Solo TCK-1M DIY Electric Guitar Kit

(11 customer reviews)

$ USD 119.99

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Product Description

This DIY guitar kit has everything you need for building your own TC 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:

  • Basswood body with a poly sealant
  • Unfinished maple neck with maple fingerboard
  • Hex threaded peghead bushings with washers
  • String Retainers
  • Tuning Machines
  • Strings
  • Strap Buttons
  • Pickguard Assembly
  • Bridge Assembly
  • Neck Plate
  • 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
Pickguard

Thickness

Body Material

Binding

Neck Information
Fretboard

Construction

Frets

Inlays

Scale Length

Thick Nut

Width Nut

Hardware and Electronics
Hardware Color

Selector Type

Bridge

Controls

Electronics

Pickups

Tuners

11 reviews for Solo TCK-1M DIY Electric Guitar Kit

  1. Neil

    Haven’t begun assembly just yet, but here are some pre-build observations. Kit seems to be essentially as advertised with a few minor flaws.

    1. At least 6 high frets along the neck which warrants a full fret level. (At least one is very high) Since the frets seem to have been sprayed with sealer along with the rest of the body, there’s some sanding involved anyway. Also some have not been crowned so well.

    2. The fret markers on the board itself are out of alignment at three or four different positions, ranging from slight to “way off”. They appear to be just ink so I’m hoping to be able to remove them entirely?

    3. I understand the function of the poly sealer but it has been allowed to pool more thickly in spots, and I’m anticipating some difficulty in removing it all effectively.

    Some positive notes:
    -routing seems flawless.
    -neck fit is good and snug
    -bridge is nice and thick and should not need replacing for sake of quality.

    Some neutral observations:
    -electronics are what you’d expect for the price but pots and switches are easily upgraded with little expense.
    -existing solder joints seem good
    -tuners again are what you might expect and will be good enough to get things up and running.

    Overall i think this kit is absolutely worth the cost and should be an interesting project. HOWEVER… i would like to see more care taken with the neck specifically as it represents the most work to correct.

    Expect to spend a little more in addition to the cost of the kit for tools to correct the issues. I give it four stars because it’s still a good price and likely to be better than most other inexpensive kits. It will be some work.

    Still going to be a lot of fun… i hope.
    ????

  2. fabfolleys (verified owner)

    I’m extremely pleased with this kit. After the sanding and finishing, everything went together very well. I used 3 coats of tung oil on the neck and body. The quality of the neck really surprised me (and, hence, the playability) and it needed very little adjustment at all. The actual assembly went smoothly (pretty good instructions) and was done in an evening. Plays and sounds great. Worth every penny!

  3. danbell.org (verified owner)

    I watched every one of Brad Angove’s videos on the TC kit and it’s time well spent. It’s what finally convinced me to make the purchase. Sorry about not buying through https://kit.com/bradangove I was…distracted.

    I’m nearly finished with my kit and have run into the first snag. I lined the body cavities with copper tape as best I could to limit buzz, but in doing so I’ve also made it so the bridge pickup and the switch/knob plate don’t fit quite right – one layer of tape. A little extra convincing made the bridge seat well enough, but clearance is a concern and there is a small gap between the bridge and the body. Hopefully time will settle everything in. The switch/knob plate however didn’t want to line up quite right and the two drilled holes didn’t agree with the holes in the plate – this has nothing to do with my copper tape. A minor glitch, and after removing the scratch plate (which was also in the way) I was able to screw it down well enough though I’m sure I’ll need bigger screws if I ever remove it. My workmanship isn’t going to be graded. The scratch plate needed a bit of carving to seat around the switch/knob plate, but that’s no big deal, it’s just plastic.

    I’m just now getting to the neck, which seems well refined, and I’m a bit anxious about the tuners. In my limited experience I’ve found that a straight-6 set of tuners is not always a sextuplet. Some are intended for higher or lower positions. The set that shipped has 4 letters on each tuner, in sets of 3, 2, and 1: (3)ИH RD, (2)ИH RB, (1)ИH RC. Yes, that’s a backwards ‘N’, as in the Cyrillic letter. What does this mean, and does it matter WRT position?

    Otherwise, an excellent kit, and this neck definitely seems the perfect fit for this body. The box contained no instructions, and although I’m somewhat internet savvy I’d rather have something printed that Quality Control has approved of before taping up the box.

    As for a finish, all I did was scrub vigorously with a Brillow pad and then rub in some olive oil because YOLO. I like it. It’s a bit unrefined, but smells great. Like me!

    I can’t wait to plug it in to my ancient Gibson tube amp and wake the neighbors with my virtuoso caterwauling.

  4. rickydupuis1979 (verified owner)

    Over all it’s a great kit.

    Positives:
    The neck fit without need shims
    The pickup cavity was routed so it could take a humbucker if you wanted.
    All the parts were in the kit. Nothing missing or broken

    Negatives:
    The fret wire were quickly done and where sharp so i needed to do a whole fret job.
    The pick guard does not fit snug with the bridge. There is a large gap.
    There were no instructions on where to install the string trees.

    Over all i loved this kit and i will be buying more in the future

  5. marty.roberts1955 (verified owner)

    This was my first kit. I decided to finish it in natural wood. After sanding I applied 20+ coats of Wipe-on Poly to the body and 5 or 6 to the neck. I am pleased with the outcome, but being on natural wood every little imperfection shows. Next time I think I will paint. The neck fit perfectly and no shims were needed. The neck is also very straight, right out of the box. The frets have sharp edges and needed some sanding down. I have been periodically applying lemon oil to the fret board and it seems to help for a while.
    I decided to reverse the control plate so my wild strumming would not keep switching the pick-ups. I had to also flip the switch control so it conveniently points in the direction of the pick-up being used. I left the volume in the centre and it seems to be working out just fine.
    Setting the intonation and pick-up height was easy and painless. I surprisingly got the string height down to 3/64 which seems to be the recommendation for this guitar.
    The string tree locations are not marked but it was a non-issue finding the right spot for them. After initial set up and playing for a short while the only thing I changed was to get a new set of good strings. Everything else on this guitar is as received in the kit. It plays beautifully and holds it’s tune just great.
    I am very happy with this guitar and look forward to starting another one soon.

  6. brian.donaldson (verified owner)

    I’m new to the guitar world so have limited experience behind my review of my first DIY kit (of many).

    Pro’s:
    Kit arrived quickly as expected and was packaged well
    Everything was in the kit except instructions … but they are online
    Very little was needed to sand the body and neck for finish. Imperfections were few and poly sealer was consistent on this TCK 1.
    I had questions and my phone calls were answered quickly and I enjoyed excellent customer service
    The neck and body were meant for each other and fit quite well
    Assembly was easier than expected
    Frets feel good to this rookie. I’ll have to do some very slight fret work on the ?top? or thumb side as they’re slightly sharp, but it is playable now and this is what I was expecting … to build and refine a DIY project. ( if I wanted it finished with no needs, I would have bought a finished guitar!!)

    Con’s:
    Email questions were slow with response (2 weeks +) so it seems better to call if urgent.
    Selector switch arrived bent (bent it back and was told it would be replaced if it fails in the near future)
    One machine head (tuner) binds (haven’t heard back on replacing)
    Neck holes are slightly to one side causing concern of cracking but Matt assured it wouldn’t be an issue. (neck is straight and fitment is good)
    Screw holes for the machine heads were slightly off giving them an angled look

    Observations:
    I had to adjust the truss rod … had a slight back bow but have adjusted to straight now
    The cons were not enough to stop my progress and the screw holes could have been fixed with some woodworking skills
    The cons were also “luck of the draw” as I suspect testing each piece of hardware for working order and fitment would be too consuming.
    I was hoping to get the machine head and selector switch replaced for peace of mind
    No holes or template for the string retainers, so a little research on placement was required.
    I’ll have to do some very slight fret work, but it is playable now and this is what I was expecting … to build and refine a DIY project. ( if I wanted it finished with no needs, I would have bought a finished guitar!!)
    I have yet to develop an ear and playing ability to comment on the quality of the hardware, but it feels substantial and sounds good so far!

    My expectations were low at first (mostly so I wouldn’t be disappointed!). In the end they were exceeded. I am happy with the outcome, learned some new things about electric guitars and how they work. I will purchase another kit in the future and don’t see a need to try any other supplier. I don’t think (given all the reviews I have seen) that I will find better quality for the price.

  7. Karandeep J

    Nice folks at the store helped me out a lot. I wanted a dirt cheap beater guitar for Jazz school. This fit the bill. Strung with flat wounds it plays beautifully now.

    Wasn’t too hard to put together. One flaw, was the bridge was missing one hole for a string through. Had to drill one in.

    Quote: “The jazziest chunk of plywood I’ve ever played”

  8. rob.black (verified owner)

    I’m in mid-build and I like the kit so far, but had a problem when tried to upgrade the pick-ups to a Fender Tele Tex-Mex pick-up set. Neck pick-up didn’t fit in the pick-guard and the bridge pick-up hardware was not compatible. I got an OEM Fender pickguard that will work, but it had to be modified to fit… pickguard mounting holes are pretty close, but not perfect. I need to find some different mounting screws for the bridge pick-up. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

  9. rpascal151 (verified owner)

    Never been a guitar player, but have a thing for old audio equipment and tube radios. I acquired an early 1950’s Gibson Kalamazoo tube amp from my neighbors trash and brought it back to working order, so figured I might as well build a guitar to go with it. After reading lots of reviews and videos, I decided on the solo kit based largely on price, but also because it is one of the few with a pre-formed headstock (and I don’t have a wood router). It arrived promptly (a couple days faster than the initial delivery date given at checkout). I wanted to keep it pretty simple, so I just all i did was a little bit of hand sanding and then rubbed on some Watco teak oil with a cloth (Tung oil may have been better choice, but I had the teak oil around from doing some outdoor furniture, and it turned out nicely). Everything fit together nicely and I was up and playing in a couple days (1 day for the teak oil to dry, and a couple hours the next day to assemble and solder. The only reason I’m giving 4 stars is that the b-string that came with the kit does not pickup on the amp. this caused a lot of wasted time trying to figure out what I might have done wrong until I finally decided to get a magnet out and check if the string was attracted. Sure enough, magnet didn’t attract that string (which explains why it didn’t pickup). I know the reviews say the strings that come with this are cheap, but I wasn’t expecting to get a nylon b-string in an electric kit!

    Anyway, great kit for a beginner… just add a good set of strings to your order from the start.

  10. Nicholas Fuentes (verified owner)

    I just finished building this kit today – took me about 5 weeks, but most of that was trying to decide on color and what exactly I wanted to do with a finish. While I have done woodworking and furniture finishing in the past, this was my first attempt at building an instrument. I have to say, the assembly was very straightforward and intuitive. The fit and finish of the parts was excellent, no trouble at all. The neck and body were a numbered set! The neck is a nice piece of maple and the body, despite being (usually boring) basswood and made up of 3 or 4 pieces of wood had some nice grain lines and looks great. For the body, I ended up doing a green transparent stain with a wipe on gloss polyurethane finish. A lot of sanding to get the finish smooth – but I am very pleased with how it came out. For the neck, fretboard and headstock I applied many layers of tung oil – probably 15 or 16 coats. It is nice and smooth to the touch and has taken on a really nice amber color. I decided I wanted to put the stings through the body. The bridge in the kit is built for it, but the body is not drilled for this. As I don’t have a drill press, I improvised and came up with a way to make the holes with a hand drill, they are straight if you don’t look too hard! I bought some string ferrules to hold them in the back of the guitar. I decided with the green color that I wanted a white pick-guard so I spent the $10 on e-bay and got a 3 ply, white pearlescent one that looks really good to me. Oh, I got a set of Ernie Ball strings as well.
    Overall I have ZERO complaints. The kit arrived quickly, the wooden parts are excellent and the electronics are OK for a novice level kit. I have to say, building the guitar, doing the wood staining, finishing, soldering the electronics and setting up the neck, the action, the intonation – it was all a huge, fascinating educational experience for me that resulted in a beautiful product that I am proud of. Now for the big issue – I think I am hooked. I want to build another one – but which one??? The Explorer? The Jazzmaster? The Vee? The Les Paul???
    Thank you Solo Music for making this past 5 weeks of COVID 19 stay at home time MUCH more bearable!

  11. rpascal151 (verified owner)

    Update to my earlier review. Today, I was surprised to receive in the mail a box from Solo with a replacement bridge pickup. I didn’t ask for this, but presume they sent it thinking I might have gotten a bad pickup. Even though that’s not the case… the original kit pickups were fine, it was the b-string that was bad/non-magnetic (confirmed after putting on a new set of Ernie Ball slinky strings), it certainly demonstrates that Solo is committed to customer service. I don’t think anyone is expecting perfection from a $120 guitar kit, but this company certainly seems to be willing to go the extra mile to satisfy whatever expectations their customers may have.

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