#1
I was wondering about the quality of the parts in guitar kits like this.
I have no experience with stuff like this. I know I don't have to use everything it gives me, and it doesn't include pickups, so I could supply quality parts there. But are the parts generally pretty good (especially the body and neck obv)?
#2
I personally wouldn't give my money to a kit like that. Just from the reviews I definitely wouldn't.
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#3
no, but it depends on where you get them from.
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#5
The GFS kits are the best that I've found. Not amazing, but also not pricey. Warmoth is the way to go for bodies and necks and the like, but they're also expensive.
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Personally, I wouldn't get a kit from there as I've heard quite bad reviews about them but I would get one of the GFS or Warmoth ones.
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#7
Ehh not too interested in Gentle Foreskin Stretcher kits (no lie google GFS kit)
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Ehh not too interested in Gentle Foreskin Stretcher kits (no lie google GFS kit)

bahahahahhhahahahahhahaha. yeah Warmoth. Beware kits often.
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#10
Warmoth is what I would recommend. Get a piece at a time and make a project out of it taking your time. Start with a body, then get a neck later, the bridge and tuners, etc. Depending on quality of the parts you can spend anywhere from $400 -$2000. I personally would put most of my money into the hardware.

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#11
I agree warmoth is great as well. I've purchased a lot of stuff from them and have always been happy with the quality and the customer service if I ever ran into a problem.
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If I use Warmoth is there anything anyone specifically recommends body/pickup/wood wise? Though I know I will go maple or mahogany no matter what...
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#15
i got the exact kit a few years back. The action is a little high and its hard to adjust the neck on your own, but its an okay guitar. In terms of putting it all together, it was really easy and the directions weren't hard to follow. Plus, choosing the color scheme was fun too.

but like i said the actual guitar is just okay, it gets a really dirty/gritty/raw sound (which i like but i know some people don't). And you could always take it to store and get the neck adjusted and buy new pickups if you wanted too.
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Take a look at the carvin kits. I'm planning on getting one and all the reviews seem good.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/kits/
I made a guitar from one of those. The kit is amazing -- everything is perfect. The neck's craftsmanship is the best I've ever seen.
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Take a look at the carvin kits. I'm planning on getting one and all the reviews seem good.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/kits/

Ahhh, forgot all about Carvin making kits! TS, I would go with one of these. Anything Carvin that I've played has been really great, and even though I've never played one of these, there's very little chance that it won't be worth your money.
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I was wondering about the quality of the parts in guitar kits like this.
I have no experience with stuff like this. I know I don't have to use everything it gives me, and it doesn't include pickups, so I could supply quality parts there. But are the parts generally pretty good (especially the body and neck obv)?


The quality is crap. Think about it? Even adding half again for labor that's still around $200 would you want to play a $200 guitar?

Now these kits do have certain uses they're a great learning tool.

You will develop skills that can be used on on your more expensive instruments.

If you can get that collection of low end parts to play half way decent by doing a proper setup fret dressing etc... Learning those things with little risk is worth doing.
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If I use Warmoth is there anything anyone specifically recommends body/pickup/wood wise? Though I know I will go maple or mahogany no matter what...


That is a good question for the guys in the Gear Building & Customization forums.

Honestly all of these are fantastic: http://www.grizzly.com/products/category.aspx?key=235040

I built one of their PRS kits and I love it so much it's not even funny.
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If I use Warmoth is there anything anyone specifically recommends body/pickup/wood wise? Though I know I will go maple or mahogany no matter what...


Body style is something you will need to choose. The prices range from around $180-900 (depending on the finish and style)so just look at all the style you like and choose. A body that is unfinished is around $180. Neck wood is again personal choices. I Have ordered two necks from Warmoth. The Brazilian Rosewood/Maple is great. I also got a Pau Ferro/Maple. Again a great feel. The Maple/Maple is the cheaper router and still a great neck. If you look at the stock necks they have you can get a better deal than building one from the builder. As far as finishes, up to you. No finish on it will save you around $100 and you finish it yourself or just let them finish it and it's ready when you get it. The frets, again your preference. I like the Jumbo frets in stainless steel. Tuners, I use Sperzel locking tuners. You can go on and on with each piece but the majority of it is personal preference. Don't put cheap hardware on one though. Spend a little more and get good stuff. Pickups? shop around and find what you like. You are not limited to any type except single coil or humbucker depending on the body cavity.
I have built 2 Warmoths and both cost me less than $800 each and nothing on either of them is cheap. If that is too much then shop on Ebay for clearance items for tuners, pickups and electronics. Spend more on the bridge.

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#24
I built that same kit. The pickups sound good, the body resonates nicely, the neck carve is comfortable and the frets are garbage. Be sure you know how to set up frets before you buy something like that.
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#25
Quote by WhatIsThis
I was wondering about the quality of the parts in guitar kits like this.
I have no experience with stuff like this. I know I don't have to use everything it gives me, and it doesn't include pickups, so I could supply quality parts there. But are the parts generally pretty good (especially the body and neck obv)?



I built a Saga Strat a few years back just to see what I'd wind up with. Its not great, but it isn't horrible. It really depends on what you want to get out of it. It will teach you how to assemble (*note: not build) a guitar. It will teach you how to setup a guitar. It will teach you fret work. If you take your time you will have an instrument you can play. It will still be a <$200 guitar but it will work.

If you want a nice guitar when you are done, look into Warmoth or Carvin. However, if you've never done any work on guitars or assembled one before you would potentially wind up with something worse than a Saga that just wasted a whole lot more money.

Its almost worth it to get the Saga and work the hell out of it to make it a player so when you get the Carvin or whatever you can truly make something you will be proud of and that actually works.
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