#1
I've always wanted to build a heavy reliced fiesta red strat, and I just found a kit on ebay for a strat fairly cheap, does anyone have any experience with guitar kits? It says the body is basswood, I've never in my life had a basswood guitar, will there be any problems there? Would it be worth buying and maybe upgrading the pickups and pots? Here is the kit, thanks guys!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solo-DIY-Strat-Style-Guitar-Kit-STK-1-Build-Your-Own-Electric-Guitar-NEW-/280797042069?_trksid=p3286.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D5203158963183007239
#2
Never built a Solo kit, but I've built a Saga Tele and it came out awesome. MY brother built a Saga Strat and it came out good as well. Basswood sounds fine, but idk how it'll do with a relic'd finish. I've heard there's some nasty prefinish on there that lots of pepole take off. I'd recommend a Saga kit to anyone though:
http://www.guitarattack.com/saga/sagasagas.htm
http://www.sagamusic.com/catalog/products.aspx?CategoryID=4&FamilyID=2&BrandID=77
#3
Sagas are a bit out of my budget for now, I think I might try this kit, but will the relic'd finish look good with basswood? Would it be a good idea to stain the wood and then finish it?
#4
Strats are usually alder bodies and less frequently swamp ash. Basswood is a very soft hardwood that dents easily. Take a look at old Ibanezes and Kramers. If you are striking it to relic, you will likely have dents in the wood. If you were doing that to alder or swamp ash, the wood would bounce back, damaging the paint and finish with less damage to the wood itself.

Basically, I am saying because of the softer wood, it might not relic the same way as a Fender custom shop piece.
#5
Oh ok, maybe I should buy a cheap kit and spring for a cheap body, like a squier? Or would it be better to buy a used squier and bring it to life? I've found some for around $50 (usd) so it would definitely be cheaper, sorry for so many questions I have never built or upgraded a guitar before lol
#6
Quote by JakePlaysGuitar
Oh ok, maybe I should buy a cheap kit and spring for a cheap body, like a squier? Or would it be better to buy a used squier and bring it to life? I've found some for around $50 (usd) so it would definitely be cheaper, sorry for so many questions I have never built or upgraded a guitar before lol


just get a squier...if you can score one for $50 you can't go wrong. They are usually alder (depending on model)...I had one for years and only had to change the pick ups to have a very good guitar
#7
Quote by sytharnia1560
just get a squier...if you can score one for $50 you can't go wrong. They are usually alder (depending on model)...I had one for years and only had to change the pick ups to have a very good guitar

I know what you mean, I own an american standard and my friend let me play his squire once, the only difference I could tell quality wise was the squiers way a little less, and the electronics weren't as good.