the next e.g. an ST has no neck angle while an LP has a significant neck angle (not to be confused with headstock angle) due to the Tune-O-matic bridge. If you are unsure of the correct angle please visit the link below:

http://www.tundraman.com/Guitars/NeckAngle/

Is all drilling done prior to being shipped?

Yes, you will not be required to drill any major holes in the guitar. Minor drilling such as for your pick guard and strap clips will need to be during assembly.

Should I order the timber as sealed or unsealed?

Most customers prefer unsealed if they are staining the guitar. If finishing in a solid colour however we recommend having the timber sealed (using a sanding sealer) as this negates the need to grain fill and allows for an even and consistent surface for painting.

*Please be aware that unfinished timber can be affected by changes in humidity specific to your region. While our stringent quality control processes ensure that no guitar ever leaves our factory with cracking, GKW cannot be held responsible for environmental factors, humidity changes, etc which may occur during shipping and are outside of our control.

*This currently affects less than 1% of orders and is easily fixed if finishing in a solid color, but if you are concerned we recommend ordering sealed timber.

Can I order just the timber without hardware?

Yes, however, the price is dependent on the guitar you are interested in. Please contact us for more information. Be sure to mention the model of guitar in your enquiry.

What material are your fret wires constructed from?

We use cupronickel which is fairly standard for fret wire. We don’t use stainless steel (most guitar manufacturers don’t) as this will generally wear down your guitar strings very quickly. (Most electric guitar strings are made from nickel plated steel).

What is the width of your necks at the nut and body?

42mm and 55.05mm respectively.

What type of hardware is supplied with your kits?

Our hardware is generic. We don’t align with any brands when it comes to pickups, tuners etc. We’re not about to claim our hardware or electronics are equal to that of some of the more recognised brand names such as Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, Grover etc. but you will find our components are of a quality.

Can you shape the headstock to an existing design?

Our standard kits come with a paddleboard design, leaving you sufficient room to design and cut your own headstock shape. At this stage we do not offer custom headstock design.

Can you place known guitar brands company logos on your headstocks?

Most definitely not. We do not support attempts at producing fake known brand instruments.

Do your Floyd Rose style tremolo systems have locking nuts?

Yes they do.

When adding a Floyd Rose, are the routing dimensions for the Floyd Rose original or the Floyd Rose special?

The routing for the Floyd Rose special is identical in most cases as the string lock screws are only fractionally shorter.
Some manufacturers take this into account when routing for the Floyd Rose special but in most cases it’s the same, meaning the two are interchangeable.

How many pieces are your bodies made from?

Generally 2-3 pieces. we don`t recommend 1pc wood. Most of our bodies comprise of three pieces. We can supply in 2 pieces if preferred but stocks are limited and you would need to enquire first.

Can I order a patterned maple top on my guitar?

You can in almost all instances. We offer both a maple veneer (available in spalted, quilted and flame .3mm) or a 20mm flame maple cap. Be aware that the veneer is quite thin and shouldn’t be soaked in paint or stain. We recommend when finishing to apply many light coats as opposed to applying your finish too heavily.

Can I order my guitar kit unsealed?

Yes, you can, we supply this as an option when ordering. *However please be aware that unfinished timber can be affected by changes in humidity. As a result, any cracking caused by low humidity (if the timber has dried out) is not covered by Guitar Kit World. For more information please click here.

*Please note all guitars are photographed prior to shipping and are checked for cracking prior to being sent out.

Can I order trapezoid inlays?

In most cases, we supply necks with dot inlays. However, we can supply trapezoid inlays on select guitars.

What is the scale length of your guitars?

In most cases, the scale length for our guitars is 628mm. However, some guitars e.g. the ST and TE kits are 647.7mm. Scale length is listed under each product, just look under product description at the bottom of each product page.

Do you sell bodies only? If so, what is the cost?

We do, however, we also charge shipping for single bodies or necks. Depending on your location shipping, is approx. $45, however the bodies themselves can vary in price significantly. We suggesting you are interesting in ordering just a body to get in touch and let us know the body you are interested in. As an example, we can supply a Mahogany LP body for approx. $50 or a basswood body for $40 plus shipping.

What are the dimensions of the LP neck pocket?

LP neck cavity width is usually 56mm.

What size holes are drilled for the tail piece and bridge?

The bridge and tailpiece holes are drilled to a diameter of 10mm.

What diameter are the tuning peg holes?

The tuning peg holes are drilled to a diamter of 10mm also.

 

What is the Difference Between A Pots and B pots?

A and B refer back to the taper of the pot. A, in this instance, stands for Audio and B for Linear. In reality, it won’t make any difference to your overall tone or volume but will effect the roll off e.g. how the tone or volume increases and decreases as the pots are turned. In most cases A is used for your volume as an Audio taper is more even and correlates better with the human ear as it is a gradual change. B is often used for tone as the roll off is more linear. You can use either realistically, however.

To give you an example.

Gibson utilize linear pots for both volume and tone while Fender uses A pots exclusively.

Assembly

How long will it take to have a playable guitar?

It depends on the choice of finish. For instance, when you paint a guitar properly you will need the surface to dry and harden (cure). This can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months. You will find the guitar dries to approx. 90% very quickly but the final 10% takes some time. If you can’t wait that long you could try tung oil and wax but bear in mind the finish won’t be as durable and protect the guitar as effectively.

There are no instructions with my order..now what?

Our kits don’t actually come with instructions, as we have so many different models available.
To counter this the electronics are colour coded making assembly relatively simple.

We also include a number of articles on the blog that cover the basics of assembly, finishing and guitar setup.

https://guitarkitworld.com/category/guitar-kit-assembly/

https://guitarkitworld.com/category/guitar-finishing/

https://guitarkitworld.com/category/guitar-setup/

What glue should I use if ordering a set neck guitar?

Titebond is a good option, commonly found in hardware stores.

What should the finished guitar look like?

That’s completely up to you, but I do have some advice that will help steer you in the right direction, use a reference point. In most cases this will be a guitar your particularly like the look of and want to create something similar. Find a guitar image online with a finish you particularly like, print it out and reference it often. When audio engineers first start out they are told to use a reference point in the form of a studio recording to get an impression of how the guitars should sound, this is exactly the same principle.

How good can a kit guitar sound?

It’s defined firstly be the components you use and secondly the workmanship that goes into putting it all together. There are some very good kit guitars available and some lesser quality guitar kits. There is a lot of debate about timber and while it’s true most cheaper guitar kits are made from basswood, popular manufacturers such as Ibanez regularly use basswood in some of their guitars. It’s not black and white when it comes to timber and you need to take into consideration how thick your finish is and how well prepared the timber is.

Where should I work on the guitar

If you have a space that offers a good airflow and affords you plenty of room go for it. Just be aware of the finishing process and avoid spraying your guitar near anything that won’t fully appreciate overspray. Safety should be your first consideration at all times, so ensure you have good ventilation and have a fire extinguisher close by, remember most guitar finishing products are highly flammable.

Got a question? why not drop us a line we may even use your question in our FAQ section.