In the case of DIY guitar kits, our products are manufactured and shipped directly from China.
Is everything included to build a working electric guitar?
Yes, in almost all cases you won't require any additional parts. If unsure, however, we recommend checking the details of the product listing by clicking the 'read more' button.
Do you offer bolt-on and set neck guitars?
We offer both, you will need to look at the specifics of each model to determine the neck attachment method.
Can I order just the timber without the hardware?
Yes, you can. Please check our 'parts' section on the main menu.
Do the guitars come ready for painting or staining?
Yes, the majority of kits come well sanded but we do recommend sanding the body lightly prior to finishing.
Do you sell completed guitars?
No, we have no plans at this time to do so in the future.
What tools do I require?
Depending on the type of guitar you buy you may only require tools and materials for finishing the guitar (painting) and soldering. Screwdrivers, sandpaper and sanding block. Finishing supplies e.g. Paint, stain, and clear gloss, ventilation mask, coping saw or jigsaw if shaping the headstock. With this small list of inexpensive tools, you will be up and running and ready to build your electric guitar in no time.
How long will it take to have a playable guitar?
It depends on the choice of finish. For instance, when you paint or stain a guitar you will need the surface to dry and harden (cure). This can take anywhere from 1 week to 3 months depending on your choice of finishing product. 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 or wax finish but bear in mind the finish won’t be as durable and protect the guitar as effectively.
There are no instructions with my order?
Written instructions are not included with your order. To counter this we have provided a number of articles on the blog that cover the basics of assembly, finishing, and guitar setup.
If you require assistance with the assembly of your guitar, please contact us for after-sales support.
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. In most cases, this will be a guitar you 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 by 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 as well. 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.
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