Solo ESK-35 DIY Electric Guitar Kit With Flame Maple Top

(3 customer reviews)

$ USD 269.99

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Product Description

This DIY guitar kit has everything you need for building your own ES Style Electric Guitar. You will only need some basic tools and finishing supplies. This kit includes all parts and step-by-step instructions to build a complete, playable custom guitar. All challenging wood cutting, drilling and shaping has already been professionally done, as well as fret leveling and dressing.

Kit includes:

  • Maple body with a poly sealant
  • Unfinished maple neck with blackwood (engineered rosewood) fingerboard
  • Threaded hex bushings (flat washers included)
  • Tuning machines
  • Truss Rod Cover
  • Strings
  • Top Pickguard
  • Strap Buttons
  • Neck Pickup on a mounting ring
  • Bridge Pickup on a mounting ring
  • Tune-O-Matic style bridge & saddles
  • Pickguard
  • 3-Way Pickup Toggle Switch (includes knurled mounting nut, flat washer, and plastic Rhythm/Treble Ring-switchwasher)
  • Control Knobs
  • Jack (mounting nut and washer included)
  • Cord
  • Hex Wrench
  • Control Pots (capacitors included for Tone Pots)
  • All mounting screws are included
  • Wires
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.

Technical Details

DIY Kit Information

Poly Resin Sealer


Body Information

Body Material


Neck Information




Scale Length

Thick Nut

Width Nut

Hardware and Electronics
Hardware Color

Selector Type







Neck Pocket

2 – 7/32"


9 lbs


28 × 14 × 4 in

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3 reviews for Solo ESK-35 DIY Electric Guitar Kit With Flame Maple Top

  1. thorp (verified owner)

    Great quality. Tight neck fit. I haven’t wired it yet, but very happy with the quality so far. The neck feels nice and the fret trimming is very good. I will definitely do another one.

  2. Rory Mathisen (verified owner)

    Overall really pleased with my experience with this build kit. There were some initial issues with the neck fit, there was a very jagged cut with a piece of the binding chipped away but I was able to make it look decent with some aggressive sanding and some wood filler. The kit was mostly complete…I had to buy a few washers from the store that were left out and I received a random bag of knobs that did not go with my guitar. Instructions were pretty good; this was my first kit and I was able to complete it without too many hiccups. Electronics are good but are not great. The output jack is a little loose and the pots shafts are way too long. The volume pots are all or nothing. I also ended up replacing the pickups, the originals were not bad but I had some nicer ones lying around. Once the guitar was put together the setup was a breeze. The neck was perfectly straight and no truss rod adjustments were needed. The bridge seems pretty high quality and intonation was fairly simple. The guitar plays very well and I have not found any issues with the frets so far, I just polished them up before the strings went on. Again, really enjoyed the experience…not as cheap as some kits but the quality is there.

  3. evan.jones699 (verified owner)

    Just completed my third Solo Kit. After doing 2 LPs, I built this one for a friend who had always wanted a 335 style hollow body. This one was a dream The neck took minimal detailing, and the quality of the body was fantastic. The only work I had to do was on the neck pocket, of which the floor was inconsistently routed out. A few minutes with a sharp chisel and a steady hand fixed that right up, and I was ready to start staining.

    I started off with a dark brownish black Keda water based stain to accentuate the flame maple, and sanded that back to reveal the bright maple. Then went with a deep red color followed by a bit of black around the perimeter. When that was blended in, and the clear coat went on, I was thrilled at the way the color popped on this one. Used Watco wipe-on gloss poly, and after about 4 coats with fine sanding in between, I finally got the hang of it, and got it done with a nice mirror finish.

    Scraping the binding took some time, as it’s on both top and bottom of the body, as well as in the F-holes, but the result is a beautiful guitar.

    For electronics, I went ground-up with new CTS pots and capacitors, and needed to drill out the 4 pot holes to 3/8. No big deal there. it did take some time to solder everything up outside the guitar and then fish all the pots, switch and jack through the slot on the front. But once in, I tightened everything up and plugged it in to a clean amp channel. All I can say is “Wow!”

    Thanks to the Solo team for another awesome build experience.

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