#1
im thinking of buying one of those build your own guitar kits (the ones where you get everything, just not assembled) im only an ameature guitarist so is this a good idea.
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#2
hmmm i really dont think you should get them custom kits.... if you're jus startin out stick with a budget guitar and then go for a custom.
#3
Its a good intro in to the ins and outs of a guitar, how they are assembled etc but they are also pretty basic, you wont learn much building related from assembling a kit, and they also come with pretty crappy parts, the neck is usually its biggest downfall for some reason.


If you get one I'de go with a carvin one, I've heard the best things about them.


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#5
I wouldn't get one... You don't really do or learn anything, because all you're doing is putting it together.
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#6
sorry, I didn't put my point across well did I. I will be buying the basic kit for the things like that body and the neck, then getting better parts to build into it.

and what's wrong with my grammar?

oh and yash, i have 2 guitars already, this is just a project
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#7
If you really want to get into building guitars you should start by refinishing one of your older guitars.

Shave it down, repaint it, change the neck change the tuners, rewire the pickups etc etc. Learn the basics.
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#8
it will teach you about intonation and action, pickup hight, et cetera

go for it

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#9
If you think you will have any interest in building guitars it is probably a great place to start. Best of luck.
#10
Dude buying a kit is not a build. For the Last time if you call it a build in this Fourum then it better have at least one thing that you built such as the body the neck the pickgaurd althought n the pickgaurd you should just say pickgaurd build. Anyways building can be fun if you have the right tools and if you have enought wook working skill as is needed.

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#11
well, if you have no experiance whatsoever with building a kit would be a good first step. nothing's worse then wasting 200$ on a mahogany body and screwing something up. if you find the build too easy, sell the guitar and recoup your costs, then try something harder.

necks, IMO, are the hardest to build. so if you've never made anything from scratch, start with the body and the pickguard, then move up to pickups, then move up no making necks when you're ready.
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#12
You know, I'm very intrested in becoming a luthier. I'd like to do something simple like that too. The other guy is right, go with a carvin. You can get necks that just need to be fretted and the headstock is unshapen. You can even get body blanks cheap and learn to shape then youself. It would be good practice even if its not the best guitar ever. I would avoid warmoth untill your ready to go for it 100% but you can have them put together or not put together any part you dont feel comfortable doing it yourself. I wish I had the tools or made more money ... wood working would be a very nice hobby to get into.
#13
instead of buying a kit, take your guitar apart, and put it back together, you learn the same things as a kit gutiar, but without paying for it
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Its a good intro in to the ins and outs of a guitar, how they are assembled etc but they are also pretty basic, you wont learn much building related from assembling a kit, and they also come with pretty crappy parts, the neck is usually its biggest downfall for some reason.


If you get one I'de go with a carvin one, I've heard the best things about them.

Depends on the kit though, Carvin's kits are pretty nice.
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DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT GET A SAGA GUITAR KIT

I REPEAT DO NOT GET A SAGA GUITAR KIT

I got one, I tried it, EVERYTHING was out of wack, it took some serious re-wiring to get the pick ups to sound nice, I got lucky the neck wasn't too bad, but do not get a saga kit.
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#17
Given that you are in the UK I'd get one of the kits from http://www.diyguitarshop.co.uk The metal hardware and electronics stuck donky balls so most of that will need to be replaced but the original kit is under 100 quid to begin with so replacing a few parts shouldn't be the end of the world.

I've gotten 1 kit from him so far and I'm getting 5 more so that I can get a collection of cheap but nice guitars to take on the road with me while I promote my pickups. Let him know that chris from rockmonkeyguitars sent you and he will probably look out for extra nice necks and bodies for you.

Don't get one of his basswood guitars, get the ash or mahogany ones.
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#18
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instead of buying a kit, take your guitar apart, and put it back together, you learn the same things as a kit gutiar, but without paying for it

why did i never think of that?
#19
that is all awesome advice guys. and i suppose i could take apart my crappy Danelectro pro lookalike. i wouldn't dare take apart my SG. yep, im gonna take apart my dano pro....know...where did i put my screwdrivers...
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#21
i havnt checked the site in ages and ive got more replies than i thought i would
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#23
typical, i can never find a screwdriver when i need one. but i think ive got enough info to do what i need to do know. minus a screwdriver.so thanks everyone for your advice
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