Solo SBK-1 DIY Headless Electric Guitar Kit

(4 customer reviews)

$ USD 199.99

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SKU: SBK-1 Category:

Product Description

This DIY guitar kit has everything you need for building your own SB 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.

*This kit uses regular single ball end strings

Kit includes:

  • Ash body with a poly sealant
  • Unfinished maple neck with blackwood (engineered rosewood) fingerboard
  • Strings
  • Strap Buttons
  • Bridge Assembly with Trem arm
  • Pickups
  • Control Plate Assembly
  • Jack plate (2 mounting screws included)
  • Cord
  • Hex wrench for truss-rod adjustment
  • Allen Key for saddle height 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.

Technical Details

DIY Kit Information
Finish

Poly Resin Sealer

Style

Body Information
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Body Material

Neck Information
Fretboard

Construction

Frets

Inlays

Scale Length

Thick Nut

Width Nut

Hardware and Electronics
Hardware Color

Selector Type

Bridge

Controls

Electronics

Pickups

4 reviews for Solo SBK-1 DIY Headless Electric Guitar Kit

  1. marsairforce (verified owner)

    The kit was easy and satisfying to build.

    You have to be good at some improvisation with the construction. I found the neck locking nut was not installed from the factory correctly. And I was missing the jack plate. Then the bridge saddles were a bit too high. The action was about 1/2 inch :). I worked to file them down. But really the routing on the body could have been a little bit deeper to hold the bridge and that would have solved the issue too. It is a good lesson learned for me to dry fit things before you paint the body.

    I figured it out and adjusted all the things. But I would think if this is your very first time building a guitar it might be upsetting to you if you are not used to setting up a guitar.

    I also decided I would not even use the stock pickups as they looked and felt (measured with ohm meter) very cheap and would likely produce dull muddy sounds. I opted to upgrade the pickups.

    Now I am very happy with this guitar, as it plays and sounds better than my actual guitar I had before. Which is frustrating to me because I spent so much time adjusting and tuning up my other guitar, to have this kit guitar be right away better

    I found this fits nicely in a ukulele bag, which i got so i can carry it around safely. I like to use this guitar for practising and going to friends houses, because it is smaller than my regular guitar.

    I made a photo gallery here of my build too https://imgur.com/gallery/zWWCeL1

  2. robsoriano

    Great kit!

    Woodwork:

    The body was well routed out of the box. Neck was well fitted and straight. The fretboard is a bit rough but the frets are level.

    The body to neck fit was very tight and perfectly aligned. This made it easy to glue in.

    Hardware:

    The only thing to talk about here is the bridge, which is an R-Trem clone. As long as everything is routed well, this will work as it should. I have mine locked in position, though so I can’t comment on tremolo stability. So far, it keeps tune, easy to setup.

    My only issue here is the low E saddle. It’s a bit high, even on the lowest setting. I may file it down but for now I’ll keep is as is since it’s still playable.

    Electrics:

    Pots, jack and switch are good quality. But the pots were not soldered properly. I had to rely on a couple of other diagrams to figure things out but it all worked out in the end.

    I also swapped out the pups for Entwistle HDNs. They have great clarity and dynamics. Haven’t tried the stock pups but I haven’t heard anything bad about them either.

    Stock pups might be better for beginners tho since there are fewer wires to mess with.

    Overall:

    This was my first set neck build and I’m glad I got a Solo kit. Everything starts with the routing. There’s nothing worse than routing issues on a build especially with a small guitar like this where there’s no room for error. Here, everything was tight and aligned.

    There’s some minor wiring issue but that’s fine since you can easily redo things on that end.

    If they had half-point options, I would’ve rated it 4.5.

  3. gaspo (verified owner)

    Overall, this kit went together easily and resulted in a very playable guitar. My one issue with the build was the routing of the body cavity to receive the bridge assembly. Once I had the guitar assembled, it became clear that the bridge sat too high in the cavity relative to the fret board (I’ve had acoustic guitars that had better action at the 12th fret). I ended up removing the bridge assembly, disassembling the bridge assembly, marking the location of the bridge mounting plate in the bridge cavity, and then very carefully removing 3/16th’s of an inch of material from the bridge cavity. I would strongly recommend following a slightly different assembly procedure: 1) completely sand the body and neck, then glue the neck to the body, 2) set the bridge assembly in the body, 3) using a metal straight edge exam the distance between the height of the 12th fret and the straight edge and make note of this dimension, 4) disassemble the bridge and using the bridge plate mark out the shape of the bridge plate in the bridge cavity, 5) remove the same amount of wood from the bridge cavity equivalent to the dimension between the 12th fret and the straight edge, 6) continue with the finish and assembly. You will also have to “clip” and equivalent amount off of the mounting screws so as to not have them come through the back of the body.

  4. jan.budin (verified owner)

    The kit just arrived. I can say that it is quite good product for the money spent. The guitar body, neck with fretboard are fine, but as gaspo mentioned above – the cavity for bridge assembly is very clearly not deep enough by few millimeters (I am in the middle of Europe) to have just right string action after assembly. So, I also very recommend to perform dry test-assembly first and finetune few things before putting everything together. Electronics is indeed cheap, but good enough to start with and anyone can upgrade it with better components later.

    With a bit more attention to details average-skilled person can build decent instrument from this kit.

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