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Solo MM Style DIY Bass Guitar Kit, Basswood Body, Maple Neck

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

$ USD 169.99 $ USD 154.99

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Product Description

This guitar kit has everything you need for building your own custom MM style Electric Bass Guitar. You will need only some basic tools and finishing supplies. All challenging wood cutting, drilling and shaping is already done professionally, as well as fret leveling and dressing. A detailed manual is included with step by step instructions, Included in Kit:

  • Basswood body with a poly sealant
  • Unfinished maple neck
  • Press-fit peghead bushings
  • String Retainer
  • Tuning Machines (4 pcs,┬ámounting screws included)
  • Strings
  • Strap Buttons
  • Pickguard
  • Humbucker Pickup
  • Bridge
  • Neck Plate
  • Control Plate Assembly
  • Ground Wire
  • Cord
  • Hex wrench for truss-rod adjustment
  • Allen Key for saddle adjustment
  • All mounting screws are included
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. NOTE: This product does not ship to United States

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Poly Resin Sealer

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Hardware and Electronics
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Controls

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3 reviews for Solo MM Style DIY Bass Guitar Kit, Basswood Body, Maple Neck

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank Edwards (verified owner)

    End Result:
    https://www.facebook.com/BlackDeathGuitars/photos/a.321120945022140.1073741828.315505442250357/355074628293438/?type=3&theater

    I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone who wants to have a MusicMan style bass in their arsenal. Overall the kit is well built and the hardware is adequate as a good starting point. I have upgraded some of the components while building the kit and would suggest if you want the best guitar you can get you do the same. I will note below what I encountered in the build:

    The Good:
    *Neck was straight and frets required a bit of leveling but overall were in good shape.
    *Body wood grain was very nice and the body was in overall fine shape when it arrived. It turned out to be even better after sanding.
    *Tuners were better than expected for a kit guitar. Very beefy and turned easily while holding a tune nicely.
    *Bridge was adequate however due to personal preference I have Procured a Sterling SUB 4 factory bridge of the same style as it is a bit heavier gauge and has channels for the adjustment screws to ride in to prevent the saddles from slipping.
    *The pickup is adequate but I chose to upgrade it to a Seymour Duncan direct replacement for the MusicMan Bass. ( See note below in the bad section )

    The Bad:
    Not a whole lot you can say that is bad about the kit I found only two issues that I reported to the guys at Solo.

    *The screw holes for the tuners were drilled for the screws that are used with the Fender style tuners shown in the pictures above. They have recently change over to the Gotoh style tuners and the picture hasn’t been updated yet. The screws that come with the Gotoh style tuning machines will push into the holes as they are drilled a bit bigger than the provided screws. I luckily had a set of the Fender style tuners so I had the screws I needed and was able to proceed without a delay. If you order this kit be sure to ask them to send some Fender style tuner screws.

    * The pickguard that was sent with the kit did not fit once the bridge was mounted. I measured the scale of the bass and the bridge was mounted in the correct position. While it isn’t a big deal to modify the pickguard, it is something to be aware of. I ordered a replacement pickguard for a MusicMan Bass that is a different color so we will see how it fits. Also the pickup hole fits the supplied pickup fine but if you plan on replacing the pickup with an aftermarket such as the Seymour Duncan direct MusicMan replacement (SMB-4A) be aware you will need to enlarge the pickup opening.

    Overall:
    If you do not plan on changing anything and using all the supplied parts you should have absolutely no issues with this kit. It is a simple build and you end up with a decent instrument that is a good platform even if you do not upgrade components. Again as with anything if you plan on modifying it from its original specs expect to have to modify a few things. The best thing about the kit is the customer support you will receive from the guys over at Solo.

    100% Recommend not only this kit from Solo but any kit from Solo based not only on the quality but the companies willingness to engage the customer.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    srvaxe (verified owner)

    This was my second build from SOLO. I did the Jazz bass first, and only had issues with the headstock bushings, but it turned out very nice all the same.
    In reading the previous review for the MM Bass, I had some, if not the exact same issues. The pic guard didn’t fit quite right, but I got a different one off eBay, so it was only used as a template for the custom one.
    The screws for the tuners were the wrong size, but I had some on hand that worked just fine.
    The frets were a wee bit sharp, but with a bit of filing, and sanding, they turned out nice.
    I didn’t receive a string retainer, or a ground wire with my kit, but with a quick email to Matt at SOLO, I had them a few days later, so no big deal there.
    The wiring diagram, like the Jazz, was a bit vague, but I looked on line, and found one no problem, as well Matt had sent me a more descriptive one, but I had already wired it, so again, no big deal.
    All in all, I think this is a very good product, and I’m impressed with the playability, the sound, and especially the support you receive if needed.
    I would recommend this bass kit, as well as the Jazz bass kit to friends, and I plan on doing the PRS kit next.
    For the price, and the ease of the assembly, I would say this is about the best bang for your buck going. Not to mention the fun in putting it all together, and the little sense of pride you have afterwards.

    Keep up the good work SOLO

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    danoneill67 (verified owner)

    This was my first DIY project and my bass turned out great. I am very happy with the quality of the parts. Everything fit together nicely. My only issue was that the pickguard overlapped the bridge by a few millimetres. Rather than modify the pickguard, I drilled new holes and moved the bridge back about a quarter inch. Before doing this, however, I made sure that the strings could still be intonated properly with the bridge in its new position. A lot of people have commented on how helpful Matt is. They do not lie!

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