Solo ADK-1 DIY Acoustic Guitar Kit

(6 customer reviews)

$ USD 119.99

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Product Description

This unfinished guitar kit has everything for building a Dreadnought Acoustic guitar.

All challenging wood cutting, drilling and shaping is already done professionally, as well as fret leveling and dressing.
Some woodworking skills and tools required for completing this project. You will need some tools and finishing supplies.

The successful construction and assembly of acoustic instruments rely on a complex set of mathematical and physical equations, as well as the inherent variables associated with wood products. Adherence to these equations is critical to the instrument being playable within the parameters of tuning and intonation. We have taken every  precaution in order to make our acoustic kits as easy to assemble as possible.
Therefore we will not take responsibility if the variables associated with acoustic instruments, or the lack of skill and/or accuracy on the part of the assembler contribute to the instrument not meeting the customers expectations.

What is included with you Acoustic Kit:

  • Fully assembled body
  • Basswood top
  • Basswood back and sides
  • Dreadnought body
  • Hardware color is Chrome
  • Overall Length 41″
  • Scale length 25.5″
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Fretted (20 frets)
  • 2-way truss rod
  • Machine heads with bushings and mounting screws
  • Pre-shaped Rosewood bridge.
  • Bridge pins
  • A set of strings
  • Rosette decal
IMPORTANT (in addition to our standard return policy): due to their nature kits can be returned only in virtually untouched condition and in original package.

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6 reviews for Solo ADK-1 DIY Acoustic Guitar Kit

  1. Paul Laramie (verified owner)

    WOW, I recently finished this kit and I have to say it sounds great. Construction of the completed body and the fit of the dovetail joint on the neck was tight and required only a minimal adjustment to get the truss rod in thru the top. Installing the bridge and saddle with the included instructions went smooth and almost flawlessly. Remember to check the centerline of the neck on the bridge and string distance from the sides of the fingerboard, if not you may see a slight difference in the top and bottom E strings. The instructions included with the kit are excellent for both novice and experienced builder. The sealer on this kit hinders a stain so I wouldn’t recommend using anything but a finish coat. In the end I would say it was a good build, very playable, and nice sounding instrument.

  2. Gord Meeks (verified owner)

    Just finished my build.
    Just to clarify, if you want to stain the guitar, just sand with 320 grip paper until the guitar is silky smooth, and then it will take any stain you would like to put on it.
    My build: I decided to just leave it natural. Just sanded with 320 grit and then over a 1 week period sprayed 15 coats of high quality liquor.
    Let it sit for 3 weeks to allow finish to harden. Then started sanding all the way up to 2000 grit. all over 100 grit was wet sanded.
    30 minutes on my big buffer and it looks better then a store boughten guitar.
    Do not rust, take your time and you to will have a guitar that you will cherish for years to come.

  3. Gilles Albert (verified owner)

    This was my first time building a guitar and I am fully satisfied with the results.
    After 12 coats of tung oil, the finish is exactly what I was looking for.
    Adjusting the intonation took a few hours and now it play just as good as my $450.00 Art and Lutherie 12 string guitar.

  4. marvai (verified owner)

    I have assembles a quantities of 3 acoustic guitar kits
    No doubt about it you will require experiences for example:
    1- Perhaps the neck will not fit easy into the body, you gonna have to make it fit and you will need to get that truss rod into its location it will require you to struggle a little but you will succeed don’t worry.
    2- The saddle location requires knowledge in regard of intonation understanding, if you have no clue in regard of guitar intonation you might end up having a guitar that will never sound properly.
    For the finish you could leave it as is but me I didn’t send anything on the guitar, I used a 900 gloss Varathane clear finish oil based.
    I am creating pick guards home made, pictures will soon come.

    Nothing better to assemble your own guitar and make it playable and sounding great
    I have made a on you tube video check it out

  5. gfancey

    George Fancey-Feb. 2019: FEB 2019. Sometimes the real quality of a product cannot be measured by just it’s workmanship, delivery efficiency, or pricing. My acoustic kit met all of my usual expectations; in fact I was pleasantly surprised, once I started assembling the parts, that this item could be priced under $200 CANADIAN. (AND, my views are based on SEVEN decades of owning, handling & loving acoustic guitars). It is relatively well and accurately constructed, solid, and actually quite an attractive dreadnought guitar, even before adding a bit of personal ‘trimming’, which in my case includes a custom rosette decal, and a Gibson-style pick guard I happen to have had on hand from other projects. AND, after hearing it’s first tune, it certainly passed the big intonation test. A special factor that has added significantly to this assessment however, is the extra effort on the part of Solo Staff to ensure my satisfaction. A combination of misunderstanding the type of wood, and too much sanding, caused my 98% finished project to need a replacement top. With just a little coaxing on my part, I received email from Ara Pekel, reassuring me he was on ‘watch’ for another top, and within a short period of waiting, notification was received that a replacement ‘body’ was ‘on its way’. To conclude this assessment, I want to acknowledge, it was never the dollar value that made the task important to me, but rather, the opportunity for some ‘hands-on’ around my life-long interest (first guitars were 1948 & 1951) in acoustic guitars. The folks at SOLO GUITARS seemed to understand this, and I believe they went beyond the ‘norm’ in serving my desire to see my project a success, instead of the failure I faced the day I used sandpaper, thinking it would get me ‘that one step closer to perfect’!

  6. jm216 (verified owner)

    That was fun! I enjoyed building this guitar even more than I had expected. After I put it all together… needs only to have the saddle lowered 2 maybe 4 mm. Bravo Solo! More on this build to follow…..Jim in Sarasota

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