Solo SBBK-1 DIY Headless Bass Guitar Kit

Rated 4.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

$ USD 199.99

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Product Description

This DIY guitar kit has everything you need for building your own SB Style Electric Bass 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:

  • Ash body with a poly sealant
  • Unfinished maple neck with blackwood (engineered rosewood) fingerboard
  • Strings
  • Strap Buttons
  • Neck Pickup (mounting screws and height adjustment springs included)
  • Bridge Pickup (mounting screws and height adjustment springs included)
  • Bridge
  • Volume & Tone Controls
  • Neck Plate
  • Ground Wire
  • Jack Plate with Screws
  • Cord
  • Hex wrench for truss-rod 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.

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3 reviews for Solo SBBK-1 DIY Headless Bass Guitar Kit

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Guy Barrette (verified owner)

    Very happy with the quality of this kit. It’s way way better than the stuff you find on eBay. The body was almost perfect and I only filled a couple of super tiny spots. I kept the wood grain as is, just spray painted and applied a clear coat. The one thing that surprised me was the weight, this is not a light bass.

    The only adjustments that my kit required were:
    1-Filing a few frets.
    2-Filing the plastic back cover just a bit because it was too tight.
    3-Drilling larger string holes at the head so that 45-105 strings would fit.

    This is my first headless bass and I found out that changing strings on such an instrument is more challenging than a standard one. None the less, it super cool looking 🙂

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    Rob The Metal Guy (verified owner)

    Definitely one of the better kits out there, easy for someone who doesn’t do a lot of woodworking/guitar building to create something decent out of this.

    That being said, I understand that these are designed to be affordable… I had to make the same 3 adjustments that the reviewer above made (Guy B.) and I also replaced most of the screws included because the heads wanted to strip even when taking great care and using a perfectly sized driver head. On the locking nut for the E and A I had to partially drive an oversized drill bit into the top of the screw hole so the locking screw head sits lower and can catch the threads and actually lock (a .105 E string was a little too tall in the locking mechanism) .

    The neck pocket was nice and snug. Everything lined up well. I am by no means an expert, but I have played for 25+ years so do I know my way around guitars and basses a little… I was able to get it set up in good playing condition with no outside help.

    Also, I upgraded the pickups with Aguilar Super Doubles, so I can’t say anything about the stock pickups. Once assembled I ran it through the big rig (Hartke full stack) and I can get a really nice growl out of it. I used copper shielding in the cavity and I am getting zero noise.

    Overall, I worry a little about the durability of the locking hardware but I really enjoyed putting it together and I am going to give the Flying V-bass kit a shot next.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    vanstry

    I gave this a 4 star instead of 5, because there were a few things that probably should have been called out in the instructions, for someone who is building their first bass. For someone who has done it before, they probably know better. Over all I am happy with it, now that it’s done. There were a few gotcha moments, and if you want to read the ‘How I did it’ and see a few pictures go here:

    http://www.vanstry.net/vanstry/Solo%20Bass%20Build.html

    Be warned, it’s long, I go over how I painted it, how I put it together, how to set the bridge up, how to mount/shim the neck, and how to string it. Pictures are at the bottom.

    A few warnings for you first timers (like I was), in addition to what was mentioned above:
    1) The pockets for the pickups don’t exactly fit. I didn’t check mine until after I painted the bass, so I had to sand down the ends of the pickups for them to fit. The pockets are wide enough, but they’re about 1mm too short on the long edge. Part of that may be because the bottom of the pickups are wider than the tops. So TEST FIT the pickups before you do anything.
    2) The bridge flies pretty high, you WILL need to shim the neck (I didn’t take pictures of my shims, sorry) I used three business cards, fit from side to side for the first inch of the pocket, then one card for the next inch. Now the action is damn near perfect.

    It sounds good, and it plays well. A little quieter than an active bass, but that’s to be expected.

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