caw1
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#1
Im looking for the best DIY guitar build kit. Id like to build a LP style guitar and be able to do it myself. Something thats basically ready for me to drop in the hardware with the body and neck already finished. Id like to do this for less than $300.
Robbgnarly
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www.guitarfetish.com has LP style kits that are soposedly diecent. You will not find a kit pre-finnished for your budget, sorry to burst your bubble. The GFS kit is $199.

BYOguitar has LP kits that get very nice reviews, but they are unfinished also and more expensive than the GFS ones.
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#3
There are some sellers on eBay that sell pre-finished bodies, but without the neck, hardware etc. If you know the pocket measurements though it's easy to find necks on there too. Just did a quick search and found matching sets of black, white and tobaccoburst LP bodies/necks from a seller called no-strings-uk. I'm not sure what import taxes would add to that, but I've seen US sellers do similar things in the past.
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caw1
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#4
I dont need a fancy finish. Hell I would be happy to have just plain regular wood that i could stain when I felt like it.

Didnt mean to come off looking for a nice finish, cause i really dont want one, I just want a work horse thats plain jane that I can put together myself.
caw1
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#7
Quote by Wisthekiller



That's pretty close, even tho I would go for something even more basic.

I seriously would buy a routed plain wood body and a neck designed for that body that is fretted. and install every piece myself.
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#8
Quote by caw1
That's pretty close, even tho I would go for something even more basic.

I seriously would buy a routed plain wood body and a neck designed for that body that is fretted. and install every piece myself.


Slightly more basic.

http://www.byoguitar.com/Guitars/Electric-Guitar-Kit---LP-Std__BYO-LPSTD.aspx
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#9
Just came across THIS while generally browsing if that's any help.
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caw1
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I was looking through their stuff, this is probably the way I will go.

They got tele kits for $89! I saw the PRS style double cut too...
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#11
I've bought a BYOGuitar kit before - it's still my main player now. I had to swap out the electronics (that's to be expected on any of these kits though) but it plays fairly well, and sounds great now that theres quality hardware in it. The actual body construction was very well done, there was no additional fitting that needed to be done to the neck - just glued it in and away I went!
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Quote by ma_tt11
I've bought a BYOGuitar kit before - it's still my main player now. I had to swap out the electronics (that's to be expected on any of these kits though) but it plays fairly well, and sounds great now that theres quality hardware in it. The actual body construction was very well done, there was no additional fitting that needed to be done to the neck - just glued it in and away I went!


How complicated is the final build and gluing?

Is it better to just purchase the better hardware that is offered as optional extras from the site or better to buy your own. What hardware did you change out?

i was considering spending the extra $ for better pickups and a bone nut, maybe tuners.
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Uhh - gluing and final building was as simple as making sure the neck was aligned properly and then clamping and gluing it - not much work to that, the finishing process (staining, clear coating etc) was considerably more time consuming - but thats going to come with any unfinished guitar kit.

As for hardware - I dont know what upgrades they have available on their site, but ive pretty much swapped out everything it came with but the nut. The nut is actually quite decent, but I installed some Grover Rotomatics (about 60 bucks), two Dimarzio pickups ($100 each), I had a spare Fender-style bridge laying around, and new pots and switches. Was it worth it? I think so, it taught me A LOT about the instrument and was something I loved doing - I still get compliments on it to this day, so I dont view it as a better or worse option than buying say.. an Epiphone or something for the same price over all. If you do it right it will play and sound just as good.
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http://www.byoguitar.com/Guitars/Electric-Guitar-Kit---LP-Std__BYO-LPSTD.aspx look at this kit and it offers drop down menus with optional extras $$$


I really don't want to put a finish on it, i like the plain wood look just fine, so I was wondering how smooth is was neck and body wise out of the box.
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#15
It might be worth looking at these finishes. It seals and finishes but you don't have to bother with aerosols and most of them are natural wood tones. They look easy to apply too. I've been considering one myself for the bass I'm building.
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#19
i'm thinking about doing BYOG's '59 kit in the very near future. Budgeting though seems like it's going to end up being about $1200 once it's all said and done. Part of me just wants to spend the extra thousand and buy a used R8.
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#20
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Does anyone know of any of these guitar kits for a seven string model of any sort?

Not likely to be cheap, but Warmoth will do the body and neck.
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caw1
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i'm thinking about doing BYOG's '59 kit in the very near future. Budgeting though seems like it's going to end up being about $1200 once it's all said and done. Part of me just wants to spend the extra thousand and buy a used R8.



You do realize that the places i am looking the highest price for a whole kit is around $500... For 1200 I'd buy a nice LP or G&L (used).