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

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.