All right so I haven’t picked up a guitar in a few years, although playing the electric guitar was one of my most cherished past times growing up. I can remember jamming out to my favorite band, Thrice, in my bedroom. Head banging, jumping around, screaming… yeah I did that. So what changed? Well… life happened to get in the way and those activities soon diminished. That’s all going to change now. There’s one problem though, I don’t have an electric guitar anymore!
A few weeks ago while wasting time on YouTube, I stumbled upon videos featuring DIY Les Paul guitar kits. This is what ultimately peaked my interest and that’s when I decided then and there that this would be my next project. So I quickly headed over to eBay to check out options and prices. To my surprise, the options were plentiful and the prices very reasonable. It would cost less to build a quality guitar than it would be to go to the nearest music store and purchase the cheapest guitar available. Being the Do-It-Yourselfer that I am, I quickly became very excited about this project and placed an order for a DIY Les Paul guitar kit.
It only took a couple days to receive my guitar kit from this seller. Let’s just say that I am very impressed. Not only with the quick shipping but also with the actual guitar kit itself. I didn’t expect much considering the price I paid but I can tell you that this kit is of high quality. A solid Mahogany body with a Spalted Maple top, a nice Maple neck with inlays in the fret board, all the necessary electronics and bridge assembly, and even a guitar cable was included in the package. This DIY Les Paul guitar kit came with everything you would need to start rocking out like the old days.
Check out my video above for a full overview of my guitar project. I show you what is included in the kit and give you an idea of my plan of attack. I will continue to document this project in stages as I progress with each step. The first plan of action is staining the Spalted Maple top. After that, protecting the wood with a nice oil finish. Then moving on to gluing the set in neck and wiring everything up. Stay tuned to see how this DIY Les Paul guitar kit turns out!
See Part 2 here : Staining the Guitar