AXL Do-It-Yourself Electric Guitar Kit (Discontinued)


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AXL Do-It-Yourself Electric Guitar Kit
AXL Do-It-Yourself Electric Guitar Kit

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Our rating of 80/100 is based on analysis of 20+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Here's another DIY guitar kit that lets you build and customize your own Stratocaster style guitar without much effort. It comes with a double-cutaway basswood body, maple neck and headstock, all of which are pre-drilled, so you can focus on working on your desired finish, instead of having to worry about routing.

The electronics are also pre-soldered, so ideally there's no need to solder anything, but it is still wise to have a soldering iron ready in case some of the wires are loose for whatever reason. Since the neck is bolt-on, you'll need a screwdriver to get it attached to the body.


  • Building Difficulty: 5/10
  • Body: Strat Style
  • Tonewood: Basswood Body
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Pickups: SSS (Three Single-Coil Pickups)
  • Controls: Volume, Tone 1, Tone 2, 5-Way Pickup Selector


The AXL DIY S-STyle kit is commended for its value for money and easy build. A number of users found it to be a great starter kit, especially with its well-sanded body.


There are some who report that the package does not include an instruction manual, thankfully, you can find the contents of the manual online. There are a few report of missing parts, but they are able to get a replacement for the parts and finish their build.


Unfortunately it's no longer available, but you can find great alternatives in our guide to The Best DIY Guitar Kits.