FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I WANT TO CREATE MY OWN CUSTOM ELECTRIC GUITAR OR BUILD A CUSTOM GUITAR KIT, HOW CAN YOU HELP ME?
We can support you in the whole process of creating your own custom electric guitar. Advise you on the choice of components, type of wood, electronics, etc., to reproduce the sound you want. You can imagine your own body design that we will make for you. Currently, the Guitar designer application is still in development, we invite you to contact the guitar factory by e-mail. One of our experts will then speak with you to help you in your approach so that you get the guitar you want. Note that you can receive your custom guitar kit or already assembled.<\p>
I AM FROM HUNGARY AND I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A GUITAR KIT: IS THERE ANY UNEXPECTED TAX WITHIN THE EUROPEAN COUNTRY?
No, there is not unexpected tax. For a guitar kit you will only pay the purchase price define on our Guitar Kit Fabric website, plus shipping cost to your country. Note that our price include VAT and specific shipping fees which can vary depending on the weight, purchase amount and country.
THE NECK HEEL IS TOO WIDE TO BE INSERTED INTO THE BODY NECK POCKET OF MY GUITAR KIT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
First you need to make sure that the body and the neck of your DiY guitar have been in a dry place for at least 48hrs as the wood volume can slightly change due to temperature.
Secondly, you’re right: the neck of the heel can be sometime wider than the guitar neck pocket in particular when purchasing a custom kit. However, the difference of width between neck heel and neck pocket of you’re guitar kit shouldn’t be more than 1mm. If the neck is wider you will need to file both side of the neck pocket equally. Gently file each side one after another. Then check that the neck fit. Continue this process until you get a tight fit: a perfect neck integration to the electric guitar body.
For further clarification, there are two main reasons why The Guitar Kit Fabric has made this choice.
- We want to make sure that our customer will not end up with a loose neck fit (in particular due to wood working effect) as we can easily remove matter but not add wood. can have a neck fitting perfectly the guitar kit body and therefore an optimal sustain.
- This is a first and simple step to get familiarize with wood work and guitar build and start doing some DiY: like a “Hello wood” …
Ps: if the width difference between neck pocket and neck heel is more than 1mm please contact us. We recognize that 2-3mm to file by hand can start to be a hassle.
ANY INFORMATION TO HELP ME TO BUILD MY ELECTRIC GUITAR FROM DIY GUITAR KIT?
To paint, assemble and adjust your guitar kit we provide an instruction guide for each kit: building your own guitar is do-able for everybody as long as you do it diligently. Also Many videos and documents exist on the internet and you can check our instagram and our youtube channel
Finally if you have any specific question regarding the build of your electric guitar please contact us.
A SCREW TO FIX A HARDWARE PART ON MY GUITAR KIT BODY HAS BROKE WHILE I WAS SCREWING IN THE WOOD, I AM SCREWED?
No, you’re not screwed! Fortunately, there is few ways to remove a screw which as broke and are inside the wood - without its head - of you re guitar kit: 1. In case you have not break too deep your screw within the DiY guitar kit - likely the guitar body - you can use a hammer and a punch to create a straight notch on the head of the screw for a flat screwdriver. Then gently loosen with a large flat screwdriver to extract the screw. Hopefully the screw will go out of your electric guitar kit. 2. This might be not enough to remove a screw from the wood of your kit guitar in which case you can use a screw extractor device. You will need first a drill bit smaller than the screw to made a small hole in the screw. Then put the extractor device in the hole. Hit the extractor with a hammer to make sure it is well inserted. Finally start to turn the extractor anti-clockwise. In case it is not working hit again with a hammer and add some oil to facilitate unscrewing.To build your own guitar and fix the hardware in your guitar body, we advise you to oil slightly the screws to avoid friction. Also use a drill to make a hole before screwing a guitar part.
I WOULD LIKE TO SOLDER MYSELF THE ELECTRONICS OF MY GUITAR KIT AND NOT USE THE PUSH TYPE FEATURE THAT THE GUITAR KIT FABRIC PROPOSE. IS IT POSSIBLE?
Yes, you just need to cut the wire to remove the puh type feature. Then you can solder altogether the electronic parts of your guitar kit: pick-ups, switch, knobs and jack socket. To do so we provide a wiring diagram in the user guide provide with your DiY guitar.
GUITAR KITS SUCH AS EXPLORER, PRS OR ES335 GUITAR KIT USE A SET-IN NECK. CAN I USE SCREWS TO FIX THE NECK ON THE GUITAR BODY INSTEAD OF GLUE AND THEREFORE CONVERT MY GUITAR KIT INTO A BOLT-ON TYPE DIY GUITAR?
Converting a set-in joint electric guitar kit to a bolt-on type DiY guitar is not advised. The main reason is that the neck-body joint will lose some of its strength and can break more easily (and also for design perspective).
Still if you have some experience it is do-able but you will need to get a neck joint cover (which we can provide) and drill your neck and body accordingly. You might also need to trim the screws going to the pick-up cavity.
If you want to handle such thing, feel free to contact us so that we can provide you further support (as specific advice can be provided depending on which guitar kit you want to convert to bolt-on type).
I HAVE RECEIVED MY RICKENBACKER GUITAR KIT AND NOTICE THAT THE DRILLED HOLES TO INSTALL THE BRIDGE ARE NOT PERPENDICULAR WITH THE GUITAR BODY. ONE IS A QUARTER OF AN INCH HIGHER THAN THE OTHER ONE. I GUESS THIS GUITAR KIT IS FAULTY?
No its not! Having the guitar bridge with a slight inclination is perfectly normal and standard to our guitar kits. You can even notice the difference on our guitar kit pictures. You can also see that all our DiY guitar with tune-o-matic bridge has similar inclination.
The reason why we are doing this is to improve the scale length / intonation for each string as they are slightly different by nature. Indeed, the gauge of each strings are different and heavier strings need to be slightly longer than lighter-gauge strings. So, this inclination provides an initial intonation adjustment of the strings. Note that when you will have finished to build your guitar kit and that you move to the guitar set-up you should perform some final adjustment of the intonation and adjust the bridge to get the intonation right for each string, as described in our electric guitar kit user guide.
DO YOU SHIP GUITAR KITS/ ELECTRIC GUITARS TO THE US/ CANADA?
Yes, our guitar kits and electric guitars are available to ship to US/ Canada and other countries.
Shipping to the US/ Canada is handled by FedEx, and you will receive your guitar kits or your electric guitar in less than 5 working days.
If you cannot find your country in Check Out, please contact us and we arrange that for you.
Guitar Kits Shipped to Guernsey/ Isle of Man/ Jersey
Yes, we do ship to Guernsey/ Isle of Man/ Jersey However, in order to have VAT-free (if applied) and apply the correct Shipping cost to Guernsey/ Isle of Man/ Jersey , please choose Guernsey/ Isle of Man/ Jersey as your Country Destination.
HOW IS DELIVERY HANDLED IN THE UK FOR MY PURCHASE (GUITAR KIT, NECK OR ELECTRIC GUITAR, ETC)?
Delivery is delivered to you by our courrier DPD service or the post office. Your order is dispatched within 1 working day and will be delivered between 2-3 working days in the UK. Delivery service in the UK is free of charge.