Solo TCK-150 DIY Semi Hollow Electric Guitar Kit With Maple Top

(9 customer reviews)

$ USD 159.99

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Product Description

This DIY guitar kit has everything you need for building your own TC Style Semi Hollow 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 maple top
  • Unfinished maple neck with maple fingerboard
  • Hex threaded peghead bushings with washers
  • String Retainers
  • Tuning Machines
  • Strings
  • Strap Buttons
  • Bridge Assembly
  • Neck Plate
  • Control Plate Assembly
  • Jack plate
  • Ground Wire
  • 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.

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DIY Kit Information
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Poly Resin Sealer

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Thick Nut

Width Nut

Hardware and Electronics
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Bridge

Controls

Electronics

Pickups

Tuners

9 reviews for Solo TCK-150 DIY Semi Hollow Electric Guitar Kit With Maple Top

  1. Dean (verified owner)

    I bought 2 of these one for myself and 1 for my father for a guitar build off.honestly wish there was more work to be done on these they’re sweet only some fine sanding and finishing required. I’m loving this project the quality is way beyond what I expected.the staff was very helpful even calling to make sure I didn’t accidentally double my order who does that? I’m recommending this company to anyone who will listen!perfect products and professionalism look no further.looking forward to completing this and 1 upping my ol man .thanks solo music gear !you gotta customer for life and I suggest you do the same if you’re at all interested in building a guitar.

  2. billtaylor613 (verified owner)

    I was very pleased with this kit.
    It went together nicely.
    The nut slot adjustments went smoothly and frets were nicely leveled, so it tuned and intonated nicely.
    I did not have to shim the neck to get factory string height measurements.
    The feedback I get on it’s looks are really impressive.
    The lightness of the body makes for am amazing, light, nicely balanced guitar.
    I find I can really shred on this thing – I mean really move quickly all around the neck.
    It’s just so easy to adjust it’s playing position while in full shred mode.
    AND I can play it unplugged! – a real plus for a tele.

  3. roger (verified owner)

    Overall, I’m quite pleased with this kit. The body required very little finishing work. The neck had smooth fret ends, however, there were a couple that needed leveling. I expected as much from a kit guitar.

    The main thing that irks me is that the tuning peg holes are not aligned. It’s not bad enough that I would go through the trouble of gluing in dowels to fill them and start from scratch; however, it is still quite disappointing (and frankly there should be no reason that a neck with misaligned tuning peg holes gets shipped out… quality control should have caught that).

    Also, the nut was glued on far too firmly. I replaced the stock, plastic nut with something better, however, the stock nut had far too much glue applied making it tougher to remove (lots of taping ensured no damage to the neck during this swap).

    And lastly, I would have liked a tighter fit in the neck joint, however, it is a bolt-on, and it screws in fine and is aligned.

    As I said, overall, it’s a good kit. However, the few cons–especially those tuning peg holes–are enough for me to drop the rating a couple stars.

    I submitted a suggestion separately the other day, and may as well do the same here. It would be fantastic if you could include in the box a couple scrap pieces of wood from the top cut for us to use for stain tests. That way we’d have the exact same wood as the body’s cap (or body). They wouldn’t have to be large or sanded or anything. Just a couple small scrap pieces that shouldn’t impact shipping costs as they’d e the size of a coaster.

    Keep up the good work, folks.

  4. trittondrew (verified owner)

    I think Roger’s review is spot on. I’m pleased with the kit overall. The body was pretty well setup for finishing and had no glue spots anywhere. Excellent work! I did not bother leveling the frets at this time, but may go back over them at a later date. Overall they seemed to be fairly level to start with.

    My tuning machine holes were slightly off as well which makes for frustration. As a detail-oriented woodworker, these small subtleties can drive me nuts sometimes.

    I haven’t replaced the nut, but might do so in the future for additional tuning stability and finish. I kind of wish this wasn’t preinstalled so that it could be easily swapped out for a nicer nut, but that’s a small gripe.

    I think I’ll have to replace the bridge saddles though. For some reason, I get a “fret buzz like” sound from the saddles on my G and B strings. The neck relief is correct and the action is higher than I’d like and the issue does not go away. I haven’t gotten a definitive solution worked out other than heavier strings (due to the higher string tension). I replaced the G string with a wound string and the buzz went away.

    My frets had moderately sharp ends, but that’s my fault for not noticing before installing and will be taken care of on the next string change.

    My neck joint wasn’t flush with the body, but as previously stated in other reviews, it’s a bolt on and aligns well.

    The pickups sound much better than I expected from this level of kit and the volume and tone pots work as expected. Installation of these can be a bit tricky if you have larger fingers since there isn’t a backplate to access the electronics. Be careful when installing/removing the knobs though. They are press fit and I ended up pulling the shaft out of the tone pot…. Fixable and my fault, but just something to note!

    Overall a great kit! The more time you put into it the better the outcome.

  5. robertosuarezperez

    review tck-150

    I think is a great kit. The neck has frets leveled and crowned, the neck pocket was a little bit loose, but with the screws the neck fits very firm and straight. One thing that suprise me was the bridge: the guitar was already intonated, so I just have to regulate the saddles heigh, and not very much: someone at Solo put a lot of love here. The pickups sound very good and the other suprise was the pots: when I check they were 500k with a 0,47 cap. Wait, what? This is not standard, so I freaked out thinking on the need of buy 250k pots with 0,22 cap. Then I stop drinking coffee for a full day and realized that the choice Solo did is a good choice: means that this tele has more resonance, the high end is bright and can go darker than the regular tele. Is a guitar with a wider voice, and a good one too, a gentle one: it can twang, but also go into Kyuss-like sound. Who doesnt want versatility?
    This was my first kit and, yes, I made a lot of mistakes in the finish, looking for a vintage look. But, when I show the guitar, everyone compliments “Hey, man, this looks really good”, “Looks like a factory guitar, like a pro guitar”, “Is a beauty”. I know I am not the Wizard of Luthiers, so my takeaway is this: the kit is so good that you will get a stunner even if you mess things up, like me.Whats not to like? One thing, at least for me: convince my wife about the necesity of another guitar kit. I already started, but it can take a while.

  6. billtaylor613 (verified owner)

    This is my favourite Solo kit. It goes together so quickly into a high-quality, lightweight acoustic instrument that I like to just sit and strum on the couch. The maple top is a finisher’s dream opportunity to experiment. I’m ok with the electronics, but, I decided on a blended circuit with a volume control for each pickup and one shared tone control. I can get sounds I did not expect with the blends and the non-linear tone behaviour. I like it without “treble bleed” circuit elements – it cracks at full volume and purrs at lower volumes.

  7. geoff.c.dewar (verified owner)

    This is my second DIY kit, the first being the TCK-10. That tele turned out beautifully. The Burl Ash top pops. This kit intrigued me with it’s double f-holes. The wiring will be a challenge but I am sure that all will work out in the end. I have yet to decide on the finish for this one. The wood grain is wonderful. I am leaning towards a white back with a whitewash top. We shall see.
    I am looking forward to the sound from this kit. I have a feeling that there will be one more kit on the DIY list.

  8. Matt Kelly (verified owner)

    This was an excellent kit that was ready to put together with minimal prep work. Everything fit together really nicely, the neck was great no sharp frets or anything. This was an excellent first kit to put together, and I am sure I will be ordering from solo here again soon.

  9. greg.pwpp (verified owner)

    This is the first kit I have built. It was all pretty straightforward but here are some pros and cons to consider before buying this kit versus another TC model.
    PROs:
    – Excellent neck and fingerboard. This is the best part of the kit.
    – Neck to body fit is excellent.
    – Frets and fret ends in decent shape. I did level and dress them but you could get away without doing this.
    – Beautiful figured maple veneer top. It’s maybe 1/16″ thick so be careful when sanding.
    – Well-done, straight binding on body.
    – Decently cut F-holes.
    – No parts were missing and instructions are pretty clear.

    CONs:
    – The biggest issue is that the resulting guitar has neck dive. This is when the center of gravity is closer to the neck than to the bridge when the guitar is worn on a strap. There are no really good solutions to this. If you get the solid body TCK-1, which I am currently building with my son, it does NOT have this problem.
    – The wood has a poly sealer applied to it. If you plan to stain the wood, this is a major PITA. You should expect to spend many hours sanding the guitar. I had to apply the stain and re-sand about 3 times, since when applying the stain, areas appear where I had not removed enough sealer, and the stain did not soak into the wood, leaving natural spots. Be careful sanding the top — you have to remove a LOT of sealer, but avoid sanding through the pretty veneer! Mine came out OK; I did sand through the veneer slightly in one area.
    – The routed areas are just barely enough to fit the provided pickups. They are too small for standard tele sized pickups. The provided pickups are not so good and I thought they sounded muddy. I replaced them with some inexpensive AlNiCo tele pickups I got on Amazon and they sound pretty good. I had to grow the routed area by about 1/8″ in order for the pickups to fit.
    – A lot of the pre-drilled holes don’t line up very well, for the bridge and tuning machines. (The neck to body drilled holes were great.) I had to fill about half the holes with dowels then re-drill to get perfect alignment.
    – The provided hardware is mediocre. Upgrading the electronics, bridge, etc. is doable but again, the pre-drilled holes and routing don’t accommodate standard tele sizes. So beware.
    – Upgrading the tuning machines worsened the neck dive, as decent tuners are heavier than the cheap ones provided.

    NOTE ON DIFFiCULTY:
    There is no access plate to the inside of the semi hollow cavity, so it’s pretty challenging getting all the electronics installed through the F holes. I think they SOLO should give this a higher difficulty rating because of this.

    SUMMARY:
    I really enjoyed building this guitar and learned a lot. I had hopes to upgrade a lot of components and turn it into a really special guitar. But the fact that standard tele parts do not fit without routing/drilling, and especially the unsolvable neck dive, led me to change the pickups only — it’s not worth investing more.
    I would recommend the solid body TCK-1 over this one, especially if it is your first build. And SOLO should increase the difficulty rating.

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