Taking Inventory of Your Guitar Kit

Once you begin unpacking the guitar you will of course want to make sure you have all the parts required to assemble the guitar. This will differ depending on the actual guitar kit you have chosen. I have listed the components that must be included below for the five most popular styles of kit guitar:

Please note I use the term ‘metal’ very loosely. Guitars that fall into this category are typically identified by the inclusion of a humbucking pickup (also included in Rock Guitars such as the Les Paul and SG) and often a Floyd Rose style tremolo. If you are new to electric guitars and don’t quite understand these terms don’t sweat it. A humbucking pickup on first impression simply looks like a two pickups wrapped together side by side (although they may be covered as per a Les Paul Guitar Kit) while a Floyd Rose style tremolo is simply a locking style of tremolo developed to stop the guitar going out of tune when used. If you have something different to the list below you will find more often than not that the actual components are based on these 5 models.

Checklist for Stratocaster Style Guitar Kit

  • Shaped and routed guitar body
  • Guitar neck and screws (Bolt on neck)
  • Tremolo bar and springs
  • Strap buttons with screws
  • 3 X single coil pickups
  • 1 X volume + 2 x tone control pots
  • 5 way pickup selector switch
  • Input jack
  • Pickguard and screws for mounting
  • 6 x tuning pegs (machine heads)
  • Tremolo bridge
  • Nut
  • Truss Rod Cover
  • Neck Plate
  • Back plate cover

Checklist for Telecaster Style Guitar Kit

  • Shaped and routed guitar body
  • Guitar neck and screws (Bolt on neck)
  • Strap buttons with screws
  • 2 X single coil pickups
  • 1 X volume + 1 X tone control pots
  • 3 way pickup selector witch
  • Input jack
  • Pickguard and screws for mounting
  • 6 X tuning pegs (machine heads)
  • Telecaster Bridge
  • Nut

Checklist for Les Paul Style Guitar Kit

  • Shaped and routed guitar body
  • Guitar neck (Glue in neck)
  • Strap buttons with screws
  • 2 X humbucking pickups
  • 2 X Volume + 2 X tone control pots
  • 3 way Pickup Selector switch
  • Input Jack
  • Pickguard and screws for mounting
  • 6 X tuning pegs (machine heads)
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Nut

Checklist for SG Style Guitar Kit

  • Shaped and routed guitar body
  • Guitar neck (Glue in neck)
  • Strap buttons with screws
  • 2 X humbucking pickups
  • 2 X volume + 2 X tone control pots
  • 3 way pickup selector switch
  • Input jack
  • Pickguard and screws for mounting
  • 6 X tuning pegs (machine heads)
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Nut

Checklist for Metal Style Guitar Kit

  • Shaped and routed guitar body
  • Guitar neck (Bolt on)
  • Strap buttons with screws
  • 3 X humbucking pickups
  • 1 X volume + 1 X tone control pots
  • 5 way pickup selector switch
  • Input jack
  • Pickguard and screws for mounting
  • 6 X tuning pegs (machine heads)
  • Locking Tremolo bridge (Floyd Rose Style)
  • Nut

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