TheFretwire DIY Electric Guitar Kit - LP Mahogany (Discontinued)

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$190
TheFretwire DIY Electric Guitar Kit - LP Mahogany

This kit comes with mahogany tonewood which correctly reflects the iconic Les Paul. This sets it apart from other kits that utilizes alternative wood like basswood or maple.

To give it a more premium appeal, the single-cutaway body comes with a flame maple veneer top, making it great for natural, transparent & semi-transparent finishes.

The body and neck are pre-cut for snug fitting, and all the needed routing for the hardware and electronics are ready.

Speaking of hardware, it comes with everything that you'd expect from a conventional LP style guitar, including two humbuckers and related controls, tuners, bridge and more.

Features:

  • Building Difficulty: 4/10
  • Body: Les Paul
  • Tonewood: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Pickups: HH (Double Humbucker)
  • Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector

Pros
The neck joint is very important for any guitar build, and this importance is properly addressed by this kit, with many positive comments pointing to how snug the fit is and how sturdy the connection becomes after assembly. This ease of assembly also prompted many owners to recommend this kit for those who want to build a fun project guitar. There are also some who commend the kit's included hardware, including the tuners.

Cons
While the veneer top gets a lot of thumbs up, there are a few reports of cosmetic issues found on the back. Replacing the humbuckers resulted in big tone improvements for some users.

Overall
It's hard to go wrong with a classic LP style kit, especially if the kit uses the same mahogany tonewood.

Unfortunately this is no longer available. For good alternatives see our guide to The Best DIY Electric Guitar Kits.

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I've written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at my local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.