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Guitar DIY Kits

While purchasing a brand new electric guitar could get a bit pricey, you could surely activate your creative mind and build one for yourself with the use of the guitar DIY kits. We have a collection of some of the best no-solder DIY kits to help you create an incredible customized guitar suited to your musical requirements at budget prices.
Here, you will find a fantastic collection of high-end labels from Strats and Teles to Les Pauls and SGs along with a guarantee of quality.

Why DIY?

The best thing about the guitar DIY kits is the fact that they can be customized just the way you want them to. Not just that, doing things all by yourself helps you know more about the product you are developing. DIY kits are meant to bring forth your creative self, minus the add-on expense of purchasing a brand new guitar. Moreover, you can always have an amazing time with your friends or family as you bond together over this task.

With guitar DIY kits, you can focus on the critical aspects of music such as the profile of the guitar, wood quality, parts alignment, upgrade options, and so on.

By Greg Olwell

About three years ago, Rick Gunn ran into something that happens to guitarists all of the time: he played a guitar he wanted and couldn’t afford. However, instead of just longing for that Martin HD-28, he realized that he might be able to build one himself.

Since building your first guitar from scratch might be a little too much for someone with just basic woodworking skills, like Gunn had at the time, he began investigating how to build the guitar he wanted from a kit. After a couple of months of research online and several consultations with sellers, he settled on a Martin HD-style kit from Blues Creek Guitars.

“When I first started, the idea was building a few of them as cheaply as I could,” says Gunn, an accountant from Cumming, Georgia. “Now, it’s an obsession.”

He’s not alone.

Many guitarists are eager to try their hands at building a guitar. For many, it gets in the blood and becomes a life-changing event. What began for Gunn as a way to get the guitar he wanted has turned into a sideline of guitar-building from scratch and repairing guitars under his own brand, Rose Creek Guitars.

Call it a success story, a late-blooming obsession, or a hobby run amok, but building your next guitar from a kit could be the most musically rewarding thing you do. “This is like the ultimate build. You build it and then you can make music with it,” Gunn says. “I love the sound my guitar makes—and when I play my first guitar, I know it’s mine.”

Just make sure your skill set includes patience, especially for your initial build. “If anyone has any woodworking experience, I think they can build a guitar,” he adds. “You just have to take your time.”

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Process pic from the J-200 kit offered by Kenneth Michael Guitars.


Before you order a kit and start building it on your kitchen table, count on doing research—lots of research—planning, and some soul-searching. You’ll need to know your motivation: Are you building a guitar to save money? To learn how they’re made and maybe deepen your love of lutherie? Or maybe you’re considering a new hobby or even a career change? Knowing your motive can help you decide which kit might be best to begin your first build. Some are designed for first-time builders and will be comparatively easy to build, requiring only basic gluing and clamping and fretwork, while others will be way more intensive.

To begin, you need a vision. Since you can ultimately do a lot of customization, your vision doesn’t have to be the exact guitar you end up with, but you’ll need to make some basic decisions before you make your purchases. Almost every kit on the market is a tribute of a classic Martin model, so you’ll be making decisions between dreadnought, OM, and OOO shapes and basic woods you want in your guitar (rosewood or mahogany backs, with a spruce top). Many kits are available with either a bolt-on neck, which is much easier to set correctly on your first build, or a more traditional dovetail joint.

The kits you should consider for your first build are the ones that contain every part you’ll need to complete the guitar, from pre-shaped parts like a machined neck, pre-bent sides and binding, to shaped braces with the gluing locations mapped out on the back and top. Several of the suppliers also offer kits that have less work done beforehand, but you might want to consider those more advanced kits after building at least one guitar. You’ll either have the bug and need to build more, or know that it’s not for you.

You’ll also want to check which parts are included in each kit. Though some kits include hardware, like tuners and strings, others do not, so plan accordingly. You’ll also need to decide what type of adhesives and finishing materials you want to use and budget for them.


Many people try to do it on the cheap when they’re first starting out, primarily because they’re not sure of their level of commitment. Plan on spending $400 to $600 on a kit, depending on the supplier and materials, plus maybe another $100 on finishing materials (if you do it yourself). Tools will be the next most important—and largest—investment.

Beyond the cost of the kit, your biggest start-up expense is going to be those tools. Building a guitar, even from a mostly complete kit, is going to take proper tools and skimping on those never saves money nor time. It’s the one area that Gunn, as well as Lars Vendel, a guitar maker from Kil, Sweden, both wished they had spent more on at the beginning. Both agree that the best bang-for-the-buck investments an aspiring builder can make are purchasing the right tools to build a better guitar: proper lutherie tools, like files; radius sanding disks for the guitar model you’re building; and molds to hold everything in place. Tools, including clamps, can easily set you back another couple of hundred dollars.

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HD-28 kit offered by Kenneth Michael Guitars.


No one said building a guitar from a kit would be easy, but the challenge is part of the reward, right? Presuming you have some basic woodworking skills, you’re still bound to find some challenges. Even if your first kit is mostly just gluing the pieces together, there are still areas that remain a challenge even to experienced builders, and these can make or break a build.

Patience may be the biggest challenge a builder faces. You’re going to need plenty of it because your first guitar is going to take a while to build. Gunn and Vendel both report that their first guitars took over 100 hours to complete. Vendel, who used to work in auto-body repair before launching his new career as a guitar builder, warns against taking shortcuts. “I never made any instruments before this, and it was way more difficult than I ever could imagine,” he says. “After all the custom cars and trucks I’ve built, this is the hardest! But, if you do it step-by-step, the proper way, you shall be rewarded.”

Getting the neck angle correct is crucial and ended up being the most time-consuming part of Gunn’s first build. “I timed myself on my first guitar and it took me about 24 hours to get the neck right,” he says of the shimming, sanding, and reshimming he had to do to get the correct geometry. The good news, it gets better with each build—he says he can now do it in about 45 minutes.

Finishing is another big challenge faced in each build. Some call it the Achilles heel of lutherie because it’s so difficult, and well, you’re never finished because it’s always a challenge to get it right, for large factories and small builders alike. Some kit builders choose to send their guitars out to a professional for finishing, while others do it themselves, usually starting with spray cans of lacquer before moving on to more sophisticated finishing equipment as their interest and skills grow.


While the kits may come with everything you need to build a guitar (except tools), you might make a mistake and need to replace a part. Most suppliers offer spares for every part, so if you trim a brace too short, or if you just end up with a bad piece of wood (it’s organic material and each piece is different, after all), you can usually replace it easily.


Considering the good quality of many affordable acoustic guitars on the market and the value that they can offer a player, is there any way that building a guitar from a kit could be worth it?

“Definitely,” Gunn exclaims. “My first one, I spent $500 on the kit and $100 on the finish, and I’ve had people offer me $2,000 for it, and it’s not even close to being nice, finish-wise. Each one gets better as you go along. Do you spend $3,000 or more on a guitar, or spend $600 or $700 in parts and build it yourself?”

Vendel, on the other hand, suggests that it’s worth the effort, but not if you’re trying to save money by building one guitar. With the costs to get started, especially the purchase of tools, you’re going to end up with an expensive guitar, but it’s worth the personal satisfaction. “The guitar will end up being pretty expensive, but it will be your sound,” he says. “If you have some handy skills, you end up with the one and only guitar you want to play the rest of your life.”

And for many builders, it’s the quiet focus and determination that it takes to complete a guitar that are some of building’s greatest rewards. It’s wood therapy, according to John F. Hall Jr., moderator of a forum dedicated to nurturing the community of kit-guitar builders. He’s also the owner of Blues Creek Guitars, a popular supplier of acoustic-guitar kits. For many who get into building, each guitar is better than the one before, and the next guitar is going to be the best.

Documenting your build is another way to help memorialize your efforts. Gunn, who has since moved on from kits to scratch builds (he’s on his 26th guitar), photographs each guitar throughout his build, and puts together a photo album using Shutterfly to accompany each guitar he makes and sells.

Once you’ve taken the plunge and turned your luthier dreams into a reality, the next question is what to build next?  It could be another guitar, a ukulele, a mandolin, or who knows what. After you’ve invested your time and money into getting started, it’d be a waste not to make more.

Places to Buy Kits

There are many sources for acoustic guitar kits. Nearly all of them are Martin-style guitars in the always popular dreadnought, OM, or OOO shapes. Martin also offers genuine kits, and replacement and upgrade parts like inlays, through the Guitar Maker’s Connection portion of its 1833 Store.

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Finding Community

Though kits come with instruction books and sometimes DVDs, those may not be enough to nail the finer points of building or guide you with tool choices or plans to customize your guitar. They sites are also great for emotional support and inspiration as you manage the agony and ecstasy of slugging through your first kit—or tenth. Here are a few inner-luthier-nurturing resources for kit-minded builders.

Acoustic Guitar Construction Forum For kit builders and scratch builders

Kit Guitars Forum A very active community for kit builders.

Luthier’s Mercantile In addition to its parts supply, LMI has a helpful Kit FAQ on its site,

Official Luthier’s Forum has a Kit Building 101 forum full of activity and tips


Getting Schooled

A popular title with people diving into kit building is Bill Cory’s self-published manuals Building Martin-style Kit Guitars and Building Kit Acoustic Guitars. Both are available on his website as print or ebooks.

The Guild of American Luthiers has links to makers with websites detailing builds, online guitar-making classes, and other helpful organizations and periodicals.

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7 Reasons Your DIY Guitar Kit Will Be Terrible

I finally finished the 175 guitar build. I learned some lessons…the hard way. Spoiler alert: Yes, I learned a lot from doing it and am glad that I did. But, no, I will not build another one. I will simply appreciate luthiers so much more for the hard work they do, and gladly hand them my money next time I want a guitar.

I started building this kit several months ago with great optimism, as you can see in my initial article where I describe getting started.

I pressed on, even after initial headwinds, trying to make a decent job of the lacquer and paint job on the guitar, as I describe in my followup article.

Guitar Kit when it arrived

But I confess, as I progressed through the project, my over-riding feeling was of just trying to Get. It. Done! I wanted to it finished so I could actually go play guitar!

So, in order to distill the lessons I learned into some sort of summary, to close off my half-finished DIY Guitar series, and to give you a taste of what you’re in for if you build your own guitar, I will try to pass on what wisdom I have. Enjoy.

7 Reasons Your DIY Guitar Kit Will Be Terrible

1. So Many Skillsets Required

There are a lot of skillsets required to build a guitar. Woodworking, electronics, neck setup and configuration… this is not a job to do in a few hours. Unless you came into this as an accomplished carpenter, electrical engineer, and guitar tech, you are going to have to spend lots of time researching things. Pro Tip: it’s not the general concepts that get you, it’s all those little details.

2. Finishing (as in the woodworking term)

Screwed up woodgrain filler on the guitar.

Finishing (AKA sanding, lacquering, and polishing) the guitar body is a lot of work. And it’s a certain set of skills that take time to do well – sanding, spraying, mixing color, polishing. If you think you’re going to get that glassy, thick, perfect finish on your first DIY guitar then I’m here to be honest with you – you won’t.

3. You get what you pay for

The stock hardware that came with the kit.

When you look kits online they always come with basic hardware. This hardware is always cheaply made. If you want to have a fighting chance of making your guitar actually sound good, you need to upgrade to the nicer hardware options (pickups are the main thing I’m talking about here, but it applies to all of it).

4. Wiring is a pain in the neck

Reading the diagrams is difficult and you will probably spend several hours in forums trying to fill in the gaps. “Where do I ground the cable pins to?” “Do I solder the tone capacitor wires directly to the pot? or use jumper wires?” Electronics are a world unto themselves. If you are totally unfamiliar with soldering, wiring diagrams, or electronic concepts, then you should practice. A lot.

5. Speaking of which, that guitar neck won’t feel great either

Guitar neck after stain and polish

The frets will feel too high – you’ll need to sand them down. The neck will probably not fit 100% perfect with the body – you’ll need to spend time doing fine sanding to make it fit perfect, or just live with it. The joint at the body where the pickups sit is probably going to have some gaps and weird alignment. And it’s truly hard to get that slinky, smooth feeling on the back of the neck where your thumb goes.

6. Finding a good workspace is challenging

You need good ventilation for the lacquer and finishes. And you need a bench with good lighting and lots of space to do the electronics. And you need to be able to leave the guitar there for a while to dry during the initial stages. Speaking of which…

7. And, finally…it takes forever

The schedule for finishing (again, by ‘finishing’, I mean the sanding, lacquering, and polishing stage) that I looked at took weeks. And that assumed that you were able to work on it every day or two. True, I admit it only took 15min to a half hour at a time on certain days (say, to spray a few more coats of lacquer), but if you’re traveling for work, or holiday, or anything else gets in the way, then the whole schedule gets pushed back. My first DIY took 4 months. Seriously.


1. Love your luthier!

The women and men who make guitars deserve appreciation. Their patient, highly skilled, hard work yield beautiful instruments that you and I can make music on. They deserve the money you pay them for making your guitar.

2. Build a DIY guitar. Once.

I learned a LOT about how guitars in this process – how the wiring of a guitar works, how the finish process is done, and about guitar construction in general. The next time I go to buy a guitar, I will have a much more discerning eye for detecting quality and for knowing what I want from a guitar. The empowerment and context that you get as a guitarist is worth doing a project like this.

Final picture of DIY 175 guitar kit build

OK, final thoughts, for real.

Seth Godin is a business book author (now stay with me, I promise this is relevant…) who talks about “the dip”. “The Dip” is not a sandwich (well, actually it is, but that’s not what we’re talking about here…). The Dip is the valley that we all stumble into when we start to learn a new skill, a new job, a new relationship and begin to wonder, “is all this work really worth it?”.

In most endeavors, things are usually rosy at first. And if we persist long enough, we know we will overcome and have the fruits of our hard work. But that middle bit…that’s the hard part. That’s when you’re doing the work, but haven’t seen the promised results yet. When you’re putting in effort but not sure if it’s paying off.

Godin says that you should make a decision early in The Dip: decide if you’re willing to work all the way through the dip. Are you willing to work hard for quite a while with no results in order to reach the finish line?

If yes, then great! Put on your big boy pants and get ready to work really hard for a while before you start to see results.

But if no, then also great! By realizing this early, you’ve quit at the most efficient time possible – before you’ve wasted time and effort trying to slog through that middle bit to no avail.

Can you guess my decision on this one?

Not deterred? Maybe perversely inspired? Well, if you’re gonna get a DIY kit, check them out over at

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DIY Electric Guitar Kits

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

BexGears DIY Electric Guitar Kit S-Style

This is an affordable DIY guitar kit that is based on the popular Stratocaster.

It has the same familiar looking double cutaway body, but instead of alder, this one is crafted from okoume. Note that the body is unfinished, which means that you can give it the finish and polishing that you prefer.

The body is paired with a maple neck with composite fingerboard, and comes with all the necessary routings for assembly.

It also comes with a white pickguard along with traditional Strat style triple singlecoil SSS pickup configuration, selector and control setup.

Finally, it also comes with all the necessary hardware including tuners, bridge, and more.


  • Building Difficulty: 5/10
  • Body: Stratocaster
  • Tonewood: Okoume
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Composite
  • Pickups: SSS (Three Singlecoils)
  • Controls: Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way Pickup Selector

Value for money is the main reason why this S-style kit is rated highly, with many stating that the quality of the included components exceeded their expectations. Wood quality also gets a lot of thumbs up, along with having proper pre-drilled assembly holes., which make it very easy to setup. Users describe it as a fun project guitar kit.

There are a few who aren't too happy with some of the included hardware.

If you're looking for an affordable Strat stye kit, then this is a good place to start your search.

TheFretWire DIY Electric Guitar Kit TFW010 - Double Cut

TheFretWire has quite the lineup of DIY electric guitar kits, covering many of the most popular guitar styles and configurations.

The TFW010 in particular lets you build your own double cutaway style dual humbucker guitar, and it comes complete with all the wood, electronics and hardware that you need.

The double cutaway body is crafted from mahogany and comes pre-drilled for easy assembly. Like most DIY kits, it comes unfinished so you can apply which ever you prefer.

The body is paired with maple neck which is topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.

Also included are essential electronics including two humbuckers, two volume knobs, two tone knobs, and a 3-way pickup selector.


  • Building Difficulty: 4/10
  • Body: Double Cutaway
  • Tonewood: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Pickups: Doublehumbucker
  • Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector

Owners commend the quality of the wood used and are pleased at how well aligned the drilled holes are. This in turn makes the overall experience of building easier. It also gets a lot of positive comments that point to its neck and fingerboard. The distinct shape of the body also makes it a good project guitar that doesn't look too familiar. Finally, those who built it as-is are pleased with the resulting sound and overall appearance.

Some caution against too much sanding because the veneer grain on the body is thin. Swapping out the pickups gave much better results for a few users.

If you're looking for a good project double humbucker guitar, then check this out.

BexGears DIY Electric Guitar Kit - LP Style

For a relatively unknown brand, BexGears kits are currently getting good reviews. This one lets you build your own single-cutaway Les Paul style guitar.

It's interesting to see the many different ways users have custom finished its pre-drilled okoume body - there are some great pictures and videos in Amazon's Reviews.

The neck is crafted from maple, and features a 22-fret fingerboard made from composite material.

Also included in this kit are two humbuckers along with LP style electronics, controls, and all the required hardware.


  • Building Difficulty: 4/10
  • Body: Les Paul
  • Tonewood: Okoume
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Composite
  • Pickups: HH (Dual Humbuckers)
  • Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector

"Better than expected" is a good summary of market sentiment towards the BexGears LP style DIY guitar kit. This is especially true of the neck, which impresses a lot of owners. The body is also well loved, as can be seen in the many owner submitted images that feature a wide variety of different finishes. The quality of the pickups and all the hardware also gets a lot of thumbs up, described by many as a good entry-way into custom project guitars.

Lack of instruction manual is the main issue that caused some users to rate this kit slightly lower. There are also some who recommend replacing the pickups.

Being the highest rated LP-style kit in the market, this is an easy pick for those who want to make this particular design the basis for their personalized instrument.

BexGears DIY Electric Guitar Kit - SG Style

Another BexGears DIY kit makes it to this list, this one bundled specifically to let you assemble or mod your own SG style electric guitar.

The body of this kit is crafted from okoume, shaped into the familiar twin horn SG style cutaway and pre-routed for easy assembly.

It has a maple neck with composite fingerboard that comes with trapezoidal inlays.

Finally it comes with two humbuckers, 3-way pickup switch, two volume and two tone knobs, along with all the necessary electronic components and hardware to fully assemble the guitar.


  • Building Difficulty: 4/10
  • Body: SG
  • Tonewood: Okoume
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Composite
  • Pickups: HH (Dual Humbuckers)
  • Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector

A common theme among BexGears kits is that people love the quality of the wood used for the body, even more so for the neck. Many also find the pre-routings to be of good quality and alignment, which helps in making assembly easier. There are a good number of owners who find the SG shape to be on point, inspiring many users to apply traditional finish colors to make the kit look more like a factory built SG than a custom one.

Speaking of wood, this kit does not come with traditional mahogany body and neck that's usually associated with Gibson SG. There are some who are not impressed with the included hardware, a few of them recommend replacing all of them for best results. There are also some who complain about the lack of instructions for building.

If you're a fan of the SG style and want to make it your own, then this is a good kit to consider.

TheFretwire DIY Electric Guitar Kit - LP Mahogany

This kit comes with mahogany tonewood which correctly reflects the iconic Les Paul. This sets it apart from other kits that utilizes alternative wood like basswood or maple.

To give it a more premium appeal, the single-cutaway body comes with a flame maple veneer top, making it great for natural, transparent & semi-transparent finishes.

The body and neck are pre-cut for snug fitting, and all the needed routing for the hardware and electronics are ready.

Speaking of hardware, it comes with everything that you'd expect from a conventional LP style guitar, including two humbuckers and related controls, tuners, bridge and more.


  • Building Difficulty: 4/10
  • Body: Les Paul
  • Tonewood: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Pickups: HH (Double Humbucker)
  • Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector

The neck joint is very important for any guitar build, and this importance is properly addressed by this kit, with many positive comments pointing to how snug the fit is and how sturdy the connection becomes after assembly. This ease of assembly also prompted many owners to recommend this kit for those who want to build a fun project guitar. There are also some who commend the kit's included hardware, including the tuners.

While the veneer top gets a lot of thumbs up, there are a few reports of cosmetic issues found on the back. Replacing the humbuckers resulted in big tone improvements for some users.

It's hard to go wrong with a classic LP style kit, especially if the kit uses the same mahogany tonewood.

TheFretWire DIY Electric Guitar Kit TFW026 - Mos Style

The TFW026 is a guitar kit inspired by the Mosrite Venture, a guitar that looks like a modified Telecaster with SH pickup configuration.

It features a pre-sanded alder body that follows the Mosrite's offset double cutaway shape.

All the needed routings are already done for quick installation of its humbucker neck, singlecoil bridge pickup, included electronics and hardware.

The neck is crafted from maple, and topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.


  • Building Difficulty: 4/10
  • Body: Mosrite
  • Tonewood: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Pickups: SH (Singlecoil Bridge, Humbucker Neck)
  • Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector

Its distinct visual appeal makes this kit easily standout, which for many is the main reason they build affordable custom guitars - to get the look that they want. Combining a humbucker with a singlecoil pickup is another important factor that makes this kit appealing. Many also describe the build process as fun and easy, and the body shape makes this kit look good with virtually any color or style of finish.

Some users recommend swapping out the singlecoil pickup with a lipstick style pickup, while a few comment that only the wood is worth using.

If you're tired of popular guitar shapes and want a kit that will let you build something distinct yet still familiar, then this is for you.

TheFretWire DIY Electric Guitar Kit TFW027 - W Style

This kit comes in a shape that's familiar to metal and rock fans, inspired by the jagged aesthetics of the Warlock guitar.

Instead of mahogany, TheFretWire went with alder for the body. Like most DIY kits, the body is un-finished so you can apply your preferred color and design, and it comes pre-routed for easy assembly.

In keeping with being rock friendly, this kit even comes with a floating tremolo bridge.

Other features include dual humbuckers, master tone and volume controls, and 3-way pickup selector.


  • Building Difficulty: 4/10
  • Body: Warlock
  • Tonewood: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Pickups: HH (Dual Humbucker)
  • Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector

This guitar is meant to appeal to those who want to have their own custom painted rock and metal axe, and those who found it appealing enough to buy are pleased with its overall quality. Those with more experience found it easy to build, but even those with little experience were able to get it assembled.

Speaking of assembly, there are some who comment that instructions were either not included, or lacking. The company does provide video instructions on their website, although it may not be as straightforward as some would like. Finally, the jagged shape of this guitar will make it look out of place in country, pop and other musical styles that are outside of rock and metal.

If you're looking to custom-build your very own metal friendly axe, then this is for you.

StewMac S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Here's another Strat style kit, this time from StewMac, one of the most prominent brands when it comes to guitar parts and DIY kits.

Like other Strat style kits, this one is aimed at beginners who want to start with something easy to build.

What makes this one different is the use of mahogany for the body, which is a departure from the usual alder or basswood body used on Strats. The body comes pre-drilled for parts to fit in, including the neck joint for the guitar's maple neck to easily be bolted into.

The headstock is not prerouted to shape, which gives you more leeway to customize it to your preference.

Other hardware includes tuners, bridge and tremolo bar, pre-wired pickguard, guitar cable, and it even comes with 2 sets of strings.


  • Building Difficulty: 5/10
  • Body: Stratocaster
  • Tonewood: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Pickups: SSS (Three Singlecoils)
  • Controls: Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way Pickup Selector

Most of the positive comments about this kit point to the quality of the wood. Second to that is the precision of the pre-drilled holes, making for a very easy build. Fret work and neck profile also gets commended.

Complaints are due to the usual DIY guitar kit issues, missing parts, and bad tuning pegs.

With StewMac's reputation for good quality, this is a DIY guitar kit that you will surely appreciate.

  • Style/Profile

    The whole point of having a DIY guitar kit is to build a guitar that you like, so make sure that you get one with your preferred shape and profile. Kits with classic guitar body shapes are the safest choice, as evidenced by their continued popularity in the market. But you don't have to limit yourself with just the familiar, spend time looking at other designs to see if you're missing out on something cooler, something that better matches your personality.

  • Wood Quality and Parts Alignment

    While we did our best to pick only top-rated kits, we know that in our less-than-ideal world, things can and will go wrong. So it is imperative to check wood quality and the alignment of the pre-drilled holes. It is the first thing to do if you have just received your DIY guitar kit from an online retailer. Note that the body included in most DIY kits are unfinished, so it will be up to you to learn the ropes of wood finishing and painting, and more importantly to utilize your creativity in getting the look that you desire.

  • Build Difficulty

    Compared to building something from scratch, the kits listed here are relatively easy to work with. Still, there are some that require more patience and experience, like those with set-necks and hollow bodies. On the flipside, there are kits that make life easier for you with their no-soldering required electronics and bolt-on necks. It is recommended that beginners go for easier builds, but with so much information available online, it should not hinder you from getting what you really want - just make sure to be patient and do your homework.

  • Tools

    Before taking the plunge, make sure that you have the necessary tools to build the guitar of your dreams. Most kits will require you to have screwdrivers, pliers and soldering iron for the assembly process. While others require more, like wood glue, bandsaw and other wood routing tools. Once you've decided on the finish, you'll also have to get finishing tools like sandpaper, wood sealant, primer, paint and more. It is also recommended to have a dedicated room or space for you to work on, a nice working table will also make work a bit more easier.

  • Upgrade Options

    No matter how we try to dodge the reality of mass production, at the end of the day, you will get what you pay for. So it is best to consider possible hardware upgrade options that will improve tone and playability. Most reviewers got great results by swapping out the bundled pickups, while others have opted to replace the tuners and nut. Replacing the included hardware is also what makes these DIY kits fun for some, allowing them to thinker with the build a bit more.

DIY Electric Guitar Kit Selection Methodology

The first edition was published in 2017 and the latest edition was published on May 12, 2021.

At the onset, we decided to stick to DIY electric guitar kits that can be bought from online retailers based in the USA, to ensure that the ones we recommend are accessible. We then took note of popular and highly rated kits, which required us to analyze over 1100 relevant user and expert reviews and ratings, including the most recent ones up to May of 2021. All these data were fed into the Gearank Algorithm, which gave us the rating scores our of 100 that allowed us to narrow down the list to just the top kits. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

About the Author and Contributors

Here are the key people and sources involved in this guide's production - click on linked names for information about their music industry backgrounds.

Lead Author & Researcher

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

Drawing from his experience in performing and recording, he teaches guitar and bass and mentors young artists to be better musicians. And when he is not busy playing or tinkering with musical gear, he puts on his entrepreneurial hat, which helps fund his passion for collecting guitars, mecha figures and Gunpla kits.


Jason Horton: Editing and Illustrating.


Main/Top Image: Compiled using photographs of the Saga LC-10 and Ammoon V-Style.

The individual product images were sourced from websites, promotional materials or supporting documentation provided by their respective manufacturers.


Guitar kit diy

Most guitarists are turning towards buying the best DIY guitar kits because of the numerous benefits that come with them.

When you are looking for a guitar, it can be tough choosing one, especially if you are on a budget. The reason is that cheap guitars might be a temporary solution for a beginner, but as he or she advances, the need to change and get a better one comes into play.

But if you really want to save some money, especially when you need a quality guitar, building one can be a super solution. Besides saving some money, building a DIY guitar helps you customize or personalize your guitar to your preference, especially in terms of aesthetics, tone, and the components of the guitar.

The truth is that DIY guitars are affordable. For instance, let’s say you want a Les Paul. You’ll need several hundreds of dollars to acquire a quality one. But if you have the time, you can buy a DIY kit, which costs way lower than what you would use to buy a new Les Paul from the store.

And by the way, building a DIY guitar does not need you to have a huge workshop. It’s not necessary. With simple tools, you can create something so unique that your fellow musicians drool over it when they come to your studio.

DIY guitar kits come in different sizes and shapes. There are brands out there who are coming up with superb kits. Hence, choosing one for yourself can be daunting and time-consuming.

We went out to check out some of the best DIY kits in the market. It took hours of research and review. But we found ten of the best kits you can buy today. And that’s what we’ll be highlighting in this article.

Here are the best DIY Guitar kits you’ll find in the market today.

Best DIY Guitar Kits

Best DIY Guitar Kits 2021 Summary:

DIY Guitar Kit

Best Value
BexGears DIY Electric Guitar Kits Mapel Neck okoume wood Body
Best Buy
StewMac Build Your Own S-Style Electric Guitar Kit (Right Handed)
Budget Buy
BexGears DIY Electric Guitar Kits, okoume Body maple neck & composite ebony fingerboard

DIY Guitar Kit Name

DIY SG Style Electric Guitar Kits

StewMac Build Your Own S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Bex Gears DIY Electric Guitar Kits


  • Easy To Build
  • Superior On Sound
  • Kit is upgradable
  • Ideal for both beginners & pros
  • Sounds fantastic
  • Easy to build
  • Classic Stratocaster Design
  • Sensitive Electronics
  • Good Value For Money





Best Value

DIY Guitar Kit

BexGears DIY Electric Guitar Kits Mapel Neck okoume wood Body

DIY Guitar Kit Name

DIY SG Style Electric Guitar Kits


  • Easy To Build
  • Superior On Sound
  • Kit is upgradable
Best Buy

DIY Guitar Kit

StewMac Build Your Own S-Style Electric Guitar Kit (Right Handed)

DIY Guitar Kit Name

StewMac Build Your Own S-Style Electric Guitar Kit


  • Ideal for both beginners & pros
  • Sounds fantastic
  • Easy to build
Budget Buy

DIY Guitar Kit

BexGears DIY Electric Guitar Kits, okoume Body maple neck & composite ebony fingerboard

DIY Guitar Kit Name

Bex Gears DIY Electric Guitar Kits


  • Classic Stratocaster Design
  • Sensitive Electronics
  • Good Value For Money

Top 10 DIY Guitar Kits 2021

1. DIY SG Style Electric Guitar Kits – Best Buy

Ever wanted an Epiphone SG guitar but didn’t have the money to buy one? Well, here is an affordable DIY kit that gives you a guitar that looks and functions exactly like an Epiphone guitar.

Easy to build

The first thing you need to know about this guitar kit is that it’s easy to build. It comes with everything you need for assembly, including an okoume body with a natural finish, an ebony fingerboard with fret inlays, a pre-drilled headstock, a jack to connect to your amp, and all the electronics you need to get you started.

With the manual provided, you’ll be able to build your guitar within a short time.

About the sound

Epiphone guitars are superior on sound. And if you want something that comes close to that, this is the kit to buy. The humbucker pickups will provide the sound you need. If they are not what you need, you have the freedom to upgrade your electronics, since it’s possible.

Besides that, the guitar is easy to tune and fits into any rig without any problem.

The ideal buyer

The DIY SG Style electric guitar kit is an ideal option for guitarists who want to save money. Not only will this guitar serve you as a beginner, but it will also be useful as you advance musically. Other than that, you have everything you need to play right out of the box. And as long as you assemble everything appropriately, this guitar will stand the test of time.


  • Easy to assemble
  • The guitar kit is upgradable
  • Provides quality sound for the professional player
  • The natural finish on the body
  • Smooth fingerboard for fast movement


  • Some users say that the okoume body is not as sturdy as mahogany

2. StewMac Build Your Own S-Style Electric Guitar Kit – Best For The Money

If you’d like to go big on a great Stratocaster to use with your musical adventures, here’s the StewMac electrical guitar kit.

Why people love it

The package comes with everything you need to play out of the box. It comes with a body with a mahogany material, a maple neck, and a smooth fingerboard. The seller also provides an extra set of strings, installed single-coil pickups, adjustable two-way truss rod, fretboard inlays, and pre-drilled headstock.

You’ll also get an easy-to-use manual, which makes it easy for beginners to use.

Quality of sound

Stratocasters are famous for their sound. And with this best DIY guitar kit, you can be sure that the sound is superb, similar to any other high-quality electric guitar. You can customize the electronics to your preference, and with the installed single-coil pickups, you can be sure that the sound won’t embarrass you while on stage.

Another thing about the sound is that the guitar is easy to tune, and the truss rod ensures that the player has the right action on the guitar.

For both beginners and pros

Instead of buying a cheap strat, buying this will guarantee you fantastic sound and use for years. And for guitarists who are getting into the DIY guitar world, you shouldn’t have problems while assembling the unit since everything you need is within the package.


  • Easy to build
  • Sounds fantastic
  • Natural finish to customize it to your preference
  • Comes with inlay fret markers
  • It has an adjustable truss rod


  • Some players don’t like the pre-wired pickguard

3. Bex Gears DIY Electric Guitar Kits – Best Budget Buy

When looking for the best DIY guitar kit, it’s always good to look for one that you can upgrade. The Bex Gears is an excellent example of one.

Everything you need to start building

The DIY guitar kit comes as a complete package. It consists of an okoume body, ebony fingerboard, maple neck, and a classic headstock with pre-drilled holes. All the electronic components are also available, including three single-coil pickups, a pickguard, and volume and tone knobs.

We also noticed that the body has a natural finish. It’s ideal for people who want to experiment with different colours.

Sounds professional

The classic Stratocaster gives you the sound of a high-end guitar. All three single-coil pickups are audible, and the electronics used are upgradable if you feel you need better quality.

Easy to assemble

The Bex Gear is easy to assemble. Whether you are a beginner or pro, you won’t need so much time to figure out the assembly process. Furthermore, the manufacturer provides a manual to guide you through the process.


  • Classic Stratocaster design
  • Sensitive electronics
  • Easy to assemble
  • No soldering required


  • Most pros may not prefer okoume material

4. Saga ST-10 Electric Guitar Kit

Nothing is as essential as an instrument that helps you achieve your music goals. The Saga ST-10 helps you do so in an instance. Here’s why everyone loves this kit.

Complete, playable guitar

When you are a beginner at DIY kits, there’s a high chance that you might not get everything right first. Not with this kit. It comes with all the accessories ready for assembly right out of the box. The package consists of a basswood boy, nickel-plated hardware, maple neck, and an Indian rosewood fingerboard.

Besides that, the head comes with pre-drilled holes, which means you don’t have to make any mistakes while drilling. And there’s an adjustment rod, which helps you to adjust the action when required. Other components in the package include a complete set of strings, a cord to connect to the amp, a tremolo, and single-coil pickups.

Room to express yourself tone

For the sound quality, the Saga ST-10 thrives on the fact that it offers the best sound. You can customize the electronics to your preference. The kit comes with one volume and two tone knobs to help you refine the sound.

The single-coil pickup makes the Stratocaster sound perfect as well.

Looks different from the rest

If you are into Stratocasters, there’s no need to go for a cheap option. You can buy this kit right here. And even if you are not a DIYer, assembling this guitar will not be a problem.


  • Easy to assemble
  • It comes with pre-drilled holes on the headstock
  • Manual provided
  • Sound is fantastic
  • The natural finish on the body so that you can customize it to your liking


  • Users complain that the pre-drilled holes are too close to each other

5. DIY Electric Guitar Kits For LP Guitar

Most guitarists love the Les Paul guitars because of what they can offer you as a musician. The DIY Electric Guitar Kits for LP Guitar will get you what you need at a reasonable price.

Its features

The package comes with everything you need to assemble the guitar right out of the box. You’ll find a body made of Okoume material, ebony fretboard, chord, and all the electronics that a high-end Les Paul would have.

We also noticed that the fingerboard provides 22 fret divisions and fret markers, which means you don’t have to do the job yourself. Additionally, the headstock comes with pre-drilled holes in a 3+3 arrangement.

Shines on the sound

Guitarists love the Les Paul model because of the quality of sound it brings to your rig, whether you play modern or traditional music. The humbucker pickups are sensitive types. Therefore, they will be able to pick any sound from the strings with ease.

Create your unique sound

Intermediate and professional guitarists go for Les Paul guitars. So, if you are looking to save some money, this best DIY guitar kit might be an affordable way of building a high-end guitar at an affordable price. Also, since it comes with a natural finish on the body, you can paint it to your liking.


  • Sound like a professional
  • It comes with humbucker pickups
  • The fretboard has inlay fret markers
  • Easy to assemble with simple tools
  • Superior when it comes to sound


  • Some users complain that the body requires a lot of sanding before painting it

6. Electric Guitar Kits for TL Electric Guitar

Any musician would die to get a telecaster for their rig. However, getting one can be a significant investment, and if you are on a budget, this best DIY guitar kit should be an ideal solution for you.

Here’s what you need to know about it

The guitar provides all the accessories you need to build a telecaster guitar. The package includes an okoume body material, a maple neck, an ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, pre-dilled headstock, neck, and bridge single-coil pickups, strings, and sealed tuning pegs.

You’ll also receive a manual to use in assembly, especially if you are a beginner.

Perfect sound

Telecasters have a five-star rating because they provide superior sound, especially on clean tones. We tested the sound on the guitar, and there’s nothing to complain about. The electronics work correctly, and the sound produced is excellent. We also loved that this guitar is easy to tune and stays on tune even after long hours of play.

Create a professional sound

Not only will this be a perfect gift for any beginner but also any professional who wants a guitar that they can use for gigs and any other professional setups. It’s easy to assemble, and if you are an experienced musician, building this shouldn’t be too difficult since you have the manual with you.


  • The natural finish on the body
  • Smooth neck
  • It looks like a telecaster
  • Ready to use outside the box
  • Pre-drilled headstock


  • Some users complain that the tuning pegs are not durable

7. Saga TC-10 Electric Guitar Kit – T Style

Musicians avoid DIY guitar kits because of the sophisticated process that building a guitar involves. But with the Saga TC-10, you can be sure that the process will be easy, regardless of whether it’s your first time building a guitar or not.

Complete package

The Saga TC-10 features a complete DIY electric guitar kit for a telecaster style. Its body comes with a durable basswood body, a solid maple neck, and an Indian rosewood fingerboard that is smooth for easy and fast movement.

Other components within this kit include a pre-drilled headstock, sealed tuning pegs, a cord, a set of strings, neck and bridge pickups, and the electronics required to get you started.

Top-notch sound

When it comes to sound, you can be sure that you’ll be getting high-end sound with proper installation. Its neck and bridge pickup ensure that all the sound intonations are heard via your amp. And to top it all, the guitar stays in tune for a long time.

Create a masterpiece

Whether you are into jazz, pop, rock, or any other genre, this guitar kit should help you achieve your dreams. It allows you to express your musicality both on stage and in the studio. You should have an easy time assembling all the parts if you are a beginner since the manufacturer does all the difficult tasks for you.


  • Superior when it comes to sound
  • The natural finish on the body
  • Easy to assemble
  • Complete package ready to play out of the box
  • For professional use


  • Available in right-hand version only

8. NBCI ASH Semi-Hollow Body DIY Guitar Kit

Building your own DIY guitar should be a fun process. However, some kits can be a bit complicated to assemble. Here is a Telecaster that gives you a comfortable time doing the assembly, and in the shortest time possible.

Ready to assemble

The NBCI Ash Semi-Hollow DIY guitar kit features a classic telecaster style that comes with everything you need to start the building process immediately. Like the factory version, this guitar comes with a basswood body with a spalted veneer top, a maple neck, maple fingerboard, dot inlays, and the electronics required.

Its pickups are similar to a telecaster as well. The package also comes with a cord, set of strings, and sealed tuning pegs.

Rock like a star

For the sound, this kit offers clean tones, even when using a guitar pedal. Its bridge and neck pickups are sensitive. They will offer you the sound you need for different genres. The guitar also stays in tune, and you won’t have a problem customizing the sound to your preference. And by the way, the sound is upgradable, if the electronics don’t serve you, as they should.

Telecaster at an affordable

These types of guitars are high-end. And so, any guitarist on a budget might not get one that they can afford. Hence, with this best DIY guitar kit, you get a step closer to achieving your dreams and getting the right kind of guitar that you can use for years.


  • Durable body and top
  • Aesthetic
  • Suitable for any genre
  • Easy to assemble
  • Electronics are upgradable


  • Some users don’t like the spalted top

9. LyxPro 30 Inch Electric Guitar Kit For Kids

If you want a small size guitar for your kids, LyxPro 30 is a good choice. The kit comes with different unique features that will make your instrument look cool and funky.

3/4 Size Guitar for beginners

The Seismic Audio kit features a complete package. It comes with an AMP, six strings, two picks, shoulder strap, guitar cable, soft case gig bag and a digital clip on tuner.

Excellent sound

The DIY guitar kit provides you with an f-shaped hole with a semi-hollow body, which contributes to the guitar’s overall sound. It, therefore, sounds classic, and you can still use it to play modern music.

Besides that, the two single-coil pickups ensure that they pick any signal from the strings. And whether it’s loud or not, you’ll be able to hear it.

For Kids & Beginners

Unlike most of the guitars on this list, this one right here demands that you have a bit of knowledge on building DIY guitars. You’ll need to solder some of the electronics. And if you don’t get it right, you may have a bad-sounding guitar. On the other hand, proper installation will assure you of a guitar that you can use to express your musicality.


  • Semi-hollow body at an affordable price
  • Excellent sound
  • Classic design
  • It comes with an adjustable rod


  • Installation may not be easy for beginners

10. Unfinished Strat Electric Guitar Kit

If you don’t want to go through the long assembly process, here is a DIY guitar kit that’s suitable for you.

The full package

The unfinished strat electric guitar comes intact with a select-basswood body, a maple neck, dot inlays, and installed pickguard and pickups. Its headstock comes with pre-drilled holes; hence, it’s easy to fit your strings and tune your guitar.

Besides that, the guitar comes with heavy nickel hardware, an adjustable rod, a cord, and a set of strings.

Supreme on sound

When it comes to the sound, you’ll love everything about this guitar. Its pickup and electronics offer quality sound. You can also upgrade the electronics if the ones that come with the package are not fascinating. The guitar generally sounds like a high-end guitar; hence, you have something to carry with you on your next gig.

Ideal player

For players who are still looking for a strat they can use and upgrade later, this should work on them. You cannot only upgrade the sound, but the design is also upgradable since the body has a natural finish. On the other hand, left-handed players will not find this guitar ideal since it’s only available for right-hand users.


  • It comes with a basswood body
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Superior sound
  • Easy to assemble
  • Electronics are easy to upgrade


  • Available for right-hand use only

Best DIY Guitar Kits Buying Guide

DIY guitar kit

Initially, DIY guitar kits were a thing for established musicians. The likes of Eric Clapton and John Mayer would take popular guitar models and customize the appeal and electronics to suit their musical needs. Brands would also collaborate with these musicians to come up with newer models and name them after them.

Nowadays, it’s normal to find a professional guitarist who wants to come up with his or her own custom guitar model. That’s why they end up buying a DIY guitar kit.

As you shop for the best DIY guitar kit, be sure that you’ll find several brands in the market.

Choosing the best one can be a huge tussle if you don’t know what suits you, exactly. So, in this article, we will give you tips that you can use to help you find the best guitar to use.

Are DIY guitar kits worth it?

It’s going to be an unending debate. Some musicians prefer going for pre-built versions because they save you time for making mistakes and building one for scratch. However, having a DIY guitar kit in your rig comes with significant benefits. Here are some of them.

These kits are money savers. Picture this.

People cough thousands of dollars when buying a guitar such as a Les Paul. For people on a budget, this may not favor them. DIY kits will save you money in the sense that you can get a disassembled Les Paul guitar kit at a lower price and customize it to your own liking.

  • You understand how a guitar works

Most guitarists don’t know how pre-built guitars function. And that’s okay if you are a beginner or intermediate player. But for professionals, understanding the guitar comprehensively helps them know how to use the guitar.

If you can build a DIY guitar, you understand how it works, and you can customize it to the way you’d like it to look and sound, especially in terms of appeal and electronics.

Selecting the best DIY guitar kit

Once you decide that buying a DIY guitar kit is the best thing to do, choosing the best kit will not come easy. Nevertheless, here are some tips to use.

  1. What type of guitar would you like?

Each guitar you find comes with a specific look and has a different use.

So, when choosing, you have to decide whether you want to build a Stratocaster, Telecaster, a Les Paul, Epiphone, a semi-hollow guitar, or a solid-body guitar. All these guitar designs suit different musical needs.

  1. Knowing how you want to use the guitar

As you consider the kind of guitar you want to use, you should understand that each guitar fits into a particular setup.

For instance, most jazz and blues guitarists love semi-hollow bodies because of the warm sound they give, which is suitable for that genre. Telecasters are superb for clean tones, which is why rock players and modern jazz players will opt for this.

Therefore, as you choose, you need to know if the DIY guitar kit you buy will suit the genre you want to play.

  1. Think about the design you want

Some guitar players are so specific when it comes to the guitar’s appeal- how the guitar will look, especially on stage.

Hence, when buying the best guitar kit, think about what the package offers. It should come with every quality that makes your playing better. For instance, the neck should be smooth. If you want more room for your solos, your fretboard should have more fretboard divisions for this. The guitar kit should also be easy to tune, play, and should sound good and professional.

If you are into colors, you can choose a guitar kit that comes with an unpolished body so that you can do a paint job for yourself.

By the way, it’s possible to find a DIY guitar kit for seven and eight-string guitars.

  1. Choose electronics wisely

The DIY guitar kit you choose comes with electronics, which you can fit. You have to check whether you’ll need to do some soldering to install the pickups. If you don’t know how to do so, you can look for a reputable guitar repairer near you to avoid damaging them.

On the other hand, some guitar kits don’t require you to solder anything.

Be prepared to buy a different set of pickups if the ones provided don’t sound as good. Some brands offer different pickup models with distinct sound qualities to fit into a variety of setups.

  1. How much can you customize your guitar?

Some huge brands, such as Fender, allow musicians to customize their guitar further to order custom-made guitar. You can even walk into their factories and design the guitar for yourself. Others don’t have a provision for this.

If you want to customize your DIY guitar kit yourself, then you should research whether the brand allows you to do this or not.

  1. Read different reviews online

If you have different best DIY guitar kit options on your table, reading different reviews could help you choose. You’ll also be able to know which brands to avoid and the most recommended.

While reading, get to know how easy to build the guitar kit will be, how easy to use it will be, and how the electronics will sounds. For instance, if it’s a Telecaster guitar kit, it should sound exactly like a pre-build version.

  1. Consider the price

As you look for the best kit for your guitar, you’ll want to consider how much money you’d like to use. Your budget will dictate whether you’ll go for a pricier option or not.

However, don’t let money dictate your overall decision. If it’s possible, put your needs first, and then decide whether you want to use more money for a guitar kit or not.

If you want to build a guitar for yourself but don’t know how to, the best thing is to look for someone who can put all the guitar parts together for you. It will cost you more; however, it ensures that your guitar functions as it should.

And finally, buying the best guitar kits will mean that you have to consider all the factors we highlight in this article. Ensure that you take your time so that you can take home a high-quality DIY guitar kit.

Final Remarks

The most vital things to consider when buying the best DIY guitar kit are the sound quality it offers, your needs, and what is in the package. All these three things should be in your mind if you want a kit you’ll use for years. Apart from that, the guitar should be easy to assemble.

In our article, the DIY SG Style Electric Guitar Kits stands out as the best DIY kit. With it, you get a guitar that you’ll use for years. And regardless of whether you are a beginner or advanced, this guitar will be a gift for your musical adventures.

Categories GuitarSours:
Are Cheap DIY Guitar Kits Really Terrible? - Pete Cottrell

Building Your Guitar - Separate your pieces by type and make a quick tally of each part before starting work on your DIY guitar. This will help you stay organized and make the assembly process easier by putting in some of the work ahead of time. Be sure to take your time with this – These DIY kits can come with a bunch of tiny, yet important pieces that are imperative to keep track of.

DIY Guitar Kits Buyers Guide


When you're trying to build your own guitar, you want to make sure that the quality of the materials used is good. The body, neck, top, tuners, wiring, pickups, and all the nuts and bolts need to be sturdy and reliable. Luckily, with all of the options we've listed, the quality is definitely going to be high.


The style of your guitar is likely important to you. We've featured a lot of guitars you can build that are Telecasters. However, there are plenty of different types you can work with. Also, since most of the guitars featured are unfinished, you can tweak the look of it to fit your preferred style with paint and stain.

Putting It All Together

It's important to keep in mind that, with a guitar kit, you'll have to be the one that puts everything together. This is obvious, I know. However, this means that you have to ensure to take your time with the kit and be careful to follow all instructions. 'Build your own' guitar kits are still complicated and have the potential for error. So the actual end quality of your guitar will be totally up to your craftsmanship.


Depending on what style of music you're playing, you'll want to pick guitar kits based on the pickups provided. Single coil pickups will give you a sound that's great for country, folk, and rock. Whereas humbuckers will offer a more sustainable tone that is great for cranking up the distortion.


The wood used on your neck, body, and fretboard will make a big difference. Many of the best DIY guitar kits come with basswood or mahogany for the body, maple for the neck, and rosewood for the fingerboard. These are all highly used woods for guitars and will work well from top to bottom.

Tools You'll Need

You'll likely need to use certain tools that aren't included in the box to put together your guitar kit. Just make sure that you have the right tools on hand to bolt on the neck and create the true style of the guitar you're trying to build.


Keeping in mind the fact that you're going to be building the guitar, you may want to pick one with a lower price point. It will give you a little margin for error if it's your first one. However, if you're confident in yourself and you're ready to take on the challenge, then one of the more expensive guitar kits will be suitable.


Any of the guitar kits we have mentioned would be a good fit for basically any style. Our top pick, based on all the criteria, is the FretWire Offset Single-coil, but you can't go wrong with any of the other choices. Happy Building!


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