Solo TCK-100 DIY Semi Hollow Electric Guitar Kit With Maple Top

Rated 4.74 out of 5 based on 19 customer ratings
(19 customer reviews)

$ USD 149.99

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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 maple top
  • 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
  • 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

Body Information
Pickguard

Thickness

Body Material

Binding

DIY Kit Information
Finish

Poly Resin Sealer

Style

Neck Information
Fretboard

Construction

Frets

Inlays

Scale Length

Thick Nut

Width Nut

Hardware and Electronics
Hardware Color

Selector Type

Bridge

Controls

Electronics

Pickups

Tuners

19 reviews for Solo TCK-100 DIY Semi Hollow Electric Guitar Kit With Maple Top

  1. J. F. Remillard
    Rated 5 out of 5

    J. F. Remillard (verified owner)

    Just received the guitar. I got it in no time at all. A couple of working days. I am very impressed with this free delivery service! The guitar oarts look really good and seem to be of high quality. Snug fit between the neck and the body. That is pretty much all I can say at this point. I intend to provide more comments when it is built. From what I can tell so far, I believe this inexpensive “project” guitar will exceed my expectations. Another thing I would like to mention is that Matt from Solo has been very helpful and quick to respond to all my emails. Customer service is excellent! That’s it for now.

  2. Joseph
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph (verified owner)

    Well this was purchased as a gift from my wife, so I will not be assembling it for a few months, but the customer service and delivery was unbelievable. They kept me in the loop when they received the product, and I received it the day after I ordered it. Everything looks good, and I’m looking forward to assembly it, it’s going to be a beautiful ax to play.

  3. James Brooks
    Rated 5 out of 5

    James Brooks (verified owner)

    My guitar is not built yet but all looks good so far: sanding is coming along nicely. Wood seems to be of good quality as does all the hardware. Customer service is top notch, Matt replies to questions same day. I will send a photo when the project is complete.

  4. Dean
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Dean (verified owner)

    Building a guitar has been on my radar for sometime. Some woodworking knowledge and tools are required, however, the Solo guitar kit made this build a reality for me by eliminating the need for extensive knowledge or expensive equipment and tools in order to complete. There were minor adjustments required, however, the neck and body fit was excellent as well as all of the hardware and controls were included and fit properly. Originally it was my intention to upgrade some of the hardware and pickups, but upon completion it became apparent that this wasn’t necessary as everything works and sounds great. The neck fret work was level and only required minor polishing. Matt at Solo was very helpful and fast to respond to any questions or concerns I had. The result was a really nice guitar that plays and sings at a fraction of the price that one will pay for a completed brand name instrument. It also allowed me to gain the knowledge and confidence to order and build another one.

  5. Fred james
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Fred james (verified owner)

    I purchased a new kit last year and it is the best thing I could have done. I had a great experience building it. I am now waiting for a warlock or higher end jazz to come available. Thanks Solo
    Fred

  6. Richard Monkman
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Monkman (verified owner)

    So far so good. The delivery was quick. I sent an email to thank solo for the quick service and got a quick reply which tells me these guys care. I haven’t finished building it yet but everything looks okay and I’m looking forward to playing the finished product. I’ve been mentioning Solo gear to everyone I can mention you guys to. Thank you for being here in Canada. I really this company is doing well and continues providing these products. I’m really, really happy and excited with my purchase. When I’m finished this one I’ll probably get another one. It’s been a fun project so far. Cheers Solo gear and thank you guys.

  7. Samuel
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Samuel (verified owner)

    This thing is more than what it looks that’s for sure, despite the single coils the tone matches my Gibson without a single flaw.

    These kits are more surprising than anything I’ve played. Makes you wonder why everything else is so pricey

  8. Kevan
    Rated 4 out of 5

    Kevan (verified owner)

    The kit was easy to assemble. I had my buddy do up the wiring though. The pickups are dead quiet and are actually pretty decent. The sound is rather airy probably due to the semi-hollow aspect I suppose. The neck pocket fit was ok, not perfect but within acceptable parameters. I’ve seen American tele’s with worse neck pocket gaps than this one. But the biggest feature of this guitar and site was the price. I checked around quite a bit and this was definitely a huge factor for me. I will definitely pick up another guitar from this company down the road.

  9. francois
    Rated 4 out of 5

    francois (verified owner)

    EXCELENT KIT OVERALL
    i m pretty satisfyed with the result and the quality price ratio,NO MAJOR PROBLEM TO ASSEMBLE.
    ONLY ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT WAS SOME GUIDELINES FOR VARNISHING?ALSO THE PICKGAUARD SCEWS WERE TWO DIFFERENT SIZEs,HAD TO BE CORRECTED.
    VERY good product
    Francois

  10. Dave
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave (verified owner)

    I was able to build a really nice playing guitar out of this kit. It was my first build and was excellent for self-educating myself from finishing all the way through to final assembly. I was absolutely shocked at how good this guitar sounded the first time I plugged it in. I did use a different bridge and modified the body for through body strings but used 100% of the included electronics. The neck was levelled but fretts needed polishing which was just all part of the valuable education. Maybe I will build a Bass next. I would recommend Solo as your source if you want to do it yourself.

  11. billtaylor613
    Rated 5 out of 5

    billtaylor613 (verified owner)

    I enjoyed building this kit.
    It went together quickly and easily.
    The wiring was straight-forward and easy to complete.
    The nut slot depth setup went quickly and gave the expected results – tuning and intonation went well.
    The guitar is nice and light and easy to play.
    I get surprising complements from it’s appealing appearance.
    I just had no problems from start to finish and now I have a great looking, very playable “vintage” guitar that I can play “unplugged”.

  12. dave4
    Rated 5 out of 5

    dave4 (verified owner)

    So this is the only 5 star you will see for someone who doesn’t have a finished guitar to show for it!! for the money, you probably won’t find a better value, both in the kit’s construction and the lessons it lets you learn without blowing up your bank account.

    First, the bad- I received the kit and it had sealer everywhere on the body and neck. No advice/instructions on how to get it off, so I grabbed a orbital sander and some 220 grit….went straight through the the sealer and then through the veneer….that was the first 30 minutes. Eventually, I sanded the rest smooth and painted it, only to put a crack in the face by the f hole…in my attempt to sand to a smooth surface, it got too thin. Don’t do what I did. 400 grit minimum with a block will save you heartache!!! I spoke to customer service and was informed that the tops that look more like fancy figured wood will come with no sealer so it can be dyed or hit with something translucent, but this particular model will still come with sealer…bummer for that but I’m going to give the prs style a go next time which I should have more luck with…fingers crossed!!!

    Now the good stuff- the kit itself is great! Is it as good as a $3k t style custom shop? No, but if that’s what you want, go get it. For the rest of us hobbyists, a little technical ability, some tools and some spray cans will give you a very respectable guitar in a day or two. Go crazy and swap out the electronics and hardware if you really want to but they aren’t bad. I had to do very little fret leveling/polishing on the neck as well…I mean, I did it because I know how and have the tools, but I could have left it alone and sealed it up and been just fine.

    Bottom line- fun project guitar. Yes, you can go buy something already assembled but you miss out on the learning…just try not to destroy it…but even if you do, it’s a lot easier to get over with the price tag where it is. At the end of it, you can learn really good lessons without too much penalty and to me, that’s priceless!!!

  13. jimd
    Rated 5 out of 5

    jimd (verified owner)

    First of all I would like to say is that the delivery was prompt as advertised. Contents were in good condition and appeared in of a high quality. I envisioned building the guitar to resemble a 1968-69 Thinline Telecaster.

    I used a light maple stain on the top and a light walnut stain on the sides and back. The wood absorbed the stain evenly. I finished it with five coats of Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil.

    Assembly and instructions were straight forward. The neck was a bit “chunky”, took more sanding. The neck / body fit was tight but the neck angle was a little off and needed to be shimmed.

    This was my first DIY kit and I was very happy with the quality of the kit and I will be buying another kit.

  14. rcolborne
    Rated 5 out of 5

    rcolborne (verified owner)

    Well I must say right from purchase, great service and delivery. No issues with shipping (live in the north) and very pleased with product. I gave the guitar a good once over and did basically a dry fit and checked all parts etc. I did find my three way switch was faulty and sent of a email, responded quickly and thanked me for the quick response. He had it in the mail to my door in three days, awesome. I decided to go “ode da natural” and did a simple tung oil on the body and clear coated the neck. I must say was impressed with the pickups, pretty closely matched. I cleaned up the fret edges, checked the neck and set the bridge to proper radius. I did give the frets a quick polish and took down a few high spots and all good. I going to change the pots and add a bleed on the volume and treble. She already had a wear spot on the neck, I’m so proud.

    Thanks, great product and service..

  15. marvai
    Rated 4 out of 5

    marvai (verified owner)

    I will let SOLO team decided if they want to delete or keep my review.

    I already purchase and assemble a total of five of this same guitar kit TCK-100
    I believe this kit is one of the best kit in regards of quality wise and price.

    Here is my opinion in regard of what you relay need to have to be able to assemble this guitar kit:
    Some wiring and soldering knowledge and Intonation and string leveling understanding.

    Before starting to assemble your guitar make a good visual inspection of the body, neck and parts (Look for damage, bad appearance spot or missing parts), if you have any question,, call the SOLO guitar personal, they will support you all the way. Thanks to the SOLO team in place.
    The neck and body should have the same part number written on both)
    .
    Here is my own personal 5 steps or sequences I always use to built this TCK-100 guitar:

    My step 1: Trim all frets edges on the neck, they’re all a little too sharp for me, it might be uncomfortable for your inside hands (use a small file)file all of them, make them soft, take your time on each fret then install all your Tuning Machines
    *you don’t install the guitar neck to the body yet at this sequence.

    My step 2: Start your wiring installation and soldering process on your white cover and guitar body ; installation of all hardware, pickups, pots) tight all final to the guitar body.
    *you don’t install the guitar neck to the body yet at this sequence.

    My step 3: Assemble the neck to the body (Tight the neck in place using the star crossing tighten process for the 4 screws)

    My step 4: You can install the string from the kit but me, I use Fender .009/.042 diameter string gage (install the two neck plate on the front head located the best you can).

    My step 5: Do the neck adjustment, string leveling and guitar intonation. ( File as well the Allen nuts if its too sharps for your hands at saddle location)
    And that’s it!! you have your Thinline semi-hollow body guitar TCK-100
    https://youtu.be/mi85aQmgdiM

  16. mymuttrules
    Rated 5 out of 5

    mymuttrules (verified owner)

    With the first kit I received, there was too much wiggle in the neck pocket when I dry fitted the neck in. But Solo Customer Service is top notch. I called them and they sent a new kit out, no questions asked, with a shipping label to send the first one back to them. The second kits’ neck to neck pocket fits much better. I haven’t started building it yet due to weather because I’ll need to work outside. I intend to Tru-oil the body without any stain, or I might add a light color stain; haven’t decided yet. But I can start work on the neck. Neck feels good and is pretty straight. Body is in perfect shape, just needs the normal sanding procedure. Strings are crap but that’s to be expected. I’ll put a set of Ernie Ball nines on it when it’s done. This is my first kit and I’m really looking forward to the process. If all goes well, I’ll go for a Les Paul model next time. I have found, from my experience and others, you can’t go wrong with buying a kit from Solo.

  17. jimsa1971
    Rated 4 out of 5

    jimsa1971 (verified owner)

    Out of the box it’s playable without much work, but if you want it to be a quality instrument it will take some work. I leveled, crowned and polished the frets as well as replacing the nut. The original nut is plastic and was not cut very well(the first few frets all went slightly sharp). I also upgraded to some locking tuners, the originals were good, I just prefer locking tuners. After a few hours worth of work on the frets and a 10 dollar Tusqxl nut, it plays like a dream.

  18. ron.vaillancourt
    Rated 4 out of 5

    ron.vaillancourt (verified owner)

    This is my 3rd kit from solo and this is my favorite so far. The guitar plays and sounds great, the only thing that kept it from being a 5 star rating was the fit of the neck to the body. Felt really loose and even now there is a gap between the body and the neck however it does not appear to be impacting playabitlity at this time.

    The gap is about the width of a business card or guitar pick on either side and this is a cosmetic issue only. But as stated previously guitar is playing great at this time and maybe not a big deal to others if you can live with the slight gap.

  19. olsongregoryg
    Rated 5 out of 5

    olsongregoryg (verified owner)

    This guitar kit is awesome. Everything fit together well and it sounds great. I run it through my fender blues junior and the cleans are crisp.

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