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Alston Guitars - DIY Electric Guitar Kit | Set-In | Solid Mahogany Body Neck Flamed Maple Veneer


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Product Description

A010

Alston Guitars™ are a great way to explore the intricate details of guitar making and create the custom one-of-a-kind instrument that you've always wanted. We have taken all of the guesswork out of it. Completing a project like this is extremely fulfilling as a musician or woodworker. Together, we can make music in parts.

Note: All parts are included to build a completely functional electric guitar. Finishing material not included. Assembly and Soldering required.

Body
Construction: Solid
Woods: Mahogany
Top: Bound Flamed Maple Veneer
Profile: Arched Top

Neck
Construction: Set-In
Woods: Maple
Nut Width: 1 5/8"
Truss Rod: Adjustable

Fretboard
Frets: 22
Scale: 24.75 Inches
Woods: Rosewood
Inlay: Perloid Block with Abalone Triangle

Electronics
Configuration: H-H
Controls: 2-Vol | 2-Tone
Pots: 2-A500k | 2-B500k
Switch: 3-Way

Hardware
Bridge: Chrome Adjustable
Tuner: Chrome 3 Per Side

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B00AZ3U0O8
  • Item model number: A010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,747 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2013

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JOAN ELIZABETH JAEKEL on January 1, 2014
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I bought this for my son as a Christmas gift He has been playing guitar for many years and is quite familiar with guitar construction as am I.. I have helped him build one custom guitar from scratch out of poplar, with a maple neck I also have built a Telecaster and Les Paul style kits.All of these have turned out very well.
I had good expectations about this kit from reviews from different sites as well as Amazon. Oh well... The guitar body was cracked through the back and into the maple veneer at the bottom. Not what I expected but my son filled and sanded it so it was hardly noticeable. The neck pocket was routed wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, not to big a deal at first.However it was not routed parallel to the center of the guitar, the center line lining up with the high E side of the neck. This would require routing the pocket almost one quarter inch wider and on an angle to get it in the right spot. Setting the neck off like this would be workable if the tailpeice and bridge holes were not pre drilled, but they are and the strings will run down the neck at an angle. He is still going to finish the guitar, possibly filling the bridge and tailpiece holes and setting them with the neck angle. This being an archtop, dong this will create a whole lot of tweaking to get it playable. Not at all what I expected. I would spend the extra money next time and go with Grizzly kits, as I have had very good luck with them. By the way I am a carpenter by trade for the last thirty years and have been playing guitar for over forty years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 26, 2013
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this kit requires moderate woodworking skills and basic understanding of guitar construction. the kit doesn't come with directions, but from the added photo I posted above, you can see it does all go together.

you will need to cut an extra hole from the controls to the bridge for a ground wire. not grounding the bridge will be very noisy. a search for a les-paul wiring diagram will get you started, you will have to be able to solder the components together

to deal with the open grain of the mahogany, purchase some 'grain filler' paste apply at least two coats, finish as desired, if you want to keep the edge trim, consider stain rather than paint

plan on hours and hours of sanding if you want a 'polished' look when your done.

after a few hours of set-up, it was suprisingly playable
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Letourneau on July 16, 2014
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The first kit arrived and the neck did not fit the body. The base of the neck was cut incorrectly so it not only rocked front to back, but there was a 1/8 gap between the neck and the body. The second kit (I requested a replacement kit instead of a reimbursement....mistake) not only had the SAME neck problems, but the body had HUGE wood flaws that will not allow for staining. The neck is messed up JUST like the first kit. These kits are really POOR quality.
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This is my first guitar build and deffinatly not my last. I was a wicked fun project I love the feel of the finished product and for the price it sounds good. To start with I am not a professional wood worker. I know the basics and thats about it. I sanded it all down and tried to stain the neck and head stock. It didn't take the stain like I would have liked. Maybe there is a sealer on them and I didn't get it all off but I just ended up painting it. I used rattle cans (blue metal flake) with a high gloss rattle can poly over it. I did not take enough time on the sanding and painting to make it look anywhere close to great. My suggestion is research wood types and how to finish properly if you care about the finish at all. Take your time.
Constriction: the body was routed very well. All components fit perfectly. The neck fit snug with very little play. About enough to get a good coat of glue in there and clamp it down tight. I didn't use feeler guages or anything to measure neck angle. I glued it, clamped it snug, and eyeballed the gaps on the side of the neck to the body, then tightened the clamp. It isn't perfect but for the minimal time put in it is just as good as a $200 guitar off the shelf, and I built it!
Electronics: Low quality, but workable. Wiring diagram was very easy to follow. Get a good sodlering tool. there is not much space to work witn in the body so a thin tip is gonna be best. I am getting a very loud "ground buzz" on the neck pick up so I need to go in and do some more tweeking. The other two switch positions work great. I did have to tie some of the grounds together after following the diagram. Questionable, I know, but I did it while it was plugged in and jumped the grounds until it stopped buzzing.
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