GuitarAust Kits

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  1. AxlOz

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    Hey guys, just wondering if anyone here has bought and/or built a guitar from a guitaraust kit? Or even just a body or neck?

    They seem really cheap for what they are but you can select what type of wood and fret board etc.. I'm sure the wood isnt the greatest but at least you know what species you're getting. And I'm sure the hardware is all yum-cha but thats easily replaced.

    I'm thinking of building a mahogany bodied strat with a H-H setup then no inlays in a a maple neck.

    I've googled but there's not a lot out there in terms of user reviews..
     
  2. break

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    I've got a friend who picked up a kit from an American shop that does a similar deal and has had a good experience with the kit. Cost him around $200 landed for the kit.

    This was the mob he got it from: http://www.onlineguitar.com/
     
  3. Willybomb

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    I've never used those guys, but my Lesocaster is just a parts guitar. I got the body from AMS (fairly generic thing), the neck was one that an instructor at the shop I was teaching in was trying to get rid of, and everything else is just yumcha generic stuff, except for the pickups which are dimarzios.

    I find that pretty interesting that you can spec out the kit. You can't spec the number of frets or a number of other things such as the trem, or neck profile but its definitely enough to get started on something pretty cool.
     
  4. AxlOz

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    yeah i'm worried the neck will just be really dodge and bow when i even think about putting 11-49's or 12-52's on there...

    I've emailed them with a few Q's so we'll see what they come back with.
     
  5. AxlOz

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    well i got a speedy reply from them earlier.

    They said the frets are generally all well finished and use this guage fret wire.
    The mahogany they sell in the kits is sourced from asian countries such as indonesia, and the painting for their custom shop kits is done offshore to keep costs down.

    I'm seriously considering giving one a go. More for the experience, but if i can do a good job of it I might drop some decent pups and hardware in it and have a cool gig axe for cheap.

    I'm now thinking of getting a les paul style and setting the neck myself..
     
  6. Marlborosmoker

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    I hear good things about these guys

    http://www.kneguitars.com/

    the necks are a new item so NFI, but I've heard excellent things about the bodies

    Also keep an eye on warmoth - they occassionaly have really really cheap finished bodies and necks
     
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    I bought a neck from there a while back for my strat project because I was too lazy to make my own neck. It was truly a pile of crap. I ended up ebaying it and just building my own. Warmoth, Mighty Might etc would be a much better option imho.

    The worst part is that during previous convos with the owner, he said the single necks were better quality than the kit ones! So yeh, I wouldn't skimp on the most important part of a guitar.
     
  8. AxlOz

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    sandwich, I'm assuming you're referring to guitaraust when you mention the bad neck..? Not KNE from Marlboro's post above..? I agree that its the most important part too, needs to be finished and refined.

    I've been keeping an eye on warmoth but so much of their stuff is just too exy, and once you factor in importing etc just isnt worth it.. Might as well buy a fender. Their LP bodies and necks are also pretty exy..

    Marlboro, the KNE site seems to be not working too well atm so i'll try them again tonight/tomorrow.

    I had a look through the guitarfetish site last night and they seem to be pretty good for strats and teles. Good range of finishes. And their necks can be had finished and with a graphite nut preinstalled, which is always good. Amazingly cheap too. Would prefer to buy locally though if possible.

    I think a few people here have mentioned getting stuff from GFS before (marlboro, i think you were one of them actually..?) so i'll have a search through some old posts.
     
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    They only do bolt ons though.

    Bloody hell, those GFS bodies and necks ARE cheap. Bugger me. Shame they only do RG style bodies with the floyd et al..
     
  10. AxlOz

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    yeah i'd ideally want a set neck. actually i'd ideally want a neck thru, but set necks are good still. need that sustain!!!

    for a partscaster i'm thinking it might be worth trying the gfs necks and bodies, just to see how they shape up. Not a lot of $$ at stake really.
     
  11. Marlborosmoker

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    I can vouch for GFS for the following - pickups, tuners, electronics & bridges. (The TOM bridge and wilkinson tuners are from them on your g400) I've never bought necks or bodies but they seem to be ok if you are willing to work.

    I highly recommend necks this guy if you're going off ebay
    http://shop.ebay.com.au/500spxcash/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1
     
  12. Optimus.

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    Bump!

    So given the recent awesome guitar kit build logs, I'm keen on giving it a ago. I'm looking for an SG-style bass guitar kit and according to an email response from http://www.guitarworx.com.au, with enough demand these kits can be made to order.

    Looking around various guitar kit sites, the 'Morris' branded kits at guitarworx.com.au look like they're the same kits which are also sold under the 'Saga' brand. Mind you, the guitarworx.com.au Morris kits are $100 cheaper than the Saga kits...

    I can't confirm that this is the case but going off the pictures, the head stocks and available models are the same. Plus in one of the recent build logs, the Morris kit apparently came with Saga instructions (and the wiring was reportedly different; maybe Morris switches out the electrics to keep the price down).

    In any case - I'm interested in knowing who the original kit supplier to both Morris and Saga is! Could go to them directly and ask for a small order of SG bass models...


    Does anyone have any idea who the original kit supplier is?
     
  13. nidz

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    Hi there. I'm also loking to get one of the kits at guitarworx.com.au. I'm only starting to get into playing but I think making one up from scratch will also help me learn about it. I'm just not sure if it's junk or if it will be worth getting one.

    I'm looking at the Gibson Explorer style kit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpyiCVz8fvU

    Anyone got any opinions on this type of kit?
     
  14. Stewey

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    The guitarworx kits are not too bad quality. You will end up with a guitar that is about the same quality as a Squire, how well it plays though will depend on how well you do the set up. But this can also be said of a Squire.

    Have a search of this forum and you will find a couple of build threads where you can check out the quality.
     
  15. petmund

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    another tele kit from guitarworx

    Hi guys , i'm new to this site/thread...blogging in general!... so i'm not sure how to start my own thread ... for fear of hijacking someone else's!... so if someone can point me in the right direction , it would be greatly appreciated!

    However ... just to chime in hear ... i just hinted to my wife and ended up with a tele kit from guitarworx ... and in doing some research after receiving the postal package i came across this site reading through Steweys bass build... and for a moment mistakenly thought it was a Saga kit .. and found it quiet reassuring to see he had mostly the same issues as i do... so guitar worx consistancy across their products is not so bad!;)

    I had started looking into different finishes , and thought well i wont be doing this often so i will put some effort into it...I also have a 5 string fret less bass project i started about 5 -6 years ago and have left it at a similar stage at where these kits are in the construction phase....and in doing STACKS of reading and picture googling to find out how they did what look, and trying to source decent products locally instead of the normal automotive or hardware store furniture grade products , I have decided to put an order through with www.guitaraust.com.au for some nitro lacquer and stain.
    I started shaping the head last night and put a coment on Facebook then a mate suggested i do a journal... so i will stat taking photos and copy all these rambling on to my own thread ... but in conclusion ... i would like to thank Stewey , Eagles 84 and Ravennoir for the inspiration

    Cheers
    :thumbup:
     
  16. Stewey

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    Sounds like a great project petmund. A fretless bass is something I need to tick off the list one day.

    The nitro lacquer is really nice stuff, make sure you do plenty of reading about nitro though, especially the safety parts.

    I would like to read your log, you can start a thread pretty easily by clicking the new thread button at the top of the list of threads.
     
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    cheers guys ,
    so far i am pretty happy with the way the neck and head of the tele is ... the body however ... that a WHOLE nother ball game :tongue:...the edges of this body are "supposed" to be 90deg angles ... but its like the shape was made with a 40 grit drum roller on a 85deg angle on a few spots ... so i'm having to cut and scrape pretty deep to smooth it up, and the socket whole was a crapshoot from the otherside of the workshop , so filling it with a wholesaw cut out of the same size to plug up hole and remark it and start a fresh one as i have also got coming an electrosocket jack cup to put in place of the flimsy little curved plate( and help it look a little more pro!:leet:

    i dont think i took any build pics of the bass when i did it ... i will try to look for some , but i will up date the whole thing once i pull it out and wipe the cob webs off it ... i gotta stop not finishing things!:p

    Stewey , yes thanks for the tip ... i think I've pretty much seen most of the vids i can find, that seem to suit similarly, what i am trying to achieve... but more is always welcome... do you have any links to clips or articles /sites that you would recommend? I found Chris at guitaraust to be pretty helpful although a bit generalized with some info ...Of coarse, not actually seeing the guitar and the finish and color proposed... this is to be expected of a mobile call from a different state!

    Optimus, Cheers for the offer ,we'll see how we get on ...sitll looking for that "new thread" button... im sure its probably right under my nose!
     
  19. petmund

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    Cheers guys for your support... i got it going by the look of it!:thumbup:
    Here is my ramblings to date

    http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=995999

    Optimus... do what ya gotta do, to add it to what ever you were going to add it too ... that would be AWESOME , thank you!:leet:
    Just ... if someone wants to tell me to take stuff out for any "non-permission" purposes or what have you... i will get it done , no problems!
    thanx again
     

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