Solo TCK-10 DIY Electric Guitar Kit With Ash Burl Top

(6 customer reviews)

$ USD 179.99

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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:

  • Unfinished Basswood body
  • Unfinished maple neck with blackwood (engineered rosewood) 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)
  • 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.

Technical Details

DIY Kit Information
Finish

Poly Resin Sealer

Style

Body Information
Pickguard

Body Material

Neck Information
Fretboard

Construction

Frets

Hardware and Electronics
Hardware Color

Selector Type

Controls

Weight

9 lbs

Dimensions

28 × 14 × 4 in

6 reviews for Solo TCK-10 DIY Electric Guitar Kit With Ash Burl Top

  1. jlarf (verified owner)

    This is my second Solo kit. The first was the Spalted Maple TC kit. I am a hobbyist player/builder, and this kit was finished, assembled, and setup in my garage. I used simple tools that would be found in anyone’s home tool box. As with the first kit, this one arrived within 4 days of my order placement. Upon receipt I unboxed and assembled it to test fitment. Compared with Spalted kit the neck to body fit was much better with this kit, as was the cavity routing. The neck to bridge alignment was very good. In general everything went together well. The ash burl veneer was truly beautiful. If it wasn’t book matched you would have to work hard to convince me. The neck was very good and required only a minor tweak of the truss rod. I did find the fret ends to be a little sharp and I a couple that were a bit high. A little bit of dressing took care of those issues. My only complaint was the tool marks on the perimeter of the body. They required more sanding than I experienced with the Spalted kit.

    Of course finishing is about individual tastes. Basswood is pretty boring in my opinion, so I finished the back and sides in a hammered copper paint (rattle can). With wood as beautiful as the ash burl I decided to let it speak for itself and used wipe on polyurethane. In combination with black binding, I’m very happy with my choice of finishes.

    I setup the guitar with a medium low action and D Addario 9’s. Intonation is tough to dial in. Compensated saddles would be and inexpensive and good upgrade. It sounds good both clean and with some dirt dialed in. The pickups have a clear bell like chime when clean and will growl when you add some distortion. My grandkids are going to love this guitar. Git ya one!

  2. geoff.c.dewar (verified owner)

    This purchase has been a great experience. The product was delivered quickly. There were no missing parts. The neck was a bit wide but, thanks to customer support, I was able to sand down the block for a nice tight fit. The body and neck have been sanded and made ready for the rest of the finishing. The grain is popping out nicely. There are a number of really helpful How-To videos on You Tube. The ones by a Brad Angove I found especially helpful. I am looking forward to finishing this project and starting another one of the products that SOLO offers. Great work, guys.

  3. lleazenby (verified owner)

    Everything was included in the package and everything seem to fit snug as it should. The problem I had was not knowing that there was a veneer on the back of this guitar also. I was doing some wood-burning decorations and had a problem with the thin veneer on the back blistering. BEWARE of the thin veneer. Not quite sure how to fix it, any suggestions?

  4. talk_to_lb (verified owner)

    no missing parts , fast shipping , fun project!

  5. Michael Bennison (verified owner)

    This was my first attempt at building my own guitar so wasn’t sure what to expect. What I can say is that these guitars offer great value for the money and if you take your time you can create a nice final product. There are lots of good videos out there, I relied heavily on the Brad Angrove videos. Things that could be improved were relatively minor, the bridge did not line up correctly with the pre-drilled holes same for the switch plate and I had to remove a small amount of material from the pick guard to get the switch plate to sit in the hole that was routed. Overall I am quite pleased for my first attempt. Hope to do a Les Paul next

  6. Gregory Bisharat (verified owner)

    There’s a lot of great value in this kit. As much as I would have loved to give this 5 stars, there are some definite flaws I came across in building this.
    While the veneer is quite beautiful, mine had a couple minor chips in it, which is just another obstacle to get a consistent sheen to your finish if that’s what you’re after. Anyone wanting to get a consistent sheen will need to grain fill – there are some deep pores in the ash! The basswood back doesn’t require grain filling in my opinion, but up to you. On the sides of the body I received, one side had some of the most beautiful basswood figuring I’ve ever seen, the other side had far from seamless, mismatched colour tones, unfortunately. If that bothers someone, you may need to consider painting to cover up. When sanding the body (by hand), I found it best to use sandpaper on a level beam so you sand the entire face in a pass, to ensure the body is perfectly level (as mine wasn’t perfectly level) – particularly helpful so you don’t have breaks in your finish sheen (especially for a wipe-on finish). The veneer is fairly thin so don’t go too crazy with the sanding, but at the same time this is one of the most important steps to the finishing process. Personally I would sand to a higher grit than recommended in the manual, until the raw wood starts reflecting light. The neck itself shouldn’t require nearly as much sanding.

    Some of the holes for the control plate and bridge plate weren’t pre-drilled perfectly, so I had to fill those, re-align, and re-drill.

    My neck fit perfectly into the body. The neck did require some fretwork. My neck did not come to me perfectly straight, so I used a notched straight edge to get it perfectly flat prior to level filing the frets. The truss rod adjustment at the headstock is a plus for me (compared to vintage style at heel). The nut sat a bit high (in my opinion) so you may want to pop that out and sand the bottom down if you prefer a lower action. Just note the nut is glued in so maybe best to watch a tutorial on how to successfully pop it out without damage, but it’s fairly simple and should come out clean. The nut seems to be plastic, so one may want to upgrade the material here.

    As for the hardware, does the job if you’re wanting to keep it stock, and the stock is fairly decent. However, if you’re wanting to upgrade your electrical or pickups, the kit hardware may not work for you. Bourns/CTS pots will not fit thru the stock control plate. These pots are also a tight fit into the control cavity, one may need to dremel to make them fit. Also you’ll likely need new knobs and switch tip if upgrading the electrical – so check your pot type and dimensions (i.e. split shaft vs solid shaft). My aftermarket pickups did not fit thru the bridge plate, so I had to get a new bridge plate. Just note most tele bridge plates are mounted with 4 screws, while the kit bridge plate is a 3 hole mount. There are 3 hole mount aftermarket bridges, but most are intended for string-thru bodies – this kit is a top loader with no drill holes for string thru. Compensated saddles would be a good upgrade for anyone doing this kit for intonation purposes (if keeping it traditional with the 3 saddle style) – the saddle material also has tone implications, so keep that into consideration if wanting to upgrade here. I found the gotoh compensated brass saddles to fit compatibly with the stock bridge plate.

    Despite the above, the folks at Solo were super helpful, answered all my inquiries in a timely manner, and were really great to deal with. You really learn the ins and outs of a guitar with these kits, and now I can proudly say I have an awesome guitar!

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