For most making your own guitar can be a great experience.
Of course it’s a lot easier to just buy one but if you like the satisfaction of making things with your own hands, have a look at DIY guitar kits.
DIY stands for “Do it yourself”.
Meaning you can basically make your own guitar from scratch.
Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be some guitar making expert or a wood working genius with a scholarship from Harvard or something.
All you need to do is follow the step by step instructions that are usually provided.
Sometimes all the tools are included as well in these guitar building kits.
At the end of the day, all you have to do is assemble the guitar kit yourself. It’s not like a Subpac where you just plug it in and put it on. A DIY guitar kit actually goes in pretty deep. That’s part of the fun. Keep in mind though, a DIY guitar kit comes with pretty much everything except like a compressor pedal or anything external like that.
Have you ever tried a DIY theremin kit? It’s a similar build.
With a little bit elbow grease, some sanding here and there (Guitar’s body and neck), minor soldering, and finally after testing and tuning your guitar, you will be good to go.
No matter how complete a DIY guitar kit claims to be, you still need the following:
- Sanding paper (Anything between 200 to 500 grit size works).
- Guitar Soldering kit (Any electronics soldering kit will do).
- Screwdriver Kit (If you have a drill machine with screw driver add-ons, then even better).
In the industry, these three things are known as ‘finishing materials’.
Now whether you’re looking for a diy electric, bass or acoustic guitar kit, these days you can find some amazing pre-drilled guitar kits.
Heck I’ve even seen DIY ukulele and banjo kits.
So why would someone want to get a diy guitar kit?
Well besides the fun factor, diy guitars are also naturally more affordable. I personally think guitars today even guitar to midi controllers, fit most people’s budget but you can definitely save more than usual by investing in a DIY version.
Also contrary to popular belief, these guitar building kits are not toys for kids. These kits make professional guitars. Even electric acoustic and classical (Spanish) guitar kits. Granted you won’t find many in the market today, but they are definitely creeping in.
Bottom line, a DIY guitar kit is the real deal.
So please take them seriously. Especially when you get to the electronics and wiring part. As you will see, some diy guitar gits found here are even used by professional guitar players (At actual live gigs and various other events).
How to select a DIY Guitar Kit
It really just depends on you and your needs. Do you want it for yourself or would you be giving a few out as gifts? In both cases, a DIY electric guitar kit seems to be the popular choice.
First step is to decide what kind of guitar do you want to make and perhaps practice your guitar making skills on.
Sometimes people give these diy guitar build kits away as gifts so in that case, I would recommend an electric guitar kit again.
At the end of the day, it really just depends on you.
That said, bass guitar kits are getting fairly popular too and are pretty fun.
Best DIY Guitar Kits
Below we’ve picked a few of the best diy guitar kits (At least according to us) for beginners and first timers. Since the DIY market is still developing, most kits on the market are not up to par at all.
Lucky for you, we’ve done a pretty thorough job here.
We have divided this page into three sections, DIY electric guitars, bass guitars and acoustic guitars.
Let’s start with the electric guitars.
DIY Electric Guitar Kits
Being the most popular of the bunch, we’ve decided to share these with you first. When you think of a guitar, it’s either an electric or an acoustic one that comes to mind. Here we review a few of good ones. See which electric guitar kit is right for your needs.
TheFretWire – Best DIY Electric Guitar Kit
If you want to get started right away, this is the diy guitar kit for you. TheFretWire brand (Yes that’s one word) created another wonderful product for beginner diy guitar enthusiasts. These guys have been making DIY guitar kits for the longest time and this guitar kit is a perfect example.
All the main stuff (Body and neck of the guitar) is pre-drilled and the kit comes with everything you need to assemble out a proper electric guitar. Body is made of basswood and the top is maple (Beautiful finish by the way).
This guitar comes with a thin neck so it’s perfect for beginners or if you have little hands. This theFretWire kit is one of the most precise build your own guitar kits out there so you’ll have tons of fun assembling your own.
This specific guitar kit is one of the most preferred diy guitar kits of all time.
Best part, it sounds great too.
Ammoon DIY Electric Guitar Kit
- DIY electric guitar kit includes all parts to built a complete guitar.
- Basswood body, rosewood fingerboard and maple neck.
- Basswood body has nice surface, easy to paint and DIY.
- 3-way selector switch, single tremolo bridge.
- 2 single-coil pickups, 1 volume and 1 tone controls.
A respectable brand, this Ammoon electric guitar kit has an unfinished mahogany rosewood body, while maple fingerboard and neck. This DIY guitar kit comes with everything needed to assemble your very own electric guitar.
These include not only the body and neck, but also a 3-way selector switch, two volume controls, two tone controls, and two dual-coil pickups and a few other necessary things.
The fingerboard includes twenty-two frets and has six strings to attach. Pretty standard stuff for most guitar kits. The tuner peg of the guitar has a closed peg. As this is an electric guitar kit, it does come with a cable as well (To supply the power).
By the way if you don’t know what these parts are, don’t worry about it. Just know that these are essential pieces of the puzzle which are required (And included) to assemble your guitar.
The length of this guitar’s cable measures approximately 2.5 meters. The overall kit weighs approximately 9.5 pounds.
So that’s all the good stuff but what about the downsides?
One thing I don’t like about this kit is on the guitar’s bridge (Located on the guitar’s body, just at the base of the fretboard aka the neck of the guitar), there are no pre-installed holes for placing the bridge.
Instead, you need to figure that out yourself. Not a big deal but kind of annoying. Especially if this is your first time. Another thing is this guitar kit doesn’t not come with a whammy bar (Tremolo arm). I don’t mind that much but if you were looking for one, it’s not on this kit.
What’s a Whammy Bar?
A whammy bar is like this piece of metal that sticks out on a guitar and when you shake it, it gives you this ‘shaky’ sound. Most rock guitar players use it. If you’ve heard of The Mars Volta, or the legendary Jimmi Hendrix, they used it a lot.
Here is an example:
Yeah bottom line is there is a fair amount of assembly required. Believe it or not, not all guitar kits come fully drilled, etc. This Ammoon guitar kit is unfortunately one of them.
Now, as the guitar itself is unfinished (Meaning the wood is kind of rough / raw and has no coating or color), you will need to apply your own finish and if you like, paint as well.
So if you are not a handyman, you might want to skip this model.
Keep one thing in mind though, no amount of quality components can make up for poor assembly.
Take your time with build your guitar and have fun with the entire process. In fact, take a few days to do it if necessary as the final result will definitely be worth it.
Or just try a more ‘ready made’ model.
TheFretWire’s LP Style Electric DIY Guitar Kit
- Build your own guitar
- Body is predrilled
- All hardware included
- Add your own finish
Made mostly with a spalted maple and mahogany, this electric guitar kit has a nice natural-looking gradient of unfinished wood on the body. Best part, it goes all the way up to the head of the neck.
As far as the overall look goes, because of its unique and natural-looking features, this guitar will look just as good, if not better, with a finish and no paint. Yes thefretwire guitar kit is inspired by the legendary Les Paul guitar and I must say . . . not bad at all.
Since the wood type they used is fairly common in most professional guitars today, you will get a good sound out of it as well.
This Fretwire guitar kit is predrilled, and pre-routed for wires. Which means this is one of the best guitar kits to assemble. The raw and unfinished guitar body serves as an aesthetically pleasing blank canvas. Ready for you to put your own ‘Da Vinci’ touch on it.
The guitar has a Tune-o-matic bridge system, as opposed to the traditional wrap-around bridge system.
Tune-O-Matic Bridge vs Wrap Around Bridge System
In any guitar, the strings go from the top of the guitar (Head) and all the way down to the bridge. A Tune-O-Matic bridge helps the guitar hold it’s tone longer than your standard “fixed” aka wrap around bridge system.
Of course it’s a personal preference thing but some report better tones are produced through a Tune-O-Matic bridge (Hence the name). We’ll touch this controversial topic some other time.
As a beginner diy guitar enthusiast though, you shouldn’t worry about this at all.
This Les Paul inspired DIY guitar kit’s pickup configuration is made up of two humbuckers.
It consists of all the parts you need to make up your own guitar. One of the reassuring features of this guitar is that the neck itself has been carefully weighted to fit with the guitar’s body, making this a very precise kit to assemble.
This is a respectable guitar kit and once again, I must say that theFretWire team came through. All too often, you may find that a guitar kit consists of unevenly matched parts which just leads to more frustration. I’m glad to say TheFretWire has done a good job over the years with being consistent so this may not happen with this specific electric guitar builders kit.
A possible downside though is this guitar’s body may require some extra sanding.
Still a great kit to for someone who wants to get into the world if DIY guitar making.
Stratocaster Style DIY Electric Guitar Kit
- electric guitar kits for stratcaster style electric guitar
- comes with unpolished bass wood body, maple neck & fingerboard, and comes with white pickguard and all electronic parts
- comes with white pickguard and all electronic parts
- it is easy to build your own stratcaster electric guitar
One of our favorite kits on the scene right now, this Stratocaster “Style” DIY guitar kit is fully loaded.
It uses basswood in the body and fingerboard (Fretboard), with a maple neck. The basswood material is pretty ideal for painting on your own designs or colors as well.
The Stratocaster style DIY kit comes with all the necessary items needed to make the guitar into one proper playable instrument. These items include a volume control, two dual-coil pickups, and a three way selector as well.
The toggle on this selector allows for easy switching and it also has a dual tremolo bridge system.
All in all, it adds just add to this diy guitar kit’s desirability factor.
My favorite part though is that it comes with a whammy bar. Which will definitely put a smile on any guitar player’s face.
As far as the sound goes, it’s more of a rocker metal type sound. Something a firs time electric guitar player would really appreciate. You can’t get that with an acoustic guitar that’s for sure.
As far as the fretboard goes, twenty-one frets can be found on the neck of this guitar.
Moving to the strings section, there are a total of six strings on this guitar, which is pretty standard stuff. This guitar also has a closed tuner peg for adjusting the sound, a power cable that comes measures approximately 2.5 meters in length, and as far as the overall weight is concerned and the whole kit weighs about nine pounds.
One unfortunate downside to this product however is that there are no instructions included. This is the sole reason why I’m afraid to recommend this one for beginners.
However, most do report setting it up pretty fast thanks to Youtube videos and tutorials. So if you don’t have any woodworking experience, I would suggest to skip this one for now.
TheFretWire Mosrite JR Style DIY Electric Guitar
- Build your own guitar
- Body is predrilled
- All hardware included
- Add your own finish
Now this is another beauty. Based on the looks of the Mosrite Jr Guitars, this electrical guitar kit is quite unique and a fun project as well. Wondering why Mosrite got so big? Well some of the biggest country stars used them in the 1950s.
In fact, it was Joe Maphis (Known as the most flamboyant guitar player) who after grabbing one of your Mosrite’s guitars, helped bring the Mostrite brand in the mainstream.
Now about this electric diy guitar kit, it has a bolt on Maple guitar neck so all you have to do is screw it to the body of the guitar. The body is made of Alder and the fingerboard uses engineered rosewood (Similar to Torrefied wood).
I personally really like the nice black pickguard. It gives it a really nice and stylish and custom look. Just like most Fretwire kits, this diy kit comes with pretty much all you need except the usual sanding supplies and a soldering kit for the wiring.
The pickguard area may require a little sanding but overall, it’s a solid build, and literally from scratch (Well at least that’s what you can tell your friends).
TheFretWire’s Thin Neck DIY Electric Guitar Kit
This is a single cut electric guitar kit by theFretwire group. What is a single cut guitar you ask? Well it’s simply refers to the body of the guitar. A single cut only has one cut on top and a double cut body guitar has two.
It’s more of a personal preference and mainly just for the look. One or the other isn’t going to improve or diminish your existing guitar playing skills. By the way, just as a side note, stay away from the guitar geeks on these forums and just play and practice your music).
Like most guitar kits, this one has 3 large parts which are the neck, body and fretboard. The body is made from Veneer and basswood. The neck is maple and the fretboard is made from rosewood parts. So overall, a solid kit nonetheless.
One thing that’s unique to this electric guitar kit is the oversize headstock. This allows the builder to shape or design it as they see please. I like this little new extra touch as it will help you customize your guitar further.
It comes with all the bells and whistles to help you create a proper electric guitar (Except the finishing of the body and neck of course) and then off you go.
Just be a little careful with the fretboard (You don’t really need to customize it) and be careful when you are sanding the body. Overall most beginners really enjoyed making their first guitar with this kit and the sound / tone achieved is pretty good too.
Basic instructions are included but feel free to browse Youtube tutorials if you need a little bit more help. They seem to do the trick for a lot of people who bought this kit.
Fretwire Single Cut DIY Electric Guitar Kit
- Build your own guitar
- Body is predrilled
- All hardware included
- Add your own finish
If you want satisfaction of making your own guitar while enjoying a stress free build, this theFretwire DIY guitar kit is a great contender. Best part, you don’t any serious woodworking experience to get thi build going.
Instructions are included and you can always visit theFretwire’s website for tutorials. The overall construction is solid thanks to the maple and mahogany combo (The body comes with an attractive design as well) and almost all of the required holes are predrilled.
The parts fit where they should (Nice solid guitar neck by the way) and that’s what makes it even more fun. Good quality parts all around. Something you should expect from theFretwire brand. Speaking of parts, let’s take a deeper look.
The fretboard (Like in most kits) has all the bits and pieces together (Frets are placed by the manufacturer). You get pretty much everything you need to finish this diy project as soon as possible.A total relief is nice detailed instruction are included that’s why wiring this guitar is reported as a pretty sweet part of the whole deal.
You still need to solder some parts but nothing that is too hard to figure out (At least for most). All in all, you get pretty much everything you need like 6 tuner pegs, a power cable, 2 humbuckers, pots and all the other necessities.
So what’s not included?
The usual finishing materials such as sanding paper, painting equipment and of course a soldering kit (To help with some wiring). Some do report that excessive sanding is required in some areas but overall the feedback has been great. Especially from beginner diy guitar enthusiasts.
Solo DIY Electric Guitar Kit – ESK-75
- This DIY Guitar Kit has everything you need for building your own custom Electric Guitar.
- All the wood cutting, drilling and shaping has already been done professionally by our factory staff.
- This kit will require some basic tools and finishing supplies to complete.
- A detailed manual is included with step by step instructions to help you complete the kit.
If you are interested in getting the most quality guitar making kit for beginners, this SOLO ES Style by Solo Music Gear might be up your alley. It’s one of the few kits here where the holes are pre drilled by hand by their professional guitar makers. Now that’s a sign of some solid craftsmanship and it clearly shows.
It’s pretty much an all Maple construction and the first stage of finishing is also taken care of.
Meaning there is no need to use sandpaper (I would still get some just in case). The neck of the guitar should be glued in (Gorilla glue is fine) and the overall feel it’s pretty solid. It comes with all the necessary goodies like tuning pegs, neck plate, back plate, nylon strings and the remaining necessary hardware.
Once again, the only additional thing you need to provide from your end would be a a soldering kit.
Just make sure you do a good job from the beginning so you don’t have to repair it later.
That’s pretty much it. For most, it takes about three weeks to assemble and some even take the completed guitar to use in their local shows and gigs as well. This guitar kit seems to be the pick of the litter for any beginner, intermediate or even a professional guitar player. Plus the sound is quite good.
Great job by Solo Music Gear and we hope to see more models from them soon.
Just remember to get a soldering kit, sandpaper and some strong glue and you should be all set. They said it comes with detailed instructions but a few have reported they didn’t receiving anything. Which is a little unprofessional if you ask me but you can still put it together.
Thanks to all the online resources that are available today. So construction is not a big deal at all.
DIY Bass Guitar Kits
Bass and acoustic are the second most popular guitar types after electric. After the popularity of electric diy guitar kits, bass and acoustic build kits are now slowing entering the the industry.
Although this is a win for all us DIY guitar enthusiasts, the issue is there aren’t many quality bass guitar kits that are entering the marketplace. Things seem a little limited at this time, the future does look bright for diy bass guitar kits.
TheFretWire DIY Bass Guitar Kit – Best DIY Bass Guitar Kit (Our Pick)
- Build your own guitar
- Body is predrilled
- All hardware included
- Add your own finish
This is the first diy bass guitar kit that we have featured here and rightfully so. Although the over all build does deserve some solid criticism, it is also one of the most liked bass guitar diy kits out there. Our job is to make sure you hear both sides of the story so here we go.
The Fretwire DIY guitar kit is made from three different types of wood, Alder (Body), Maple (Neck) and Rosewood (Fingerboard). It’s this unique combination that gives it a nice sound and an overall rich tone.
This guitar kit also comes pre-drilled so you can get started right away. If fact, the guitar holes are so finely cut that it may not give you too much room to make a mistake or two. So please follow the included instructions and you should be fine.
Speaking of accuracy, this theFretwire bass guitar model is one of the most precise ones on the market today. No wonder most really enjoy assembling this kit. The bolt on guitar neck part makes things even better.
As far as the details go, this guitar kit includes a switch control plate, metal knobs, wires, pots and more. When theFretwire team says their kit includes everything, they mean it. The Fretboard has twenty-one frets, and the four strings are made of nickel alloy. This helps to create that nice clean sound which is especially great for bass guitars.
The body of this guitar kit is great for painting due to the smoothness of the surface. So get that brush or can and paint away. I would still keep some sandpaper around just to edge out any details.
The guitar’s bass pickup is the classic JB style humbucker (Most popular pickup of all time), and the tuner pegs gives it a nice vintage look. The whole kit weights almost twelve pounds and if you are looking for your very first and pretty much complete diy bass guitar kit, this one seems to be the most popular choice.
Remember earlier I mentioned it deserves some solid criticism?
Well that would be due to the fact that it does require soldering. That is pretty much given with any guitar kit but I was hoping theFretwire team would figure out a way to get past it.
Oh well, guess it’s part of the whole fun but I hope in the near future, the process gets even more easier.
Seismic Audio DIY Bass Guitar Kit
- Model # SADIYG-19
- Contents: One DIY Vintage J Bass Style Electric Guitar Kit
- Body: Solid Basswood
- Neck: Bolt-On Maple
- Fretboard: Rosewood with Pearloid Dot Inlays
Another decent bass guitar kit by Seismic Audio (Especially for the first timer). The SADIGY 19 has been very well received by the diy guitar community. Seismic Audio actually has a pretty good name in the music making industry anyways since they make a lot of other equipment like xlr cables, speakers and accessories.
It’s always nice to see someone who has previous experience in this industry to get into diy guitar making. I think that’s just good for everybody in general.
As far as the SADIYG 19 kit goes, it has a very nice overall construction. The body is made of Basswood (Fairly standard material), it comes with a bolt on Maple wood neck and the Fretboard is made of Rosswood.
Diving deeper, it comes with 4 tuners (Since a bass guitar only has 4 strings), nickel allow strings, power cable and pretty much everything else. It even comes with the required wrenches. The only thing you would need is provide is means to solder a few things and s screwdriver.
Just like any DIY bass guitar kit, it does come with a few challenges but nothing that can’t be overcome.
DIY Acoustic Guitar Kits
Now surprisingly, we haven’t seen that many acoustic guitar kit. I think it’s mainly due to the fewer parts that are required to assemble an acoustic guitar. However, that’s not necessarily the case with this specific kit.
Also since we only like to feature products that most consider of quality, once we do find more acoustic guitar kits, we will naturally feature them here.
StewMac Acoustic Dreadnought Torrefied – Best DIY Acoustic Guitar Kit
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They say you save the best for last and it seems like this is the case here. At least for now . . .
Introducing the first DIY acoustic guitar kit by StewMac. This is actually a pretty innovative kit. The top of the guitar (Body) is made from something called Torrefied wood. Which basically means it’s artificial wood that’s made from organic material.
Now I know what you are thinking . . . what about the sound? Will this is where the innovative part goes to the next level. Sound generated by Torrefied wood actually enhances the tones created and since over time the organic material ages, the sound only gets better. Pretty neat eh?
In fact according to reverb magazine, it just might be how most guitars will be made in the near future. I’m up for it because it’s incredibly eco-friendly and that’s always a plus in my books. Anyways, the rest is made from Rosewood, excluding the neck which is mahogany) and best part, these parts are machine cut in their professional machines. Why is that important?
It means building your quality acoustic guitar should be quite fun. Not only that, it comes with it’s very own DVD which is packed with instructions. Included is a 36 page booklet too so if you don’t have a DVD player (I don’t know if anyone who owns it) you can still assemble this kit.
So as you may have guessed, it comes with everything you need to assemble your own acoustic guitar. I only have one bone to pick (Sorry we have to give you an honest opinion), the tuning machines could be better.
They are made of wood and that’s just fine but for a guitar of this quality, that would have completed this kit. At least for me. So I do recommend you upgrade the tuners if it bothers you too.
That said, very impressed and happy to see where the DIY acoustic guitar market is headed. Things are only getting better.
Anatomy of a DIY Guitar Kit
Before you assemble your guitar, it would be wise to check out what the parts look like and what they would do (Plus read the guitar pre-assembly guide below). Especially if you’re a first timer. Now although every guitar kit is different, this should give you an idea on what to expect.
As you have guessed it. The neck refers to the part that contains the fretboard (Black dots / Metal frets that divides the music notes). The top part of the neck attaches to the ‘head’ of the guitar and the bottom to the body.
Refers to the top part of the guitar (Some even call it headstock or peg head). This is where you will screw in the tuning pegs or tuner machines (Another name for tuning pegs basically).
The body of your guitar is the ‘soul’ of a DIY guitar kit. Here is where all the electronics and rest of the stuff goes. There are few DIY guitar kits here that have their own wiring done too so all you have to do is just connect stuff together. Take your time when you start to work on fixing the body alright? It’s the most important part of a DIY guitar kit.
Fretboard contains ‘Frets’ or those little metal / plastic things that divide up the notes. Without a fretboard, you will have a HARD time playing your newly assembled guitar (Or any guitar for that matter).
Depending on the kit you get, most usually come with their own screws. All the kits reviewed here come with their own so no worries (Unless some lazy worker forgot to add them which would suck).
Well you can’t power up your electric diy guitar if you don’t have a power supply. This is where the chord comes in. If you got a DIY acoustic guitar kit, this won’t be included.
Like most, I also assumed that a guitar’s back plate is something that goes in the back of a guitar somewhere but it’s actually the front. It serves as a base for the strings, the saddle, the humbucker and so on. I wished they called it “base” plate as that would have made more sense.
If you got an electric guitar kit, I hope you also got a whammy bar with it. As I explained earlier, a whammy bar or Tremolo bar can create some awesome ‘wavy’ sounds. Here is an example of you didn’t catch it earlier:
Sounds like a “guard” for a guitar pick but it actually serves as a base too. Similar purpose as a backplate (Usually situated below the pick guard). The pick guard is usually the colorful part of a guitar and it’s after placing your pick guard, you would attach the rest of the parts like the bridge, the knobs (Volume control, etc) and so on.
To connect the body of your guitar with it’s neck, you need a neck plate. Usually one neck plate is enough but sometimes you get two. The black one is usually plastic and you place it over the chrome one. It can even be discarded (The plastic one) if you like.
As mentioned earlier, tuning Pegs Also known as tuning machines or tuning machine heads, these pegs are what you will wrap your guitar strings around. Once you are done, you can use the tuners to adjust the tone of your guitar.
Best DIY Guitar Kit Brands
Here you will find the few good brands that stick out in the diy guitar genre. Some of them are manufactures, some are just suppliers or perhaps a combination of both. At the end of the day, if you’re getting your guitar kit from one of these guys, most likely you are in good hands.
Seismic Guitar Kits
Founded by Steve Acree, Steve started selling musical equipment on eBay. After having success, he started creating his own products. Long story short, he is now killing it with some amazing products. DIY guitar kits happen to be the latest products that Seismic offers. I’m not sure if these guitar kits are made in the USA but the company is from.
They seem to be dominating the DIY guitar kit space but once again, keep running out of inventory. TheFretWire (Love that name) make very well reviewed guitar kits. They make mostly electric guitar kits though. Actually their build your own electric guitar kit models seem to be the most popular ones as well. Especially when someone decides to gift a guitar kit. By the way, if you ever decide to give these as gifts, throw some sand paper in there will you? That will complete the gift set.
Pyle Guitar Kits
Pyle has been in the game for quite sometime now (Try the 1960s). Originally started off as makers of subwoofers, today they make all kinds of musical equipment. As far as stringed instruments go, they have established themselves as one of the more respected brands out there. They make guitars, ukuleles and also DIY guitar kits.
This brand is SAGA. Don’t get it confused with SEGA the video game company. SAGA seems to be one of the largest creators of DIY guitar kits out there. Makes sense because all they make otherwise is stringed instruments like ukuleles, violins and more. Anyways, they seem to be a popular brand for DIY guitar kits (Especially bass guitar kits) so feel free to check them out.
These guys are somewhat new in the game but have quickly created a solid presence. Especially in the guitar market. They design their own products to and DIY guitar kits are easy to assemble. They make classical and electric guitar kits. I think AXL are probably the only one in the game that have a classical guitar kit model. They seem to have some shipping issues lately that’s why I haven’t added any products from them.
All of these DIY guitar brands offer the all or some of the following guitar models:
How long will it take to have a playable guitar?
This really depends on you. If you follow the instructions and have the basic tools, you should have it ready to go in a few hours. Including the ‘stringing’ part. However, if you decide to give it a personal color or finish, then it would take a week or so. Especially with the drying and all. Just remember, if you do decide to paint your guitar, do the painting part first and then get into putting it all together.
What glue should I use if ordering a set neck guitar?
Titebond seems to be the brand that is often recommend by DIY guitar enthusiasts. Found in most hardware stores (Online and offline). Titebond is a wood bonder that is fairly easy to apply and also FDA approved. Another Titebond feature is it’s also waterproof. Which makes it idea for any DIY project if you ask me.
If you choose to use another type of glue, just make sure it works well with wood, and hopefully, it’s waterproof as well. This just ads an extra layer of longevity to your DIY guitar project.
Your choice of glue is crucial so just get a quality one.
What should a finished guitar look like?
A finished DIY guitar should look and feel like a real guitar or a regular ukulele. You know why? The reason is it actually IS a real guitar. You just assembled it yourself. Don’t worry if the finishing is a little off. After all, it’s the first time you are doing it so yeah. However, if you got most of it right, you should end up with a fully functioning guitar that is a joy to play and practice on.
How good does a guitar kit sound?
A guitar kit sounds just like any professional bass, electric, acoustic or classical guitar. The sound also depends on the kind of wood used for the body and the neck but overall, if you did the job right, your guitar should sound just fine. Especially after tuning the strings, etc.
Where should I work on the guitar?
Any area with a open space should do the trick. If you are in an apartment or so, just put a sheet of plastic on the floor or a whole bunch of newspapers and then have at it. Also have the proper safety equipment on hand like gloves and even plastic goggles just in case.
When you start to paint, put on those paper masks just so you don’t inhale any crazy fumes. Keep in mind, you won’t be saving any money on your guitar kit if you have to pay for medical help or any damage to your furniture.
Be safe and have fun.
How To Paint A Guitar Kit
Painting your guitar requires a few steps. First lets get your things ready . . .
- You need to get some sanding paper (220 grade would be ideal).
- Sandy sealer to use after you are done with sanding your guitar
- Wood filler to sort out any odds and ends (Get wood filler that can be painted on so everything blends in).
- Foam brushes to paint the guitar.
Now let’s get going:
- First step is to prepare the wood. Make sure it’s smooth all over with a low grade sandpaper (220 should do just fine).
- Next step is to use some sandy sealer . . . naturally.
- Apply the filler the foam brush (Make sure you thin it out with some water first).
- Now if the results are good, move on to the paint job or repeat these three steps again.
- Apply the paint.
How To Play On A Guitar Kit
Well just like you’d play on a ‘ready to go’ guitar that you get from your local music store. Contrary to popular belief, a guitar assembled through one of these guitar kits is just as “real” as the real thing. The only difference is you are assembling the guitar yourself. That’s it.
Are diy guitar kits any good?
It all depends on which kit you get. If you get it from a reputable brand like theFretwire, Pyle and a few other diy guitar brands mentioned here, than you don’t have much to worry about. As mentioned earlier, these kits are designed to help you produce real working instruments.
Most of these guitar kits are made in China so quality control can drop every once in a while. If that happens to you, simply return your product. Overall, are guitar kits any good? It looks like, most people do like them.
How Good is a Bass Guitar Kit
Bass guitar kits are the second most popular type of guitar kits after electric guitar kits. They are slightly easier to assemble due to having a few less parts but a good challenge nonetheless.
As far as quality goes, again it all depends on what brand made your diy bass guitar kit.
How To Build A DIY Electric Guitar Kit – A Pre-Assembly Guide
This is what you will find in a typical DIY guitar kit. I know I mentioned the following parts earlier but here I talk about them in the context of actually “assembling” your diy electric guitar kit.
Neck of the guitar
After the body, this is also another part of the guitar that may require some sanding. In most cases, the fretboard (The part of the guitar with the notes, etc) usually comes attached with it. At least 90% of the time.
You might have to install the frets but in most kits, they come all attached as well. In some cases, the truss rod is also already fixed.
What’s A Truss Rod
Overtime, the tension caused by the strings of your guitar will cause the neck to bend towards you (upward) or even the other way, backbend. A truss rod, also known as a guitar adjustment tool, will help you adjust this.
Once you tighten the truss rod, it will help straighten the neck. Use this when there is a upward bend. When there is a backward bend, you loosen the truss rod and adjust the neck accordingly.
Truss Rod Cover
As it sounds, it basically covers up the Truss Rod and prevents anything from the outside going in.
Body of a guitar
The body of the guitar is where most of the sanding occurs. This is also where a lot of the work goes in with the wiring, putting on the Pickguard, the tuner pegs for the other end and so on. A typical guitar body (At least in DIY guitar kit) is usually made of three parts.
You know the most stylish (Usually colored and laminated) part on the body of the guitar (Yamaha acoustic guitars have that iconic black one)?
That’s what a pickguard is.
As the name applies, it’s when you strum the guitar and the downward movement takes you right on top of the pickguard. A pickguard’s job is to help you not scratch your guitar’s body. In a DIY guitar kit, you simply screw it on the body of your guitar.
Tuners Also Known As Tuning Machines
This is what you wrap around guitar strings on. The tuners are placed on the head of the guitar and are usually chrome plated. Unless it’s an acoustic guitar kit then you’ll find them made of wood or something along those lines.
Depending on your guitar kit, Guitar strings range from mainly nylon and steel. Both are good but for beginners nylon strings are recommended as they are gentle on a person’s fingers.
Guitar Patch Cable
As the name implies, these cables enable you to ‘patch’ two things together. You will need to solder these cables where appropriate. Depending on the diy guitar kit that you got. In most cases, this patch cable will be soldered on the output jack.
Guitar Output Jack
This is where you will connect your power cable. If it’s an electric guitar kit, you probably got the power cable as well. In some kits, you might need to solder this in. Hence the need of a soldering kit when you get a DIY electric guitar kit.
Guitar Power Cable
If you get an electric guitar kit, you’ll most likely get a power cable as well. This is the cable that connects to the bottom of your guitar’s body and will serve as the main ‘energy source’ for your guitar.
A pickup is what creates the sound in an electric guitar. Without a pick up, you would be just playing around with a bunch of dead wires. A pickup is what gives an electric guitar it’s sole (They are not necessary for an acoustic one). Also don’t be surprised to have more than one pickup on a guitar (A Humbucker pickup as an example). This is why you need a 3 way switch.
3 Way Guitar Switch
If you have a 3 way switch on your guitar, it’s probably electric and has 3 pickups on it. A pickup refers to the area that holds your strings. The three way switch allows you to ‘switch’ between these three pickups. Thus giving you more choice on what kind of sound you can produce.
If you got an electric diy guitar kit, you definitely got a few of these. You will use these knobs to control the volume of your guitar, etc. You place them on top of guitar pots.
As mentioned above, These are what your knobs will go on top of. Now it really depends on what diy guitar model you got because each electric guitar kit comes with it’s own features. Some just come with the volume, some have the ability to adjust the tone etc.
A popular type of pickup that is found on most electric guitars today. That’s why it will be most likely included in your diy guitar kit as well. A humbucker pickup is also known as a double coil pickup.
Strap buttons for your guitar strap
Pretty self explanatory but if your guitar kit came with a strap, most likely it comes with buttons as well.
Allows you to place the guitar around your neck so you can play while you stand. One part of the guitar strap will attach to the body and other to the top of the neck.
Now this part is known as the tailpiece for a reason. It basically connects to the ‘tail’ part of the strings. Let me explain . . . you know how one end of the strings is connected to the tuning pegs (In the headstock), the tail piece is what holds the strings from the other end. Pretty simple.
A bridge is exactly what it looks likes, a bright on a guitar. It’s that small usually white, stick like structure that holds the strings of a guitar together. One of the most important on any guitar.
Neck Plate (Usually on a bolt-on kit)
Serves as a support / bridge that helps the neck and the body of the guitar stay together. After you snap the back of the guitar neck in the body or bolt it on (Depends on your guitar kit), you basically put the neck plate back on to stabilize it further.
Guitar Back Plate
Now there is somewhat of a debate going on in the industry for quite some time that a guitar back plate might be a tad bit unnecessary. The real purpose of a guitar back plate is to protect you from the wires going through the back side of an electric guitar.
If you don’t see wires through the back on yours, it’s really up to you if you want to put it on. Some guitarists even say that having a back plate is just a nuisance and removing it actually makes your guitar sound better. At the end of the day, it truly just depends on you and your needs.
How To Assemble A Solid Body DIY Electric Guitar
Now there are three parts to the process. First you do the assembly, then you work on the finishing and finally, tuning.
- Soldering Kit
- Drill Machine or screw drivers (Both would be nice).
Also your diy guitar kit manufacturer should provide the screws (Hopefully). If not, don’t completely give up because these are just basic screws that you can get anywhere so be positive.
Now, let’s get to the assembly part shall we.
How to assemble it?
Okay the first thing is to make sure the neck of your body and guitar are placed perfectly. For that, we will do the following.
1. First fit the neck and the body together. You might be able to just slide the neck in or snap it in. Depends on the kit.
2. Put your back plate (Usually has 4 screws). Using a drill would just make things faster.
3. Now starting from the bottom of the head of the guitar, install two tuning machines (Tuners). Purpose of doing this is you want to make sure your guitar’s body and neck are aligned nicely in a straight line. Your digs guitar kit probably has pre-drilled holes so you should be set.
4. To further confirm if your neck and body are aligned and sitting straight, I highly recommend you do the following: Next, put two studs on the front of the body of your guitar (Just enough for it to hold the back tail piece). Connect the back tail piece.
5. Now add your first string and your 6th string to the guitar and see if everything is aligned. If everything is set, Congratulations. You just killed the hardest part of the build. Fun eh?
Step 2: Adding A Finish
Now that you’ve got a good straight guitar overall, it’s time to take everything off and get started with the finishing.
By the way, you don’t have to go crazy here. Just some sanding of the body (Front, back and sides) and some waxing grease should be enough. You can use oil (Tung oil) but if your body and guitar already has a seal, it maybe a tad bit unnecessary to go for a oil finish. If you do, Just use tung oil.
Painting is more of an optional thing to do. Sanding is necessary though.
Step 3: Final Assembly
Now that you’re done with your sanding and maybe a paint job, it’s time to put it all together.
This is the general idea but make sure you refer to your instructions. Some kits don’t have instructions and that’s why we created this guide for you.
Don’t worry, we got you covered.
Now the final assembly is going to be a little bit different than what we did earlier.
Step 4: Assemble the neck
First screw on your tuners first (From the back) and then place their respective pods.
You will then add any remaining parts that go on the head of the guitar.
Now put the neck to the side for now.
Step 5: Assembling the body
This is where you need to again, take a few deep breaths and then go for it. Take your time here as you’ll be installing the electronics, the knobs and all that stuff here.
Now start the wiring process. Here you will need a shuddering kit as well. Also loosely install all the knobs, the humbuckers and finally the power chord in put at the bottom of your guitar.
Step 6: Placing the Neck
Once all the electronics stuff is taken care off, it’s time to put on the neck, screw everything on and the strings go on at the VERY end. Once you’re done, and your diy guitar looks professional, it’s time to test how it sounds.
Tuning your Freshly Finished guitar. Actually at this stage, just enjoy your guitar and be happy that you finished such an incredible feat. Pat yourself on the back by busting a few riffs just for fun. Once everything feels solid, tune your guitar and enjoy playing them tunes.
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