DIY "Platinum" ST Style Electric Guitar Kit

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Materials

rosewood, alder, maple

Solid body six string electric guitar kit with beautiful alder body, maple neck, and upgraded locking tuners, bridge and pickups. This is a fantastic quality, easy to build, dual single-coil electric guitar kit.

These kits go together easily, all the parts work together well, and the instrument can be assembled without a lot of experience with woodworking or instrument building.

Every hole is drilled for each component, including neck, bridge, pickguard and strap button mounting holes. No soldering is required; all electronics connect together with easy to attach connectors. We have done most of the hard work for you! The body needs finish sanding only but should require no filling.

The guitar kit comes with chrome hardware, an upgraded tremolo bridge, a white 3-ply pickguard, three single coil pickups, and all necessary hardware. A set of Fender strings is even included.

This is not a cheap Chinese manufactured kit of questionable quality where the parts simply don’t work together (like most of the other kits that you will find on Ebay, Etsy and Amazon). We proudly manufacture these kits in our shop in Portland, Oregon. We are a family-owned company building products and traditions that we expect to last for a long, long time. We produce instrument kits with exacting specifications, high quality production, and domestic, sustainably-cultivated sources of materials whenever possible.

Features:

- Traditional shape and neck profiles
- Wonderful looking solid 2 piece alder body wood. Ready for painting or stains
- Solid Maple neck with Rosewood fret board and dot inlays on face and side of neck
- Awesome fretwork right out of the box
- Bone nut for tone and sustain
- Three traditional single coil pickups
- Upgraded Powered By Lace pickups with staggered Alnico magnets
- 5-way switch, volume and tone control
- Awesome tuning stability with Gotoh SG381-MGT locking tuners with thumbwheel locking mechanism and staggered tuner post height. Very easy to use, very stable tuning!
- Upgraded Wilkinson/Gotoh VSVG Tremolo bridge
- Upgraded electronics, including Orange Drop cap in tone circuit
- 3 Ply White Pickguard
- Every hole is drilled
- No soldering is required: easy snap together connectors (optional pickups are not prewired/soldered)

Technical Specifications:
Body: Solid Alder, 2 pieces
Shape and Carving: Traditional shape
Neck Type: Maple Neck with Rosewood fretboard. Pro-level fret work out of the box
Neck Profile: Standard 25.5" scale Classic 60's style oval (21.5mm thick at first fret, 43.1mm wide at first fret)
Fretboard Profile: 9.5" Radius
Frets: 22
Fret Gauge: Medium
Nut: Bone nut, slotted and shaped
Nut Width: 42mm
Bridge: Upgraded tremolo: Wilkinson/Gotoh VSVG
Bridge Mount: Vintage 6 screw mount
String Spacing: 10.8mm
Pickups: 3 x upgraded single coils. Powered by Lace Staggered top, Alnico-V magnets
Controls: Standard controls. 5 way switch, 1 volume, 2 tone controls
Electronics: Upgraded, including CTS pots and Orange Drop Capacitor in tone circuit
Wiring: NO SOLDERING REQUIRED!
Output Jack: Standard Chrome Output Jack and Plate
Pickguard: 3-Ply White with Black binding
Tuning Machines: Gotoh SG381 MG-T High Quality Locking tuning machines Staggered tuner height for further improved tuning stability
Locking Tuners?: Yes
Tuning Gear Ratio: 1:16 tuner gear ratio
Tuner hole diameter: 10mm
Strings: Fender® 250R Super 250 Nickel-Plated Steel Strings
String Gauges: 010-013-017-026-036-046
Sanding: Well-sanded. May need touch up sanding only before finishing.
Finish Options: Beautiful wood, beautiful craftsmanship. Great for natural or sunburst patterns
Assembly process and Instructions: NO DRILLING REQUIRED! Detailed assembly instructions included
Summary: The parts for an awesome instrument. You won't be disappointed with the quality. Great pickups, hardware, body and neck/fret work.
Solid body six string electric guitar kit with beautiful alder body, maple neck, and upgraded locking tuners, bridge and pickups. This is a fantastic quality, easy to build, dual single-coil electric guitar kit.

These kits go together easily, all the parts work together well, and the instrument can be assembled without a lot of experience with woodworking or instrument building.

Every hole is drilled for each component, including neck, bridge, pickguard and strap button mounting holes. No soldering is required; all electronics connect together with easy to attach connectors. We have done most of the hard work for you! The body needs finish sanding only but should require no filling.

The guitar kit comes with chrome hardware, an upgraded tremolo bridge, a white 3-ply pickguard, three single coil pickups, and all necessary hardware. A set of Fender strings is even included.

This is not a cheap Chinese manufactured kit of questionable quality where the parts simply don’t work together (like most of the other kits that you will find on Ebay, Etsy and Amazon). We proudly manufacture these kits in our shop in Portland, Oregon. We are a family-owned company building products and traditions that we expect to last for a long, long time. We produce instrument kits with exacting specifications, high quality production, and domestic, sustainably-cultivated sources of materials whenever possible.

Features:

- Traditional shape and neck profiles
- Wonderful looking solid 2 piece alder body wood. Ready for painting or stains
- Solid Maple neck with Rosewood fret board and dot inlays on face and side of neck
- Awesome fretwork right out of the box
- Bone nut for tone and sustain
- Three traditional single coil pickups
- Upgraded Powered By Lace pickups with staggered Alnico magnets
- 5-way switch, volume and tone control
- Awesome tuning stability with Gotoh SG381-MGT locking tuners with thumbwheel locking mechanism and staggered tuner post height. Very easy to use, very stable tuning!
- Upgraded Wilkinson/Gotoh VSVG Tremolo bridge
- Upgraded electronics, including Orange Drop cap in tone circuit
- 3 Ply White Pickguard
- Every hole is drilled
- No soldering is required: easy snap together connectors (optional pickups are not prewired/soldered)

Technical Specifications:
Body: Solid Alder, 2 pieces
Shape and Carving: Traditional shape
Neck Type: Maple Neck with Rosewood fretboard. Pro-level fret work out of the box
Neck Profile: Standard 25.5" scale Classic 60's style oval (21.5mm thick at first fret, 43.1mm wide at first fret)
Fretboard Profile: 9.5" Radius
Frets: 22
Fret Gauge: Medium
Nut: Bone nut, slotted and shaped
Nut Width: 42mm
Bridge: Upgraded tremolo: Wilkinson/Gotoh VSVG
Bridge Mount: Vintage 6 screw mount
String Spacing: 10.8mm
Pickups: 3 x upgraded single coils. Powered by Lace Staggered top, Alnico-V magnets
Controls: Standard controls. 5 way switch, 1 volume, 2 tone controls
Electronics: Upgraded, including CTS pots and Orange Drop Capacitor in tone circuit
Wiring: NO SOLDERING REQUIRED!
Output Jack: Standard Chrome Output Jack and Plate
Pickguard: 3-Ply White with Black binding
Tuning Machines: Gotoh SG381 MG-T High Quality Locking tuning machines Staggered tuner height for further improved tuning stability
Locking Tuners?: Yes
Tuning Gear Ratio: 1:16 tuner gear ratio
Tuner hole diameter: 10mm
Strings: Fender® 250R Super 250 Nickel-Plated Steel Strings
String Gauges: 010-013-017-026-036-046
Sanding: Well-sanded. May need touch up sanding only before finishing.
Finish Options: Beautiful wood, beautiful craftsmanship. Great for natural or sunburst patterns
Assembly process and Instructions: NO DRILLING REQUIRED! Detailed assembly instructions included
Summary: The parts for an awesome instrument. You won't be disappointed with the quality. Great pickups, hardware, body and neck/fret work.

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Reviews

0 out of 5 stars (2)
  • esichel Aug 29, 2017
    5 out of 5 stars
    I bought this for my wife's 49th birthday. From the moment she opened the box, to now when she is just about done with finishing the wood body, and ready to move on to the neck and then assembly, she has been ecstatic about the kit. More times than I can count--and I am not exaggerating or making this up--she has told me it's the best gift she's EVER received in her life. Anyone who loves a guitar player will win rave reviews gifting on of these kits. It allows someone to have fun, enjoy a means to understanding how guitars are put together, and the creative options for finishing are fun and endless. A few Youtube videos helped her refine her finishing approach, but the kit tells you everything you need to know. One of my best ever Etsy purchases!!
    I bought this for my wife's 49th birthday. From the moment she opened the box, to now when she is just about done with finishing the wood body, and ready to move on to the neck and then assembly, she has been ecstatic about the kit. More times than I can count--and I am not exaggerating or making this up--she has told me it's the best gift she's EVER received in her life. Anyone who loves a guitar player will win rave reviews gifting on of these kits. It allows someone to have fun, enjoy a means to understanding how guitars are put together, and the creative options for...
    DIY "Platinum" ST Style Electric Guitar Kit
  • arnoldumcnov1994 May 24, 2016
    5 out of 5 stars
    Great quality kit made in USA!
    DIY "Silver" ST Style Electric Guitar Kit

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Limited Warranty And Returns

It is easy to blame a part, a design issue, or a manufacturing issue for a problem in assembling your kit. Before you conclude that a part may be bad, thoroughly check your work and read the manuals carefully. Almost all components have reached very high reliability levels. On the rare occasions a bad component may slip through the manufacturing and our quality control process. All our kit parts are warranted to be free from defects for a full ninety (90) days from the date of purchase. Defective parts will be replaced promptly at our expense. If you suspect a part is defective, please mail it to us for testing and replacement. If instructed to do so send only the defective part or parts, not the whole kit. The part/parts or kit MUST be returned to us using an RMA and in “as-new” condition. Please be aware that testing can usually determine if the part was truly defective or damaged by assembly or usage. Don't be afraid to tell us that you 'screwed-up', we all make mistakes and in most cases, replacement parts are not expensive. Some problems may require the return of the entire kit. Please call or email before sending components as it may be necessary to return the entire kit, and you must have an RMA to return anything. To request an RMA, please contact us by email, phone or the contact us page of this website.

Missing parts

Before assuming a part is incorrect or missing, please check the parts listing and all the parts carefully. Often, careful reading of the assembly manual will solve a mysterious missing or incorrect part problem. Sometimes we substitute parts due to availability. These changes are usually noted in the documentation (or in rare instances in an extra piece of paper that we would include in the box). Our guitar kits are packed very carefully with pride. If you believe we sent the wrong part or left out a part clearly indicated in your documentation, please write, email, or call us with information on the part you need. You can also use the “contact us” page on this web site.

Warranty and Returns

We take great pride in the products that we provide and we stand behind them. Alloy Guitars provides a limited warranty and return policy on all products we sell. Our products can be returned, repaired, or replaced as follows:

0-30 days If the product or component of the product fails to match ordered specifications or fails due to material or workmanship a full refund or replacement will be provided upon return of the product or component of the product that is failing. The product or component of the product can not be altered or even partially assembled in order to receive a full refund.

30-60 days In the event of failure due to material or workmanship we will repair or replace the defective product or component upon the return of the defective product or component. Products returned for refund during this period will incur a 50% restocking fee and must be as-new (unassembled, undamaged, unmodified, unfinished, etc.).

This warranty shall be limited to refunding, repairing, or replacing any part which we determine, at our sole discretion, to be defective. Shipping costs from you back to us are your responsibility. However, we will pay for the ground shipping costs to return the product to you. We are not responsible for Customs, Duties, VAT or any other taxes or fees.

Be sure to understand the components and details about products that you are ordering. When you receive your order, please make sure you are completely satisfied that it will meet your needs before assembly or modifying it in any way. If you alter a kit in any way, including drilling, finishing, assembly, soldering, etc., the kit may no longer be covered under our warranty.

When inserting a neck into a body DO NOT slide the neck in from the end of the neck pocket. Instead, slide the neck in down from the top. We document this with many pictures in the instruction manuals available for every model guitar that we sell. If you damage the neck or body by improperly inserting the neck, THE DAMAGE WILL NOT BE COVERED UNDER WARRANTY.

ALLOY GUITARS MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, EXCEPT THAT OF TITLE, AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED.

All returns must be accompanied by an RMA number, a copy of your receipt, and must be shipped postage prepaid to us. Please contact us for an RMA and shipping information.
Limited Warranty And Returns

It is easy to blame a part, a design issue, or a manufacturing issue for a problem in assembling your kit. Before you conclude that a part may be bad, thoroughly check your work and read the manuals carefully. Almost all components have reached very high reliability levels. On the rare occasions a bad component may slip through the manufacturing and our quality control process. All our kit parts are warranted to be free from defects for a full ninety (90) days from the date of purchase. Defective parts will be replaced promptly at our expense. If you suspect a part is defective, please mail it to us for testing and replacement. If instructed to do so send only the defective part or parts, not the whole kit. The part/parts or kit MUST be returned to us using an RMA and in “as-new” condition. Please be aware that testing can usually determine if the part was truly defective or damaged by assembly or usage. Don't be afraid to tell us that you 'screwed-up', we all make mistakes and in most cases, replacement parts are not expensive. Some problems may require the return of the entire kit. Please call or email before sending components as it may be necessary to return the entire kit, and you must have an RMA to return anything. To request an RMA, please contact us by email, phone or the contact us page of this website.

Missing parts

Before assuming a part is incorrect or missing, please check the parts listing and all the parts carefully. Often, careful reading of the assembly manual will solve a mysterious missing or incorrect part problem. Sometimes we substitute parts due to availability. These changes are usually noted in the documentation (or in rare instances in an extra piece of paper that we would include in the box). Our guitar kits are packed very carefully with pride. If you believe we sent the wrong part or left out a part clearly indicated in your documentation, please write, email, or call us with information on the part you need. You can also use the “contact us” page on this web site.

Warranty and Returns

We take great pride in the products that we provide and we stand behind them. Alloy Guitars provides a limited warranty and return policy on all products we sell. Our products can be returned, repaired, or replaced as follows:

0-30 days If the product or component of the product fails to match ordered specifications or fails due to material or workmanship a full refund or replacement will be provided upon return of the product or component of the product that is failing. The product or component of the product can not be altered or even partially assembled in order to receive a full refund.

30-60 days In the event of failure due to material or workmanship we will repair or replace the defective product or component upon the return of the defective product or component. Products returned for refund during this period will incur a 50% restocking fee and must be as-new (unassembled, undamaged, unmodified, unfinished, etc.).

This warranty shall be limited to refunding, repairing, or replacing any part which we determine, at our sole discretion, to be defective. Shipping costs from you back to us are your responsibility. However, we will pay for the ground shipping costs to return the product to you. We are not responsible for Customs, Duties, VAT or any other taxes or fees.

Be sure to understand the components and details about products that you are ordering. When you receive your order, please make sure you are completely satisfied that it will meet your needs before assembly or modifying it in any way. If you alter a kit in any way, including drilling, finishing, assembly, soldering, etc., the kit may no longer be covered under our warranty.

When inserting a neck into a body DO NOT slide the neck in from the end of the neck pocket. Instead, slide the neck in down from the top. We document this with many pictures in the instruction manuals available for every model guitar that we sell. If you damage the neck or body by improperly inserting the neck, THE DAMAGE WILL NOT BE COVERED UNDER WARRANTY.

ALLOY GUITARS MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, EXCEPT THAT OF TITLE, AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED.

All returns must be accompanied by an RMA number, a copy of your receipt, and must be shipped postage prepaid to us. Please contact us for an RMA and shipping information.

Shipping policies

We ship our guitar kits using UPS or FedEx Ground.

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Additional policies

WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY?

Please see our warranty and return policy.

WHAT WARRANTY DO I GET?

Please see our warranty and return policy.

DO YOU SHIP OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA ?

Yes. Please contact us for a shipping quote.

HOW LONG WILL MY GUITAR KIT TAKE TO BE DELIVERED?

In most cases we ship our guitar kits immediately. Ground shipping within the USA takes from 1-7 days depending on how far you are from us in Portland, Oregon.

CAN I ORDER JUST A BODY/NECK WITHOUT HARDWARE?

Not at this time.

BUILDING

WHAT INSTRUCTIONS DO I GET WITH AN ALLOY GUITARS KIT?

Our guitar kit assembly manuals are awesome. They are loaded with pictures and pro hints to get your guitar assembled beautifully, easily, and without frustration.

HELP! I CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO…

Contact us. We are happy to help.

WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED?

Pliers, screwdrivers, clippers, sanding material, and finishing supplies.

HOW DO I FINISH THE GUITAR?

There are a large number of tutorials on line (search YouTube) and many books.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE BUILDING ONE OF YOUR GUITAR KITS?

If you have the ability to read instructions carefully, and use a screwdriver, you can do it!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY KIT?

The amount of time varies wildly depending on the builders skills and what type of finish is desired. Some of our customers have reported taking between 40 and 80 hours to complete their kits.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HAVE A PLAYABLE GUITAR?

Without finishing, just a few hours.

Finishing can take a good deal of time, depending on the choice of finish. Some finishes need to dry and harden (cure) before applying the next coat. This can take weeks. Finishes will be dry to the touch rather quickly, but can take quite some time to be truly dry and ready for the next round of work. Don’t hurry this! You want the finish to be beautiful, durable, and protect the instrument.

HOW HARD ARE THESE KITS TO BUILD?

These kits are relatively simple to assemble with basic tools. Finishing is more difficult, but completely doable for most people.

WHAT IS THE SIMPLEST KIT TO BUILD?

Both the Strat-style and Tele-style guitar kits are straight-forward to assemble. The Tele-style guitar requires the least amount of effort to build since the bridge assembly and setup are easier.

DOES THE KIT COME WITH EVERYTHING TO BUILD A GUITAR?

Yes. including strings!

CAN I SEE AN ASSEMBLY MANUAL?

Yes, just go to the product description and click "Owner’s Manuals".

WHERE SHOULD I WORK ON BUILDING THE GUITAR?

You should have a space that offers good airflow and plenty of room. The finishing process involves sanding and use of chemicals and things that will stain. If you are spraying your finish, you should avoid spraying near anything that you don’t want to get stained. You should carefully mask the floor, walls and ceiling of the work area. The fine mist from spraying will travel farther than you expect! Dust from sanding and steel wool will go everywhere. Safety should be your first consideration. Make sure that you have good ventilation, appropriate face masks, and that you have a fire extinguisher nearby as many finishing and cleaning products are flammable.

WHAT SHOULD THE FINISHED GUITAR LOOK LIKE?

That is up to you. Find a guitar image online with a finish you particularly like, print it out and reference it often. Be creative, but don’t try for the fanciest finish the first time around. Nitro cellulose finish is great… but not on your first guitar.

INSTRUMENT SPECIFICATIONS

ARE YOUR GUITARS MADE IN AMERICA?

We try to use American-made components whenever possible. We find that the quality of American-made components is much higher than Chinese components. However, it is difficult or impossible to find American-made components at all price points. So we must use imported parts in many cases. In many cases, we use Japanese manufactured parts instead of Chinese parts. We find that the quality is better, and we have less concerns about intellectual property and labor laws being violated.

WHY ARE OTHER KITS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN ALLOY GUITARS’ KITS?

Our guitar kits are manufactured from high-quality, solid wood, without the use of veneers. Some other kits use veneers but do not tell you! More importantly, often, those inexpensive kits simply don't work! Necks don't line up, holes are drilled in the wrong spots, manuals are non-existent, or written in badly translated English. In short, most of these kits stink! And believe us when we say we have purchased many of these kits and built them ourselves. We keep costs down by choosing parts wisely and working deals with manufacturers. We do the hard work so that you can enjoy a high quality instrument without spending tons of time finding the right materials that will work together and perform well.

WHAT PARTS ARE INCLUDED WITH ALLOY GUITARS’ GUITAR KITS?

We include everything that you will need to build a high-quality, playable instrument using only basic tools. This includes strings, all required screws, all electronic components, and a detailed instruction manual to guide you through the building process.

ARE ALL OF YOUR KITS IMPORTED?

No. We attempt to use American-made components whenever they are available. For example, we also proudly sell American-made bodies in some of our kits. In some cases, there simply are not American-made versions of some components available at appropriate price points. In these cases, we have chosen components to create instruments that look, sound, and perform well - all at a great price.

WHAT IS THE WILKINSON BRAND?

Wilkinson produces a suite of guitar hardware and pickups. Wilkinson products have been licensed and manufactured all over the world. We sell both the licensed Chinese-made and Japanese-made versions of these parts. We DO NOT sell unlicensed (and illegal) copies of these parts (particularly from Chinese manufacturers).

DO YOUR KITS WORK?

Absolutely. They work very, very, well in every way. They are easy to assemble. They include quality components, top to bottom. They sound great. Even our least expensive kit will go together without hassle, will tune up correctly, and play well. Many of our customers play our kits on stage.

DO YOUR NECKS HAVE TRUSS RODS INSTALLED?

Yes. Truss rods are installed. Additionally, our goal is to require no adjustment of the truss rod after you assemble your guitar.

DOES THE FRET BOARD HAVE THE FRET WIRES INSTALLED?

Yes. Frets are installed, leveled, and crowned properly right out of the box.

HOW MANY FRETS ARE ON YOUR NECKS?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT IS THE SCALE LENGTH?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT IS THE NECK RADIUS?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT IS THE NECK WIDTH?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

DOES THE BODY HAVE A BELLY CARVE ON THE BACK?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT SIZE ARE THE HOLES FOR THE TUNING MACHINES?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT TYPE OF HARDWARE IS SUPPLIED WITH YOUR KITS?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

CAN I ORDER A SET (GLUED) NECK RATHER THAN BOLT-ON?

Not at this time.

CAN YOU SHAPE THE HEADSTOCK TO AN EXISTING DESIGN?

Not at this time.

CAN I ORDER A 24 FRET NECK?

Not at this time.

HOW MANY PIECES ARE YOUR BODIES MADE FROM?

Generally 2-3 pieces. Please see the specifications for each individual model.

DO YOU MAKE A LP/SG/FIREBIRD/EXPLORER/FLYING-V/335/SSG/ETC. STYLED GUITAR KIT?

Not at this time.

CAN I ORDER A PATTERNED MAPLE TOP ON MY GUITAR?

Not at this time.

CAN I ORDER MY GUITAR KIT WITH BODY AND NECK UNSEALED?

All guitars are completely unfinished and unsealed, but are well sanded and should require little preparation to finish.

CAN I ORDER TRAPEZOID OR OTHER SHAPE INLAYS?

Not at this time.

HOW GOOD CAN A KIT GUITAR SOUND?

Our guitar kits sound great. We believe them to be as good as guitars at double the cost. Sound quality comes from quality body and neck builds and then good components. There are a lot of really bad kits out there! They are made with questionable wood, poorly executed builds, and bad component selection. Our kits do not suffer from these problems. We choose great suppliers, great components for the money, and we do extensive quality assurance on each and every guitar kit that leaves our facility. You can be assured that you are receiving the best quality instrument kit for the money from Alloy Guitars!

COMPANY INFORMATION

IS ALLOY GUITARS A REAL BUSINESS?

For sure! We are not just part-time online/eBay sellers peddling whatever we can get our hands on! We are guitarists, manufacturing experts, and people who care about our customers.

DOES ALLOY GUITARS HAVE A STORE FRONT?

No, we do not have a retail store front. However, you are welcome to make an appointment to pick up your guitar kit from us. Please contact us if you are in the Portland area.

ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS?

Yes, absolutely! Please contact us!

DOES ALLOY GUITARS SELL COMPLETE GUITARS?

No. We only sell our super-awesome, premium guitar kits.
WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY?

Please see our warranty and return policy.

WHAT WARRANTY DO I GET?

Please see our warranty and return policy.

DO YOU SHIP OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA ?

Yes. Please contact us for a shipping quote.

HOW LONG WILL MY GUITAR KIT TAKE TO BE DELIVERED?

In most cases we ship our guitar kits immediately. Ground shipping within the USA takes from 1-7 days depending on how far you are from us in Portland, Oregon.

CAN I ORDER JUST A BODY/NECK WITHOUT HARDWARE?

Not at this time.

BUILDING

WHAT INSTRUCTIONS DO I GET WITH AN ALLOY GUITARS KIT?

Our guitar kit assembly manuals are awesome. They are loaded with pictures and pro hints to get your guitar assembled beautifully, easily, and without frustration.

HELP! I CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO…

Contact us. We are happy to help.

WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED?

Pliers, screwdrivers, clippers, sanding material, and finishing supplies.

HOW DO I FINISH THE GUITAR?

There are a large number of tutorials on line (search YouTube) and many books.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE BUILDING ONE OF YOUR GUITAR KITS?

If you have the ability to read instructions carefully, and use a screwdriver, you can do it!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY KIT?

The amount of time varies wildly depending on the builders skills and what type of finish is desired. Some of our customers have reported taking between 40 and 80 hours to complete their kits.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HAVE A PLAYABLE GUITAR?

Without finishing, just a few hours.

Finishing can take a good deal of time, depending on the choice of finish. Some finishes need to dry and harden (cure) before applying the next coat. This can take weeks. Finishes will be dry to the touch rather quickly, but can take quite some time to be truly dry and ready for the next round of work. Don’t hurry this! You want the finish to be beautiful, durable, and protect the instrument.

HOW HARD ARE THESE KITS TO BUILD?

These kits are relatively simple to assemble with basic tools. Finishing is more difficult, but completely doable for most people.

WHAT IS THE SIMPLEST KIT TO BUILD?

Both the Strat-style and Tele-style guitar kits are straight-forward to assemble. The Tele-style guitar requires the least amount of effort to build since the bridge assembly and setup are easier.

DOES THE KIT COME WITH EVERYTHING TO BUILD A GUITAR?

Yes. including strings!

CAN I SEE AN ASSEMBLY MANUAL?

Yes, just go to the product description and click "Owner’s Manuals".

WHERE SHOULD I WORK ON BUILDING THE GUITAR?

You should have a space that offers good airflow and plenty of room. The finishing process involves sanding and use of chemicals and things that will stain. If you are spraying your finish, you should avoid spraying near anything that you don’t want to get stained. You should carefully mask the floor, walls and ceiling of the work area. The fine mist from spraying will travel farther than you expect! Dust from sanding and steel wool will go everywhere. Safety should be your first consideration. Make sure that you have good ventilation, appropriate face masks, and that you have a fire extinguisher nearby as many finishing and cleaning products are flammable.

WHAT SHOULD THE FINISHED GUITAR LOOK LIKE?

That is up to you. Find a guitar image online with a finish you particularly like, print it out and reference it often. Be creative, but don’t try for the fanciest finish the first time around. Nitro cellulose finish is great… but not on your first guitar.

INSTRUMENT SPECIFICATIONS

ARE YOUR GUITARS MADE IN AMERICA?

We try to use American-made components whenever possible. We find that the quality of American-made components is much higher than Chinese components. However, it is difficult or impossible to find American-made components at all price points. So we must use imported parts in many cases. In many cases, we use Japanese manufactured parts instead of Chinese parts. We find that the quality is better, and we have less concerns about intellectual property and labor laws being violated.

WHY ARE OTHER KITS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN ALLOY GUITARS’ KITS?

Our guitar kits are manufactured from high-quality, solid wood, without the use of veneers. Some other kits use veneers but do not tell you! More importantly, often, those inexpensive kits simply don't work! Necks don't line up, holes are drilled in the wrong spots, manuals are non-existent, or written in badly translated English. In short, most of these kits stink! And believe us when we say we have purchased many of these kits and built them ourselves. We keep costs down by choosing parts wisely and working deals with manufacturers. We do the hard work so that you can enjoy a high quality instrument without spending tons of time finding the right materials that will work together and perform well.

WHAT PARTS ARE INCLUDED WITH ALLOY GUITARS’ GUITAR KITS?

We include everything that you will need to build a high-quality, playable instrument using only basic tools. This includes strings, all required screws, all electronic components, and a detailed instruction manual to guide you through the building process.

ARE ALL OF YOUR KITS IMPORTED?

No. We attempt to use American-made components whenever they are available. For example, we also proudly sell American-made bodies in some of our kits. In some cases, there simply are not American-made versions of some components available at appropriate price points. In these cases, we have chosen components to create instruments that look, sound, and perform well - all at a great price.

WHAT IS THE WILKINSON BRAND?

Wilkinson produces a suite of guitar hardware and pickups. Wilkinson products have been licensed and manufactured all over the world. We sell both the licensed Chinese-made and Japanese-made versions of these parts. We DO NOT sell unlicensed (and illegal) copies of these parts (particularly from Chinese manufacturers).

DO YOUR KITS WORK?

Absolutely. They work very, very, well in every way. They are easy to assemble. They include quality components, top to bottom. They sound great. Even our least expensive kit will go together without hassle, will tune up correctly, and play well. Many of our customers play our kits on stage.

DO YOUR NECKS HAVE TRUSS RODS INSTALLED?

Yes. Truss rods are installed. Additionally, our goal is to require no adjustment of the truss rod after you assemble your guitar.

DOES THE FRET BOARD HAVE THE FRET WIRES INSTALLED?

Yes. Frets are installed, leveled, and crowned properly right out of the box.

HOW MANY FRETS ARE ON YOUR NECKS?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT IS THE SCALE LENGTH?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT IS THE NECK RADIUS?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT IS THE NECK WIDTH?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

DOES THE BODY HAVE A BELLY CARVE ON THE BACK?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT SIZE ARE THE HOLES FOR THE TUNING MACHINES?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

WHAT TYPE OF HARDWARE IS SUPPLIED WITH YOUR KITS?

Please see the specifications for each individual model.

CAN I ORDER A SET (GLUED) NECK RATHER THAN BOLT-ON?

Not at this time.

CAN YOU SHAPE THE HEADSTOCK TO AN EXISTING DESIGN?

Not at this time.

CAN I ORDER A 24 FRET NECK?

Not at this time.

HOW MANY PIECES ARE YOUR BODIES MADE FROM?

Generally 2-3 pieces. Please see the specifications for each individual model.

DO YOU MAKE A LP/SG/FIREBIRD/EXPLORER/FLYING-V/335/SSG/ETC. STYLED GUITAR KIT?

Not at this time.

CAN I ORDER A PATTERNED MAPLE TOP ON MY GUITAR?

Not at this time.

CAN I ORDER MY GUITAR KIT WITH BODY AND NECK UNSEALED?

All guitars are completely unfinished and unsealed, but are well sanded and should require little preparation to finish.

CAN I ORDER TRAPEZOID OR OTHER SHAPE INLAYS?

Not at this time.

HOW GOOD CAN A KIT GUITAR SOUND?

Our guitar kits sound great. We believe them to be as good as guitars at double the cost. Sound quality comes from quality body and neck builds and then good components. There are a lot of really bad kits out there! They are made with questionable wood, poorly executed builds, and bad component selection. Our kits do not suffer from these problems. We choose great suppliers, great components for the money, and we do extensive quality assurance on each and every guitar kit that leaves our facility. You can be assured that you are receiving the best quality instrument kit for the money from Alloy Guitars!

COMPANY INFORMATION

IS ALLOY GUITARS A REAL BUSINESS?

For sure! We are not just part-time online/eBay sellers peddling whatever we can get our hands on! We are guitarists, manufacturing experts, and people who care about our customers.

DOES ALLOY GUITARS HAVE A STORE FRONT?

No, we do not have a retail store front. However, you are welcome to make an appointment to pick up your guitar kit from us. Please contact us if you are in the Portland area.

ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS?

Yes, absolutely! Please contact us!

DOES ALLOY GUITARS SELL COMPLETE GUITARS?

No. We only sell our super-awesome, premium guitar kits.