my new guitar, which was a kit I put together gets really bad feedback when on distortion. I know it's not the amp, or cables, because all my other guitars work fine. I've tried moving back, I've even gone into another room, facing a different direction, etc, but the feedback persists. Could there be a problem with the pickups, or something else?
You are not a slave...
I only know that you need that stuff. I've never actually built a guitar. maybe go talk to a tech at a nearby shop. they would probably be more than happy to help.