A few weeks ago I wrote about the idea of building your own guitar as a cost effective way of owning an instrument which has been set-up for your own playing style. Whilst researching the article I found a lot of useful stuff about build your own guitar kits. Build your own guitar kits are, as the name suggests, a guitar in kit form that you then have to put together. They come in various forms of completion but generally there is an element of finishing that is required. The simplest are a pre-cut guitar body and neck you then have to source all the pieces, such as tuners, bridge, pick-ups, and then put it all together. However, there are some more complete build your own guitar kits which are ideal for the novice wanting to get a better understanding of how to put together and set-up a guitar. Now I have to say that all this research whetted my appetite to give it a go and try my hand at one of these build your own guitar kits. The trouble is there are so many kits out there it is difficult to decide what to start with. For example a quick search of build your own guitar kits on Amazon yields a surprising number of results. From the expected Strat and Telecaster guitar kits you can also find kits to make Flying Vs, Steinberger GL series headless guitars, Gibson hollow body semi acoustics and even twin necked electric guitars. If you don’t believe me check out the link below. Build your own guitar kits – Amazon search results. The choice quite frankly surprised me and created quite a dilemma – Which of the many build your own guitar kits should I start with. I have to admit I was seriously tempted by the Steinberger headless guitar as I have always wanted one but have never been able to afford to buy one. I also quite liked the look of the super strat with Floyd Rose tremolo unit and a humbucker, single coil, humbucker pick-up layout. However, I decided to play it safe and go for a basic strat with ash body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. After all I have never built my own guitar before and I wanted something that was not too expensive but also reasonably basic to cut my teeth on. I ordered my kit from Gear 4 Music as they do a great selection of guitar kits and they are all very reasonably priced. The kit I selected was priced at £74.99 but their kits start from as little as £59.99!
I therefore placed my order for the Strat and waited for the goods to arrive hoping that I would not be disappointed.
So what were my first impressions when the kit arrived? Well I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The kit came well packed and the ash body is a nice piece of wood and looks great. The neck is fine, the Rosewood fingerboard has a long lighter coloured streak running through it but this looks to be just a natural lightening in the wood and I am not too bothered about that. All the rest of the kit appears to be in good order. The difficulty with a build your own guitar kit is that it takes a little bit of time before you can work out if it is all in a good working order. One word of caution, if you are looking to purchase one of these build your own guitar kits be aware that many of them don’t come with instructions as to how to put them together. So either you need a good knowledge of where all the bits and pieces go, invest in a good book, or use the internet to help. You will also need some tools, soldering iron and a jigsaw are essentials for the kit I purchased. Apart from that it really is just a case of a bit of painting and screwdriver work to put the guitar together. All in all I have to say that I am pretty excited by my purchase and looking forward to getting started on my guitar building adventure. If you are thinking of taking the plunge and trying one of the many build your own guitar kits then my initial thoughts are it is well worth the money. As for how I get on with my own kit I will endeavour to keep you up-dated with my progress.
If you want to read more about my attempts to build my own guitar then the first instalment can be accessed using the link below.
If you are looking to build your own guitar and are interested in build you own guitar kits then I can highly recommend the kits from Gear 4 Music. I ordered mine through Gear 4 Music and was really impressed both with the quality and price. Click on the link to see their full range of DIY guitar kits.